‘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.

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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.

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And here’s Mr Toad himself.

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

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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.


Do come and say Hi.







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!


Badger, of course, comes straight over


Measures up..


Badger gets knitting.


Hmmm, somethings not quite right.


Third time lucky!


More Open House.

As I said in my last post, we’re half way through the open house season in Brighton. Here are some more detailed pics of what I am selling..

Some greetings cards,

greetings cards


Some woolly bear badges,




Some lovely bear notebooks,



or how about a mermaid temporary tattoo?

mermaid tattoo


or has Mr Sausage Dog tattoo taken your fancy??

sausage dog +hat


My smashing Bird House stamp, stamped on everything!

thebirdhouse logo


Go on, come and see us!

If you can’t make it, it will all be available on my Folksy shop very soon..

Open House

Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted, I’ve been busily getting ready for our open house, www.thebirdhousehove.co.uk. Open houses are part of the Brighton Festival, open for four weekends in May, with over 200 houses and studios being open to the public. Look at some art, have a nose at a house, what’s not to like..AND lots of them have cake!!

We have 5 artists showing in our house. We have the amazing Chrissie Davies, ‘Little bird creations’ whose machine embroideries are stunning.




Helen Locke (also my sister-in -law) screen printing whizz




Anne Maxfield, beautiful handmade bags, cushions and quilts (and my mum).



Leigh Hodgkinson illustrator extraordinaire, showing prints, spoon dollies,snippy sew kits and badges.



And last, but not least, me. I am showing some screenprints, giclee prints, badges,notebooks, cards and temporary tattoos!!



Come and see us, we have cake!!

Bird Bath Birds.

This was a black and white project started late summer last year. I was approached by the marvellous Matthew Sheret to do a series of drawings of British birds for Berg‘s Little Printer. After discussions with Matt, I hit upon the idea of birds at a bird bath.

‘Little Printer’ is a cute little internet printer for your home, a thermal printer for techno people. After a few experiments, we discovered that it didn’t like my usual dip pen line, so I produced two sets of everything, one in dip pen, shown here, and the other in a black pen for the printer. I have shown some on twitter and this blog, but here are the set in their entirety. Including the few that didn’t make it, as they didn’t reproduce well.

They are being released 1 a week, so you can still sign up for them if you have a Little Printer.

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Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea), it can move at lightening speed when it wants to.

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This is how it printed on ‘Little Printer’.


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Robin (Erithacus Rubecula), a gardeners friend.

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Red Legged Partridge (Alectoris Rufa), an elegant attractive bird,with bright red legs(funny that!) and beak.

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Pigeon, even in the cold they co-operate with each other and readily accept outsiders to the flock.

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Thrush (Turdus Philomelos), known for it’s habit of smashing the shells of snails to get at their bodies.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor), Pure elegance.Makes strangled trumpeting, snorting and hissing noises.

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Wren (Troglodytes Troglodytes), has an amazingly loud voice for one so small.

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Greylag Geese (Anser Anser), known for its loud clattering and honking.

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes Caeruleus) it’s acrobatic skills make it a firm garden favourite.

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Magpie (Pica Pica), it has a fondness for eating bird eggs and chicks. Likes shiny things. Bit of a bully.

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Snipe (Gallinago Gallinago), feeds in areas where soft oozy mud lets it probe for food with its extremely long beak.

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Owl (Tyto Alba), often seen by day, especially when feeding it’s young.

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Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris), a common, noisy, social but quarrelsome bird.

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This was a lot of fun to work on, some of theses characters have taken on a life of their own. I’m not sure where they’ll be reappearing next, but this isn’t the last of them…