Friday, June 25, 2010


HAPPPYY FRIIIDDDAAAYY! Today I thought I'd share these little critters with you. I had an email from a greeting card company in the USA yesterday wanting a set of four card concepts - super pronto! So I whipped these up pretty quick. They're still pretty rough and lacking detail but I think they came out OK... I hope they get published :) Talk about working under pressure hehe!
I hope you all have fab weekends and get some time to relax and have a bit of fun.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

giveaway winner

Here you all are in my bowl

Thank you SO MUCH everybody for entering the giveaway and leaving such fabulous comments! It's so nice to know a bit more about you all. Some of those quirks really made me laugh! From dog food and hair mousse taste-testing to compulsive sock-wearing to beat-boxing... Doggy biscuit baking to strange issues with certain words to being knocked over by the Queen to almost knocking over a priest... You lot certainly are a very interesting bunch! Thank you all for sharing :)

OK - I did draw out a winner just now and it is.........The super talented, charming and funny Francisco!! Congrats Francisco! Please email me your postal address to: bee[at]littlebeehive[dot]com[dot]au and let me know which print you'd like so i can send it off to you.
For those of you who haven't checked out Francisco's amazing work please do hop on over to his blog here and be prepared to be wowed!

Condolences if you didn't win but don't fret... I have a couple of brand new card ranges out soon, so stay tuned for another giveaway when I launch them, hooray! Have a top Tuesday :)

 Here is the winning ticket!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

handmade christmas challenge

Happy weekend everyone! Yes I know it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but my fellow blogger friend over at Knicky Knacks has come up with a brilliant idea, and I'm joining the challenge! Here's a little bit about it:

"I've decided to start my shopping early. But this is no ordinary shop. I've decided to make a pledge in support of all those brilliantly crafty bloggers out there by purchasing gifts that are only handmade. Every Saturday I thought we could share something that we are creating for Christmas, a gift idea we've discovered or something we've spied on Etsy or the Madeit Shop."

Sound like a good idea? If you are interested the full details can be found HERE. I'm thinking this might just be the year that I actually get organised and create or buy some beautiful handmade gifts (instead of the usual batch of jam or cookies, chucked on the night before Christmas!).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

ripple project

Today I made two cards to contribute to the fantastic 'Ripple' project. Ripple was started by illustrator Kelly Light in an effort to help raise money for the animal rescue effort in the Gulf of Mexico. It has indeed rippled all across the globe - it's great to see artists from all nations contributing pieces to the project.

Please take some time to visit Kelly's Ripple blog HERE and view some of the wonderful art on offer - all available for a donation of JUST $10!!  Here is a little bit about the project:

"Each sketchcard on this blog is $10.00. The $10.00 is a donation to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. Every penny is donated. The two Non-Profits that are benefitting are The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center. You can purchase a card if you donate directly to one of the non-profits and email me the confirmation and your address"

What a fantastic idea and a fun way to contribute this rather solemn cause. Hopefully my cards will be up for sale soon :)

UPDATE: Both my cards have sold and will be on their way to the USA very soon - hooray! I hope to do some more over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone, you are too kind :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GIVEAWAY TIME - limited edition print!

Surprise! Because I feel so lucky to have all you lovely people reading my blog, I've decided to do another giveaway - yay! This time I would like to give away one of my limited edition prints. There are two to choose from - 'Mister Fox's New Hat' or 'Odette'. Each print is a limited edition of just 20, and they are hand numbered and signed by me.  They come mounted in a thick white mat board measuring 40 x 40cm around the outside. There will be ONE winner only, and they will be able to choose which print they would like.
TO ENTER... This blog is usually all about me, but I'd really like to know a bit more about YOU! Leave a comment below and tell me a fun fact about yourself - something quirky if you can.... What's the strangest thing you've eaten and how was it? Do you collect things and if so what? Do you have any extraordinary hobbies? It can be ANYTHING at all about yourself.
Winner will be picked randomly out of a hat one week from now, on TUES 22 JUNE... in the evening sometime (Aussie time).
Good luck everybody, I look forward to reading your comments!

Monday, June 14, 2010

we love to illustrate

Hello all! today I'd like to share with you some fun news... myself and 5 fabulous childrens illustrators from the USA and UK have created a little group blog where will will share our illustrations with you all as well as some occasional fun stuff! I'm very excited to be a part of such a talented group of girls. Please do drop by our blog We Love To Illustrate For Children. We'd love to have you come and visit! Our first post has a little interview with each of us so you can get to know us a bit better. We hope you enjoy!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

new dress

I have a couple of special occasions coming up and thought I might splash out on a new dress. You might have already guessed that Etsy is my number one place to shop, and once again it proved to be a vintage-shopping heaven! I had to resist SO MANY beautiful vintage dresses. In the end I decided on this one - it's so simple and completely my taste. And with a VERY modest price tag. Can't wait to wear it!

Monday, June 7, 2010

simple florals

Wow - Monday already?! Hope your weekends were lovely, and didn't speed by like mine did! Here are a couple of simple floral patterns I whipped up last week. Have a great Monday :)

Friday, June 4, 2010


Yesterday the postman delivered a new friend....Meet Miss Kitty - isn't she divine?!  I've always wanted a ceramic black cat - as kitschy as they are - I think they have become one of those quintessential mid-century decorator pieces. I've been looking for a little while to find the perfect cat and when she popped up on Etsy I instantly fell in love! She has such a beautiful shape, don't you think? I purchased her for a song because she had some rhinestones glued to her and some were missing. I've never had a thing for sparkles so I removed all the rhinestones and I think she looks stunning without them! She has a new home here in this little retro corner of our house, I hope she'll be happy here :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

'I Drew This' Envelop shop

Hello lovelies! Today I'd like to draw your attention to the Envelop shop of my friend and fellow illustrator, Ilona Drew. Ilona lives in Brighton, England, and has had extensive experience in the greetings industry. She's recently gone solo and is working on getting her freelance career up and running... I think she's off to a flying start with the gorgeous designs she's created for her Envelop shop! You can view her shop, 'I Drew This' here. Such vivid, funky designs - a few of my faves are pictured above. Do check out her blog too, and keep up to date with the wonderful world of Ilona Drew!