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. 

Saturday 13 March 2021

#50forfifty - 50 mouse countdown!

My entry for #50PreciousWords made me want to make some more mice. Mice are quite nice. 

Now add on the fact that on May 12 this year, I hit 50. Eeek. So I have decided to make some mice, and count down to the big day and help fund some free places here, on the Court Confidence course,  for those that really need it. I have done this course and attended court without representation.

So back to the mice, I’ll start making and sharing one mouse a day in a little over a weeks time. Both here in the blog and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You just need to get in touch if you would like to adopt one of them. #50forfifty ...

Tuesday 2 March 2021

#50preciouswords entry ...

I have entered a couple of competitions for the Ford this time this year. One is #50PreciousWords and the other #PBParty. 
I will share a link if the latter makes it to the final showcase, as I’ve submitted a sample of both my manuscript and illustrations. Interestingly enough, there are 50 finalists! 

More about the number 50 on my next post, here is my entry for #50PreciousWords below, hope over to twitter and take this hashtag with you ! 

Mouse is Scared 
Catherine L Owen 

Mouse woke up, scared 


Her heart beat loudly 


Mouse struck a match 

The match flared 

Darkness shrank back 

Mouse lit her tiny candle stub 

Blew out the match 

The candle flame stretched upwards 


The warm glow filled the tiny room 

Darkness fled 

Mouse took up her book 

Thursday 18 February 2021

New Year, New Room


I’ve been blogging for so long. My babies have become little women. Which is very topical as I just lent Daisy my copy of Little Women, a wonderful hard-backed book given to me by my step grandmother in my 14th year. I only read it because one of the colour-plates was labled ‘she loved to enjoy the quiet and society of a pet rat’ and as you can see from the before and after room photos, so do my lovely girls. 

I might tell you about my first rat. If I do, I will be sure to find a picture of him.