Available in the shops in March!!
It’s been a busy couple of months. Somehow I survived whilst my lovely computer was being repaired at the Apple store for six weeks. Fortunately they did it for free so Christmas can go ahead as planned. It was very worrying there for a while but being patient worked a treat. Loads of stuff has happened so I’m just going to do a little visual update.
Incy Wincy went to press
This book was a very interesting project. A disturbing subject but very rewarding. It’s gone to press and I’m so looking forward to seeing the end result
On a very rainy, cold afternoon in Melbourne my eldest daughter and I went on an expedition to find the Sketchbook Project. It was an adventure through oneway systems and crummy carparking but we made it! Only had a rubbish mobile to record it all though. L found a fabulous sketchbook written from a dogs point of view by a woman in Tasmania. Only wish we’d made a note of her name. All the books are now archived in the New York library and L has promised me that she will find it one day on her travels
This was a speedy deadline but lots of fun, for company annual review brochure.
Loads of excitement when a couple of advanced copies of this book arrived on the doorstep. Just in time to send one overseas for Christmas!
The kids had their final ballet production for the year so I did something for the programme cover again.
And finally we landscaped the garden where the old pool used to be!
The madness continues. It’s December today and promising to be 36 degrees! But in this blogging space, when the sun come up later on in US, I’m hoping the snow will start falling. Does that make any sense at all?
After all the deliberation I finally decided to put my sketchbook in the post. After I’d done it I was relieved to receive an email from somebody gorgeous at The Sketchbook Project saying all would be ok. So, I’m excitedly expecting to see it here !!!
That is 1st – 9th November, The University of Melbourne, 234 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne.
I have finally completed my little pop-up book and I’ve rebound it! I knew that module in my illustration course would come in handy one day. Now though I am left with a dilemma. The rules at ‘The Sketchbook Project’ state that the book must be under 1 inch thick. Whoops. So now I have this lovely object that I worked so hard on and there’s a good chance it may never be exhibited or returned to me. But is there any point in keeping hold of it? It’s been a wonderful challenge and I’ve learnt a lot; mainly about how much can be achieved, sticking at it and not being too attached to results. It’s also been totally gorgeous getting peoples likes and comments. So is the process or the final product that is really important? I will almost certainly post it and I hope some other people get to enjoy it.
I had a little look around some beautiful illustration blogs this morning and discovered this beautiful piece of Awesomeness;
That’s all today. Using my mothers favourite saying ‘I’m in a muddle’. The kids are on holidays, the sun in shining but I have work to do. It’s all good though.
I only have 2 more pop-ups to go before the book is finished. The deadline for posting it is next week. I’m feeling rather pleased with myself. I’ve been getting things done medically that I’ve been putting off for ages. I had a filling and had my ear cleaned out so my hearing aid works – urgh, I shouldn’t mention ears here. I also finally decided to get an in-growing toe nail removed after months of putting up with it. I too along my dearest friend who is a theatre nurse. She held my hand and chose to wait until hours a later before she told me how horrified she was by the doctors practice. But I survived and I still have a toe so it’s ok.
The middle child had a sleepover onesie party. I survived that too.
Rather than being able to document our busy lives this week, it got too busy. We’ve had a birthday, animal births, animal rescue, toe surgery, life changing decisions and a school concert. And a general election! I’m trying to catch my breath! Here are the pop-ups I’ve done. Now I have to try and clean the house for a party tomorrow.
Charades around the fire
(Yes, that does say ‘mushrooms’ and it should say marshmallows, I wasn’t hallucinating that child dressed as a giraffe!)
Early morning birthday wake-up call
Orlando and Elliot, the new school lambs
Note sure how much more the book can take!
These last two pics are of the animal rescue we were responsible for last weekend. We’ve pondered over whether or not its a good thing to get rid of big dead gum trees so D decided to chop down one overhanging the driveway. It was a really close call for a couple of tiny sugar-gliders found nesting in the hollow of the tree. So now all the dead trees around this property will be staying