I have had a children’s book idea in my head and mini sketch book for over 3 years now! Finding the time to work on it has been proving difficult. House renovation, work and life in general are getting in the way. But I was flicking through my sketchbooks last night and it reminded me how much fun I was having designing the characters and testing out styles. I must find time to carry on!
Here are some of my sketches so far. Carl the Carrot, Bell the Pepper & a family of potatoes!
We have been to so many friends weddings this summer and all have been super fun and so personal to each couple.
This weekend we were at our good friends Alice and Jack's amazing wedding at Dilston Grove in Southwark Park. I'm not exactly a pro chalk pen writer but was asked to help out with the signage and table plans for the day and was more that happy to help. Lovely to be able to ease some wedding stress and contribute creatively to our friends wedding!
The drinks menu was named after our old uni haunt - Bar 42, where Alice & Jack actually met for the first time! It's really got me thinking about personal touches for our wedding in November!
There is a lot in the press at the moment about recycling, avoiding single use plastics and saving the oceans....which is amazing. The amount of plastic and waste polluting our planet is shocking. Lately I have been gradually trying to buy longer lasting reusable products. At the moment my top three items are:
my metal safety razor & blades. Which means no more expensive, wasteful plastic razor handles & blades!
my mooncup. Which means I'll never have to buy any sanitary products ever again, its easier & safer (reduced TSS risk) to use, more hygienic & soooo much better for the planet!
my reusable make up remover pads! Which means no more plastic bags of cotton pads going into the bin... & I'll save money by reusing them!
However, as much as recycling and avoiding single use plastics etc is good for the planet....my number 1 planet saver will always be GOING VEGAN! This article sums it up pretty well - Link #govegan #veganartist
I am so excited to share the news that we have just adopted two beautiful cats from the Liverpool Welfare Rescue Centre. As soon as I moved to Liverpool a year and a half ago I started following them on Facebook...but only now that we have settled in our new house has it felt like the right time to rescue some kitties!
I saw Alfie & Pixie on the Facebook page, an hour later we went to meet them and fell in love! My first ever cat was a tortoiseshell & I had my heart set on adopting a black cat (they take 13% longer to adopt than other cats) so these two cuties were my purrrfect pets.
Liverpool Cat Welfare
They were rescued from the centre as kittens 20 months ago, and sadly abandoned again a few weeks ago. So happy that we can give them their forever home now!
They arrived yesterday and although Alfie is a bit shy at the moment they seem to be settling in well. The rescue centre do such great work so I just want to say thank you to June and her team.
I love the start of the year... as it means lots of people will be giving Veganuary a chance! What better way to start the year than doing something as great as trying Vegan!
Here are just a few of the many positive reasons to try vegan for a month...and hopefully longer!
A plant based diet is suuuuuper healthy!
Vegan food is colourful, DELICIOUS and guilt free! (no animals harmed in the making!)
Going vegan forces you to read the ingredients of your food...which can make you realise all of the weird/terrible ingredients that you didn't notice before! Giving you more control in what you put into your body.
A healthy vegan diet can help to mitigate and sometimes even reverse some of the worlds biggest health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancers.
Going vegan is great for the planet! Livestock accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than the combined exhaust from all transport! Also....have you ever thought about where all the livestock poop goes....
Going vegan saves LOTS of water! The amount of water needed to produce 1 pound of beef can range from 442 to a whopping 8000 gallons! 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk!
And my favourite reason for a vegan life is that it prevents the torture, harm, abuse and murder of billions of animals every year! If you are an animal lover - live a lifestyle that doesn't hurt animals!
Experimenting with new vegan dishes is also really fun! Here is one of my favourite recipes to cook for a Friday night treat.... Tofu Nuggets
Illustrating and cooking vegan food are two of my most favourite things to do....so I thought why not combine the two! In my spare time I have been picking out fun recipes from my notebook of made up recipes! One of my favourite Saturday night dinners is a classic plate of chips, tofu nuggets and peas. It's very simple and not the healthiest dinner but sometimes us vegans need some fried food in our lives!
My illustrated recipes are still a work in progress but thought I would share the draft anyway....as it is world vegan day! Recipe written below (need to work on making this one more readable!)
1. Press a block of firm tofu under a plate to remove the moisture. Chop into nugget sized nuggets.
2. Batter mixture : 1 tsp of salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp of paprika, tumeric & garlic powder, 1-1/2 cups of chickpea flour. Mix dry ingredients with water to form a thick batter.
3. Slice up potatoes into your desired chip size! Brush with oil and sprinkle with paprika s & p.
Place on a baking tray & oven bake unitl golden brown.
4. Dip the tofu cubes into the batter followed by a roll in the panko crumbs.
5. Heat up a pan of rapeseed oil and pop in the nuggets. Remove once golden brown & crispy. Rest on some kitchen roll to remove excess oil.
6.Vegan lemony garlicky mayo: a glug of olive oil, a splash of white wine vinegar, 1 crushed garlic clove, a big squeeze of lemon & a pinch of s&p, 1/2 tsp of egg replacer. Whisk, taste and season until this resembles mayo...Or tastes yum. If all esle fails, add some garlic and lemon to veganaise!
7. Boil some frozen peas for that fresh side of greens.
*recipe disclaimer: I'm a freestyler in the kitchen so there’s a lot questionable measurements in this recipe... Therefore plenty of tasting & vegan guesstimations required! :)
Happy World Vegan Day!
Happy world vegan day! Here are some of my favourite vegan meals...worthy of an illustration 🥗🍜🍛🌮 After 20 years of vegetarianism, turning vegan over 3 years ago was one of the best things I've ever done!
For me...I'm healthier, feel great & have become a better cook (well I think so). But the most important reasons I am a proud vegan are that I'm not putting my tastebuds before animals suffering, no animals are harmed for my dinners & cutting out animal products is so important to reduce the impact on our environment ✌🏼🌏
So happy my aardvark sticker design was selected by Awesome Merchandise's free sticker friday competition. You upload a sticker design..... and if you win they send you 100 free stickers! Great to give away or decorate etsy order packaging!