Saturday, 11 October 2014

In Memory, with Love.



I sadly had a friend pass away this week...but what we can all learn is to be kind to one another whilst we're alive.
Life is wonderful, but too short and very precious.



My new Home/Studio really is the most positive creative place I've ever lived.
I have only been here 3 months and I've written 7 new books! (OK, some are board books but still I feel very proud!
More to come on these very soon.)
Heres's a sneak look at a series of paintings I'm doing....
And a moose sketch...just because.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Blog post overdue, overload.




I have not posted on here all summer.
Here's a catch up.
Happy days...busy creating new book ideas, settling into our fantastic new home,
a visit to the Edinburgh fringe festival (No miracles by Nathan Coley.)
and re-sculpturing a disney prince and princesses!...



And being outside as much as possible, playing on Dartmoor and camping by the sea.
I hope you all had a great summer(or indeed winter) too.

Monday, 21 July 2014

New Happy Home



It has been a month since we moved into our new house.
I feel so happy I think someone must have put happy pills in the water!
Such contentment. From day 1 it felt like home.
It was once a Woman's and Children's hospital. Dating from 1850 or so. It has a very special atmosphere and charm.
Cloud poster by Debbie Carlos.
Pictures on Mantle place,
Ana Ventura, Camilla Engman and Melody Stacey.
If anyone is down south Devon way, you would be more than welcome to pop in for a cuppa.

I now need work to pay for it! Anyone out there want to give me some please!
You can see what I can do on my website.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Moving again! Yippee!






I am finally moving to a new home on Friday. And what a positive move it is!
The new house is so beautiful and I can have a studio at home again, which is best for my work/life/raising kids flow.

There has been something nipping at my heals for about the last 11 years, so to finally settle in a place of my own with my kiddies will be incredible. I feel so grateful and almost lost for words by the excitement of it all!

Good things do come to those that wait.

Between the packing I went on the great, Velo Vintage bike ride. More photos here.
And we were on the TV...here!
Click the label below for last years pics.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Contemporary Craft Festival




I had a wonderful inspirational evening at the Contemporary Craft Festival here in Devon.
Folk that make things by hand really are the nicest people!
I bought the 3 pots in the top photo by Elaine Bolt. Love the spoons.
Ceramic lamp shades Harriet Caslin
Kirsty Elson's charming driftwood worlds.
Imaginative displayed work by Little Burrow designs
Ceramics with history by Laura Lane. (She prints onto her pots photos taken in Cornwall by her great Grandfather.)
Folklore fantastic ceramics by Paul Young
Contemporary cool ceramics by Jill Shaddock

I missed out taking a few photos of other favourites,
Jewellery Clare Kilgour
Loved Jo Davies ceramics
And more ceramics by Brittany Delany
Ruth Harrison
Dove street Pottery
And last but no means least Justine Allison

I LOVE pots and ceramics!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Happy half term fun




What a great half term, loads of time outdoors in wonderful weather.
We scraped clay off the Forest floor and made little sculptures and even had a dip in the sea.
Finished by celebrating my daughters 10th Birthday with a trip to London. Feel so blessed to be her Mum.
She is so full of joy!

And we finally visited the Brilliant Valiant Soldier pub here in South Devon too. (In Buckfastleigh) It was closed in the 1960's and has been preserved as it was then, frozen in time.
You can walk around it on your own, and even have a game of cards or darts.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A few spreads




From Row, Row Your Boat. Published by Holiday house.
City legs, become almost abstract.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Book



Oops, I hid my latest book from you dear Blogger pals!
So here's the cover of 'Row, Row, Your Boat. Published in the US by the wonderful Holiday House.
I have almost finished my take on 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep', which I have really enjoyed.
If you don't already know Brock Davis, take a peek.
The tiger above is a potential new character.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Baa, baa, black sheep




My latest book is almost finished and just in time, because (Whispers) ...
I think I am moving again! Really really exciting. Fingers crossed.

My Artwork needs to be in New York by the end of this month and there is nothing I'd like more than to drop it off and then visit Lotta Jandotter's open studio/exhibition.
Ingela P Arrhenius another fav of mine is there too.
I wouldn't want leave.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter holidays, peg dolls and popcorn.



It has been the school holidays and we've had wonderful weather!
Visits to glorious beaches, cliff walks, a bike ride in a forest, friends (and their beautiful hand built wooden home on wheels, pictured above) making peg dolls, a little painting and a trip to London for my art fix.
The serpentine gallery, ICA, David Bailey and Boro.

My Popcorn on the fire making friend Susie (pictured above) is living closer to the land in a caravan, hut, outdoor kitchen and compost loo in her lovely garden. Visit her Blog here.