Friday, 27 November 2015

Beary nice Christmas...

Sneakily sneaked in printing these Beary nice Christmas cards yesterday for the 

next weekend,
It looks like it's all set to be fabulous event with lots of amazing talented illustrators selling their work and taking part in workshops and I'm so excited to be a part of it!

I will be on the Boxer Books stand on the Saturday 5th, 
I'm doing a free reading and drawing workshop for little ones at 1:30-2.00pm in the workshop space on floor 2 of the Bargehouse at the Oxo Tower on the The Southbank.

Would be so wonderful to see you!

eeeeeee Christmas is just round the corner and I've only just put a little dent in my Christmas shopping and making so far!

Found this pic of Sonny on my i-pad, doing a selfie with his Nerf gun light,
looks like Rudolf has arrived early!

Happy weekend!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Double figures!

from this to


Happy 10th Birthday my Sonny,

The cherry on our cake,

the ball of energy in our home,

and the best hugger ever,

always smiling 

and a joy to be with.

( Domestic Goddess strikes again! green fringe icing covers a multitude of sins and a soggy bottom! )

Love you loads Son,
hope all your birthday wishes come true xxxx

Monday, 9 November 2015

Book shelf

What a fantastic start to the week, 
Lily and Bear in the New York Times online,

Can't believe I'm next to such amazing talent,
feel so lucky,
Happy Days!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Can't believe it, New York Times!!

Wow! look what I found in my in-box from my lovely agent,
a review in the New York times!
And look at the amazing talent I'm next to! (Love Gerry Turleys amazing work!)

I feel really lucky to have Lily and Bear in the New York Times! (... just needed to say it one more time!.... ooo nip me, I can't believe it! )

Happy weekend!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Doris the Christmas Dove...

Here's Doris, 
carrying her Christmas berries of peace ready for you to send to a fab festive friend.

For each single Doris sold, £2.50 will be donated to Yorkshire Cancer centre which are the fund raising arm of of st James oncology Leeds serving cancer patients in Yorkshire and across the UK, 
I know from first hand experience they do a truly marvellous job!

Also available is Rodney....

to buy a Doris or Rodney go here...

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

16 years of loveliness....

I can't believe our gorgeous Lil is 16 today,

I'm the proudest Mum ever, to have 3 gorgeous healthy kids,
They make my world a happier brighter place,
Happy days.

And, following on from the success of last years Ed Sheran, 
and, as it's become a birthday tradition for me to put my pinny on and bake in the wee hours of the morning a birthday cake worthy of the The Great British Bake off,

I present to you a Cameron Dallas cake.....

It's uncanny isn't it,

I think I've captured the nose and the sexy chocolate button eyes very well,
I'll just ignore the fact Lil couldn't say anything for laughing and Sky said he looked like the posh character our of Wallace and Gromit's Were-Rabbit film...

...which quite frankly, I don't know what she's talking about?

Although it has unnerved me how his eyes seem to follow me all around the kitchen so I've covered him up with a pot towel until it's time to light the candles.

Happy Days, they're just flying too fast!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Treasures Cairn...

I'm really busy working on my second 'Lily and Bear' book, 
but managed to sneak this print in I've been wanting to do for a while as part of 
my person project of cairns called Treasures Cairn.

Like all the cairns I've 'built' so far , 
this cairn is built with treasures Lil, Son and Sky have given me on walks and adventures. 

Each pebble, stone, special thingy and lovely " ooo Mummy look " bit 
has been slipped into my pocket and saved and I'm loving using them for inspiration on this person project of experimenting.

I was told that the stone with the hole in it is a fairy stone,
and if you look through it you'll see a fairy world!

Fifth colour drying on the rack.

I love how the kids found these pebbles and stones so pretty and special, 
they saw all the colours and loveliness in them, like real treasures.

 I wanted to replicate what the kids saw in the pebbles through layers of colour and textures, 
making you stop to look with the eyes of a child.

And the bird, well I just love a bird and he needed somewhere to perch!
Happy Monday.

Friday, 25 September 2015

gorgeous parcel...

Lucky me!
A gorgeous parcel came today, my favourite kind!

"what was in it?" I hear you cry, 
 there was a beautiful 3 leggered yellow scalloped planter (try saying that on a Friday night after a few shandy bass) and a gorgeous sunny plate, 
which is too lovely to eat from so it's gone on the kitchen wall next to my little Donna Wilson rain cloud!
Happy days!

See more gorgeous Beardbangs ceramics here.
Happy weekend!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

92 days...

Sketching and doodling a charity Christmas card for Yorkshire Cancer Centre,

eeeeeeeeeeeee can't wait for Christmas!

I love it!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

loving the sunshine...

How lovely is it to have the sunshine streaming into my studio,
I love natural light to work in,
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Love this time of year!....

Well the summer dresses have gone back into storage till next year and the wooly jumpers and thick socks are out so its officially Autumn!

I love Autumn, 
early morning Sunday walks and a bit of foraging!
We picked the first of the blackberries and the last of the bilberries, 

and the views were amazing because all the heather has flowered.
This photo just doesn't give it justice as there was an amazing patch of purple on Black Hill in the distance, it looks fab.

So September and back to the lovely work/school routine, 
all the girls are back in uniform and all the kids have grown a foot in summer holidays... or I'm shrinking! and I'm loving being back at my desk, it feels good to be back in my little studio again.

Tonight there's a new Jamie Oliver series starting on a subject I'm passionate about, superfoods and food as medicine, should be fab, it's on channel 4  at 8pm, happy days!

Friday, 31 July 2015

found in pockets...

Treasure hunting and cairn building,
reference for new prints!

Happy Holidays!