Sunday, 19 December 2010


Thank you for all your lovely comments over the past year. I really appreciate them all.

Cellophane and foil courtesy of Quality Street.
Which one's your favourite? I love the purple ones!
The String Shop is now closed. It will be open again on Tuesday the 4th of January. Thanks to everybody who has purchased cards and prints this year!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Pom Pom

There are some monster pom poms around this winter!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

A Warm Glow

I love the way this Rob Ryan card changes as the light changes.

Monday, 13 December 2010

I Love Baubles!

Bauble Girl is my personal card and mailshot for Christmas 2010. It seemed quite fitting as I really am a bauble addict! The lovely tree card is by Jane Foster and the snow dome by Lisa Jones.

'Rudolf the Sausage Dog' (above) is now sold out. I have a handful of Hubert xxx cards available here. The brilliant tree card on the left of the picture is by Walter Erhard. It was designed in the 1960s.
A Homemade Christmas

You can never have too much glitter!!
LEGO for Christmas

I picked up this LEGO Snowman last Christmas. It was one of a series of 3 kits which also included Father Christmas and a Christmas Tree with Baubles.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Marks and Spencer Percy Pig

I first illustrated Percy Pig about 15 years ago. For Christmas 2010 Percy is appearing on a whole variety of products including these special edition sweets.
Percy Pig Copyright Marks and Spencer Plc.

Spotted this cool snowman in Hove today.

In the garden.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

String Christmas Cards

Hubert and Rudolf are currently selling like Hot Dogs! (Thanks to anybody who has put in an order). Last few remaining. Available here.
Campbell Books

Even though I produced this series of 4 board books in 2004 it is still one of my favourite projects. The books were first published by Campbell as Jigsaw Books and also as a large format book for Ted Smart. The books were reissued as a mini box set for Christmas 2009.
First Snow

Some friendly faces from last December.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Saturday, 20 November 2010

SOMA Gallery

String prints and cards are now available from the great new look SOMA online shop.
I am thrilled to be associated with SOMA as they feature the work of a number of my favourites including Donna Wilson, Gemma Correll, Darling Clementine, Lisa Jones and Tatty Devine. Find lots of inspirational Christmas gift ideas here!

A few recent pictures around the house.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Innocent The Big Knit

I couldn't resist this dinky little hat when I spotted it in the supermarket the other day. 25p from each bottle sold goes to Age UK. You can find out more about the big knit here.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Illustration Friday-Afterwards

'If you don't eat all your dinner up then there will be no chocolate ice cream afterwards'.
A phrase often used to no avail in our home!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Autumn Colours 2

Paynes English Honey made locally. Cushion by Alexander Girard.
Lionel Print by String available here.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Weekend Walk along the Prom

The huts on the prom looked especially striking against the stormy sky yesterday. The colourful doors always remind me of swatches on a paint chart.
Happy Halloween
Hope you have a treat filled day!
3 Wise Owls

Mug and pepper shaker by Hornsea. Owl brooch picked up at the Lewes Craft Fair last winter.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Happy Holidays in Hove

I now have the original artwork back from the Coast Competition so I thought I'd upload a couple of my favourite details.
Illustration Friday-Racing

Rod was one Hot Hedgehog!
Autumn Colours

I love this time of year.
Bag by Orla Kiely, Wellies by Hunter and Vintage Quality Street Tin from the brilliant Winter's Moon.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Stripey Friday

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Home is where the heart is!

Sunday morning snapshots with a loving feeling!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Coast Magazine Poster Competition

Please click on image to enlarge

Happy Holidays in Hove wins second prize!
Papercut artist Rob Ryan was especially taken by runner-up Jane Massey's Happy Holidays in Hove painting of her home town in East Sussex. 'The wide pavement by the sea in Hove is such a lively, jolly place,' he says, 'full of people walking, rollerblading, taking dogs out, cycling, flying kites - and this picture captures that feeling really well.'
The article above will appear in the November issue of Coast on sale 18th Oct.
Congratulations to the competition winner Barry Goodman-See more of Barry's work here.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Illustration Friday-Transportation

I couldn't choose between the top two images so I have decided to include both for this weeks I.F! The illustrations were produced for The Wheels on the Bus box set published by Campbell Books in 2005. The case above opens out to reveal 4 board books.
Little Angels Baby

I popped in to ASDA yesterday and it was great to see that the entire Little Angels range is now in store . The Little Angels Baby that I created with FLB Design appears on the packaging for over 30 products from nappies to teethers.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Illustration Friday-Beneath

A quick image inspired by the never ending rain (Booo!) and all the jolly waterproofs (hurray!) on the school run this morning!
Smiley Faces!

A compilation of creations from the whole family!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Mary and Susan

Do you remember Clackers?! I can still remember the feeling when I caught my knuckles! It has been fun reminiscing about the games of my childhood for this weeks Illustration Friday-so much so that I had to artwork a couple more of my initial ideas.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Illustration Friday - Old-fashioned

I was a very proud sister the day my little bro won the school conker championships many years ago!

Friday, 24 September 2010


If I HAD to choose a favourite colour I think it would have to be red. I think it really can cheer you up! These are just a few of the red things that live in our home.
Pic 1. Enamel Cooking Pot by Finel, Red Magazine-a monthly treat! Brooch by
Jane Foster-(I don't think this design is in production now), Red Vase by Riihamki.
Pic 2. Handkerchief Vase by Chance, Money Box by Luigi Colani, Delicious Tomato Paste from Jamie Oliver ( I love the packaging in his stores), Keep Calm Tea Towel-a friend kindly made it into a wall hanging for me, Egg Cup by Alessi.
Pic 3. Monty Print by String, My favourite Red Tights-Roll on Winter! Fabric by Stig Lindberg and Heart Bowl (Thanks Darling!) by Kaj Franck.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

String Christmas Cards

See more here!