Monday, October 26, 2009


Decided to participate in this when I spotted it here. It's all about sharing what's on your beside table. Well, you can see that I don't really have a bedside table as the bed is pushed right up against the wall.

That's my favourite Terance Conran linen we received for our wedding, and I still love it! Needs updating now, but it's such beautiful quality that it's still like new.

Anyway, no bedside tables, but what I do have is these really cute little nooks where I tend to stack up lots of reading material..... and what's a nook, without nick knacks?!

Raymond J has bought me a copy of Into the Wild to read during my China trip (I loved the movie, and have the sound track too!)

This soft toy dates back to my days of working for a plush toy company where I had the great privilege to work with this talented artist to create this gorgeous plush toy. It's always been a bit of a favourite of mine. Her name is Ruby Red Shoes.

I thought I'd finish up with a sneak peek at the view from the bed. Of course the dog is not normally allowed on the bed, but it makes a cute photo!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009


I am off to China at the end of this week (as part of my full time job)so this is the last weekend I will get to spend with my husband until mid November! With my freelance work keeping me busy during all my spare time, I would confess that Raymond J has been a bit neglected of late, so I promised him a full day off together this weekend. (, yep, only one!)

The beautiful weather enticed us outdoors where we found a local market in Chewton (near Castlemaine. We picked up some yummy organic bread, some fresh fruit and some spices.

This collection inspired us to picnic in the beautiful Castlemaine Botanic Gardens. It was lovely to have a day out with the family!

The rest of the weekend was spent with more REJECTED characters! But they are coming along nicely. Makes these look a bit wrong now!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

On my desk...or in the BIN!

Character development would have to be one of my favourite stages of book illustration. I love creating different poses and drawings to help work out personality and the final look of the character. I also love getting input from the team you are in development with as it always seems to challenge you to push your work to the next level.

Having said that, here are some REJECTS that never made the cut!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

No rest for the wicked!

Phew, another busy weekend almost done. It was lovely to have the weekend at home where I managed to:

Work on some characters for my next book project.

Help my husband start our veggie patch.

With some help from the dog with no eyes! (Long overdue for a haircut!)

I even managed to find some time to bake a banana cake!

...not to mention the housework, laundry...oh, and accidentally getting my hair cut as short as PINK's latest cut! No pics of that - I'm still recovering!!! (But I do love it!)

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Sunday, October 4, 2009


This is my last free weekend for a bit as I get ready to take on the next batch of new books, so we thought we'd better get out of the house and explore local while we can. Here's a visual summary...

Check out the BLOG HERE, but visit the store if you can!

....Paumes, Mixtape, Pepper mint....
...where pages like this...

....inspire me to want to do something about this....

I really need a studio!
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