Big News – My New Site!!

May 12, 2014 Comments Off

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Hello! I have some exciting news. I now have a brand new ‘all-grown-up’ website!!

It is a lovely Squarespace site which has lots of fancy bells and whistles but still has that clean minimalist look that I love.

The only thing that I wasn’t able to bring across were all my sweet comments from my old posts so Ink Caravan Mark 1 will remain here for the time being – but I will be blogging from my new digs from now on. Please come visit me, a house (even a virtual one) is not a home till its full of lovely friends and family. Can’t wait to see you, I’ll put the kettle on. xx

Why we all need a Soggy Owl

April 29, 2014 § 4 Comments


It’s April, why on earth would anyone write a calendar post in April?! …

Because (A) my hubbie has just complained bitterly about how utterly dumb his smart phone is having lost a whole bunch of info he’d diligently tippety-tapped into it. Notes, addresses, important dates etc. – POOF! – all gone, just like that.
At this point I gloated and pointed to my Owl Lovers Calendar.

Because (B) whilst grinning and pointing I realised I hadn’t told anyone about the very same calendar. Obviously it pays not to gloat.

Because (C) It’s April the very month I had in mind when I illustrated my owl for Shivani’s calendar! Only just April I admit, since it’s nearly over, but April non-the-less in all its wonderful sogginess.

So the moral of the story is always have a pretty paper back-up calendar, you never know which month you might be reaching for it.
And never ever gloat!!

Shivani’s My Owl Barn Owl Lovers Calendar is a free downloadable calendar you can completely customize choosing from an incredible body of work by over 50 international artists. Amongst all that goodness are wonderful submissions by Ina Hattenhauer, Christine Pym, Anna Walker, Flora Chang, Mina BraunRenee Treml … The only problem is choosing just 12!

Swap Goodness

March 26, 2014 Comments Off


Lovely snail mail from the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap from my equally lovely swap partner, Sally Cooper. Such a sweet take on the theme and so true to Sally. Her Etsy shop, Jambo Chameleon is brimming with vintage trimmings and handmade goodness. If you love vintage buttons, like I do, getting this in the mail is like ‘Christmas on a stick’…
… And torture all at the same time. Ooh, I badly want to get at those buttons!
Hmmm, a discreet little slice under the lace maybe…?

I love it Sally, thank you! 

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

March 14, 2014 § 8 Comments


Hello, Hello! I’m back in the blogging saddle. Yeehar!

A little while ago I signed up for The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap over at Beth Kempton’s inspiring Do What You Love site. The idea was to create a postcard for your swap partner that included playing with paper (and of course stitching) around the theme ‘CREATE’.

So this is my effort. It was great fun to make having stumbled across a packet of large tissue paper shapes in my kids ‘freaky-scary’ bedroom. I let those tissue pieces dictate my palette and challenged myself to stick with them. An enlightening exercise in itself since these aren’t my normal choices.

Im so glad I signed up, its great to stretch yourself and experiment. Hope my swap partner likes it. Can’t wait to see all the other postcard goodness.

Back to School, Whoo Hoo!

June 4, 2013 § 14 Comments


Guess what?! Just last week I stumbled across this amazing online course run by Lilla Rogers (aka one of the foremost illustration agents known and admired all over the illustration and design universe) and I signed up. Eep! I have to tell you I am more than a little nervous, you should see some of the amazing artists joining me in Lilla’s virtual classroom. But I’m also super excited and looking forward to being pushed in some new directions. Wish me luck! x

Fawns and Folios

May 17, 2013 § 12 Comments

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I love the beautiful dappled coat new fawns have and how cleverly they blend into the undergrowth. Nature is amazing isn’t it.  And wonderfully inspiring. Especially when you have a Gocco machine that is hungry for more.

Truth be known my Sleepy Fawn isn’t all that new. You might remember this work-in-progress post. But all finished I figured he might be new to you. And he has an important job to help me point out something else – My shiny new online portfolio which is now sitting happily in the sliding menu. It’s where you can see all four curled up critters in my Sleepy series. I can’t tell you what a relief it is to finally get that folio online. Lets just say it’s been a long wait. Getting things done, now that calls for a celebration.
That is after I wake everyone up.

Top Image | Spring fawn hiding in the grass by Lewislbi | Such a lovely image and such a lucky photographer!

Liebster Love

May 10, 2013 § 8 Comments


A gorgeous buddy, Michelle of Shelbyville recently nominated me for a Liebster award. They were new to me but Michelle says that Liebster means ‘dearest’ and the ‘award’ was created as a way to show a little love to fellow bloggers for their contribution to the blogosphere. Sounds great! It also turns out that the Liebster rules have been pretty rubbery over the years (how 3-5 questions becomes 11 is a mystery). I’ve been a bit rubbish with honouring awards in the past, I have every good intention but where does time go. However I have an idea. It’ll keep my blog nose clean and its just a tiny little tweak – a ‘Mini Liebster’ option if you will! Continue reading…