Saturday, 7 February 2015


It's been a while but there's a reason for it. We finally moved house!! And then we didn't have internet for ages and also I have been very busy working on a book for a deadline this month. So there has not been much time for blogging. 

But I thought I's just write a quick post, trying to be quick anyway, writing blog posts always seems to take me longer than I plan it to!

So yes, we MOVED HOUSE!!! It is so so so so so nice to be in our own space finally. We especially enjoyed being able to put our wedding presents to use finally, like putting up the special mirror we got and the tiffany style lamp (though we still need to get a bulb for the base bit because that lights up too) and I got to put all my multicoloured lanterns out on the fireplace and I light them with scented candles and it is just nice nice NICE. All the kind of things you don't bother doing when you're still living with parents.

You can see I have already got Victoria Stitch up on the wall! (below) I plan to put up a lot more pictures. I just want to cover our walls in pictures. 

We really like the place we live too, it seems to suit us very well so far. What I especially love (and one of the main reasons we moved here) is that we are right next to the beautiful hills. It is just so soul lifting to go up the hills for a walk, even on your own. I have been on my own a few times during the working week and I thought I would find it lonely but it is so beautiful up there that it just felt exhilarating. And I also love that it is proper excersise because the hills are steep. It's got the puff factor! Maybe that's why I don't mind having to go on my own, maybe the excersise endorphins make you feel good whatever. I don't know. I never felt good going for a walk on my own when I was living back at 'home' but there it was mostly flat and more suburban. Hmm. 

The other night when Henry got home for work, after dinner, we decided to got for a moonlit walk up the hills. This was at about 8 or 9 o clock at night. It had been snowing lightly too. I'm writing about it because it was a really magical (for want of a better word) experience. It felt awe inspiring to be right up there on the glowy snowy tops under the bright bright moon and stars, looking down on the village below with all it's tiny lights twinkling.  Because of the snow we didn't really need torches but when we did turn them on the snow glittered like crazy. We got a slight shock when the wild horses came looming up in front of us in the dark but they seem to be harmless. I wish I had brought my camera with me.

So that's some 'life' stuff for January. Quite big life stuff really. I am definitely still adjusting to living here and we are still settling obviously but so far things seem to have gone well and we are really pleased with our house and where we moved to. 

Also the Glitterbelle books came out in January and I will do a post about them when I have time. 

Work wise I am still deep in Christmas. Haha! I am in the middle of illustrating Night Before Christmas for Parragon. Which is actually something I've always wanted to do. It's done in my 3d style. Here's just a couple of rough work in progress shots:

And now Celestine. Celestine has not been around lately, she conveniently went off on holiday during the move. I think it was so she didn't have to pack up all the things in her castle herself. Her castle now has it's own special place in our new house under the stairs. It's all ready and waiting for her when she comes back from her little holiday. Hopefully she'll be back soon because miss her. She sent us a nice (tiny) postcard though.

And that's all I've got to show right now...

Hope you've had a good start to the year! 



Plushpussycat said...

Congratulations on your new home, new books coming out and latest project. Your new place looks really cozy and sweet. Enjoy this special time! xo Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new home :D

Giddykipper said...

Happy New Home & may you gather many wonderful memories in it as the years go by.It is so special building up a home with everything you love & get joy from.I adore your blog & the artwork & tales of Celestine so much.You are incredibly talented & I shall look forward to seeing your Night before Christmas book as it is a favourite of mine at Christmas.

Belated congratulations on your wedding too.You brought the essence of your blog & work & all you love to life so well that day.Some magic was sprinkled among you all & showed so well in the photos.God bless you both & may your love continue to grow :)

P.S. I was blown away by the beautiful fairies you made to decorate the walls etc...I believe in fairies & yours were just so trendy & glam too Lol.

Thankyou for sharing your special moments with us.Your home looks absolutely beautiful!! Helen xx

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the new home! Love the details you added to your place.