Friday, 23 June 2017

Isadora Moon News

Firstly, here is Isadora Moon having a teaparty with Pink Rabbit! She doesn't have real tea for the teapot so they use glitter instead.

Secondly I am planning in loads of events for the next few months. I will update with times/places as soon as I can but for now here is one of them. I will be at the Bath Children's Literature Festival in October. So that's exciting! You can book tickets on the website for the festival. 


By that time my next Isadora Moon book will be out. Isadora Moon goes on a school trip. Can't wait for this one.

Isadora Moon t-shirts!

Here is Isadora Moon in Slovakian:


And lastly, Vinetta now has her own Pink Rabbit like Isadora Moon! Made by Everbelles on etsy. I think it is so cute and Vinetta is very pleased.

Wrest Park



The other day I took Celestine for a walk in her pram at Wrest Park. It was a lovely, almost too hot, sunny afternoon. I am lucky to live only five minutes down the road from Wrest Park and I have a season ticket that my mum bought for us so I can go whenever I want. It's such a lovely place to walk around with a man made lake and a pavilion and foresty bits and little hidden statues and things. 


I am especially taken with the miniature hedges (below) as they are perfect size for Vinetta. I couldn't resist to take a photo of her in front of them.

Vinetta again. This time with her sunnies on.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Lately

I had two Isadora Moon events recently. One of them was at the St Ive's Book Jam and here I am (above) all dressed up for it in an Isadora Moon style! Stars and flower crowns to create a vampire/fairy vibe. There's little Celestine too, my little Honeyblossom, very pleased to be in her new high chair!

The St Ive's Book jam was great. I really enjoyed it and loads of children came to my event. I did some drawing for them and we played a game. I actually had loads prepared but I didn't get through it all in the time. I was a little nervous because I had not done any events since October when I was seven months pregnant but it was all fine. It was sooo much nicer not being pregnant during the event!

This was something I had prepared but didn't end up using. All the different characters from the books!

I used my magic wand as a pointer!

I did another event at Hitchin Waterstones the other week as well. That also went well and was good fun.


We had vampire and fairy star cookies!



I did a reading and we played a game...

There was also a craft activity where the children could design an outfit for Isadora with glitter paper and sequins and gems.


It was great to meet all the children! Some of them had even come from far away which was very flattering.

In other Isadora related news: Isadora Moon in Czech arrived recently and so did the Slovakian edition. Is it just me or is there more glitter on this one than the other ones? I love it. I find it interesting to see all the books in different languages. This one has a different font as well. 

Just for interest, here is my rough version of the cover for Isadora Moon gets in Trouble against the final version:

And I posted this for the #mermay challenge on instagram recently. I wish I had time to do the challenge properly.

From Isadora Moon goes Camping.
This spot illustration is from Isadora Moon has a Birthday:
In non-Isadora Moon related news:

Here is Vinetta with her mini Brambly Hedge book.

One day I thought I would just 'pop' up to London to see the Brambly Hedge exhibition on my own with a pram and a baby on a baking hot day. I also planned that I would walk across London with the pram so I didn't have to use the tube. All I will say is that I am never ever doing it again!! I ended up jumping in two taxis because it was all too hot and crowded and stressful. The upside was that I did manage to make it to the exhibition and the original Brambly Hedge paintings are BEAUTIFUL. Very inspiring. But still. Never again!!

In May we had my Grandpa's 80th birthday and Henry, Celestine and I all dressed up wearing stars! We couldn't get a photo where we were all looking at the camera (babies!!) so we did a silly one where none of us are looking at all. 


I did a Victoria Stitch drawing!!! The meaning behind this picture is explained in my instagram post.
Vinetta wrote a tiny letter and sent off a tiny parcel...

And I returned to my picture book that I am working on for Penguin!

The End!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Castleton


Last week we visited Castleton in the peak district just for two nights. It ended up being one of those little breaks that I will remember as a lovely memory forever. I loved Castleton so much. To me it felt like the sort of magical, picturesque little village that you might find in the film 'Stardust.' It was beautiful and charming and everyone there was so friendly.


We booked our trip to Castleton a few months ago when I was sitting on the sofa, recoving from my c section and desperate to get out into the countryside and walk about. I craved it so much! I had come across some pictures of Mam Tor online and I decided that I wanted to walk up it as soon as I was recovered. I thought it might be suitable for our off road buggy as it has paved walkways.

I was a little naive in thinking that. When it came to it, getting the buggy up the hill was not an easy feat. BUT we did manage it. Most credit to Hnery though I did help to lift it over rocks and stiles whilst Celestine slept like a little empress. The weather wasn't the greatest on the day we did the Mam Tor walk and I did freak out a few times that it might start thundering and lightening (it didn't) but over all it didn't matter. I'm going to say it was... atomospheric!


It was so, so great to be up walking on that ridge. I love being at the top of hills and looking down. Castleton seemed like a toy village from up there. We had our lunch at the top which we had bought from one of the shops in Castleton. Cheese salad sandwich for me, pasty for Hnery and milk for Celestine. I thought it was quite cool to breastfeed Celestine at the top of Mam Tor as it's name means 'mother hill.'

After we walked up Mam Tor we walked up to Pevril Castle where I took this photo of Vinetta having a tea break! The sun came out for a little bit which was nice.


Right now, what with looking after my baby and trying to continue with my work, I ahve little time to indulge in miniature photography but one day I would love to go back to Castleton with the intention of being able to take my time and photograph Vinetta around and about. There were so many little mossy bits, flowers, beautiful trees around that would have made for wonderful fairy-like photos.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

A miniature Witch's Cat book

If you know me then you'll know I love tiny things. I had an idea about creating one of my published books in miniature recently and once the thought had entered my head I just had to do it!

I decided on 'I am a Witch's Cat.' I am not sure why. Now I think about it my book 'The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present' would have been more apt as it is about a miniature girl! But never mind. 


It's not actually one twelfth scale it's about one sixth scale as I was making it for a friend. I am really pleased with how it came out. I got it printed on laserjet so the quality is good and it is fully readable througout. I bound it using the bookbinding technique I learned at university so I am hoping the pages will stay intact! 

I was extremely pleased that I managed to print the pages doublesided! It bamboozled my brain a bit though working out how to do that!

The only thing I did a bit wrong was I misjudged where the writing went on the spine so it is not quite on the spine. But oh well!

Once I had made that one I felt inspired to put together another smaller one to go in my own castle.

Now I feel inspIred to make a miniature version of every one of my published books and maybe one day I will!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Isadora Moon gets into Trouble

Today is the day Isadora Moon gets into Trouble is published!

I really enjoyed writing this book and I think it is one of my favourite Isadora Moon stories so far. I love it because it includes a dolls house, a baby dragon and a witch. I think it's the sort of story I would have loved to read myself as a child. 


this (below) is part of one of my favourite spreads from the book. It is Isadora Moon's dolls house. 

* Spoiler alert *

*** I love that Isadora and her cousin Mirabelle make a magic potion to miniaturize themselves and go and play inside the dolls house themselves. They have fun whizzing down the twisty slide but it all ends in disastrous consequences. That part is actually my favourite of the book! I also really love that at the end they sit and make their own miniature dolls house dolls out of scraps and fabric and things. That's exactly the sort of thing I used to when I was young. Actually I suppose I still do that now! Another thing I used to do was make food for my dolls but it had to all be real food. I included that in the book too. Isadora makes teeny tiny sandwiches and sets out bowls of cake sprinkles which her and Mirabelle eat. ***

I feel like this book reflects most the games I used to play as a child. That's basically my bedroom floor right there! Covered in dolls and tiny clothes and furniture. 

You can buy Isadora Moon gets into Trouble in all good book shops! 


.✮*¨*•★•*¨*✮Happy reading!✮*¨*•☆•*¨*•.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April

Starting with Isadora Moon as always, here she is at Easter!
I got some more foreign editions in the post which are always fun to see.

And here's a very sneaky peek of Isadora 5! Not long until it's out now!

I took these pictures of Vinetta in the front garden. I love the purple flowers that always come up by our fence every year. She is looking for the perfect place to picnic!


Our car got smashed into by a hit and run driver which was not so fun. We weren't in it, it was parked but it was a complete write off. The person hit it so hard that it had spun into the middle of the road! So that was a shame as we only got that car in January. We had to get another one a couple of weeks later which we drove to Oxfordshire to get on Easter Sunday evening. It was a nice drive actually, in the sunshine. We seem to have had such lovely spring weather all April long (and so many flowers everywhere!) I am so happy to have a car again.

A lot of April was spent desperately trying to find the time to get my work done for Isadora Moon 6. I never realised how hard it would be to get work done when you are also trying to look after a baby. Haha. I was so naive when I thought it would be easy. Thankfully I managed it though and I am proud I have done it. Now that work has eased slightly (I am moving on to a picture book now) I have been going back to baby groups with Celestine. She seems to really enjoy being around other babies and people so I feel I ought to make an effort to take her to them more often. I took her swimming too, to a proper swimming lesson which was really good. 



We went back AGAIN to the Japanese restaurant. The food is so good there. We went with a group of friends and then for ice cream.

We went on our first holiday with Celestine, to Bath. We stayed in a beautiful countryside-y area in a littel eco house. The view from the house went on for miles and miles - all the way to Wales apparantly! We had a nice time in Bath although we both decided at the end of it that we probably wouldn't bother returning. We are not really city break kind of people and the surrounding countryside was nice but not stunning. We like beaches and hills more. We chose Bath becasue it wasn't too far away fro a first trip away with a baby but we can't wait until we can drive all the way up to Scotland instead!

Talking of Scotland, we have been thinking about our dream a lot lately. Our dream is to move to a Scottish island for a year or so in about five years time. We have started saving up to do it - to the point that I let Henry cut my hair in the kitchen rather than go to the hairdressers. I don't care that much about my hair right now anwyay, it's all started falling out post pregnancy!  This picture was taken the other weekend when we walked round Wrest Park chatting about our Scottish island dream. We were both feeling a bit overwhelmed with work and it was nice to imagine escaping to a beautiful place like that.


Anyway, back to Bath. the first day we were there we spent our time walking round the city and lookig in all the shops. We had a really nice meal out in a French restaurant - steak and frites, and I bought some children's books in a lovely book shop. I was especially inspired by The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton. I think it is a beautiful book. 

I found a pale pink scarf with silver stars on it for four pounds and we had cake in Patisserie Valerie. It was so, so nice to be away as a little family. Henry and I have been so busy working and trying to fit everything in lately that we haven't had a lot of time to just be and enjoy Celestine together. We could tell she really thrived on the quality time we spent together. She had her first laughing fit on the park and ride bus on the way home which was so adorable.

This was the roof of the house we stayed in.

On the second day we went to Wells and walked around a bit.

I also really enjoyed seeing this miniature wooden treehouse in the window of a toyshop in Bath. Vinetta and Mini C would love to explore that!


On Easter day Celestine wore a new dress with a big yellow bow on the front of it. She also got a new pair of bunny rabbit booties knitted for her by my sister's boyfriend's mum. They are pink and sparkly and so cute. I had a dark chocolate Easter egg because dark chocolate is my favourite.

Here's Vinetta out in the garden one morning among the dew drop sparkling grass. 


It was my sister's birthday in April and she had a teaparty at my parents house on the Sunday. There were sandwiches and scones and so much cake. Celestine got passed around like a parcel but I think she loved it. She seems to be a very sociable baby. It was a really nice day. She got more knitted goodies from my sister's boyfriend's mum including a red cardigan and a mermaid tail! I have a real thing about red cardigans on babies. I am so pleased with it and Celestine has been wearing it non stop. The mermaid tail is really cool as well and I want to take a photo of Celestine wearing it when we go to the beach.

Speaking of beaches I have thought of something I want to add to my bucket list. How cool would it be to walk round the whole Cornish coast? I think it would be an amazing thing to do. Not very possible at the moment but it's an idea I am going to remember for the future. 


There have been some not so great parts of April but who wants to remember those? I only like to put my highlights on my blog. But not everything is sunshine and roses as I always make it seem. Overall, April has been good, but not my favourite month so far.

I'll leave this post with an advert for an event I am doing on the 2nd June in Hitchin Waterstones. I think it will be from 10 -1 but you might want to check with Waterstone's. I ma sure I will advertise it more nearer the time.


I will also be at the St Ive's Book Jam on 20th May!