Sunday, 21 May 2017

A miniature Witch's Cat book

If you know me then you'll know I love tiny things. I had an idea about creating one of my published books in miniature recently and once the thought had entered my head I just had to do it!

I decided on 'I am a Witch's Cat.' I am not sure why. Now I think about it my book 'The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present' would have been more apt as it is about a miniature girl! But never mind. 


It's not actually one twelfth scale it's about one sixth scale as I was making it for a friend. I am really pleased with how it came out. I got it printed on laserjet so the quality is good and it is fully readable througout. I bound it using the bookbinding technique I learned at university so I am hoping the pages will stay intact! 

I was extremely pleased that I managed to print the pages doublesided! It bamboozled my brain a bit though working out how to do that!

The only thing I did a bit wrong was I misjudged where the writing went on the spine so it is not quite on the spine. But oh well!

Once I had made that one I felt inspired to put together another smaller one to go in my own castle.

Now I feel inspIred to make a miniature version of every one of my published books and maybe one day I will!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Isadora Moon gets into Trouble

Today is the day Isadora Moon gets into Trouble is published!

I really enjoyed writing this book and I think it is one of my favourite Isadora Moon stories so far. I love it because it includes a dolls house, a baby dragon and a witch. I think it's the sort of story I would have loved to read myself as a child. 


this (below) is part of one of my favourite spreads from the book. It is Isadora Moon's dolls house. 

* Spoiler alert *

*** I love that Isadora and her cousin Mirabelle make a magic potion to miniaturize themselves and go and play inside the dolls house themselves. They have fun whizzing down the twisty slide but it all ends in disastrous consequences. That part is actually my favourite of the book! I also really love that at the end they sit and make their own miniature dolls house dolls out of scraps and fabric and things. That's exactly the sort of thing I used to when I was young. Actually I suppose I still do that now! Another thing I used to do was make food for my dolls but it had to all be real food. I included that in the book too. Isadora makes teeny tiny sandwiches and sets out bowls of cake sprinkles which her and Mirabelle eat. ***

I feel like this book reflects most the games I used to play as a child. That's basically my bedroom floor right there! Covered in dolls and tiny clothes and furniture. 

You can buy Isadora Moon gets into Trouble in all good book shops! 


.✮*¨*•★•*¨*✮Happy reading!✮*¨*•☆•*¨*•.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April

Starting with Isadora Moon as always, here she is at Easter!
I got some more foreign editions in the post which are always fun to see.

And here's a very sneaky peek of Isadora 5! Not long until it's out now!

I took these pictures of Vinetta in the front garden. I love the purple flowers that always come up by our fence every year. She is looking for the perfect place to picnic!


Our car got smashed into by a hit and run driver which was not so fun. We weren't in it, it was parked but it was a complete write off. The person hit it so hard that it had spun into the middle of the road! So that was a shame as we only got that car in January. We had to get another one a couple of weeks later which we drove to Oxfordshire to get on Easter Sunday evening. It was a nice drive actually, in the sunshine. We seem to have had such lovely spring weather all April long (and so many flowers everywhere!) I am so happy to have a car again.

A lot of April was spent desperately trying to find the time to get my work done for Isadora Moon 6. I never realised how hard it would be to get work done when you are also trying to look after a baby. Haha. I was so naive when I thought it would be easy. Thankfully I managed it though and I am proud I have done it. Now that work has eased slightly (I am moving on to a picture book now) I have been going back to baby groups with Celestine. She seems to really enjoy being around other babies and people so I feel I ought to make an effort to take her to them more often. I took her swimming too, to a proper swimming lesson which was really good. 



We went back AGAIN to the Japanese restaurant. The food is so good there. We went with a group of friends and then for ice cream.

We went on our first holiday with Celestine, to Bath. We stayed in a beautiful countryside-y area in a littel eco house. The view from the house went on for miles and miles - all the way to Wales apparantly! We had a nice time in Bath although we both decided at the end of it that we probably wouldn't bother returning. We are not really city break kind of people and the surrounding countryside was nice but not stunning. We like beaches and hills more. We chose Bath becasue it wasn't too far away fro a first trip away with a baby but we can't wait until we can drive all the way up to Scotland instead!

Talking of Scotland, we have been thinking about our dream a lot lately. Our dream is to move to a Scottish island for a year or so in about five years time. We have started saving up to do it - to the point that I let Henry cut my hair in the kitchen rather than go to the hairdressers. I don't care that much about my hair right now anwyay, it's all started falling out post pregnancy!  This picture was taken the other weekend when we walked round Wrest Park chatting about our Scottish island dream. We were both feeling a bit overwhelmed with work and it was nice to imagine escaping to a beautiful place like that.


Anyway, back to Bath. the first day we were there we spent our time walking round the city and lookig in all the shops. We had a really nice meal out in a French restaurant - steak and frites, and I bought some children's books in a lovely book shop. I was especially inspired by The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton. I think it is a beautiful book. 

I found a pale pink scarf with silver stars on it for four pounds and we had cake in Patisserie Valerie. It was so, so nice to be away as a little family. Henry and I have been so busy working and trying to fit everything in lately that we haven't had a lot of time to just be and enjoy Celestine together. We could tell she really thrived on the quality time we spent together. She had her first laughing fit on the park and ride bus on the way home which was so adorable.

This was the roof of the house we stayed in.

On the second day we went to Wells and walked around a bit.

I also really enjoyed seeing this miniature wooden treehouse in the window of a toyshop in Bath. Vinetta and Mini C would love to explore that!


On Easter day Celestine wore a new dress with a big yellow bow on the front of it. She also got a new pair of bunny rabbit booties knitted for her by my sister's boyfriend's mum. They are pink and sparkly and so cute. I had a dark chocolate Easter egg because dark chocolate is my favourite.

Here's Vinetta out in the garden one morning among the dew drop sparkling grass. 


It was my sister's birthday in April and she had a teaparty at my parents house on the Sunday. There were sandwiches and scones and so much cake. Celestine got passed around like a parcel but I think she loved it. She seems to be a very sociable baby. It was a really nice day. She got more knitted goodies from my sister's boyfriend's mum including a red cardigan and a mermaid tail! I have a real thing about red cardigans on babies. I am so pleased with it and Celestine has been wearing it non stop. The mermaid tail is really cool as well and I want to take a photo of Celestine wearing it when we go to the beach.

Speaking of beaches I have thought of something I want to add to my bucket list. How cool would it be to walk round the whole Cornish coast? I think it would be an amazing thing to do. Not very possible at the moment but it's an idea I am going to remember for the future. 


There have been some not so great parts of April but who wants to remember those? I only like to put my highlights on my blog. But not everything is sunshine and roses as I always make it seem. Overall, April has been good, but not my favourite month so far.

I'll leave this post with an advert for an event I am doing on the 2nd June in Hitchin Waterstones. I think it will be from 10 -1 but you might want to check with Waterstone's. I ma sure I will advertise it more nearer the time.


I will also be at the St Ive's Book Jam on 20th May!