Thursday, 18 July 2019

holiday shopping

I want to be one of those people who spends the week before they go on holiday just pottering round the shops buying new HotWeatherClothes, insect repellant and sunscreen.
I'm not quite sure how I ended up being one of those work-till-the-last-minute-then-stay-up-till-2am-ironing-and-chucking-random-stuff-in-a-case-whilst-screeching-at-anyone-who-dares-to-sit-down sort of people.
But this year is no exception.
I have actually turned down a few jobs this month. But obviously not enough cos I'm having to work my little arse off and stay up till stupid o'clock just to stay affloat. 
That early morning beer at the airport can not come soon enough.

Friday, 12 July 2019

just bury your head in the sand mate

If the work list is long and the time available is short....just make like an ostrich and bury your head in the sand. 
In three weeks time I'll be sipping a margarita and eating nachos on the beach
What work 🤷🏼‍♀️?

Thursday, 11 July 2019

monkeys and stuff

Yay, it's the eldest's last night in the jungle, she sets off home tomorrow. Can't wait to see her. She sounds to have had an amazing time! Two nights in Dubai followed by a week in Bali doing jungly things like riding elephants and visiting the monkey forest certainly trumps my first holiday at the same age with my boyfriend. (A 24 hour coach journey to Spain to spend a week in a pre-erected tent in case you're wondering.)
And only 17 sleeps till she's back on a plane for her jollies with us.
The youth of today 🤷🏼‍♀️They don't know they're born.

Sunday, 7 July 2019


The eldest is living her best life at the mo. Today she rode on an elephant in a river! Then washed him. And fed baby elephants.
Meanwhile at home I made a winnerwinnerchickendiner for my mum and dad. Similar. But not the same 😐

Friday, 5 July 2019

child free

OK so this is weird. The eldest is living it large in Bali. And the youngest is away in a tent till Sunday. We are child free all weekend. And we're staying at home. This has never happened before. Well, not for the last 18 years and 10 months. Whenever a child free opportunity has arisen in the past we've taken full advantage and legged it to a hotel. But the other half is going away for the week next Saturday and it's only 3 weeks till our jollies so we didn't bother.
In any case, with the eldest leaving for uni in September and the youngest only 3 years behind her Im guessing that this empty nest is the future.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

what's going on

Currently happening in my little world:
The eldest is on holiday with her boyf. They're in Dubai at the mo but fly to Bali tonight. Not. Jealous. At. All. 😐
I've joined a gym. I've never been in a gym before. I have my induction tomorrow. That might be the only time I actually go.
I've taken on more work than I actually should have done and I'm getting a twitchy eye at the thought of everything I need to do in the next 3 weeks and 4 days.
We go on holiday in 3 weeks and 5 days. So I won't care anymore.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

june 19

That's June done and dusted. Another year whizzing by superfast. 

Thursday, 27 June 2019


It's suddenly totally tropical in Yorkshire. Woohoo. I might even have to take a layer off!
[It's completely not true that all Brits ever talk about is the weather. I hardly ever mention it myself.]

Sunday, 23 June 2019


The eldest finished her last exam on Monday. Happyflippinglulliah! So we zipped straight off to Centerparcs and rode bikes through the forest all week.
I've now got about 10 weeks worth of work to do in the next 5 weeks before we jet off on our jollies.
Bye then.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

father's day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Especially mine. Who's away on holiday. And the other half. Who's out working for a couple of hours.

Friday, 14 June 2019

the big shop

Our Tesco online delivery comes between 9 and 10am on a Monday. To secure this apparently popular slot I have to place my order sometime soonish the week before. So I go online, chuck a few random items in the basket and check out. Then every Sunday night, after moaning about it for 3 hours, I go back online to update the order to something we actually need.
Only this Sunday I moaned for 3 hours, went online, spent forever updating the order....then forgot to checkout.
So the delivery arrived on Monday morning and it was basically a bottle of Jack Daniels, some prawns and 12 packets of crisps. 
My sister said that this was the equivalent of spending an hour walking round Morissons filling up your trolley, then leaving it in the bread aisle. She's not wrong.
So I logged back in and secured ANOTHER slot for Tuesday morning. Apparently Tuesday mornings aren't as popular as Mondays. I chucked a load of cleaning products and toothpaste and toilet paper into the basket and checked out. I intended to go back and add actual food before the 11.46pm deadline.
Only I forgot. 
The delivery arrived on Tuesday morning and it was basically dishwasher tabs, tin foil and bog roll.
Still no food.
I had to physically show up in person at an actual supermarket to buy our dinner. 
We've run out again now cos I hate supermarket shopping.
But at least we have the Jack Daniels.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

rain rain rain

You've gotta be suspicious when the weather men say it's gonna be a "flaming June"
They're usually flaming lying.
This June is no exception.
It hasn't stopped chucking it down all month.
And don't tell me it's good for the garden. I don't want it to be good for the sodding garden. It's overgrown and like a bloody jungle as it is.
Just send some sunshine please.
And warmth.
It would be nice to stop wearing 15 layers of winter clothes.

forgot to post

A couple of pics that I stuck on the old insta but forgot to put on here....cos we all love seeing the same old shit on every media platform 😆

Thursday, 6 June 2019

exam hell

We're a household in the middle of exam hell at the mo. The eldest is in the middle of her A levels. She is somewhat erratic with the revision and alternates between staring at her phone for hours on end and writing pages and pages of elaborate notes. 
Her bedroom is such a tip that she has now decamped to the dining table. It's completely covered in revision crap and we can no longer eat there.
She had a biology exam this morning so she stayed up all night to revise.
She is driving me mad.
Only 3 exams to go now though. In 11 days it will all be over.
Can't. Bloody. Wait.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

may 19

May pattern....
I've been doing these monthly round-ups for six actual years now! Blimey!

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

nice weather for ducks

What's with all the April showers this week? It's nearly June for gawd's sake!

The youngest is away at camp. The eldest is either sleeping or staring at her phone in order to avoid very-late-in-the-day A level revision. So as Monday was a bank holiday, the other half and I squeezed in a cheeky trip to Saltaire. It was chucking it down. So we hid in a pub and stuffed our faces. Obvs.
And of course I paid a visit to the book shop in Salts Mill. Best. Shop. Ever.

I realised something while looking at all the fab kids books they have there. I like the simple books best. The board books. In my head I think I want to illustrate fancy picture books. Then people go on about expression and texture and movement and fiddly piddly detail and I try to be someone else. But really I just like a nice board book. Simple. Matt paper, not cheap and shiny. Nice colours. Quirky pictures. You have to do what you love really don't you?...

Sunday, 26 May 2019

spring bank holiday

You wait all year for a bank holiday then 3 come along at once.
Better get to the pub to celebrate then.

Thursday, 23 May 2019


I have retired.
From the school run 😜
After 15 years!
The eldest left school last week. The youngest walks to his school. My services are no longer required. Apart from for a few exams of course, I can't wriggle out of them. 
But maybe when they're over I'll swap my car for a funky thing on two wheels...

Friday, 10 May 2019

burger t-shirt day

I walk past the primary school on my morning dog walk. Today was some kind of non uniform day. Rex was just going into school. In his burger t-shirt. Apparently he didn't really want to wear his burger t-shirt. But he looked pretty cool anyway.
True story.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

icy blast

The calendar says "spring".
The weather outside says "autumn".
The temperature in my studio this morning says "arctic bloody winter".
For some reason all the radiators in the house are on full blast, as they have been since September, but the one in my studio is icy cold!
I have had to decamp to the breakfast bar 😩

Sunday, 5 May 2019

another bank holiday

Another long weekend? Don't mind if I do.
*switches alarm off and opens another bottle*

Thursday, 2 May 2019

frog procrastination

Drawing frogs.
Procrastination which I can actually convince myself is real work.
Well it IS.
Obvs 🤷🏼‍♀️

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

april 19

April animals hanging out in a pattern. In May.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

weekend vibes

I did this at the weekend.
Forgot to post.
It's not the weekend any more.
It's Tuesday.
So it doesn't apply.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

world penguin day

Every day is a day these days. Who even decides these things?

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

april showers

British summer time resumes today with some good old downpours.
We can't moan though, Easter weekend was the hottest and sunniest weekend EVER. It involved boat rides on a river, tennis with the kids, drinks in the pub, a family day of fun at my favourite sister's and a trip to the bike park.
Followed of course by a trip to A&E with a broken wrist for the youngest who didn't manage to remain in one piece on his actual bike.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

easter dog

And THIS is not the Easter bunny...

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

easter tiger

This is not the Easter Bunny. Do not be fooled. It is an imposter.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

partied out

Is it bedtime yet? I was out till 2am TWICE this weekend. Partying with the young peoples and everything. I have officially peaked for the year. And I need some sleep.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

who ate all the eggs

Easter eggs are in the shops so early that I have a tendency to just ignore them. Then when I finally go to make my purchase, at actual Easter, there's only the crap ones left.
If I bought them in February, though, I'd just eat them all and still end up with the same problem. Only I'd be 3 stone heavier.

Monday, 8 April 2019

easter elephant

E is for Elephant with an Easter Egg.
The Easter bunny has been sacked.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

careers day 1

I was talked into talking yesterday. To nearly 40 kids - aged from 6 to 11 - about being an illustrator.
The kids had to choose which "careers talk" they wanted to attend. I was up against 5 other people, including a pilot wearing his actual uniform, so I considered myself a winner for having a full classroom.
I had to stand at the front with all these little eyes staring at me, waiting for me to say something profound. 
I didn't say anything profound. But I did give them all a ladybird sticker and I raffled off a load of my books and cards so I think it went ok.

Most notable moment...
Me: Does anyone know what 'freelance' means?
Girl with hand up: Is it when you work for free?
Er no love. It isn't.

It all got a little confusing at one point because they thought I actually physically drew the pictures onto the products. I had to give them a brief rundown on the mechanics of mass production in the far east.
But all in all I think it went ok.
I'm somewhat terrified now though because I had already agreed to do a similar talk at the eldest's school for a year 7 careers day. I am seriously gonna have to up my game for that one. It's the sort of school where the kids only want to be surgeons and rocket scientists so I'll probably only have to talk to 2 kids anyway...but I seriously need to do a crash course in PowerPointing before May just in case...

Monday, 1 April 2019

march 19

Blimey it's April already! Happy days! We finally have adequate daylight hours and it's not so cold anymore. Woohoo!
I'm a bit sad that I'm not at Bologna Children's Book Fair though. I didn't feel the need to go this year seeing how I didn't really speak to anyone last year. And my super action plan to do some work suitable for picture books kind of fell by the wayside due to actual-real-life work getting in the way. But now I'm kind of wishing I was there.
So new plan of some work that would make awesome picture books and get my arse over there next this space...

Meanwhile this was March. In pattern form.
If you want to license it give me a shout.

Friday, 22 March 2019

elephant pattern distraction

I've spent most of the last couple of weeks overseeing our kitchen revamp and making cups of tea for various blokes in overalls.
It's finally done and I've got the house back to myself again during the day.
Now I just have the small task of chucking all the other half's crap out without him noticing....because those 261 videos are NOT going back on the shelves...
Meanwhile I'm avoiding the task by making elephant patterns.
Happy weekend peeps!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

hard at work

I'm currently hiding in my bedroom like a teenager while two decorators are hard at work downstairs. I'm meant to be working but i might just have a nap...

Monday, 11 March 2019

hello Monday

Weekends are over far too quickly.
Also, we always stay up far too late on a Sunday night. In denial. So getting out of bed on a Monday morning is a bit of a struggle.

Friday, 8 March 2019

the next big thing

If you were planning your next range around any of the banned items mentioned in my previous post and are now feeling a little lost....fear not. Apparently (according to my friend on instagram) the next big thing is gonna be ..... the worm. You heard it here first. Jump on the bandwagon now, before it's too late. 

(This one is a little short because he got chopped in half with a spade by the gardener. It is definitely NOT a penis.)


I'm afraid it's my duty to inform you that the characters contained in this picture are now under a worldwide ban due to total and utter overkill. Find something new. You know it makes sense.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

world book day

World Book Day is so much better now that I don't have to start cobbling together an outfit, which somehow matches a book we own, at midnight the night before. 
I always had great intentions. But zero time. And very little enthusiasm from my kids, who mostly wanted to be a Disney Princess or Buzz Lightyear.
Teenagers have few advantages. But this is definitely one of them.
Happy World Book Day 😜

Wednesday, 6 March 2019


Well, even though kids from all around the world are striking next Friday to bring attention to climate change, it appears that my kids haven't even heard of it 🙄

Monday, 4 March 2019

mac and moon baby...spring summer 2019

Yay my new range for Mac and Moon is out now. 

Sunday, 3 March 2019

sunday night monday morning

Everybody hide! Monday's coming!