Thursday, 23 April 2015

How to draw Bear ...

playing the banjo brilliantly!

There's a fabulous, how to draw page on The Guardian Children's Books website which is currently featuring Lily and Bear!

Grab a pencil and a concentration cap and visit here!
Happy creative Thursday!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

My Book Corner...

I was lucky enough to be asked to answer a few questions for My Book Corner,
you can read the interview here,
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Lily and Bear in the papers!

Lily and Bear was in The Guardian yesterday, with a lovely review by Julia Eccleshare,
and also in The Sunday Times today, another lovely review by Nicolette Jones.

I feel so lucky, what a fantastic start to the launch of Lily and Bear!
Just over the moon.

And not only that,
today is the official day we can have chocolate for breakfast!

Life's good
Happy Easter!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Production line...

I was busy screen printing yesterday at WYPW,

I love screen printing, 
I love that after sitting at my drawing board or computer I actually put my pinny on roll my sleeves up, use a little elbow grease and get a screen printing work out.
I always feel like I've done a days work when I'm in the print room and I'm buzzing and shattered afterwards!

Yesterday I was screen printing some greetings cards to go with 'Lily and Bear', 
I've listed one,  so far, I'm going to list more over the Easter hols.

Lily and Bear is based on my Lily when she was little, she's now 15,
and gorgeous and grown up and independent!

She finished two weeks work experience the other week at an Ad agency in Manchester where she was treated so wonderfully and got to experience time in all the departments, the hi-light being a photo shoot for mens clothing where Lil gets credited in the brochure for the photography!

Lil is now in the States, she flew out last week to New York and I've never felt so proud and scared ever! Lil was so confident, and walked through security at Heathrow like she'd done it before. 
( where as I was a blubbering wreck of a mum when she'd gone! )

I know that I would be a little nervous to travel alone now at 40 something ( my details are not important here! ) 
But to do at 15! I would have been a dithering wreck!

Lil has a wonderful fearlessness and inner confidence, that I really admire ( we'll just ignore the messy bedroom and the layed back teenage cool that can be just a little frustrating to say the least ) 

I face timed Lil today, 
I wish I'd have had Lil's confidence when I was 15, 

It's fab and tough at the same time when your kids become adults, 
it's that letting go thing, 
but I'm so very proud!

Lily has always been a great kid, I'm so lucky,

where does the time go??!!

Have a fab Easter, 
hope it's filled with laughs, friends, family, 
chocolate and lots of good health xxx

Monday, 30 March 2015

Not long now...

... to publication date for Lily and Bear! I'm so excited,
you can have a little look on Boxer Books website here!
Happy Monday!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Happy Monday!

Me and Sky took flat Stanley to the Football Museum in Manchester,
he loved it!

If you're a footy fan it's brilliant and well worth a visit, 
even if you're a football numpty like me and need to be educated in the art of the game!

And this is Lily's wonderful photo of the eclipse photo on Friday morning, she's done a great job!

Busy this week working on these two friends...

Happy days!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Print Fair at The Hepworth

If you're around the Wakefield area this weekend call into 
The Hepworth to take a look at the print fair. 
Lots of fabulous talented print makers selling great prints, cards, books and textiles Including
the wonderful Laura Slater,

I love Laura's work and own one of her beautiful lampshades,

which I posted about here

West Yorkshire Print Workshop have a stall there too,
selling members work... including mine!

Have a fab weekend!