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You are so sweet to do an extra post. Which is really lovely for us! What a lot of thought you have put into Hen's pressies. All the detail is so lovely and so thoughtful. I really love your little tags - perhaps they are something that could go in your shop, or maybe you would like to keep them for personal use. Anyway I always love to see them; I do like the little flower eyelets and string.Lots of goodies there; I'd never say no to a toffee or a bit of chocolate myself and I love the pretty picture. How clever of you to theme your gifts and come up with such a variety. I think those lovely pens may be able to be written with; I've had one that looks similar and it was OK - no glitter fingers! They are v pretty I agree. However, you have left the very best until the very last, because 'a little something' is usually a rather big something and pretty wonderful. If it is what I think it is then you have to promise to make something just as lovely and keep it all for yourself next time, cos you deserve it!


P.S. I've had another look at the last picture and the ribbons are confusing me - maybe I'm wrong and I DON'T know what it is!


Your gifts are lovely, as usual. The final item looks very intriging, I look forward to tomorrows post to find out more.


Emma Bridgewater...


WOW...Hen's going to be SO pleased!
Have a great evening.


WOW Hen is one spoilt lady :) I can't wait to see what that lovely piece of knitting is - the colors are glorious :)


What enormous fun!!! I especially love the vintage fabric, but your spectacular wrapping is a present in itself.


Hen is one lucky lady! I'm sure she will love it all! You are so sweet and thoughtful in your choices!Love the detail on your tags,so pretty and colourful!
The knitting looks gorgeous! Are those handles? Could it be a bag?
Can't wait to find out!
Rachel x

Petit Filoux

All it's all so lovely! Look forward to seeing more of that item... x


Your swap gifts are always such fun :-D
Can I ask, where did you get your beautiful nametapes from? My mum has been making handmade gifts and would like to add a name tape but wasn't sure where to get hold of them. thanks in advance :)
Heather xxx


Wow what fab prezzies for Hen! Love the fairisle - it is soooo gorgeous.
Just wondered if you have seen the new knitting kit from The Wool Sanctuary? It is a union jack beach hut! I have ordered a kit along with the egg cosies kit. Have already got the draught excluder kit and little house which Kirsty Allsop had on her house programme. Just have a peep on the website under things to buy at and see if you can resist!!! Love love love your blog!!! Janet


What a wonderful and colorful (colourful) web page. I am in awe. You English are the best. God has given you many gifts and you have used them!

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Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon