‘The New Adventures of Mr Toad’

I am so happy to finally be able to tell you about a book I have just finished illustrating called ‘The New Adventures of Mr Toad. A Race for Toad Hall’ , written by the very clever and amusing Tom Moorhouse. It’s the first in a series of four books and it’s my first young chapter book.

cover proof

I’ve worked on the book with the lovely team at OUP of Helen Mortimer and super designer Sarah Darby. They’ve let me show a couple of pictures, this one shows the ‘kids’-Teejay, Mo and Ratty.

P 16 &17 crop

And here’s Mr Toad himself.

P 71 crop

And last but not least, a scene from the race track..

P 100&101 crop

It’s got 75 illustrations and was great fun to work on. It will be published in March 2017.

 

 

 

 

It’s Christmas Fair time…

Yes Folks, its that time of year again. The fairy lights are dusted off, my boxes of products are packed up and I will have a stall at the wonderful Artists and Makers Fair in Lewes, this Saturday.

I’ll be selling lots of the products that are in my shop, but also some extras that you can’t get online, such as special Christmas Tattoos and a small number of Badger cushions.

RedThankYouBirdCard

Do come and say Hi.

 

 

 

 

 

artist-makers-a5

And the winner is…

Bear Competition Box Full

Thank you to all who entered my design a bear a jumper competition. I had some great entries

All Bear Entries

and loved the details that had gone into them. Some of my favourites were..

Top Bear Entries

Even More Bear Entries

and the runners up were..

Runners Up

Drum roll for the winner…

Winning Bear Entry

I loved this one for all its bright colours and the lovely heart. Top drawing Holly Stewart, age 5. Your bear will be on its way soon..

Toot! Toot! Competition time…

I have set up a competition running in conjunction with my open house. All you have to do is either visit our open house, collect a card and draw your design; or download this PDF and print out your own bear. Scan or photograph your beautiful bear and then send it to me via email.

Either way, this little chap needs a jumper..

competition bear front

It is one entry per person, I need your name, age if under 12, and contact details. I won’t use any contact details you give me for anything other than this competition, and will delete all details after the competition.

The best entries will be displayed on my blog.

The WINNER will win a bear painted by me, wearing your very own jumper design. You have until June 1st 2015…

Good luck!

Open House

Hello, its open house time and this year ‘The Bird House‘ has joined the West Hove trail.

We have a fine range of gifts and artwork, to suit every budget!

Leigh Hodgkinson beepbeep framed

Wonky Button ‘ABC 123 Beep Beep’

Chrissie Davies Horse Embroidery

Chrissie Davies ‘Delilah’ machine embroidery.

Helen Locke Brooklands PrintHelen Locke ‘Brooklands’ screenprint.

Monster colouring posterAnd me. Monster colouring in poster.

We’re open for the next two weekends, 11-5pm, and you can find out more info on the Bird House Hove website.

AND we have free cake!

Knitwear and Badgers.

Crikey where does time go?? Clearly a New Years resolution ought to be to blog more…

So here’s some new work. It’s portfolio pieces imagined for a young chapter book, they’re loosely based on the idea of a girl whose jumper has shrunk- Oh no! Who would she ring for help?? Badger of course!

Rose-and-Badger-Phone-for-web

Badger, of course, comes straight over

Rose-and-Badger-Arriving-for-web-2

Measures up..

Rose-and-Badger-Measuring-for-web

Badger gets knitting.

Badger-Knitting-small

Hmmm, somethings not quite right.

Rose-and-Badger-Big-Jumper-for-web

Third time lucky!

Washing-Line-small