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.

Friday, 22 December 2017


It's been another busy year, mostly looking after the little ones and squeezing what creativity I can into into the little gaps of time I can find. The loss of nap time with our littlest meant that gap of time got even tinier but there is big change ahead, for the little one starts preschool next year!!!

As much as I will miss our time together, those 3 hours every day is going to be heavenly and I can't wait to fill it with creativity :)

Snappy Christmas everyone and see you in 2018!

Christmas Stocking No 4

We have a special visitor this Christmas - the boys' American cousin! I've had a lovely time making this Christmas stocking for her. I hope she likes it :)

Late night printing club

Thanks to my mum, we have acquired a small table-top printing press!! Like most exciting arty things we own, it has been stored away for ages gathering dust whilst the children take up most of the space in the house with their STUFF.

Each year I try to create a new illustration which I send off to get printed as Christmas cards but this month has been crazy busy so I've not managed to find any time. Instead, I thought I'd dig out the printing press and try a simple lino-cut as an experiment to get to know our new piece of equipment. 

The only space we can set it up is in the little spare room next to the boys' bedroom, which meant that I had to do some super stealthy late night printing. It was tricky but I managed to do it without waking the boys or leaving a big inky mess on the spare bed, phew!

I'm looking forward to more experimenting in the New Year :)

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 :)