Friday, 7 November 2014

Noah's Ark Commission

I was recently asked to paint a picture for a little boy's bedroom based on Noah's ark. I sent over some preliminary sketches and the idea with all the animals making their way over to the ark to take shelter from the rain was the favourite.

I decided to add the words 'The adventure is about to begin' across the sky. Being a mummy of three, I know all too well what an adventure having children is and a truly magical one too.

I wanted the picture to tell a story at the same time as being interesting for him to look at , so lots of little details for him to find. I also wanted it to be able to last him a long time, so tried to make it bright and fun but not too 'babyish' so he can enjoy it for years to come.

Check out the pictures below to see how it turned out, I was really pleased with the final outcome, hope you like it too!

I'd love to hear what you think about the painting, just leave a comment below. If you would like to get in touch about a commission, I'd love to hear from you , just email me at , you can also see my commissions page here .

BRAND NEW! UK Minibeast Colouring Book

I am really excited to tell you all about my brand new 'UK Minibeast Colouring Book' . My third, self published book!

I am so happy I now have three, although I plan to do many more colouring books, three seems like a good number to have, after all three is the magic number!

The new book features 20 different bugs, most of which you will find in your garden or local park. Accompanying each hand drawn minibeast are three fun facts so you can learn about what you are colouring in. I certainly learnt a lot about these little creatures, and they are amazing, I even got a bit more fond of slugs (I hate slugs!), did you know that the average garden is home to about 20,000 slugs? I think my favourite is the dragonfly, a master of flight, who has been around since the time of the dinosaurs.

The book, would make a great gift for anyone who loves colouring: young and young at heart, check out the pictures below, and click on the link at the bottom to bag yourself a copy.

If you like the look of this little book, head over to my Website to read more about it and my other colouring books , and buy yourself or some one special a copy!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Recent Commission- Unicorns in the Forest

I was recently asked to paint a picture for two lovely girls' bedroom. The girls (8 and 5) wanted unicorns (one of my favourite things to paint), stars, a rainbow and flowers. Right up my street! I couldn't wait to get started, and enjoyed every minute of painting it, take a look below to see how it turned out....

I was really really pleased with how the painting turned out, and the girls love it too, they have claimed a unicorn each, and have it close to their bed so the unicorns can look after them as they sleep!

This is also going to be available as a print soon, to add to my prints collection. You can have a look here at the collection available right now.

If you would like a commission, I would love to hear from you, you can email me at , you can also have a look at my commissions page here . 

I'd also love to hear what you think of this painting , just leave a comment below. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

BRAND NEW A3 Print 'Bon Voyage' featuring Samuel Fox on a sailing adventure

HI there,

I am excited to tell you about the launch of a beautiful new A3 print featuring 'Samuel Fox' , you may have heard of him and his adventures: camping, hot air ballooning , tractor driving and now sailing.

The wind fills the crisp white sails and the say goodbye to the sleepy mainland town, heading for a big adventure out to sea. He is accompanied by his 2 little friends 'Claudia Rabbit' and 'Henry Hedgehog', they always seem to have a very lovely time together, but who knows what the great sea may have in store for them on this fine day?

You can check out the new print (also available as a greetings card) below.

Click here to head to my website and check out his other adventures alongside my other prints. They are really popular for children, but grown ups love them too

Thanks for looking, I'd love to know what you think, you can comment below.

Bye for now , Sarah x

Monday, 5 May 2014

Commission in the Countryside

'Dolliedaydream' also known as Keri Gray got in touch with me after seeing my illustrations via twitter on my website and in Arkadia magazine. She writes a lovely blog all about fashion and her life by the sea in Dorset.

She needed a new blog header, and of course I was more than happy to oblige. I love taking on commissions and bringing people's ideas into reality.

This drawing also coincided nicely with a family week away in Herefordshire. Drawing and painting is never a chore for me, always a pleasure, so having some time with some extra pairs of hands to help with our 3 little lovelies gave me the opportunity to get drawing!

Have a look at some of the things we got up to in beautiful Herefordshire, and of course Keri's new blog header......

Meeting some wriggly friends

Beautiful girl with some beautiful daffodils in the woods

West Midlands safari park!

Pony riding.

Ludlow Castle

The evenings and time at the holiday house spent drawing, and here's the finished blog header.

Keri wanted to include her love of yoga (she's also a yoga teacher) , life by the sea with her little boy and Chinese Crested powderpuff dog, and of course her passion for fashion. She also requested that I use a colour palette inspired by french patissiere 'La Laduree' who make amazing macaroons in beautiful pastel colours. 

So, there is the finished piece, I am very happy to say she loved it, and I keep having a peep at her blog and feeling a little bit famous, and very pleased with how it looks! 

You can have a look at my commissions page here and if you would like me to make your ideas a reality with my pencils, pens and paint, then I would be thrilled to hear from you. You can get in touch by email at or via facebook or twitter . 

Thanks for reading, would love to hear what you think if you would like to leave a comment below. 


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Who Ate All the (Dorset) Pies?

Who doesn't love a pie? They are certainly a very popular dinner choice in our house!

I was recently contacted by 'The Dorset Pie Co' , who saw my illustrations on line. They needed some branding for their delicious pies. They have a range of scrummy flavours, including Chicken, Ham and Leek, Moroccan Chicken, Homity, Spicy Bean to name a few, and asked me to come up with some illustrations to compliment their delicious creations.

Here's a taster (!) of what I came up with, follow the link at the bottom to visit their website. They are also regulars at local farmers markets, so it'd be worth following them on Facebook and Twitter, so you can get yourself one and make your own mind up!

Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie

Lamb, Mint and Potato Pie

Steak and Kidney Pie

Beef and Ale Pie

Look out for the 'Dorset Pie Co' Logo!

They sound delicious don't they? With more flavours on their way, keep an eye on their website here , check out their facebook page here and follow them on Twitter here .

I'd love to hear what you think if you'd like to comment below? You can also follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page to keep up to date with what I am up to, or little gems that I find on my travels online!  

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Hillarys Blinds Country Crafts Competition - Adventure through the Giant Poppies

Thanks to 'Craft Blog UK' I saw this competition run by 'Hillarys', who make beautiful blinds and shutters to name a few things, and thought I would give it a go!

I had to choose one of their beautiful fabric designs and 'cut, stitch and blog' my way into their competition. As soon as I saw their selection of fabrics to choose from, and spotted the poppies, I knew straight away what I wanted to create.

I have used the poppies as a backdrop to add some familiar characters (if you've seen my paintings) to. Have a look at the series of pictures below to join my little story. Big thanks to 'Hillarys' for the fabric, and fingers crossed!

The beginning

I start to cut out and place the poppies onto my material

More poppies and some extra flowers using a selection from my stash!

My little family of felt creatures, ready for their adventure.

Putting them all in place

The sewing begins

A little further along and all the animals are in place.

The white horse leading the adventure.

Adding hand stitched detail for the eyes and noses.

And here is the finished piece! 
It measures apx 1metre long by 50 cm wide.

Hope you like it, would love to hear what you think, if you want to leave your comments below, thank you xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

BRAND NEW! African Wildlife Colouring Book

As I write, my first box of my brand new, bright yellow, gradually depleting 'African Wildlife Colouring Book' is upstairs- so exciting! I now have 2 colouring books.

Following the success of my first Uk Wildlife colouring book, I made number 2. It took me a while to decide what to go for, but following a visit from our lovely friends and their beautiful daughter, who announced she wanted to colour in a lion, it was decided, Africa it was!

The book features 20 animals from the wilds of Africa, including the likes of a crocodile, dik dik, meerkat and black mamba snake to name a few. Each hand drawn picture is accompanied by 3 fun facts about each animal, each letter is also loving hand stamped. Did you know that gorillas laugh when they are tickled and cry when they're sad?

When I got the sample , I was so pleased with how it turned out, so was my daughter who simply loves colouring. Have a look at the pictures below and see what you think.....

Front Cover

Back Cover

One of the pages featuring a Gorilla and her baby

My number 1 critic getting straight to work on the sample copy as soon as it arrived!

Love this one she coloured, a golden ninja meerkat!

If you would like to read more about this book and my Uk wildlife one too, just click on this link to see them on my website here .

This book would make an ideal gift for little ones or grown ups alike, anyone who likes to colour, and let's face it, who doesn't?!

I'd LOVE to hear what you think if you'd like to comment below, thanks for reading x 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

It Must Be Love!

Happy new year, welcome to 2014. Christmas and new year over, it's onwards and upwards to Valentine's day. I love a bit of romance, but not the really soppy stuff, it's the simple things that always get me, little things that make a big difference.

With this in mind, I have created a few new Valentine's card designs, simple, yet beautiful and something to make that some one special smile.....take a look....

Foxes, I have a thing about foxes, I love to draw them, and they have this beautiful quality about them, so had to include them in one of my new designs, 'Fox Love', as I said, simple and beautiful!

'I am so in LOVE with you' something a little bit different, but this little phrase was dancing about in my head for a while before the design took shape. I have to say it was inspired by my wonderful husband, and this card has inspired some more ideas, so watch this space.

Head over to my Valentine's cards page to see and buy these, plus some more designs too. May you have a very LOVEly Valentine's day xxx