Friday, 27 April 2012

Friday's fun fact - Toot toot toucans

Did you know that toucans are one of the noisiest jungle birds? Their frog like croak can be heard from half a mile away.

And here is a fun time lapse video showing how our little toucan was created...

Happy Friday all x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Rain rain go away

Now, I know a drought has been declared in many parts of the UK and I know we need the rain. It just seems that ever since a hose pipe ban was enforced in our area the rain hasn't stopped. Even my 3 year old keeps asking "why is it still raining?"

Trying to find fun and entertaining things to keep little ones amused is always that bit harder when the rain never stops. So I was very pleased when a friend suggested this lovely bookshop on the coast. They even have storytime sessions (and a tearoom!), which look great fun.

Every cloud has a silver lining, as this little mobile shows...

Monday, 23 April 2012

Down That Little Lane

We are very happy to see that our little armadillo has been making new friends. Having been featured in last week's Friday Fun Fact, it was great to see this feature in the newsletter and homepage for a lovely online company based in Australia. So if you happen to be 'Down Under', why not take a trip down that little lane.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Friday's fun fact - Sleepy Armadillos

If you are feeling a bit sleepy this Friday morning you are not alone. Did you know that armadillos are among the laziest animals in the world. They can enjoy up to 20 hours of sleep a day. Oh to be an armadillo for just a day!

Here is a sleepy little member of the Little Blue Zebra family enjoying a lunchtime nap...

Since having children I have found that sleep is a much talked about topic of conversation. Here are two quotes on the subject that ring true...

"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one"

"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more"

Happy Friday all! x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Friday's fun fact - Monkey tails

It's that time again. Friday seems to have come round very quickly because of the bank holiday Monday. Only a few weeks until another one, hooray!

We found today's monkey fun fact in a book John illustrated back in 1993...

And if you have a little monkey who is mad about monkeys you might like these party ideas. Go bananas!!!
Happy Friday all x

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter x

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter xxxx

Here's one little Easter bunny in his Old Rectory pyjamas...

The Old Rectory is a lovely Irish company set up by two sisters like us. We think their designs are gorgeous, as are their promotional shots...

And here's another one of our Easter bunnies hunting for eggs...

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Easter treats for you to enjoy

With the Easter holidays in full swing we thought you might like these cute little illustrations, which you can download, print off and colour in (just click on the images then right click with your mouse and 'print picture' or drag them onto your desktop and print from there). They are sketches from two of John's books, Rainy Day Duckling and Time to Go Home Little Bunny, enjoy...

Monday, 2 April 2012

The World of Creatures

A while ago John was asked to do some illustrations for a range of natural and organic skincare products for children. They had seen his books and loved the style of his illustrations and thought they would work really well with their range, as they say on their website...

"As many other mums I was concerned about the chemicals in every day toiletries and spent the last few years sourcing the best ingredients from around the world to care for children’s skin. I also wanted small children to love the labels and packaging (and to look beautiful in the nursery) and worked with a children’s book illustrator to get these very real looking pictures of animals. Mums tell us their kids love talking to the little creatures on the bottles!"

My two little boys love using theirs and love seeing Grandpa's pictures at bathtime. They like the foam spray a little too much as it has nearly run out, so I will have to stock up again soon.