Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another New Book!

Here's a glimpse at another new book I have illustrated that's due for release in February 2012. It's my first book with Scholastic Australia and they have been brilliant to work with. We already have several more projects lined up together.

The text for this book is a collection of songs by the well known Australian children's entertainer Peter Combe.

I am so thrilled with how this one has come up, and the printed colours are just stunning. I wish I could show you more, but we'll have to wait until next year.
Here is a tiny peek at a couple of my favourite illustrations.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Farewell Bendigo!

Here's a legitimate excuse for not blogging for a while - we have just moved to Canberra on Friday! It's all happened so quickly that we have barely had a chance to catch our breath. (Sorry to any friends just finding this out now!)

It's been on the cards for quite a while, but Raymond J got a job offer and was due to start in mid January. Then his new work called up to see if he could start asap, so he gave two weeks notice to his old job. This left us the two weeks to find somewhere to live in Canberra and get our Bendigo house on the market! Raymond J's last work day was Thursday, we moved on Friday, and he starts his new job on Monday! I said - no time to catch our breath. Throw in my current freelance project deadlines in to that mix and it's been a pretty tough few weeks!

We would not have been able to pull it off without the help of both sets of our wonderful parents who pitched in to get the Bendigo house up to scratch (living with us for almost the two weeks!), then helped pack boxes, then joined the car/truck convoy for the 7 hour drive to Canberra! Unbelievable!

Anyone who has been a keen follower of this blog will know how much I loved our house in Bendigo, so it was particularly hard to drive away from - not to mention our fabulous Mothers Group (who gave us a wonderful last minute send off!)...and our swimming group, and our poor neighbours who will only just have seen the "for sale" sign go up on our property on Friday and we were already gone! (Managed to sneak them a Christmas card on the way out!)

So it's a new start for us here in Canberra. We are lucky enough to have some friends here that we visited about 3 months ago, but otherwise Canberra is all new for us. I'll try to share some of it with you here as it's a beautiful city. So scenic. Anyway, I have a mountain of work to catch up on and am surrounded by unpacked boxes, so more news soon.

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