New Illustrated Children’s Books by Teena Hughes

My New Illustrated Children’s Books!

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:

  • New Illustrated Children's Books by Teena Hughes: Koala, Koala, are you asleep?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):

New Illustrated Children's Books and Clothing by Teena Hughes

My other ideas are: notebooks, backpack, summer flip-flops/thongs for tiny feet, jigsaw puzzles, colouring-in books, calendar, and mini-umbrella.

Like my New Illustrated Children’s Books?

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!


Teena Hughes signature in pink

Marvellous March is delightful!

Marvellous March with Teena Hughes

Marvellous March — you’re here already!

How’s your month been? Can you believe we’re in the 3rd month of the year already?!

It’s quite a relief! We’ve had high temperatures around 30degC to 35degC — 86 – 95degF — for a couple of months now, with very high humidity (and there’s no air con in this rental house). Marvellous March quick sketches by TeenaWhen the temps are more reasonable, I have more energy and I’m ready and raring to be MORE  creative :-)

I’ve been sketching new clothing designs, cutting out fabric and having lots of fun trying out new fashion ideas which I’ll be sharing with you VERY soon!!

I’ve also been arranging my first trip to Norfolk Island next October (in the South Pacific east of Australia and north of New Zealand), and starting to put plans into place for my month in Paris in September — woohoo! [Let me know if you’d like to know more]

Today’s Abfab Designs Video News:

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PS – the car barge only takes 10-15 minutes.

Wondering about the pink wig in the photo above?  It was a spectacular birthday present from my gorgeous friend in the UK — I like to wear it when I’m Skyping :D

Fabulous January new Abfab Diary 2016

My new 2016 Diary has been published on Amazon, and I ordered a copy for myself so I could make sure all the colours and designs inside looked great — and they do! I’m so pleased AND relieved.

I’m now working on an Abfab Journal with no dates in it, which can be used for note taking, or a travel journal or many other reasons. I’ll let you know when it’s ready!

Can I ask a favour? If you decide to buy a copy (and I’d be ever so grateful if you do!), would you be so kind as to post a Review on amazon? It will help boost my little book amongst the millions of others online. Thanks ever so much xxxx

Click here for more info and to look inside the Diary >>


As part of getting my creative juices flowing, I’ve started writing a book for children between the ages of 0 and 3.  It’s not published yet, but I’ve written the words, and now I’m ready to do the illustrations by sketching the birds around where I’m living, and there are sooo many!

So I’m starting with pen sketches, then I’ll do some samples with watercolour paints, more with markers, and finally I’ll do one as a silk painting. I may post some of them here to see what you think.

Marvellous March

I am SO excited to get the illustrations finished so I can publish the book — I’ll keep you posted!

July 2016 UPdate!

I have now written severl children’s books — click to check out the first one KOALA KOALA and the cute children’s clothing ideas!

I’ve also been dabbling with some new silk dyes, and looking forward to producing some fabulous new wearable art pieces.

Did you see the lovely Hilka in Paris in the video above with her matching Abfab Fiesta Umbrella and Shoulder Bag? Those gorgeous colours against the black clothing and the wintery day look fabulous!

Did you miss the latest News and videos?

That’s it for today’s news update – stay tuned for more soon!

From my heart to yours, have a MARVELLOUS MARCH!

Happy Holidays from Teena!

Send me your photos and questions – I’d love to hear from you!

Big hugs with love from

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It’s fabulous January!

Fabulous January is the start of a spectacular New Year!

I’ve been working on my “plan” (dream!) for the year, and I decided to start off with some branding.

I created a Video “intro” which will be at the beginning of any Abfab videos I make this year — and you’re the first to see it — woohoo! What do you think? Do you like it? Let me know in the Comments below!

Click the video to start — it’s only 18 seconds :-)

I’ve been playing around with some ideas on how to get my creative juices going again (they’ve been on hiatus for a while, but they’re ready to jump into 2016!) and I thought I’d share some of these ideas with you:

  • create a Monthly Design — I could design one new design per month
  • each design could be available in several different ways:
    1. handpainted silk clothing
    2. handbag
    3. smart phone case, zipper bag etc
    4. umbrella
    5. and possibly other items — I do like the idea of gorgeous, bright coffee cups!
  • run Monthly competitions for my Abfab News Subscribers – the gorgeous souls who keep in touch with me and share snippets of their life — perhaps I could ask these folks to share photos of themselves with an Abfab designed piece of art, and they could be featured either privately for Subscribers only, or on a new Photo Gallery page I could create on my website.
  • create Journals with photos of my silk designs inside — also Diaries. UPDATE: The very first Abfab Diary has been published and is available on Amazon! Click here for more info and to look inside the Diary >> Here is a photo – I’m so thrilled with the way this turned out!

Fabulous January new Abfab Diary 2016Click here for more info and to look inside the Diary >>

Do any of these ideas sound any good?

Would any of you like to Comment below or email me and let me know your thoughts?

I’d be ever so grateful — I’m thrilled to bits you’ve already chosen to follow along my creative journey, and I’d love you to be more a part of it.

Many thanks Abfabalicious friends!

From my heart to yours, have a fabulous January !

Happy Holidays from Teena!

Many thanks Abfabalicious friends!

Big hugs from

Teena Hughes signature in pink

More soon! XXX

Teena Hughes

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas 2015!

To play the video above, CLICK to start — it’s only 60 seconds :-)

Oh gosh — is it just me or does the month of December zoom by double-fast and speed up like a racing car??

It feels like I no sooner say, “Only 4 weeks till the happy holidays!” and then I go to sleep, but when I wake up it’s Christmas Eve — yikes! And no, I’m sure it’s not my counting :-)

So here I am to say I’m thinking of you, wherever you’ll be and whatever you’ll be doing to celebrate Christmas and the Happy Holidays!

I wish you all the very best for a wonderful, joyful, loving Holiday season and I look forward to chatting more in the New Year!

From my heart to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family!

Happy Holidays from Teena!

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas!

Big hugs with love from

Teena Hughes signature in pink


Teena Hughes

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