Mamie print-outs for kids!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hey, kids--do you love to colour in and search for things and spot differences-es-es?


You're going to love these Mamie print-outs. All you need to do is fire up the printer, click on what you want to print, grab some pencils or textas, and get busy with it!


Spot the Difference
There are 12 changes to the Mamie book cover. The first one is the real cover, the second one is fake! Can you find the differences?

(Try not to peek in advance, but here are the answers!)

Word Searches
If you love words (I do!), here are two word searches--one for beginners and one for those who love a REAL challenge. Can you find them all?

Mamie book GIVEAWAY!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Would you like to meet Mamie and her bush fairy friends and her adorable Scotty dog? Well, here is your chance. To win one of two copies of Mamie, just head to my Instagram page and find the Mamie GIVEAWAY image. Click on it and read the very simple instructions.

Comp runs from Sunday 18 November till Sunday 25 November at 9pm, Sydney time. Winners will be notified by that evening, on Instagram. Anyone, from anywhere, can enter, but please note that books can only be sent to an Australian address.

Good luck!

Happy birth day, Mamie!

Friday, 16 November 2018

Mamie has been some journey. Would take me three hours to tell you how this book came about... and I can still hardly believe today is the book's release day. It's all too surreal.

I wanted to publicly thank my glorious publisher at HarperCollins, Lisa Berryman, for championing this book from the start, my wonderful editor Eve Tonelli and the entire team of HCP angels who've made this book dream a reality.

There are loads of Mamie-related bits and bobs coming up--see posters below. I hope to see you at one of them. And watch this blog in the coming days for some wonderful print-outs for kids, and a book giveaway (which will actually be run on my Instagram account).

Happy birth day, Mamie!

Friday 23 November 2018
7pm - 10pm
If you are a SCBWI member, would love to see you there. More info here.
Mamie Book Launch
Sunday 25 November 2018
Carrick Hill Estate, Adelaide

Mamie Window Opening and Book Reading
Saturday 8 December
Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden, Canberra

production mode and a month in Adelaide

Friday, 2 November 2018

Very soon, I'll be leaving for four weeks in Adelaide, thanks to the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust. Four solid weeks of pure creative immersion (peppered with some fabulous and inspiring events, including a Mamie launch!).

I think I'm packed. I think I've left enough reminders for the family to lock the doors and check the post and water my orchids and hydrangeas. I think I'm ready to let go. I think I'm ready to seize this incredible opportunity to do nothing much (not even cooking or housework!!! OMG!!) but create create create. Thank you, MGCLT.

Sometime in December, I'll be able to reveal a wonderful new project I've been working on for emerging creators--both authors and illustrators. I can't wait to share it with you. It's been a lot of prep work (a LOT!) but I'm hoping it will be well worth it. At the top of this post is a peek at an image related to the project. More soon!

Yonks and yonks ago, I entered a call-out from one of my favourite magazines--Flow. It was for illustrations for their 365-day tear-off calendar.

advance copies of Mamie

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Advance copies of Mamie have arrived!

I don't think I've peeped so much, I was hopping round the house like a jack rabbit. The production values are sooooo gorgeous--matte paper, stunning colour reproduction, a beautiful cover with spot UV in all the best places... beyond happy.

It's always a little torturous when a new book arrives--will it be as you envisaged? Mamie is everything I could have wanted and more.

On the shelves 16 November (you can pre-order here if you can't wait another gumblossom moment!).


giclée prints on Instagram!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

If you're into flowers or bears, I'm offering a print run of giclée print orders until 18 October over on my Instagram page. Every single A Fleur a Day original image and every A Bear a Day image can be ordered (and just $25 each!). Plus, I'm doubling the size of the original (was A6--prints will be A5).

Hop on over to my Insta page to place your order. Below are some samples of some of the artworks available...

blossoms and busy bees - spring has sprung!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Hello, spring!

Have bulbs popped in your garden yet? They seem to be a little slow this year, but it could be because of, you know, no rain, hardly any all year. In fact, our garden is a dust bowl. We'll be 10 years in this house this coming January--the longest I've ever lived anywhere in my life, and our entire garden has shifted and changed so much. Thanks to these concerning weather changes, we've had to let go of a lot of our plants, and install new ones.

Like changing lavender for native grasses. Mondo grass for wandering succulents. Manicured pittosporum hedges for organically-constructured protea or laurel screens (we're still deciding which plant we'll use). Real lawn for will-let-you-know-when-we-can-afford-it-good-heavens-the-cost-is-completely-outrageous faux lawn. It's like we're living in the Great Victoria Desert. And living on the top of this mountain we're on, you can't bury more than a daffy bulb without hitting rock or clay.

In fact, I've had to delete English gardening shows from Foxtel IQ because the limerick-green lawns and emerald hedge-rows make me want to weep a bucketful of non-existent rain. Am I alone?? But then, with the horror our farmers are going through ... I really can't complain.

Anyway--BOOKS! Let's get onto books. August and September are huge for kids' books in Australia, and lots has been happening.

On 20 September, we celebrated the Australian Reading Hour. It's One Hour of the year where you are not allowed to do ANYTHING else except share books, with yourself, with kids, with pets, with plants. Whatever you like.

For our One Hour, Katharine Murphy, Leife Shalcross and I nattered about all things reading and story at Harry Hartog bookstore in Woden, Canberra. Thanks to the amazing Claire, Sophie and Glenn for organising. It was brilliant fun.

Mamie garden party book launch!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Join me in Adelaide, at the beautiful Carrick Hill Estate, for a fanciful garden party, celebrating the launch of Mamie! This picture book on the life of Australia's beloved May Gibbs also celebrates the 100 Year Anniversary of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Enjoy a beautiful morning in the gardens of Carrick Hill, with a book reading and signing, gorgeous crafts to take home, and a very special botanical cupcake and gum-blossom lollipop for each little fairy or elf.

We'll tour the brand new May Gibbs garden, and guests are welcome to wander the Story Book Trail and view the final day of the May Gibbs and Australian Botanical Art exhibition in the gallery.

The launch will be held on the Cypress Terrace between the visitor entrance and the house.

Kids are encouraged to come dressed as fairies, elves or gumnut/gum-blossom characters. They will also have the opportunity to meet some beautiful bush fairy dolls ... and Mamie herself!

I'm thrilled to have life-long May Gibbs aficionado, Jane Brummitt, launching Mamie.

RSVP is essential for catering and goodies, so be sure to get in quickly. Just click on the poster above to RSVP to the Facebook event, or email

This event is free. Drinks and food are available to purchase in the café. Admission is free to Carrick Hill gardens and grounds. Parking is available. Visit Carrick Hill for more information.

For more information on Mamie, click the book below.

Illustrator Showcase poster for SCBWI Conference, Sydney 2019

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

My brain bent over backwards and my heart flipped out of my chest when the gorgeous SCBWI Australia East/NZ team asked me to create the poster for the 2019 Conference Illustrator Showcase. What fun!

You can read about my inspo behind the piece on the SCBWI blog.

Keep an eye on the blog for the conference program--dates are 24 - 26 Feb in Sydney. I cannot wait to see the illustration portfolios next year!

a fleur a day

Monday, 27 August 2018 After the success of A Bear a Day last year, and after much thought (and planning!), I'm hosting another original artwork auction on Instagram. Just head to A Fleur a Day. Starts September, until I can paint no more...
A nature image.
Every day.
Birds, bees, insects, plants, and always and ever a flower.
September 2018—until I can do no more!
Original watercolour/ink paintings on A5 watercolour paper.
Auction daily on Instagram.
Free post to anywhere in the world.

Mamie - cover reveal!

Friday, 24 August 2018

My labour of love on the life of May Gibbs, is nearly here. On 16 November, Mamie will be released, and I'm happy to officially show the cover today... ta da!

Learn more about the book right here. It can be pre-ordered through Booktopia now and it will be launched at the beautiful Carrick Hill Estate on Sunday 25 November (Adelaide). Launch poster coming soon!

who is Mamie? this is Mamie

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Who is Mamie?

This is Mamie.

Also known as May Gibbs--artist, illustrator, author, activist--Australia's beloved kids' book creator.

2018 celebrates 100 years of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. My tribute to May--Mamie--is out November.

#standbyforcoverreveal! #mamie

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