Thursday, 22 September 2016

guided tour

The little one has been chosen to show prospective kids and their parents round at his school's open evening tonight. The letter said he was picked "for his mature attitude" but I suspect they were just trying to sweet talk him into giving up his important night of Xbox playing and YouTube distraction. Whatever. It worked. He's happily helping lots of families get lost as we speak. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

faffing about

I've been totally bogged down in a zillion briefs since I came back from my jollies. I'm grabbing the odd minute whenever I can to faff about with my own ideas. But minutes aren't enough really....

Monday, 12 September 2016

top drawer

We had a FAB DottyDayOut yesterday :) The Dotty Wrens (and Lizzie's lovely daughter) met up in London and we wandered round Top Drawer at Olympia.
One day wasn't enough for a catch up though. We should have booked a week. We didn't even have time for mojitos. Next time girls x

Friday, 9 September 2016


My entire working life is now taken up completely with commissions. I never have time to do my own thing anymore. 
This, of course, is a good thing and I'm not really moaning. I'd rather be a slave to someone else's deadline than have no work on and have to sit about worrying about direct debits and holes in my socks.
But it would be nice if I had just a little bit of time. Maybe one day a week. MyDayFriday perhaps. If I did I'd be banging out a nice autumn range right about now. Like this. Only bigger. And with more purpose.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


I know I hate the cold and dark ...and January is my worst nightmare. But I quite like September. Even though it means summer is over. And it gets dark early again. And it's a bit nippy. I still like it. Everything seems new in September. 
Apart from all the Christmas stuff in the shops. That's not new. It's just bloody irritating.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

fabulous holidays

Aw we had the best holiday. I was soo not ready to come home.
We went to this amazing little island off the coast of Phuket in Thailand and it was just beautiful. We had our own little villa with our own little pool and were surrounded by the most amazing gardens. We were a 10 minute boat taxi ride from the rest of civilisation. And it was hot. And I loved it.
And now we're back. And it's bloody freezing. And I need to book another holiday. Fast. 

ps...for anyone who's interested...the unicorn was a big success :)

Monday, 15 August 2016

enormous unicorn

So we decided against the inflatable swan/flamingo. We felt they have been overdone on instagram and wanted something even smugger. So we opted for a unicorn. It arrived on Friday. The little one insisted on blowing it up "to make sure it didn't have any holes in it". It took him an hour. With a foot pump. Turns out that the online description of "giant inflatable unicorn" wasn't an exaggeration. It's bloody massive! I doubt it will even fit in the pool to get that all important smugstagram shot. It fits in the suitcase though. All squished up and ready to go.
See you in a couple of weeks folks x

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

camera kid

It's the little one's birthday while we're away. All he wants is an SLR camera. He's been banging on about it for ever. He's got my old camera, the mother in law's old camera, my mum's friend Valerie's old camera, a GoPro, a camera drone, a little video camera, an old school video recorder and an underwater camera already. But he now needs an SLR. Wouldn't. Shut. Up. About. It.
He said he'd use the hard cash that everyone gave him for his birthday and put it all together to buy one. Well I calculated how much he was gonna get and he was still over £150 short. But still. That's all he wants. And I figure it's better than another bloody XBox or something. So I said he could have one. But of course it's no good on his birthday. He NEEDS it 8 days early so he can use it on holiday.
So yesterday my very patient mum and dad took him camera shopping. To 3 different Yorkshire locations. They got one. It's all charged up and in the new camera bag with the new memory stick ready to go. Result.
Thing is....I don't think he's actually that interested in taking photos. He prefers filming stuff. I suspect he only wanted an SLR because it has lots of bits to fiddle with...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

final countdown

I'm still on a holiday countdown. Only it's gone from a OhWon'tItBeLovelyToGetToOurLittleTropicalIsland sort of countdown to a ShitI'veGotSoMuchWorkStillToDoAndIHaven'tEvenStartedAnyHolidayPrep sort of countdown.
We're also having the bathroom ripped out and a new one put in while we're away ...just to add to the pre holiday stress. Yay.
Get me on that plane!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

july 2016

July on my blog...

Friday, 29 July 2016

enormous whale

So what do you do when it's the school hols and it chucks it down? 
It's obvs innit. 
You hunt down the enormous inflatable whale you bought on holiday last year, blow it up with the foot pump, leave the foot pump lying about for everyone (me) to trip over, spend two hours jumping all over the sodding whale, then abandon it in the middle of the living room - thus preventing anyone actually being able to move in there. 
Then you moan A LOT at the suggestion that it should go back where you found it. To the extent that you look like you might actually cry if that happens.

Good old British summers eh?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

full speed ahead

I'm on fire this week. It's like I'm working with a rocket up my backside. I am ploughing my way through the NeverEndingToDo list like I've got a holiday coming up or something.
Even managed maximum output this afternoon while every kid in the neighbourhood had a water fight in our garden. Right outside my studio window. (While their mothers - all part timers or sodding school workers - enjoyed their days off in peaceful solitude. No doubt with their feet up and a jug of Pimms to hand)
I am counting the days till I finish work.
Fifteen if you take into consideration that Day16 will mostly be spent at the hairdressers and the nail salon...
I can't bloody wait. Have I mentioned that already?

Sunday, 24 July 2016

sunday night

Sunday night ...could get a head start on next week's work ... or could watch a film and faff about on illustrator....
Well... next week would be dull without a bit of stress wouldn't it...

Saturday, 23 July 2016

been busy...

Doing my little blog/insta pics is my fave thing and I normally make sure I save time for it. It keeps me sane in and amongst the many briefs and urgent deadlines. But for the last couple of weeks there just hasn't been time. I was juggling work for six people this week. I have four big jobs on next week too, so it's not really looking any easier.
Plus of course it's now the school hols and I have the little one chewing my ear off and the big one using me as a general taxi service. 
Meanwhile the weather has suddenly gone all summer on us. My friend, who works part time and doesn't have a bloody clue, emailed me this week and said "It must be really nice to work from home when the weather's like this." Yeah it's ace. I can see the sun from my desk and flies get in when I open the windows. 
Anyways...I'm now on full blown countdown to our hols....3 weeks...can't bloody wait!

Saturday, 9 July 2016


I'm becoming a weather bore aren't I?
OK... I already was a weather bore.
I'm just always cold that's all 😕