Monday, July 25, 2016

Aloe Vera plant and soap making - the start of an herbalist

In keep with my herbalist interests, I got a couple of aloe vera plant a while back.  They are so hardy and easy to keep.  Squeezed on the skin for burns or rashes they are a trusty and effective plant.
The Aleppo soap batch I made is also skin nourishing, enriched with essential oils of rosemary and lemon to clear the skin and organic milk and olive oil to soothe.

Soap Making:  Drying in the evening sun after 24h of curing.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

End of Year books

Parent reps organised the cutest book as an end of year present for the teachers. Each child drew or wrote on an A5 bristol card and the messages were sooo sweet ("Ms Swann you've changed my life" etc...)
These are the book covers I did for the book.

Step 1  Quill and ink

And the finished result. Hope they like it!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Honey Bee and Spear Resurgo at Burgh House

I donated this larger-than-usual piece for a Spear charity fundraising.  Spear helps young underprivileged people getting into employment or education via a short life-changing program where 70% of the graduates get into employment or full-time education. This was held in the historic Burgh House and so much fun.  Congratulation to the highest bidders!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015


Exciting new series in parallel with the book series. Took the discarded inside of an old book.  I had used its cover and filled it with new pages for a sketchbook with really rudimentary book-binding involving mostly thread and glue.  The printed pages on this rainy summer day had many undercover messages. Here are two.  And the sketchbook. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hokey Pokey

"you put you left foot in, left foot out, in, out,in, out and shake it all about". I hear that enough times at children parties! but what if the hokey pokey IS really what it's all about! 😃😀

Inspired by Hartman Miller and lots of 5 year-old birthday parties. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

New Food idioms

Clotilde at Chocolate and Zucchini has issued a compendium of non-French food idioms sent in my readers for the give away she had of our book Edible French.

Here are a few of my illustrations of her article.  As always, so much fun to be involved by doing my favorite thing ever!