Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Sea of Blue

Managed to squeeze in a bit of prep for the BookFest workshop I'll be running on Saturday 29th October, whilst the little one sleeps, hooray!

There'll be a range of folded papers ready to be stamped/stickered/scribbled on etc, including these textured blue backgrounds which I thought worked well as a sea background. 

At the bottom are some stamped sea pictures my older boy has been creating. Maybe a little influenced by the wonderful "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni, a family favourite :)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Order of Things 2016

Many many years ago, my good friend Jon scribbled a little doodle on my school folder called "Order of Things" (below). Here it is revisited 20+ years later, through my son's eyes during school pick up. I don't get a look in.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Stamps 'n' Stickers!

We made some new stamps and stickers in preparation for a workshop I will be running as part of BookFest, a children's book festival taking place at The Panacea Museum in Bedford at the end of this month. For it, we'll be making a 6/8 page book out of a single sheet of paper on the theme of "SPACE" or "THE SEA"! 

I got my chief space explorer and his little sidekick to test out the products and I think we got the thumbs up, yay!

2 weeks to go and I still have a bit more prep to do but I'm really looking forward to seeing what the kids come up with :)

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Me upon dealing with the possibility that our littlest one could be giving up his daytime nap. 

No warning, no easing into it, just suddenly refusing to sleep for a whole week. He's always been such a good sleeper...sniff.
And just when I was getting all excited at the prospect of making pictures again. I hope hope hope it's just a phase.


I made a new header for my blog. The duck was bugging me so I decided to go with a tortoise instead. I think it suits my pace these days. Not getting very much done. You'll find out why in my next post... 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sitting Elephant, Dangling Monkey

Here's a typical scene when I am out and about with the buggy :D 
In addition to the sitting elephant and the dangling fidgety monkey, the buggy is usually weighed down by the heaviest fruit and veg I can find at the market, e.g. half a watermelon, 10 oranges, 10 apples, a cabbage, etc. 
To enhance the whole pleasurable experience, the elephant and monkey take it in turns to make sure I am never bored or idle by constantly letting me know how they are doing.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Library Love

Bedford Library rocks! Whoever is in charge of the children's books department, I thank you! We've come across some real gems which both kids and grown ups have loved and enjoyed. 
From my latest visit:

"Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise" by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien and "All Mine!" by Zehra Hicks had us all laughing. Both featuring comical birds, the graphic simplicity conveys the humour really well.

"Albert's Tree" by Jenni Desmond. I'm a big fan of Jenni Desmond's work and in this book, I love how she balances realistic observations with her own style of illustration. Beautiful!

"Ossiri and the Bala Mengro" by Richard O'Neill & Katharine Quarmby and Hannah Tolson is a charmingly illustrated tale about a Traveller girl and an ogre. A fascinating introduction to Romani culture.

The last book is "Pierre The Maze Detective" by Chihiro Maruyama, Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN. We actually ended up buying this book after coming across it at the library a while back. It's AMAZING!! Visually stunning, with a narrative and a maze challenge on each spread, it works on many levels. We love it :)

So between the library and Rogan's Books, Bedford kids (and me) have got it pretty good, yay!