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

Mamie could be a girl like you ...

Who is Mamie?

She could an artist, a writer, a nature-lover, a dancer, singer, actress, conservationist and wit. She could be the hopes and dreams of other little girls. She could be someone just like you. 

#mamie #november2018 #bookcoverreveal #anymomentnow #HarperCollinsChildrensBooks

who is Mamie..?

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Who is Mamie?

#mamie #november2018 #bookcoverreveal #anymomentnow #HarperCollinsChildrensBooks

Australia Illustrated Second Edition cover reveal!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

I'm pinch-me happy to finally reveal the new cover for the Second Edition of Australia Illustrated. The wonderful people at EK Books have reprinted after the First Edition sold out, and it was a hoot to come up with a new cover--quite different from the first one, but still reflecting the essence of the book (probably even more so that the original, though I do have a soft spot for that one!).

You'll see I simply inverted the colours of Australia and the ocean, and on the back cover, an underwater landscape fits perfectly in the blue. I also updated the endpapers, the half title and title page.

The new edition has the same lovely textured, cloth-bound cover, and lustrous satin pages within.

I hope you love this new edition! You can learn more about the book here.

a wintry August update ... with loads of sunshine

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Just as we thought winter might be pressing on the brake pedal, a dusting of snow, the likes I've which I've not seen since living in Canberra, coated the mountains surrounding our quiet little basin here in the bush. How I wanted to grab a toboggan and make a dash for it, but simply too much to get through these coming months!

Above is my latest window, this time for the National Library bookshop--it was so much fun to put together. In celebration of the release of The Gum Family Finds Home, the koalas are chilling out in the bookshop storefront for the next week or so.

I think it looks so much better IRL ... here's a little vid so you can see it in greater detail. My voice is a little husky, so hopefully you can hear me.
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