Thursday, 9 August 2018

final countdown

Woooo it's less than a week to go before we jet off on our hols.
Can't. Bloody. Wait!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

longer days

It never used to be this way but now the kiddos are big the days seem so much longer in the school hols. Maybe it's the lack of a school run at 3pm ballsing up my flow? Or the fact that they just help themselves to the contents of the fridge when they're hungry?
Whatever it is I'm not complaining. Been most productive AGAIN today :)

Monday, 6 August 2018

getting shit done

Today I did a full day's work, half an hour's yoga, dropped the eldest off at the bus stop, picked the eldest up from the bus stop, put away the Tesco delivery, ordered new suitcases for our jollies, made a WinnerWinnerChickenDinner for the fam, booked an electrician and sorted out a hair appointment for the dog.
School holidays? Killing it!

Saturday, 4 August 2018

dotty day out

We had a lovely day out yesterday at Trentham Gardens with Wendy and Susan from the Dotty Wrens. Lizzie was living her best life down in Cornwall so she couldn't make it.
We talk to each other every single day even though we live miles apart. I couldn't manage without them, they are truly my design besties. 
This was the first time we let our kids join in on a DottyDayOut tough. Now they've realised how bloody entertaining we are they'll be wanting to join us every time.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

july 18

A little bit of July. In a pattern.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

slowdown art comp

This week my insta feed was full of #slowdownartcomp posts. So I joined in. Not to win obvs. I don't think they even do kid's products. But just to run away from the work I was meant to be doing for a bit.
I did this one first cos I was trying to go with the flow....

But it looked pretty shitty next to all the amazing entries so I stopped trying to fit in and just did my own thing. 

I love doing personal work. No-one to please but myself. Wishing it could be more like that IRL. Real work for me always seems to involve the sentence "Can you make it smile please." Or "Can you lose the pink cos it's no good for boys."
Most clients I have ever worked with "really like my style"....but also really want to change it to fit what they think the mainstream customer would like to buy.
Not that it's particularly UNmainstream to start with.

Anyway, that's my Wednesday moan over.
Now back to drawing smiley rabbits in non gender specific colours...

ps If @slowdownstudios want to branch into kids blankets you know who to call 😜

Saturday, 28 July 2018


Who ordered the bloody rain?
We're meant to be going to a beer festival this aft.
In the heatwave. 
Which has suddenly done a runner.

Monday, 23 July 2018

old and knackered

It was our niece's 18th birthday party this weekend.
We went away for an alcohol fuelled wedding weekend last week.
The week before was another friend's wedding.
My liver is knackered, I have bags under my eyes and I've put on 3 stone.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

mum's taxi services

I've just completed the final school run ...until September.
I now have a summer in the company of two teenagers to look forward to. Without the company obvs. Cos it will mostly involve them staying in their rooms and the only conversations we'll have will be me telling them to get out of bloody bed NOW. 
And them asking what there is to eat. 
And the lifts of course.
Don't forget Mum's Taxi Services are always available and always free of charge when you need a lift.
Happy summer!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

all the time in the world

With the kids breaking up this week and just 4 weeks to go before we jet off on our jollies I am beginning to feel a little panic stricken at the To Do list.
This happens every year of course.
I annoy the hell out of everyone with my stressing and moaning and promise to be super organised next time.
It's never gonna happen.

Meanwhile I drew this whilst away on a rather fabulous weekend in the Isle of Man with the other half. Child free. With all the time in the world. While he was watching the World Cup Final. Which was bloody dull.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

it's coming home

I'm generally not a football fan. It bores my pants off. I try to watch it but find my mind drifting to more interesting matters. Like doing the Tesco online order. Or wondering how I'm gonna pick two kids up from two different locations at the same time a week on Wednesday. Sometimes I realise that I don't actually know which way our team are playing but it's nearly half time so it's too late to ask.

But the World Cup. Different. I like football in the World Cup. Especially when it's in the pub. Which is where we'll be tonight.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

summer lovin'

The 987 days that comprised the longest winter ever invented are a distant memory at the mo. We're having the longest continuous spell of sunshine since the Dark Ages and I bloody love it. All those sweaty moaners complaining that it's toooo hot better stay out of my way.

Monday, 9 July 2018

milking it

As if it wasn't bad enough being woken at 4.30 every morning by the sodding birds having a rave outside the window, I have also discovered that some of our neighbours have their milk delivered. I know this because the loudest milkman in Yorkshire arrives every morning just as I'm falling back to sleep. He's obviously really annoyed at being the only one up and so makes it his mission to have people join him. 
I'd be chasing him down the bloody street if I could be arsed getting out of bed. Which I can't. Obvs.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

june 18

Well June was bloody rammed. Not sure how I managed to actually do any personal work at all....I've been juggling loads of stuff including a massive sticker book project for a fab French publisher...but here's what I managed in one easy to understand picture...

Saturday, 30 June 2018

sunshine weekend

It's been a bit mental lately but I finally finished a couple of big projects this week. I miss doing my own stuff. Sometimes I fit it in on a night. But recently it's been all proper work and no proper play. But you'll be pleased to know that I'm avoiding real work wherever possible this weekend and concentrating on enjoying this bloody marvellous weather we appear to have been blessed wth. Happy days.