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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I want to wish you all a year filled with fun and creativity. I have had a mellow and restful holiday and now feel ready to get back to work. I have a couple of projects on the go, excited about some books coming out in the spring and generally looking forward to being more creative and productive. Hopefully, this will mean blogging on a more regular basis too. So, onwards and upwards!

December

It’s getting cold out there. Emma starts to tremble even before I put her little winter coat on. Snoozing on a warm wool blanket is her favourite thing to do – a girl after my own heart.

I haven’t done any sewing for ages but falling snowflakes got me in the mood to make some little winter belles:

Etsy

And until December 12th, everything in my shop has free shipping worldwide – Happy Holidays!

November

Why hello there. After such a long blogging hiatus, it is hard to know where to begin. So here are some snippets from the last six months:

May
I saw Ane Brun perform and it was absolutely wonderful. I gave her a print of my illustration that was inspired by her song “Undertow”

June
My lovely son turned sixteen.

July and August
I worked for most of the summer but we did have some had some beautiful days filled with music and sunshine.

September
We adopted a sausage dog! We went to a sausage dog race at our local park and the adoption society was there with a couple of dogs. We met Emma and it was love at first sight.

She is two years old, very sweet, cuddly and strong willed, all wrapped up in a very cute bundle with incredibly short legs. She may appear in some of my future illustrations…

Then it was back to school – this is a picture of Ewan’s first day of kindergarten and first day of grade eleven – Oh, how time flies.

October
More work. I have been working on a series of books featuring my little needle felted characters and I finished book three.

And of course, we celebrated Halloween.

November
I have just started working on the fourth Little Poppets book – I can’t wait to show you some images from them. Today, I am building a garden shed for Mole and I think it might be my favourite thing that I have made so far.

It is starting to feel quite wintery around here and I am looking forward to making lots of soup, snuggling with our dog and of course, blogging on a more regular basis.

Here is some more music to finish off with. I only discovered Sam Lee very recently and am completely hooked.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Pippin and his Little Poppet pals are visiting Bologna Children’s Book Fair this week – how exciting!

Januaries – daily drawings

I don’t talk much about my personal life here and that is a deliberate choice. I like to keep this blog a happy place where I share my thoughts about creativity and work. But I do want to say that 2011 was a tough year. I experienced a lot of changes in my life, not all of them welcome.

I want to look ahead this year and focus on the positive things that are in my life. I feel grateful that I get to draw and paint every day for a living, which is a wonderful thing. The daily drawings that I started have also become very important to me – little pockets of something that help me to remember that creating for its own sake is a good thing.

I have a bunch of work to keep me busy for the next few months and want to give it the time and focus it needs, so these little drawings might be more sporadic and will be squeezed in here and there and posted when I have the time. Maybe I will even leave it to a weekly update – might be interesting to see them in groups.

For now, here are the last few days:

Januaries 5 – 15 minute drawing, collage and ink

Januaries 6 – 15 minute drawing, collage and ink



Januaries 7 – 15 minute drawing, collage, acrylic and ink

I want to wish everyone a very happy and creative 2012.