Merry Everything window reveal!

Monday, 13 November 2017

What a gorgeous morning we had at Harry Hartog Westfield Woden, at the unveiling of my Merry Everything! window. We enjoyed a countdown and reveal (thanks to little helpers Ayla and Zoe) and then bubbles, gingerbread and candy canes. An impromptu book signing saw almost all book copies evaporate, and it was fantastic to catch up with some lovely people.

SCBWI ACT art exhibition

Saturday, 11 November 2017

SCBWI ACT is delighted to showcase the work of local SCBWI artists in our first ever exhibition! It will be held at Smith's Alternative here in Canberra, from 28 November to 10 December, featuring Leanne Barrett, Grace Bryant, Gemma Harrison, Genevieve Hopkins, Jennifer Hulme, Joy McDonald and myself.

We'll have prints available for sale for the length of the exhibition, and I will also have books (Australia Illustrated, Smile Cry and Merry Everything) and my Australia Illustrated Map for sale. The opening will be at 6pm on Tuesday 28 November. See more here.

Huge thanks to Grace Bryant for organising, and to Smith's Alternative!

Australia map launch!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Australia: Illustrated Map Launch
Sunday 26 November 2017
Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden, Canberra

Have you ever been to a map launch? Me neither! Hope you'll join me on this epic adventure--it's going to be a hoot!

Explore Australia with this ginormous illustrated wall map, featuring the flora, [kooky] fauna, sites and sights of our beautiful land.

There'll be activities for the kids, goodies to gobble, a travel quiz with prizes and yes--a real life MAP SIGNING! (who'd have thunk it!?). Kids will also have the chance to draw and write on a map, showing where they have lived and travelled to.


October happenings

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

more on this, below


Just kidding.

I've actually become a bit of a Halloween 'scrooge' now that the kids are older. Not because I don't like it. I do. It's fabulous fun. Our suburb here in Canberra caught a little Halloween fever a few years ago, with mini ghouls haunting the streets, but it seems to have died down now. Nevertheless, I leave a creepy bowl outside our front door with freakish treats inside.

I guess I'm a bit over Halloween because it's just 'another' thing to do, you know? And to think, I used to decorate the entire house. AND Easter. And I'd hang streamers and puff up balloons at the mere whiff of any other festive occasion. Now, all that energy is reserved for Christmas.

If you've read my blog, you'll know I'm a Christmas Nut (perhaps a Brazil nut--sometimes Macadamia), and I've been particularly impatient this year. Not sure why. I want to try a new advent calendar and I also want to totally reinvent my decorating scheme. I'm going for silver and green, black and white this year. Here are some finds from Provincial Home Living and Adairs. Can you believe how gorgeous? Look at that leafy ribbon! and I'm [almond] nuts over the pine cone tree/ornaments, and the wreath. Gasp.

And here is one of many pompom garlands I've been dying to make. All white. And the little mini trees--I found them on ebay. I'm using them for this year's advent calendar.

Merry Everything! window unveiling

Monday, 30 October 2017

Merry Everything! Window Unveiling

Monday 13 November
Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden, Canberra

It's a Merry Everything Christmas at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden, with the unveiling of a festive book window featuring adorable animals from the book! Come along for the big reveal--candy canes and gingerbread for the kids, a glass of bubbles for the big kids!

RSVP essential:

Australia Map advance copy

Sunday, 15 October 2017

So exciting to FINALLY see my map with Hardie Grant Travel as a final, real life, trooly rooly map, in a tube and everything! It's been printed on the most beautiful writeable, wipeable paper and when you unfurl it, it doesn't stay coiled in a tight fist--it lies almost flat. Heaven!

There are, quite literally, NO spare walls in my house except this curved one at our entryway. It's like it was made for this map. Look how huge it is. It's HUGE!

Australia: Illustrated Map will be released this December, and will be available in stores Australia-wide, and online. I'll be having a map launch--yes, you read it right--we might have to crack a bottle of champagne against it--at Harry Hartog Woden (Canberra) on Sunday 26 November, so whack that in your diary, and check my EVENTS page for updates on how you can RSVP.

Have you ever been to a map launch? I haven't! What will I wear...

Dior exhibition

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

my H&M skirt! seriously!

Weekend before last, I headed to Melbourne for the launch of Merry Everything! (you can see the wrap-up here). It was an action-packed long weekend, catching up with beautiful people, and one of the absolute highlights (along with The Book of Mormon) was the Dior Exhibition at the NGV.

I promised a peek at my pics, so here they are. I also mentioned in my launch wrap-up post that I'd bought a skirt from H&M half an hour before seeing the Dior line-up--and was shocked to see an almost identical skirt in a Dior dress (and I'd thought 'how Dior!' when I bought the skirt). You'll see it in the image above.

My new publisher, Lisa Berryman from HarperCollins, was also seeing the exhibition that morning with a friend, so we met for coffee afterwards. We both marvelled at the gum nut head gear on one of the mannequins (see if you can spot it below), especially as we're working on a book on May Gibbs!

Enjoy this sartorial lust-fest. I'm still swooning.

merry EVERYTHING! book launch wrap-up

Monday, 2 October 2017

It was so nice to be 'home' in Melbourne this past weekend. I really, really miss this beautiful city, and although our trip was a whirlwind, it was enriching and so very special, filled with fabulous experiences and people.

We arrived last Thursday, checked in to our superb little North Fitzroy apartment, and had dinner with the fam. Then Friday morning, I leapt on the tram for the city. Forgetting it was an AFL public holiday, I sat, bereft, outside H&M, awaiting its (late) opening, then barrelled inside and picked up a few scrumptious bits, including the the most 'Dior' fairy-floss-pink layered skirt (only one left, in my size!).

I then hightailed it to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Dior Exhibition. Gasp. Fast-forward through the following pics if this is not your thing, but how could it NOT be? It was just, just--no words. Absolutely brilliantly done, too, with creations spanning many decades, including many eye-popping vintage pieces. And it was a little bit freakish to see my pink H&M skirt at the exhibition!! (albeit in dress form, below). Stay tuned for a blog post with a billion eye-popping photos.

KBR has a new look!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Kids' Book Review has been loooooong overdue for an upgrade, and it's been tough to carve out the time to create something of late. I'm working on a series of bears right now, so I simply added another five to my cache... et voila - here are your new KBR hosts. A bevy of bears. (And yes, I know the koala isn't technically a bear, but he's OUR bear, so there.)

Do stop by and check it out, and maybe read up on some sensational kids' books at the same time.

I have an Etsy store!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

After quite a few requests to buy some of the artwork from my books, I'm delighted to announce my new Etsy store!

I'm selling both regular and giclée prints of my book artwork, some 52-Week Illustration Challenge artwork and some exclusive prints of animals from my upcoming Australia map.

I'll be adding to the shop over the next month or two, in the lead-up to Christmas. I hope you find something you might like to add to your wall or the Christmas stocking... I've had some giclée prints done and they look stunning!

Merry Everything book launch is coming up!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Merry Everything is in da house at The Little Bookroom!

If you're in Melbourne, come along to our book launch (that's Jess Racklyeft and me) on Saturday 30 September at 10.30am.

OMG, that's soon! If you come along, you may score a Santa hat and a candy cane (just saying...)

studio revamp

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

It's spring! 

And we all know what happens.




It's a primal thing, methinks, because on the weekend, I was seized by the desire to do over my studio. I really liked my 'old' studio (below) but was hankering for something a little more streamlined... and all the beautiful illustrations from friends and colleagues were starting to fade in the dazzling light that fills my sacred, north-facing space.
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