Friday, August 31, 2007

Baby mags

Happy Friday folks!

Here are this months editorial jobs...

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Thanks for all the suggestions regarding headaches...I appreciate it so much!

Here's my body's response to my "list"...

Yes, asleep at my drawing board...again.

Of course, if I'd known you were going to be looking, I'd have adopted my 'usual' sleeping pose...

I've got a head full of inspiration, and a calender full of deadlines, but most importantly I have a little life inside me, making me very, very, v-e-r-y tired.

I wish I could, like sleeping beauty, sleep for one hundred years.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Long List

Back to work down't shed today, and I'm waiting to hear about a potential project with Random House.
I was asked to submit a "test piece', ( I can't remember what the formal title is). Here is a detail...

I'm working on the roughs for 'book two' of the four set, (for another publisher), it's a HUGE amount of work and detail in each piece. I wish I had more time to work on them, the deadlines for this project are mega tight!

So, I'm compiling a list. I do this everynight in bed, so thought a good idea would be to write it down and share...

1) - Finish the mice in your spare time.
2) - Design those greetings cards and start selling small scale.
3) - Get those killer mailshots you've designed, painted up and mailed off to every magazine you can find.
4) - Tax return.
5) - Develop your picture book style.
6) - Write some picture books!
7) - Sort your finances and figure out if you can afford to support Nick & Baby in France.
8) - Move to France.
9) - Finish that junior fiction series your working on, or at least work on the black & white illustrations that go with it.
10) - Oh, yeah, and have a baby in February...

Oh my LORD!!!!!

I've had a headache everyday for about two months now, peppered with a twice weekly migraine. I've tried Paracetamol, glasses and lavender oil. Does anyone out there have any other ideas?

Right, back to work.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hesitant Pussyfooting

I'm dithering, dubiously.
These mice could have been finished by now, but I'm scared of putting them on Etsy.
Still, never ventured, never gained as they say.
I found the most amazing piece of crimson Edwardian velvet in an antiques shop on Saturday, you can just about make it out in the background behind Etoile. Perfect for the next theme...circus mice!

Friday, August 17, 2007


you just need a man.

I bought this groooovy sewing machine months ago, and haven't had time to play with it. (Too much work, being sick, asleep at 2pm etc).
So, when the time came to eventually get the little beauty up and running...could I?
Could I heck!

So, I called on the 'ever dependable/can figure ANYTHING out/can fix everything and anything Mr Nick'.
Before long it was purring like a kitten and I had to fight to get back on it!

I can't believe it's friday already!
I've got to go run some errands, which means a trip into Kettering.
Then I've got a rough to do for Mother & Baby magazine.
Then I really should think about tidying the house!

Later gaters!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Studio tidy

I'm a little ahead with my work at the moment. which is a great feeling.
So I took the opportunity to tidy my shed.
I'm still busying away with my 'Erica's Attic' stuff too. I took a trip to Hobbycraft in Northampton today and then spent the afternoon in my new "room", sewing and listening to the raging thunderstorm outside.


So, here's the shed before....

And here it is after.....

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hello again

After what seems like an eternity, I've finished work on book one of four.
I have had zero spare time, and I mean z-e-r-o!!
So, what have I been up to this weekend??!! My first free weekend in a long time...

take one dark, dingy, dusty, spider infested cupboard at the bottom of the stairs

one crazy pregnant lady

A big tin of red paint


...and a little bit of stitching and above is the result.
I'm busying away in my cupboard (make believe attic), and my wares will soon be for sale in my very own shop!!!

I'm so excited!