Friday, 23 June 2017

Isadora Moon News

Firstly, here is Isadora Moon having a teaparty with Pink Rabbit! She doesn't have real tea for the teapot so they use glitter instead.

Secondly I am planning in loads of events for the next few months. I will update with times/places as soon as I can but for now here is one of them. I will be at the Bath Children's Literature Festival in October. So that's exciting! You can book tickets on the website for the festival. 


By that time my next Isadora Moon book will be out. Isadora Moon goes on a school trip. Can't wait for this one.

Isadora Moon t-shirts!

Here is Isadora Moon in Slovakian:


And lastly, Vinetta now has her own Pink Rabbit like Isadora Moon! Made by Everbelles on etsy. I think it is so cute and Vinetta is very pleased.

Wrest Park



The other day I took Celestine for a walk in her pram at Wrest Park. It was a lovely, almost too hot, sunny afternoon. I am lucky to live only five minutes down the road from Wrest Park and I have a season ticket that my mum bought for us so I can go whenever I want. It's such a lovely place to walk around with a man made lake and a pavilion and foresty bits and little hidden statues and things. 


I am especially taken with the miniature hedges (below) as they are perfect size for Vinetta. I couldn't resist to take a photo of her in front of them.

Vinetta again. This time with her sunnies on.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Lately

I had two Isadora Moon events recently. One of them was at the St Ive's Book Jam and here I am (above) all dressed up for it in an Isadora Moon style! Stars and flower crowns to create a vampire/fairy vibe. There's little Celestine too, my little Honeyblossom, very pleased to be in her new high chair!

The St Ive's Book jam was great. I really enjoyed it and loads of children came to my event. I did some drawing for them and we played a game. I actually had loads prepared but I didn't get through it all in the time. I was a little nervous because I had not done any events since October when I was seven months pregnant but it was all fine. It was sooo much nicer not being pregnant during the event!

This was something I had prepared but didn't end up using. All the different characters from the books!

I used my magic wand as a pointer!

I did another event at Hitchin Waterstones the other week as well. That also went well and was good fun.


We had vampire and fairy star cookies!



I did a reading and we played a game...

There was also a craft activity where the children could design an outfit for Isadora with glitter paper and sequins and gems.


It was great to meet all the children! Some of them had even come from far away which was very flattering.

In other Isadora related news: Isadora Moon in Czech arrived recently and so did the Slovakian edition. Is it just me or is there more glitter on this one than the other ones? I love it. I find it interesting to see all the books in different languages. This one has a different font as well. 

Just for interest, here is my rough version of the cover for Isadora Moon gets in Trouble against the final version:

And I posted this for the #mermay challenge on instagram recently. I wish I had time to do the challenge properly.

From Isadora Moon goes Camping.
This spot illustration is from Isadora Moon has a Birthday:
In non-Isadora Moon related news:

Here is Vinetta with her mini Brambly Hedge book.

One day I thought I would just 'pop' up to London to see the Brambly Hedge exhibition on my own with a pram and a baby on a baking hot day. I also planned that I would walk across London with the pram so I didn't have to use the tube. All I will say is that I am never ever doing it again!! I ended up jumping in two taxis because it was all too hot and crowded and stressful. The upside was that I did manage to make it to the exhibition and the original Brambly Hedge paintings are BEAUTIFUL. Very inspiring. But still. Never again!!

In May we had my Grandpa's 80th birthday and Henry, Celestine and I all dressed up wearing stars! We couldn't get a photo where we were all looking at the camera (babies!!) so we did a silly one where none of us are looking at all. 


I did a Victoria Stitch drawing!!! The meaning behind this picture is explained in my instagram post.
Vinetta wrote a tiny letter and sent off a tiny parcel...

And I returned to my picture book that I am working on for Penguin!

The End!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Castleton


Last week we visited Castleton in the peak district just for two nights. It ended up being one of those little breaks that I will remember as a lovely memory forever. I loved Castleton so much. To me it felt like the sort of magical, picturesque little village that you might find in the film 'Stardust.' It was beautiful and charming and everyone there was so friendly.


We booked our trip to Castleton a few months ago when I was sitting on the sofa, recoving from my c section and desperate to get out into the countryside and walk about. I craved it so much! I had come across some pictures of Mam Tor online and I decided that I wanted to walk up it as soon as I was recovered. I thought it might be suitable for our off road buggy as it has paved walkways.

I was a little naive in thinking that. When it came to it, getting the buggy up the hill was not an easy feat. BUT we did manage it. Most credit to Hnery though I did help to lift it over rocks and stiles whilst Celestine slept like a little empress. The weather wasn't the greatest on the day we did the Mam Tor walk and I did freak out a few times that it might start thundering and lightening (it didn't) but over all it didn't matter. I'm going to say it was... atomospheric!


It was so, so great to be up walking on that ridge. I love being at the top of hills and looking down. Castleton seemed like a toy village from up there. We had our lunch at the top which we had bought from one of the shops in Castleton. Cheese salad sandwich for me, pasty for Hnery and milk for Celestine. I thought it was quite cool to breastfeed Celestine at the top of Mam Tor as it's name means 'mother hill.'

After we walked up Mam Tor we walked up to Pevril Castle where I took this photo of Vinetta having a tea break! The sun came out for a little bit which was nice.


Right now, what with looking after my baby and trying to continue with my work, I ahve little time to indulge in miniature photography but one day I would love to go back to Castleton with the intention of being able to take my time and photograph Vinetta around and about. There were so many little mossy bits, flowers, beautiful trees around that would have made for wonderful fairy-like photos.