Thursday, 16 August 2018


Here is my piece for #3000chairs to highlight the plight of refugee children. The chair is a "symbol of the welcome and kindness we would like to see extended to the refugee children who have suffered so much". There will be a fundraising event at Foyles Bookshop on 13th September, hosted by Walker Books and Help Refugees, with author Nicola Davies and illustrator Rebecca Cobb.

You can read Nicola Davies' heartbreaking and powerful poem, and how it came about here.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Beach boys

A lovely commission piece I worked on recently for our friends The Coopers, of their super-dooper lovely boys on Hunstanton beach :)

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Train I ride ♪

All aboard! 
It's taken me over 3 years but I have finally got round to updating our family train illustration by adding the little one, toot toooooot!

You can see the original one from over 5 years ago here.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Fire balls and Sprouts

My lovely friend gave me an enormous bag of dried peas recently, for making bean bags. There's so much of it I'll be sewing bean bags for every occasion for the next 10 years!! 

Coming up soon is our boy and his friend Tom's joint birthday party, so I have been sewing some Super Mario themed bean bags. Lots of fun :)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


Summer days, blue skies, dreaming of trips to the beach...

Friday, 22 June 2018


I've been having fun making these things for a lovely community event which is happening this weekend. The mouse and the shark will be attached to a wooden stand, and there will be a bucket of fish and plate of cheese (sewn by me, stuffed by me and the little one) to throw into their hungry mouths!

I hope the kids (big and small) enjoy feeding the hungry beasts!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The Mighty Cucumber Suit

The Cucumber Suit - the littlest's invention for a certain computer game. "It rolls down to squish people and bomp them out of the way" apparently :)

(You can see a little GIF I made over on my Facebook or Instagram page.)

Saturday, 26 May 2018


"He'll be so tired once he starts school" they said.
Nearly 3 years later and we still have sleep issues.

At least he can read or draw in bed now, but some nights he's still up 2 hours later unable to go to sleep.

And then some nights he's up in the night, scared to be on his own so I often just crawl into bed with him. Problem is, his bed is FULL. Not only am I sharing a bed with a wrigglesome child, there are reading books, an A4 sketchbook, sheets of paper and a clipboard, pencils and rubbers, torches, a lamp, a tissue box and a whole selection of cuddly toys - like some kind of weird nest.

Fortunately, I am too tired to care and sleep takes over, thankfully for him too.

(Similar sleep post here from over 4 years ago...)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Mum Bag

I've seen all kinds of things being whipped out of a Mum Bag, to buy mum a bit of time so that she can have a conversation with a friend, sit through an assembly or sip that coffee in relative peace. Chances are slim but you gotta keep trying!

A Mum Bag is usually filled with:

- An array of snacks varying from good to bad, the bad snacks holding more bribery power. Don't show these too soon though, as you will end up with relentless pestering.
- A treasury of books.
- Enough stationery to hold a kids' crafty workshop.
- A “small” selection of their most essential and favourite toys.

When packing a bag, mum will try and prepare for every eventuality but sometimes even the enormous selection is simply not good enough for the little tyrant toddler. 

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Awkward Questions in Public Places

In the small shower cubicle at the swimming pool with my 2 curious boys.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Ninja Mum revisited

I turned Ninja Mum into linocuts. I was too lazy to reverse the image so it's a mirror image to the original. but Ninja Mum is super stealthy whichever way she goes.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Pop Up Paul

I really enjoyed making this pop-up card for a friend's 50th birthday :)

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A Fond Farewell

I made this picture of our boys and their friends, as a leaving gift for our Headteacher who is retiring after today. 
We will miss being greeted by her in the mornings as we frantically rush in (she knows all the children by name!), her knocking down conkers in the autumn with the kids, her warmth and so much more. We love our school. I've watched our eldest thrive and grow in confidence over the years, and now with our little one joining the preschool, I look forward to seeing how he grows and develops in a nurturing and stimulating environment under the new Headteacher.

I LOVED illustrating the kids in this picture :) Although not very "accurate", I think I was able to capture their character and everybody managed to guess who was who, hooray!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Look Mummy Look!

Our boys like to show me what they've drawn or made throughout the day, no matter what I may be doing at the time. 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you super mums!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

animal mix ups

Our 6 year old recently came up with some funny animal combos when we had a couple of days off school due to snow. I don't remember how it all started but for a few days it became an obsession - finding animals whose names merged into each other, which he then drew. It was a lot of fun and it reminded me of the Japanese word game "Shiritori" (literal translation = taking the bottom) where you say a word beginning with the last letter of the previous word.

I have reworked some of my favourites.
You can see the original creations below. They really make me smile!

Sunday, 4 March 2018


With baby in one arm, engage in single pan cooking, shaking the pan vigorously to try and unstick burnt vegetables. 5 x 10 seconds of vigorous shaking, resulting in singular strong arm and delicious "caramelised" vegetables.

With baby in one arm, search for that elusive piece of lego in the big box. The more elusive the better - for your arm, but maybe not for the impatient lego enthusiast or the ears of a small baby.

With screaming wrigglesome baby in one arm, push buggy homeward for as long as you can bear the noise, discomfort or the looks, to achieve that singular strong arm look.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Special leaf

"Here you go mummy, I found a special leaf for you".

Funny how little people will notice straight away if you are sneakily trying to scoff a sweet treat or something but seem completely oblivious when you are heavily laden with bags stuffed full of shopping and big, heavy awkward things, each pocket and hand full of stuff.

Thursday, 22 February 2018


Tips for having a conversation with a toddler in tow:

1) Keep it brief
2) Wear stretchy clothes
3) Get used to unfinished conversations

Monday, 19 February 2018

Anything else?

Just a small selection of the things he has asked to be moved at bedtime. 
Have I ever mentioned that we have sleep issues in our house?

Friday, 9 February 2018


I never know where or who I'm going to wake up with these days. Some nights I just end up getting into one of their beds, some mornings I wake to find one of them tucked up next to me. Most mornings I wake with no memory of what happened in the night. They like to keep us guessing, these boys of ours.

This is where I found myself yesterday morning - clinging on to the little boy who somehow managed to use his little body to push me all the way to the edge of the big bed. The little bed hogger.

You can find previous sleep episodes here and here

Friday, 19 January 2018


My alter ego.
I may be clumsy and clang about and bump into things during the day, but once we tuck the boys into bed for the night, I turn into "NINJA MUM".
NINJA MUM slowly and stealthily creeps out of the room, along the hallway and down the stairs, even if it takes all night. She knows exactly where all the creaky floorboards are and deftly steps over them. She has super sensitive hearing and will respond immediately to moans and groans with a quick shush.

She has been known to crawl out of the room backwards, never taking her eyes off the cot, convinced that if she turned her back on the baby it would break the spell of sleep.

Ridiculous innit.