Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Cards of Love (part 2)


Thank you SO much to the lovely children who came into Rogan's Books yesterday to create beautiful, original and fun Pop-up Snowman cards to send to the elderly residents of Airedale and Elcombe House. I had so much fun seeing all these snowmen come to life!
And of course, a BIG thank you to Rachael Rogan for inviting me. What a lovely way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon - in my favourite shop surrounded by beautiful books, cutting and sticking and making art, which will hopefully bring a smile or two to the residents' faces :)

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Cards of Love

I have been invited by Rachael Rogan to run a workshop tomorrow at Rogan's Books - the best children's bookshop in Bedford and beyond! - for children to make a pop-up huggy snowman card to send to the elderly residents of Airedale and Elcombe House.

The drop-in workshop will run from 1-3pm and is FREE! 
Help spread some Christmas cheer and love :) 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


I made a poster and tickets for the upcoming Magic Show at my boy's school :)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Paper Bling!

It's that time of the year again...when we manically start preparing for The BedPop Christmas Shop at The Higgins Museum! 

Each year we think we have lots of time and get excited about the possibility of new projects and products, then suddenly realise the date has crept up on us and we have a potentially sparse looking stall...cue panic!

This year saw the end of nap time from our littlest one too, which meant loss of free time for me. You might have noticed this by the amount of illustration work I've done lately, ie VERY LITTLE! It's taken me a long time to get over the loss of nap time (I'm not over it) - I end up staying ridiculously late to try and do things for me, and spend the following day fuzzy, grumpy, impatient and clumsy. I feel like I've aged about 10 years!

Anyway, getting back to BedPop, I've been making these Origami diamonds using some of my lovely Japanese papers. I thought they might make good Christmas tree decorations :)

I'd love to try and do something more illustration-y but time is short and there's lots going on in the next few weeks so I will have to see...

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Vampire and the Cat

We went on our first Trick or Treat this Halloween - lots of lovely carved pumpkins and friendly neighbours and fun costumes and sugar!! 
All that walking up and down our neighbourhood just before bedtime proved too much for the 3 year old though, as he declared "Trick or treat is tired-ing" and I had to carry him all the way home. 
Both boys slept beautifully that night, which made every arm-numbing back-breaking step carrying the boy worth it! 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Paper, scissors, glue!

I've been enjoying making very simple images with paper, scissors and glue - they started off as ideas for brooches, but now I'm thinking maybe an ABC poster or greeting cards. I'll keep playing around and see where it takes me :)

Below are our 6 year old's creations with paper, scissors and glue, which I love! I also got inspiration for my butterflies from his lovely drawing.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

pop-up peeps

It's been a loooong time since my last post. This is due to loss of nap time by our littlest one, and I think it is affecting both me and him immensely. I am much more disorganised, frustrated, impatient and exhausted than usual, and I think he is too (apart from the "disorganised" bit - I don't know what a toddler needs to organise other than maybe his gem collection or toy cars). 
It's become a bit of a mission to do anything other than the basics of looking after family and home.

I have been playing around with some pop-up card ideas though, and have managed to put together a rather silly video voiced by our very own non-sleeping but lovely huggy boys! This is partly in preparation for an art and craft workshop I will be giving as part of a "Wellbeing Day" for staff at a local school next week. I'm looking forward to it :)