Nosey Little Rosey

Like everyone, I have the best mum in the world…. but the difference is… my mum really is!!!! :)

Not only is mum the most amazing person, educator, musician, speaks four languages, sings beautifully, travels the world etc. etc. etc…. but she is a beautiful children’s author… just not published… YET!

For mum’s 60th in November I completed illustrations for one of her gorgeous children’s stories “Nosey Little Rosey”. A  lovely tale about an Echidna exploring her world.  For mum’s birthday I produced a couple of copies… even bound them myself. But now I’m hoping we can take it to a publisher and get it out there for all to enjoy!

Here are a few of the images from the book…. obviously without text… you’ll have to buy the book for that! :)

Rosey going up, uP, UP!

Satin Bower Bird – pencil, paper and watercolour


Playing hide and seek



I can’t believe I haven’t ranted about this earlier…. but whilst I’ve been sowing lots of seeds of late… I’ve also been sewing LOTS of curtains!!!

Arriving in an old timber home that no longer has anything straight or sealed just in time for winter is …. chilly to say the least. To top it off, the curtains that were meant to come with the sale, didn’t. So… so… SEW!!!  Admittedly I did purchase a few ready made block out curtains… four to be precise… but the other four (I’m technically claiming 8 as I made block out curtains to hang behind the curtains during winter)… I managed to bumble through. Thankfully my wonderfully talented mother-in-law was on hand for curtain number one and passed on much of her curtain making knowledge.   The end result, I LOVE.  The weighty block-out curtain can be removed easily so in summer the light will filter beautifully through the white linen. Linen by the way is not only a beautiful material to work with and live with… but nice to know it is rather eco friendly too.   Linen is made from flax and is highly sustainable as the whole plant can be used in various ways and it is easily washed at low temperatures (thankfully as my washing machine has no hot water connected to it!).

Might be a while before you see any other sewing projects…. only so many curtains one person can face in such a short amount of time!!!



Soon after arriving in Bowral I wanted to rip out the flannelette sheets to combat the cooler nights, but could not find them in all our boxes, so got out our beloved HEMP sheets that have been amazing in summer, so cool, let you breath, hubby no longer sweating, just love them… but was worried they wouldn’t be any good for the cold – HOW WRONG I WAS!! I LOVE them even more!! Soooo toasty and warm. I wish I’d listened harder in physics (did I even study that??), to know how this amazing product manages to keep us cool in summer and warm in winter… but I didn’t. So as far as I’m concerned, they’re MAGIC!!