The box said, “Mugs designed by Teena Hughes” — woohoo!
They’ve arrived! I couldn’t wait to open the box, dash down to my local cafe to meet friends and showed them my new creations :-)
In the photo below, gorgeous Barista and friend Melissa chose the FIESTA design as her Christmas gift, and friend Carolyn chose the Versaille design. Oh what joy to be able to share my designs on mugs which will remind my friends of me every time they use them!
I also got an email from the supplier today to say there is a one-day SALE on TODAY where you can get a 10% discount AND free shipping worldwide! Woohoo!
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I’ve been suffering from the heat a lot lately (living in a tropical place does have some challenges), and doodling on paper, sketching ideas, thinking of making some new summer-weight clothes for myself — and possibly to share with others.
So this is what I came up with! I’ve often added eyes into some of my drawings and sketches, and they felt right for this one too :-)
So what do you think? Does it look crisp and cool? Let me know in the Comments below if you like the black and white, or would also like to see brightly coloured versions too xx
This year I have written and illustrated several children’s books (not yet published), and I’m thrilled to bits! You may not know this about me, but I love to draw — I always have a sketchbook within reach (and in my handbag), and I have been drawing Australian animals for as long as I can remember. Inbetween those sketching times, I draw clothes — yes, I love to sketch my ideas and colour them in with watercolour pencils or Sharpies :-) and NO, I do NOT sketch Aussie animals wearing my fashion designs!
Here are the ‘working titles’ for the first books in the Aussie Animal Series:
Koala, Koala, are you asleep?
What’s New Kangaroo?
Curlew, Curlew, what’s on the log?
Emu, Emu, why do you run so fast?
Dingo, Dingo, can you sing a song?
Upcoming Book Launches
I will soon be translating them into French, and I’m so excited to let you know that I will be launching the French versions in Paris in summer 2017 – woohoo!
Matching Goodies with my Cute Characters on them!
I’m so excited with my illustrations I have decided to add them to children’s clothing and gifts to match the characters of the books. Here are the first few “ideas” for Koala Koala — cushion covers, baby bib and romper suit, t-shirts (toddlers and children):
My other ideas are: notebooks, backpack, summer flip-flops/thongs for tiny feet, jigsaw puzzles, colouring-in books, calendar, and mini-umbrella.
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What do you think? Am I on the right track? Please do write a note in the comments below or on Facebook, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
If you’d like to be added to the Book Launch Guest List for Brisbane (Australia) later this year or Paris (France) in European summer next year, please do get in touch, I’d love to see you!