Monthly Archives: December 2011

Coming Up Next: The Year of the Dragon

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2012. I hope your days are full of magic, wonder, joy & contentment.

May it be a peaceful time for us all.


I Need Some Cheer!

Urgh. My holiday spirit has been derailed by an utterly frustrating and unrewarding project which seems to be never ending (isn’t that always the way?). I can’t wait to have it wrapped up so I can pick up on the fun stuff that’s waiting in the wings.  So, while I irritably scratch away at the current assignment, I will take a break or two to look at my balloons, because Pooh speaks true.

Christmas Tree

It had to be done. When you wake up to big ol’ fluffy flakes of snow cascading down over the back garden, you must acknowledge the magic of the season. So here is a Christmas tree with some of the best presents ever! Of course such presents bring with them much joy and excitement as well as unavoidable ‘accidents’, hence the little widdle 🙂

Season’s greetings everyone!



Somehow I don’t think this’ll be the only post with this title. I do miss the homeworld.

Lost at Sea

I posted this earlier but have just found an older version I made months ago when I had just started teaching myself how to use Illustrator. Thought you might get a kick out of it. Maybe in another year or so I can update this post with an even cooler version. Here’s hoping.

Sunny Umbrelly!

So much depends upon the weather.

But something sunny, someone funny, can always make it seem a bit brighter.


Wonderful Wellies

I’ve had my heart set on a pair of Hunters, but since they tend to be pricier I’ve been waiting for that perfect discount/ sale moment when suddenly they will be within my reach. Hasn’t happened yet, but it doesn’t cost anything to think about them now, does it? So here’s the pair I have my heart set on at the moment. I so love these wellies. I’m not at all a high heel wearing sort, with wedges being the only occasional exception. These seem like such fun, good grip for all the usual country pursuits and UK weather, but also perfectly acceptable to wear out, or so I’m told. I do love shoes and clothing that promise warmth and dryness, *sigh*. I expect when Gore-Tex takes to the runway, fashion will finally begin to interest me more. Oh, come to me wellies, puddles await.


Let it Snow.

I love the snowflakes that come with being on WordPress during Christmas season, so I was trying to think of illustrations that would be suited to falling snowflakes – here are my efforts.

This style is quite cool, though I’m still figuring out how to best employ it. I’d like to get better at using this sort of textured shading.

The inspiration for the illustrations is the truly stunning work of the Scottish artist, Suzanne Woolcott. You can’t help but love her illustrations – and maybe get a treat for yourself for Christmas from her Etsy shop?

Flyweight Travels II

Apparently there’s more, and it’s minimal!


It’s waterproof, featherweight and “ten times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float on water, and versatile enough to stuff into a pocket.” Click through the photo for details.

Flyweight Travels

For those who don’t know me I’m 5 foot nothing and weigh between 86-90 pounds. Now, other than making people, with what I’d consider a healthier, more sensible shapes, coo ‘take some of my fat, you’re so thin!’ this presents a host of problems. Firstly, nothing fits. Except spangly tights from Gap kids. Its not a good look for your mid-30s. And living in the ever expanding Western world means that dress sizes are going up, and a size 0 today was the size 6 of yesterday. Secondly, the winters hit hard, there is no protective layer on me. And when you sit on the pavement, as we all need to do from time to time, it hurts your ass bones. ‘Ass bones? What ass bones?’ <– yes, very funny. Also, carrying stuff around is a massive deal. If I have to lug a suitcase around and it weighs 40 pounds, that’s almost half my weight. But if I complain that it’s so heavy, I always get told, its not that heavy! Maybe for you, at your comfortable 180 pounds. Unfortunately I love to travel. Which means I lug a lot. So I was thrilled to see this on a friend’s Facebook feed today.

This is fantastic and I have been waiting for this for a long time. And it’s not ridiculously expensive! The rucksack I invested in years ago, the smallest I could find, is still at the bottom of the storage cupboard because filling it with say, a T-shirt, would make it a bit too heavy to be comfortable on my back (okay, a mild exaggeration there, but still!). A perfect use for it would’ve been my time in Sri Lanka, but when traveling, I swapped my lovely big rucksack for a friend’s little knapsack (and a plastic baggie for food/drink) rather than carry that monster around. See Exhibit A –>

Now all I need is a couple of flyweight suitcases and to learn to pack less stuff.