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Mini mail-art

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Hello, dear friends. This is just a little something I’ve been working on, to give to the subscribers I write to via this blog: mini mail-art. I’ve made a series of 12 water-colour botanical stickers that people can use to decorate their next mail; and another 12 “return address” stickers for them to personalise with…

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On self doubt

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Oh hey. I have illustrated a children’s book! It’s called Grandad and the Baby Dolphin, and was written by the very talented Wendy Milner. The book will come out in November this year, and you can find out more (or pre-order a copy) here. I am simultaneously proud and embarrassed to share these pictures with…

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All your thoughtful words

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During the past month or so I have been chipping away at the photography for my new book (which is going by the working title Snail Mail Revolution, by the way, but that might change). I want the book to be really beautiful, something that you will want to hold and touch and browse through…

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9 Valentine’s Day projects to try

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Is it love? Or is it just like? Does it matter? Why not use the notorious Jour de V as an excuse to make something for someone you love/like/admire, just to make them happy? Here are some last-minute ideas to get you thinking and inspired: * I’m nuts about you * Biscuits that look like…

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Match-box conversation hearts

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Oh hello! *waves in enthusiastic and dorky manner* Remember me? I am so busy finishing my book that sometimes I don’t get time for writing in this blog, but I have so many posts in the wings that I can’t wait to share with you. Hopefully I’ll get my time-management act together and can revisit…

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Creative project: Grandad stories

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I have some exciting news to share. I have been invited to illustrate a children’s book! I’m collaborating with the incredibly talented Wendy Milner, a professional writer who has just completed her first piece of children’s fiction. It is a beautiful (and true!) story called “Grandad and the Baby Dolphin.” The Grandad of the story,…

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Make this: surprise slide-up cards

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Boo! Recently I made these little slide-up cards, after watching one of those “how-to” tutorials on YouTube that make simple things so much more confusing than they should be and assume you are the proud owner of an entire cupboard full of obscure craft supplies, when you could actually make do with a piece of…

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Kindness, both knowing and unknowing

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Sometimes kindness is a cup of tea, shared between friends. Sometimes kindness is the vessel that holds the tea. Things have been a little less than peachy around here of late. A few weeks ago I was unwell – for three weeks – during which time I also suffered a rather devastating loss of a…

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Five-minute botanical postcards

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These lovely, botanical postcards seriously take less than five minutes to make. Here’s how to create your own: ∧∧ Take a stroll around the garden and choose some leaves in shapes you like Pro-tip: For best results, choose leaves that are soft (like geranium), not hard (like eucalyptus), and beware leaves or stems that are…

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Tactile

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Is there anyone who doesn’t like playing with clay? I mean, you may or may not fantasise about THAT scene in Ghost, and anyway that’s none of my business, but I bet if I handed you a lump of clay right now, you’d start manipulating it. Rolling, flattening, squeezing, shaping, smoothing… There is something so…

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Dad turns 70: the party ideas edition

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Here are some of the little party ideas we’ve been working on during the past several months, to create fun surprises for my Dad and his guests at his 70th birthday party. Save-the-date cards  ΔΔ I had some simple postcards printed up. On the front was a picture of Dad when he was about two,…

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Do you want to know how letterpress works?

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Every time we learn something new, we gain more than skills and knowledge. Often we gain confidence, or a sense of purpose, or a sense of achievement, or creative inspiration to do more, try more, experience more, learn more. Learning brings SO MUCH GOOD, even learning things we don’t necessarily want to learn, or think…

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