pattern swatches…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Last year whilst on holiday I started a book of small scale patterns, I used a grid sketchbook so just worked in the squares and created a series of pages of geometrics with some coloured pens. I found the book this week and thought I’d have a go at scanning it and editing on screen, so from that I created a series of swatches, which I think work quite well. They could work well on ceramic plates and mugs maybe? They remind me of tiles you see abroad which have a decorative feel.



Monday, June 29th, 2015

Monday morning, back to work with a scribble pattern to get me started x



Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Time is not something I have a lot of at weekends, so I try and grab time and make the most of it. I’m one of those people who needs to achieve something creative at least once a day – if I can, this could either be at my desk or at least doing something to the house. Our house has been a long term project – it was never that bad but we have lived with a lot of decor that we inherited when we moved in and gradually have been updating it. DIY is not something you can do that easily with children around so mainly jobs like painting have to be done in the evening. I have recently written a list of all those jobs that either need finishing or starting, and I have started some of them. The problem is I am quite impatient and if I get an idea I kind of want to do it there and then.

I am so inspired by so many things on pinterest and have created lots of boards with the hope one day when that stretch of illusive time appears I can re decorate my house, make things, paint, sew etc etc…

First up one thing I wanted to do for ages was frame all the prints I have collected over the years and create a picture wall, see below.

Also had a quick try of macrame – love the techniques of creating plant hangers, I’m going to make lots more ( where I will hang them I have no clue!) see my first attempt below.

And last up we got a kitten – I have wanted a cat for a long time now, having grown up with cats I’m very fond of them, and working from home a lot I like the idea of some company.

Plus I have re addressed the male female ratio in our house, she is called Flora and is from a rescue centre, she is a tortoiseshell with such lovely markings and we have also discovered she is a polydactyl cat meaning she has extra toes. She is so tiny and has just fit in, although I think she finds my youngest son quite scary – I don’t blame her – HE IS LOUD!

Anyway there is my little update done for now!



wise words…

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

I love this quote, Einstein was a man of wise words! Lucky to be doing a job I love!


old drawings – new pattern …

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Watching Glastonbury tonight, created this pattern from some old drawings x



Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Apparently if you can believe what you read we are all set for a heatwave!


evening drawings…

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Turned some quick drawings to a page of retro inspired teapots x



Sunday, June 21st, 2015

I have finally spent some time this week framing up loads of things I have collected over the years to frame and put on my walls. I have so many nice prints that have just been sat waiting to be put in frames – so this week I spent some time organising it all. It has taken ages but the results look great, I have a big wall that was totally empty, so i’ve filled it full of loads of frames all different sizes. I have managed to frame some of my own work which was really useful to fill all the awkward sized frames I have. I have kind of cobbled together some of my work to fill spaces, the print below is destined for my kitchen wall – its a mix of some old drawings x


paper village….

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

A paper village for today x



Friday, June 19th, 2015

I thought I’d try and offer a bit more variation on my blog aside from just my Illustration and pattern designs. I have always liked making things, whether it be from paper or fabric and have seen some great ideas on Pinterest. So I have compiled a step by step tutorial for you to follow.

Collage Matchboxes


You will need:

Old matchboxes – or you can buy plain craft boxes

Collage papers – recycled/found/collected paper/patterned paper/photos/drawings

Scissors/glue /letraset (don’t have to have this) / washi tape /double sided tape

Pictures – could be photographs, cut outs from magazines – your own drawings..



Firstly decide on what you want to include on the outside and inside of the box, this can be anything – it could be a simple greeting like “thankyou” and have some photos inside, it could be a saying or quote you like etc.

Print out or cut out your images and find some paper to cover the boxes – just use a simple glue for this.



I have added some washi tape to the edges and used some old book pages to cover the inside of the box. I have added text with a letraset – this is a simple way of transferring type from sheet directly onto your paper – likewise you could handwrite this or type something on the computer then print and cut and stick.


I then cut out a piece of paper to line the inside of the box, added some text and stuck on my camera – I added a small piece of card behind the camera so it sits slightly in relief.


And thats all there is to it ! Have a go x