Thursday, 13 January 2022

January is cold and dark ...

But in the darkness, hope can always be found. 

And on a cold, cold day you can always put on your warm hat and coat and go outside...

I decided to create in plush Little Mole, because he’s such a dear little character, dreamed up by Glenys Nellist, and drawn so sweetly by Sally Garland.
Interesting to discover that Glenys is Lancashire Lass, like yours truly, and that Sally and I both attended Edinburgh College of Art. Small world? 

I think he likes his book, don’t you? 

I’m going to make something else from a picture book now ... 

Saturday, 23 October 2021

The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane

I began making dolls inspired by the book in 2010. A teacher was looking for someone in the Etsy Plush Team to recreate the china doll completely in fabric so the children could put on a play. And recently I was approached by someone looking for a miracle, with a deadline and no dolls. 

And as the person making them some dolls had become unable to make them, I said yes I would give it a go. 

Despite being shattered, because they all left my hands today, I also feel really accomplished and a little sad. There’s something about Edward and this was the first time I made some of the outfits shown here. 

My daughter Mary really wanted to see him as Suzanna and I couldn’t wait to make Malone, using a felted woolly jumper so that it won’t fray on stage. 

I wonder if I will get to see any pictures of these guys performing? Well in any case, it’s lovely to still be making Edwards after 11 years. 
Have you got one of my dolls?  

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Safari Tales

 I have a happy update about this GOOD NEWS because you can now get your little monkey paws on  a copy of Safari Tales really soon, as there is the option to pop it in your shopping cart here!

This makes me an official published illustrator. Just check out my name at the bottom there. Can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands. Mary and I recently videoed ourselves talking about the book for IGTV. Eeek! 

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Fifty for fifty success!

So I thought you ought to enjoy a parade of mice, all made for a good cause. This is most of them, not all. 

I was completely blown away by the support for this venture. You did me proud, raggyrat fans .... 

We funded 20 places for those in need enabling them to take the Court Confidence course, and attend court as a Litigant In Person, something I have had to do myself 

I hope you enjoy the mice. And maybe spot yours! I can’t believe I’m 50 but it was good to mark it in some way. 

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Cover Reveal - Bertie the Buffalo Book 2!

 How Exciting, I get to do a cover reveal, Wendy has asked me to share with you! 

Bertie the Buffalo Book 2 - Bertie at the Worldwide Games by Wendy H. Jones - is almost here. Where has he got himself to now? 

Well it looks like something quite sporty because he will be representing his country, Scotland, at the Worldwide Games. Will he be wearing a tracksuit? No, he will be wearing a kilt! 

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Mouse number 4 #50forfifty

Wow mouse number 4? 
This one is really very cute. 
And yes, the first three mice are already adopted! 

Monday, 22 March 2021

Mouse number 1 #50forfifty

The first mouse was listed today to help fund places on Court Confidence and I think he’s found an admirer already! He’s made from a short faux fur and fills the hand nicely. 

Tomorrow there will be another listed on all my social media, so do keep an eye out. 

This mouse is a compete one off. Some may appear in short series, and I’ll be aiming for mice of different shapes, colours and sizes, just like us! If you see a mouse you love, just get in touch to make an offer.