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Oh hello…been a while hasn’t it? I am back to see if I can get into the swing of blogging again – I do miss it.

While this blog has been sleeping, behind the scenes there have been new experiences, some travel and a couple of books illustrated and published. I look forward to sharing what I have been up to on a more regular basis.

Montreal has been hit with its first big snowstorm of the year. Everything is hushed and soft and it really looks quite magical. Perhaps this is a perfect place to begin again – everything sparkling and full of promise, a new chapter….so let’s turn the page….

Little Poppets

Pop! Today is the release day for my first two Little Poppet books in the UK. I am really excited about these books and hope that children love them too. I haven’t received my actual book samples yet, so will leave you with an interior spread from Happy Birthday, Mole, except in reality, each page has a flap so you will have to use your imagination!

Here are the Amazon UK links:

Happy Birthday, Mole

Mouse’s Sock Tree

I am not sure when they are coming out in the U.S. but they will be released in Canada May 28th.

Illustration Friday – Egg

Well it has been a while since I have contributed to Illustration Friday – I have missed it. All the springy weather out there got me inspired. Hope everyone is having a lovely and relaxing Easter weekend.

cardboard tag, acrylic, pencil, digital textures

Little Poppets

I am so glad to be able to show you the covers of my first two Little Poppets books. These books were a labour of love. Mole, Mouse, Pippin and Rose have been with me for quite a while now and it was a lot of fun to create a little world for them. I needle felted the characters (these ones have pipe cleaner skeletons so that they were poseable), made the sets and a lot of the props, and used doll’s house miniatures for things that I was unable to make myself such as crockery and cutlery. I then posed and photographed them in the scenes.

The very talented Paula Metcalf wrote perfectly sweet and funny stories for my characters and I am hoping that little toddlers will love these little lift-the-flap books as much as I do.


Published by Campbell Books, April 2013

Published by Campbell Books, April 2013

There will be four books in all – the second two will be released this September. Happy Birthday, Mole and Mouse’s Sock Tree will come out in April, 2013 and are available for pre-order now at: Amazon.ca and Amazon.uk

Weekly inspirations – 1

One of the reasons that I haven’t been blogging so much is that I often work on projects that can’t be shared until they are published. So I thought I might share the artists and music that inspire me on a regular basis.

Inspired by: Mister Finch

Mister Finch and large moth

I came across Mister Finch’s Etsy shop a while ago but only recently discovered that he has a blog. Mr Finch is a textile artist based in England who creates wonderful creatures and objects that celebrate the beauty of things old and worn. If Miss Havisham had a cabinet of curiosities, Mr. Finch’s work would be in it.

Flowery moths by Mister Finch

He works with vintage fabrics and found objects, finishing them off with stains and dyes. All of his pieces have a delicate subtlety to them and remind me of little lost treasures that you might find in a long forgotten trunk. Love.

Textile toadstools by Mister Finch

So make yourself a nice cup of coffee or beverage of your choice, draw up a chair and be prepared to stay a while: Mr Finch