Friendly Forest for St Georges Hospital Children's Emergency Department.

Friday, 21 December 2012

As 2012 comes to a close I wanted to show you a very special project that we managed to fit in this year.  I was asked to design a wall mural for the corridor of the Children's Emergency Department of St Georges Hospital, London.
The work had to be uplifting for kids of all ages with things going on at lots of different height levels.   The corridor changes in width, and leads from the reception to different parts of the hospital.
I thought it would be nice if the wall was lined with curious looking trees. Within the trees various creatures live, a smiling cat, a family of hand drawn koalas, a lime green snail and even a bear in boots!
Here are some pictures of the install, the work was made from sticky wall vinyl by Bradford based company new vision -

Line of ants who have made their home along the bumper rail!
Is that cyril squirrel fox?
The Lion tree

Many Thanks to Belinda Harward, who is the Arts Director at St Georges and is in charge of promoting well being. Belinda commissioned the corridor. I hope it brings a smile to a few of the faces that pass through the corridor in often stressful circumstances.

and the winner is ....

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

And the winner of the Christmas joke competition is......
with the joke...
Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters?!
They both drop their needles!

Please email your details to 

The miniature world of Sabine Timm

Monday, 10 December 2012

I don't know much about Sabine Timm, I would love to find out about her, she makes these beautiful little sets with dolls furniture, nature, paper, etc. there's something about them that I find enchanting. Finding discarded objects, bringing them to life by giving them a personality, she's a talented lady.
I love her sense of colour. I don't think she has a web site so here are a few of my favourites. Also you can see more on here:

December giveaway - something to eat your Christmas dinner off!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Competition time again...
We have a set of 4 acorn dinner plates up for grabs.  All you have to do is to tell us a funny Christmas joke, and whoever makes us laugh the most will win the plates. 
Simple :-)

Blow your own Bauble at Michael Ruh's Glass Studio

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A while back we all went Glass Blowing with Michael Ruh. Michael makes his own amazing work, vases, jars, bowls etc of which I've always been a big fan.  My first studio was next door to Michael and Natascha, in West Norwood.
I used to watch them in amazement at how they make a glass  by turning a molten burning hot blob of material skilfully into something that is beautiful and fragile and pure. 

Michel and Natascha hold Glass blowing workshops in December so you can have a go at blowing your own Christmas Bauble. I'd thoroughly recommend it, it's great fun and the whole process is mind blowing to me!
Here's some pics of us:

Michael showing us how they make optic fibres demonstrating how bendy and stretchy glass is.

Look at what we made!  find out more here:

My new blog Birdie and Bear is live

Saturday, 17 November 2012

 Hi everyone... I have some news for you all. I'm expecting my first child! so I've decided to make a new blog called Birdie and Bear, so as not to annoy the non kiddy people reading this blog!

It's a sort of diary focussing on creative things for kids, things i like, children's illustrations and such like. So if you're interested in that please follow me on too! I've just started it, so lots more posts to come shortly. 

 Bobo Choses
 Alternative kids toys
You are my sunshine

Thursday, 15 November 2012

And the winner of the Mono Cat scary sentence competition is......
Cathy Baran!
We will be in touch with you shortly.

My Fav Christmas present ideas

Don't normally like to push my own products to you, but since it's Christmas and I do think we have something for everyone I thought I'd select a few of my own favourites to give you some ideas... all of these products are  proudly made in the UK and are available from our stockists on

Starting off with the not too Christmassy Christmas cards- beautifully printed A5 size cards blank inside. £12.00 for pack of 5 designs.
Something for the creative kid... Fun stamp set, all wooden blocks 11 different shapes includes a green/blue ink pad £30.00 
 Also for the kids we also still do the make your own magpie and monster kits see our tumblr page!

 One of my fav cushions owl and pussy cat, ideal for a child's room, although I'd be happy to receive this for myself! £62.50

For the baby in the family- something to keep and treasure forever the boat baby blanket- 100% softest lambswool. £62.50 available in 3 different colourways.

For the man in your life- a sophisticated understated Clyde Scarf! £52.50

 Or not so understated... but very sophisticated.. Black swan Scarf - definitely a talking point for who ever wears it. £52.20

Oh yes and for someone who really has everything ... our new 2013 calendar..£10.00 only on the website ( or if your in Japan you can buy it there)
Time for Tea Melamine tray for Mum £31.50

 and some placemats and tableware- cotton screen printed placemat (washable) £11.00

 small acorn bowl ( we have a whole dinner set in this design) £18.00 all made in Stoke on trent.
 And a beautiful Nos Da (meaning good night in Welsh) throw £200 made in Wales with beautiful traditional wool.

 and finally to wrap it all up... i love our new gift tag sets- thick leaf shaped cards to tie onto your presents. £5.50 for set of 6, and £4.75 for sticky tape- bird foot or acorns. 

Happy Shopping!!