Thursday, September 17, 2009

nearly time to come home...

Total lack of blogging from me lately! I've, understandably been up to my eyes with munchkin and trying to keep ontop of my work. There just isn't the time anymore which is so sad as I've 'e' met some great folks over the years via blogging :0) We're here on holiday, in South West France...for the fifth time. We've been searching for a property to renovate but alas they are either not really suitable for conversion or total ruins! We have a very modest budget, which as Nicky pointed out, just isn't enough because there are many, many English people looking to do the same thing but with a heck of a lot more cash. Perhaps my ship will come in one day and we'll be able to afford the dream. We've been back to see Madame Grotte in her cave, and I topped up my supply of vintage french lace trims, hankerchiefs and buttons. I'm hoping I get the time to start making some stuff again. It's not for the lack of ideas, it's literally just time. So, here we are having lunch in Brantome by the river Dronne today. We had saucisse grille avec lentilles de campagne, very yummy. Until next time...a bien tot! Erica xxx

Friday, June 19, 2009

I love this painting

It hangs in the hallway of my parents house in Wales.
I might have a bash a replicating it!
Happy Friday all.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009


A couple of weeks ago, we all piled in the car and drove to Wales to visit Granny and Grandpa seaside. It was a welcome break. I did much lounging about and had many sandwiches and cups of coffee made for me.
I've started sewing again and am currently spending my evenings stiching away...
I'll show all when I have anything decent made!!

and finally! The Enid Blyton books that I illustrated are published! There are three more to come, I'm just working on the balck and white ink drawings for the interiors now :0)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Email crash! Hello Lisa?


Just to say my email crashed a while ago. Lisa, if you happen to read this, email me!
I've lost your address :0)


Monday, March 9, 2009

New work published and a city wedding


At long last, the Flutter Bugs have all been published, (as you can see, in more than one language). Also new out this month are two of four young fiction novels about a little girl who can talk to animals. They are called 'Molly's Magic', and are written by the lovely Holly Webb and illustrated by moi. I did the Molly character in the top left corner, (not the animals, they are photos), and all of the black and white illustration inside. I'm so lucky to be so busy, I'm really getting some really, really cool jobs in at the moment, mostly about fairies, so I'm happy!

Some really cool news...

I'm illustrating the New Adventures of the Wishing Chair, by Enid Blyton!!! I can't show any piccies of the work yet, as it won't be published for a while, but there are six in the series which is keeping me out of mischief! Lovely colourful covers and lots of black and white illustrations inside.

The Magical Dolls' House is to be published in September. It's basically a 'build it yourself' dolls' house, complete with furniture, doll family and pets, a mat to set it on which is the garden and veg patch. It was THE most fun job in the world to do, I had my very own 'Grand Designs' moment, (I'm not sure what Kevin McCloud would make of my flowery wall paper and chintzy decor though!) And it comes with a picture book!

As you can see from the photos, Erica-Jane Waters Illustration has decamped from the shed into the corner of the nursery. I found it impossible to work down in the shed, what with nappies to change, milk, juice, playtime etc etc. The shed is actually a long way from the house, behind our garage at the bottom of the garden, facing out onto open fields. You can't see it from the house so there was no way I could leave Sienna in there while I popped up to the house to use the loo or check emails. So, my new office in an alcove, and my new drawing space is next to the cot!

In other news! My cousin Hayley got married back in January. The wedding was in Middle Temple Hall, opposite the courts of Justice in central London. The place was amazing! Unfortuately I was having a fat day, bad hair day, can't find my favourite bra day, spotty blemish day all rolled into one. Thankfully no one was looking at me, and Hayley was the centre of attention!

And finally....

We went to North Wales over Christmas time to visit my mum and dad. I caught up with my old school friend, Sarah while I was there, who spookily became pregnant at the same time as me! And a picture of the gorgeous girl herself, taken today after her lunch :0)

Bye for now!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hi Folks...


I've been just so busy, pre-occupied, frantic, loving my baby girl, meeting deadlines, wondering, thinking, planning.
I've not felt the urge to blog in a long while, although I've been visiting you guys in secret!
Sienna is ONE! Where did that year go?
I have endless plans about things I could do, sewing, painting, drawing...all wonderful things I could blog about. But I'm so happy doing my job, painting and drawing, (and perhaps some sewing soon), and that takes up all my time :0)
I'd like to say thanks to all of you who have emailed me to check I'm ok! We are cool! I will let you all know when I'm back on the blog wagon, but in the meantime, lots of love,