Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Well, so much for blogging more often! I guess I just have to accept that I really can't do everything! Excuse the mess, but I thought I'd share some evidence of why I've been too busy to blog!

I'm in the thick of things with the final artwork for my latest book. I've spent a lot of time fussing over the best paint to use, as well as the best colour mixes. It's been wonderful to get back to some hand painted work and it's coming together nicely.

I also have my next book project lined up and am really excited to be working with these ladies in particular! Obviously I can't say too much, but I am already looking forward to starting some new books.

Anyway...must go - lots to do!

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Nothing ever goes to plan!

I woke today all pumped up and ready to start the final, hand painted, artwork for my new book. I planned to share a quick post of where this is all up to, when I discovered that my blog had been bombarded with random comments - IN CHINESE! Just when you start to get comfortable with the whole computer world something always seems to bring you down a peg or two.

So I have spent the entire morning checking through my backlog of posts to delete the random spam comments. (I think/hope I got them all!)

It turned out to be a walk down memory lane! I guess that's the amazing thing about blogging. I've never really bothered to check back through my own posts, (I mean why would you?!)but it really is a bit like journal reading.

I feel that my blog has changed a lot since returning to full time work, and I need to make more time for it - I forgot how much I enjoy it!

So here's a few things from previous posts that I hope to get back to sharing in future posts:

ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: what a great way to get an inspirational break away from current projects)...here's a few topics I had particular fun with:




INSPIRATION MONDAYS: I miss this! I have continued to collect things to share with you (and have at least a years worth backed up to get into a format to share with you!)

...Life Drawing....I intended to get back to regular classes this year, but it just didn't happen - if I can find some local classes it might give me a chance to meet some people in the area, as we still don't really know anyone here!

DESIGN PROCESSES: you know - sharing the processes I go through in various projects....I have been documenting the processes of my current new books to share with you once they get into publication. I have always found that sort of thing interesting in other peoples blogs. This post was an exceptionally long version of what I mean!

...writing....goes without saying really, but it's still on the cards....more house stuff - I need to bring some colour and craft into this house!

...never a dull moment, hey?!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pancakes at dawn

The problem with getting up at 5am a couple of times a week is that it becomes a hard habit to break. Especially when my husband still has to do it 5 times a week! So what do you do in the wee hours of the morning until the sun comes up? Make pancakes of course!

I am not renowned for my cooking skills, but following pressure from my girlfriends to invest in the cooking bible (as it's been dubbed) I decided to give it a go! Not bad for a first attempt, hey?!

PS Dear gorgeous husband - I promise I have saved enough batter to share some with you tonight! x

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sourcing inspiration!

In the excitement of notifying everyone of our change of address, I came across some old subscriptions of this magazine:

It reviews latest publications (and new releases) within the Australian Children's Book market. I promptly re-subscribed, and then accidentally subscribed to this one too!

It's the journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and also reviews what's happening in the children's publishing industry. Ok, so it may be a bit of a double up, but at least I'll be informed! I hope it can guide my reading choices as I continue to formulate some of my own stories and ideas.

I also can't seem to resist buying this magazine, as a peek into the children's product industry into Australia, but for the last few years, it has disappointed me. And yet, I still continue to buy it in the hope that there might be one little spark of inspiration.

I was just about to give up on finding anything worth sharing,and then I discovered this: COT COUTURE

It's a beautiful new store in South Australia with some fresh and modern decor for kids rooms. Check out the Cot Couture website for full details of how you can order your quilts to be made up from fabrics you select from the range. There's even embroidery embellishments to choose from! Clever stuff. They have a blog too, which features some new in house fabric designs, so check it out when you can.

Thank you all on your encouraging words on our house! I hope to share more pics as we settle in and find a place for everything. I need to bring more colour into the house, so will share our experiments as we go! We have grand plans for some mosaics, some canvases and the best chicken house you'll ever see (for outside of course!).....one day!

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