Monday, 13 June 2016

The best kind of day

The best kind of day, strolling the strange forgotten landscape of Tide Mills near Seaford, with notebook and camera in hand.

I was planning walk routes and activity ideas to use in a workshop I'm leading, coming up on Saturday 25th June.

All very exciting. There's been lots of interest for this day of walking, writing or sketching outdoors and gathering ideas in this unusual landscape. It's been a bee in my bonnet for so long, so it feels great to finally have the date in the diary, the info on my website and the plans on my desk. I have more locations in mind for other walks with sketchbooks over the summer, so if not this time, hope to see you on another.

You can read more info and book your place on my website here.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Gap the mind

Great to have a go at letterpress printing this weekend. Lots of inky fingers thanks to a popup studio event where everyone could have a go.

It's a great phrase, reversing the famous safety message from London's underground. And creating a gap in my mind is something I'm welcoming as I try to firm up plans for workshops and walks. Hoping to get some dates booked into the diary very soon so that people can book a place at

Certainly felt a gap opening up in my mind as I walked through the buttercups this weekend. Another new walk explored that I hope to share with others soon. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Sketchbook in a pocket. Bottle of ink in the other.
Up the track at the end of the next street, through the woods and onto the hill.
Walk for an hour. Leave town behind.
Pick up sticks, sheep's wool and teasel heads along the way. 
Find a spot with a view.
Draw with twig pens.
Scratch into pages with a teasel head.
Use sheep's wool on a thorny twig as a brush.

Full pages.
Inky fingers.
Doze in the sun listening to skylark song.
Walk back.
Take this track home.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

At my desk

This is where I'd like to be right now, walking to the hilltop in the sun, but dark skies are keeping me at my desk today. And while my legs might think otherwise, it's a great day for me to sit at my desk and get on with so many things I've been putting off.

Been a while since I posted here. Lots of changes for me so far this year, including having to move house. It wasn't in my plans, so now that I'm starting to feel at home, I can get back to all the things I was doing before, like adding more content to my website and setting up the new projects that are close to my heart.

Teaching music, playing music, facilitating creative workshops and leading walks are all gradually building and one of my most exciting plans is to bring some of these threads together in workshops that include time spent outside in wild or inspiring places. Something I've been moving towards for a long time.

If you'd like to read more, please take a look at my website at

It would be great to hear what you think. Dates for the first workshops are coming soon. Join my mailing list to be first to hear of workshop and walk dates.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

My new website

It's been a long time in the making, but I recently put my new website on the web at So happy to have taken the plunge and built what I wanted myself, learning so much along the way. It's very much a work in progress, so lots more will be added soon.

I decided to bring all my creative interests together on one site, so there are pages about my music tutoring, performing, my handmade books, workshops and walks.

Be great to hear what you think. Click here for the link.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Not much sketching on the hill

Not been doing much sketching on a hill lately. The sky has chased me home far too many times. Hard to see properly in the thin light of these dark days, but while the soup has simmered on the stove for lunch, I've been busy making more concertina pocketbooks.

Thanks to everyone who bought books from me in the last few months, my Etsy shop was left with near empty shelves, so it's been great to get on and change that.

Recent field research has proved that no-one needs ribbon ties when sketching in a gale on a hill. They make no sense when trying to fold a book away as horizontal rain slants in and you need to run to hide behind the nearest barn. New for 2016 are some slightly different pocketbooks, made without the ribbon ties that I usually add to hold pages closed. Ideal for anyone who loves wild sketching.

These and other books are now available to browse at my Etsy store. Inspiration catchers suitable for sketching, writing, memos, drawings, notes, collage, mini scrapbook, plans, long ramblings…….

Plans are afoot for other creative projects. I'm still keeping them under wraps, but will let you know soon. I have a hundred ideas in my head and it's hard to prioritise, but keeping hands busy has helped me sift through thoughts and plans. Better for being busy crafting.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Red, green and gold

I've been missing having the back door open onto the garden, but I've enjoyed making new pocketbooks this week either to give as gifts or to add new stock to my Etsy shop. I'm very pleased with sales so far, so thank you to those of you who have made a purchase.

SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER - order 1 or 2 books for UK delivery and they will go with free postage and packing.

The birds have been diving through the rain like inky streaks and my shoes have waited beside the front door. Not much walking this week. More like mad dashes across the seafront to hide inside the bus shelter so I can go to work. All very dramatic. The sea has looked spectacular when I've been able to see out of my glasses!

So here are some new books ready to go - some with new cover designs and colour combinations. These have concertina style pages, fold flat to fit into a pocket or small bag. All the pages are double-sided and open up to allow for panoramic sketches, side by side small pieces or very long sentences.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Happening in Brighton

Very excited to be starting a new series of writing workshops on Monday.
I know most of my readers are scattered across the world, but if you're in Brighton there's still time to book a place. Please send me a message if you're interested.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Cut and paste

Where it's at with some new pocketbooks. A hundred ideas in my head, but have been loving the quiet soothe of being busy making things. The kitchen floor looks like a hundred muddy boots have been round for tea. Makes me laugh that most of the footprints are actually mine. I'll get round to that another day.

So, 8 new books are complete, sitting out a few days under a stack of books heavier than me. Need to get on and re-vamp and re-open my Etsy store. Then they can hopefully move out into the world for sketches, drawings, notes, poems, lists, photos……. All very exciting.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Scenes from a kitchen table

The back door is open, the towels are (optimistically) on the line, a robin is pecking through falling leaves throwing thin threads of song across the garden, the breakfast things are still beside the sink while I wonder if I want to make soup for lunch. That extra hour of clock time seems to have fallen into the day too soon.

Inspired by other pocketbooks I've made, here's what's happening in the chaos of my kitchen. These are full of sketches and notes, but it's great to use them as patterns and to use the things I like best about them to make more. 

There's a bit of a production line going on, helped by lots of tea and the radio. I like the precision, the hypnotic feel of the repetition.

Greyboard cut and trimmed.

Fabriano cut and folded. Covers and endpapers measured ready. Ribbons trimmed. Bracing myself for an afternoon of glue!!

10 new pocketbooks in progress and a head full of ideas as to how they might like to be filled, by me and others.