Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

Where I've Been

Mostly finishing off drawings from another Book Dash (that's the cover drawing). Before that a whole week of not quite feeling like myself, as if my brain had been replaced by a bunch of evil monkeys, all pulling strings and jabbering away, flinging banana peels and banging the bars of their cages. Sometimes that happens.

Back to the Book Dash: I'm determined to keep doing these things until I actually do finish a book in one day. The organiser described it as a marathon, and like a marathon, you can't just pitch up and run. You need to train and be fit. It's becoming more and more obvious that I really do need to draw every day.

Just not sure where to fit that in. Last week the evil monkeys made me stay up after bedtime inking two pages, which was great, but likely not an ideal long-term strategy.

Monday, 18 August 2014


Dead simple. Dead and simple?

Summer's coming, and with it nasty buzzing things. Frighten the flies away with this impressive tally of confirmed kills.

(Now in my Etsy shop.)

Friday, 15 August 2014


I haven't made these for about four years; they were a bit of a hard sell (some people thought they might be tea cosies - maybe?) and I couldn't find a good washable interfacing. But now that everyone knows what they are, I've re-jigged the shape so that I can print my tiled patterns on them, and made them sturdier than before with a canvas interfacing.

They'll be in the shop soon!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


We've had builders here for the past 3 weeks, trampling cement dust into the floors (which weren't that great to start with). On Saturday and Sunday I scrubbed the floors, and then oiled them: 1/4 cup of vinegar and 2/3 cups of olive oil, and some lemon oil for the smell, mixed up in a spray bottle. Spray it on and wipe it off.

It makes an incredible difference, even covering up scuff marks on the parts of the floor that still have varnish. From past experience, it lasts a good while, but I'll add a layer of floor polish this weekend to try to preserve it for a bit longer.

Not a terribly glamorous way to spend a weekend, but it saves on gym fees.