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!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

A River

It's been over a month since my last post, oops.
With 2 little boys to look after throughout the summer, I've had very little time or space in my head for much else, but now that the new school year has begun I can start thinking about arty things for me again, yippeeee!
It's so nice to feel those parts of my brain starting to work again.

It's taking a while to switch it all back on though. I want to be productive but end up in a bit of a flap and a panic not knowing where to start and feel like I've wasted my precious hour or so of free time. Today I actually managed to cut and stick down some bits of paper (it's only taken me close to 2 weeks!) so am feeling much better. Hopefully I will have something new to show soon :)

In the meantime, here is a beautiful book I treated myself to. I've been eyeing it up for ages and finally it is MINE! I spotted "A River" by Marc Martin at Rogan's Books a while ago and have been waiting waiting waiting till I got paid to go and get it. Each page is a thing of beauty! I love the colour palette, the detail, the variety, the mood...very inspiring indeed!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

*Trying to keep young one entertained during Summer holiday Pt 1*

I've been chatting with the wonderful Rachael from Rogan's Books about possible workshop ideas for Bedford's children's book festival BookFest, which will take place later on this year. I missed it last year but am looking forward to visiting and hopefully taking part this year!!

I've decided the best way to work out some ideas is by experimenting and having some fun with my boys. Today we used some sheets of colour film I've had for years (and have moved from house to house never quite knowing what to do with them but not having the heart to let them go). I love what my little boy created with some stickers and a magic marker. The blue film is brilliant; perfect for creating an underwater seascape - dark, shiny and transparent all at the same time.

Only 5 more weeks to go...fingers crossed I won't have to rely too much on telly for a bit of sanity and peace in the house and actually be able to use our time constructively to be a little creative. Hahahaaa wish me luck!

Monday, 25 July 2016


Since we became parents some 5 years ago, my partner and I have found it hard to find time or space for anything else. Looking after two young children is full on! We miss being creative, to leave a mess without fear of it being messed with, to start a project and see it through to the end.

So for our son's underwater-themed birthday party, we decided to go for it and get creative, to have a bit of fun! We'd been throwing some ideas about for awhile but in that typical way that deadlines creep up on you, we found ourselves with less than a week to go to actually start putting everything together...arrrrgghhh!!

We decided on two party games: "Pin the tentacles on the octopus" and "Shark Attack!". We put them together in 2 days! 
We made 20 sharks by hand - drawing, cutting out, painting and sticking down red tissue paper. The octopus head was laser cut MDF, with red crepe paper for tentacles.
My partner also made fish and crab signs for the party and octopuses with strawberry laces for the party bags :)

It was pretty intense and I was up till 3am the night before, baking and decorating the cake after finishing making the party games but it was all worth it! 
My favourite bit of the party was when all the kids ran towards the sharks, water sprays in hand. So much fun and laughter :D

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

**Postcard giveaway**

I have left 25 of these postcards at the wonderful Rogan's Books so get 'em while you can - they're freeeeee! And while you're there, why not treat a child (or yourself!) to a beautiful picture book - there's so much to choose from. Just ask Rachael for a recommendation :)

Monday, 4 July 2016

Summer Tees

These two Summer Tees are now in my updated Etsy shop!
Now all we need is some sun ;)