Ants In His Pants

It’s 23:34 on my clock and I’ve just sat down and started to write this 🙈. Grab a cup of tea (& some toast if it’s morning where you are), I feel like it’s going to be a long one!  Happy Thursday everybody! How are you all? Can we believe it’s May already? I celebrated my birthday last week and for once the sun shined, I spent the whole day baking myself in the glorious sunshine, the tortoises beneath my feet and hot tea’s on tap. My life is shining right now too. It’s been a hectic few years to say the least, but 2024 has so far been quite the fairytale I usually write. I’ve spent the best part of the last month cycling heavily, training excessively and putting my energy into my own growth.…

2024

This year is all about my drawings! I’ve found a new love in my illustrations, their quirky new miniature style and their rough, sketchy, crayon like form. My desk had a complete overhaul in January, making way for all over the necessities I’ve needed in order to create the magical collections I dream. The photo below very accurately demonstrates the chaos of the creations within my head and the scene before me each morning. Paints, pencils and props fill every inch of the space I have adding further inspiration and depth to the vivid imagination I have. My first collection of 2024 ‘The Flight of the Fairies’ (beautifully named by my lovely friend Carine) is the very first multi-item story I have created. Each piece I have made within this special little release contains…

My New Studio

December 29th 2022.  It was another day the same as the last, waking up sad and upset with no idea which direction my life was going in. The end of the year always seems like the best opportunity to reflect on what has or hasn’t been achieved, doesn’t it? The rain added an extra layer of depression that morning as I laid crying in bed wondering how I could make the next year different and not just another repeat of the last. The person I present myself as online shows is a happy and creative soul with not many worries or stresses, but beyond the dolls my own life is far from the fairytale my fairies portray. Everyday I live in search of my own happiness, clinging to hope of my own dreams and…

Christmas in the Toy Museum!

Another dream, and huge tick off of my bucket list. My dolls displayed in the very heart of London, in the window, over Christmas in the world famous Pollocks Toy Museum! It was around September time at our quarterly Toy Makers meeting the position was offered and the opportunity to present in the store a piece of my work. The choice of an internal window within the shop; or a front central window display overlooking London in all of its festive glory was given. We spent a fair bit of time discussing the options and eventually settled on the prestige and very popular letterbox red window.  We agreed that the festive theme of Red should continue through the display; keeping it somewhat uniformed and in keeping with the traditional shop front.  With just a…

Teas, Tees and Tea-towels

After weeks and weeks of endless days and sleepless nights our first sample jumpers arrived. Morgan’s little T-shirt followed a few days later and his resistance to wear a festive favourite was even worse than mine meaning we really have been wearing Christmas jumpers from well before Halloween. 😂 Much like my little teacups, the idea for a clothing range felt a little far fetched although of course a huge dream! After the success of my cups however I did immediately start researching the possibility of clothes, and whilst it’s fairly simple to get a personalised panel printed on a cotton t-shirt the vision I had of an all-over print didn’t immediately jump out at me. And so, the sleepless night begun as I literally scoured every corner of the internet trying to find…

Time for Tea!

To sit down and sip a hot drink from a teacup I had designed has always been somewhat of a far-fetched dream in my imaginary world. I often browse the famous high street stores and wonder what it must feel like to see your artwork for sale in a shop? And to know something you designed is someone favourite mug – the one they always reach to first out of the cupboard. Then I start to imagine all of the times when a cup is more than just a cup. When it becomes a pen pot, a toothbrush holder, a plant pot or a convenient sitting place for a 7inched fairy! The possibilities of the wrap around designs and stories each could tell. I myself do have a favourite cup, both at home and…

Christmas 2022 Greetings Cards

Can you believe a whole year has passed since I introduced Greetings Cards to my collection? The last 12 months has certainly flown by and here I am again at the start of October with a brand New Collection of Festive illustrations. This year I wanted to capture the magic of my fairies and their love of dressing up to tell a tale. I have created four brand new designs featuring some of my favourite dollies from the last 12 months dressed as you’d expect of a mischievous fae; in various silly costumes. Each design show the lighthearted fairy form and captures the stories within my imagination that each dolly represent, and my favourite parts of Christmas. The Snowman for some reason is my favourite, I think I like the innocence of the twigs…

The Paper Dollies

Once upon a time in a nook not faraway,Hid a couple of paper dollies and their dog they painted grey. The playful paper dollies lived happily their little nook,But they often snuck into the big wide world to see the bright outlook. The little paper dollies would snigger as they wiggled across the table;Shimmying past the sewing box before sliding down a cable. The paper problems always started when they reached the hallway stairs,Carefully climbing one another’s arms but needing emergency tape repairs. See the devious little dolls were aiming for the bathroom with their boat,Bopping peacefully down the bathtub was their favourite place to float. Their paper dreams were crumpled one day when their boat came to its brink.Leaving nothing but a soggy mess with the pair clinging to the sink. The rippled…

Toy Boxes

When the opportunity arose to present Benjamin Pollock’s in Covent Garden with a postcard of my artwork, I started work almost immediately. Who wouldn’t want there work sold in one of the country’s most famous toy shops?  The theme was of course “Toy Shops”, which as we know is one of my favourite things.  I used the opportunity to be creative and think a little out of the box adding elements of imagination play, handmade creations and small parts of my own life.  My drawing features a real game of hangman and naughts and crosses I shared with Morgan, along with Morgan’s doodles on the boxes. Some of the toys featured are those important in our lives too, including Morgan’s first bear, bunny and my paper dolls dotted around.  Today following a short stint…

Made in Kent Radio

Like with all of these opportunities I am presented with, heading to record an advert for a local radio station was of course beyond my wildest dreams but also very out of my comfort zone. But, as I promised myself with my New Years resolution to fulfil everything thrown my way – radio was no exception. I headed to The Creation Lab where Made in Kent is produced and was introduced to the host Matt. We entered into the studio and I sat down to collect my thoughts and get my wits together. The turn around of guests in the studio sounded quite hectic which for me was great as everything happened relatively quickly giving me no time to dwell on my escalating nerves. After a short brief my headphones were on, my mircrophone…