Posted in animals, Art, Dogs, Kids, Pets, Uncategorized

Come Visit My Shop!

Venturing into E-Commerce sites has opened up a new world. There are designs for kids, pets, t-shirts and wearable art for everyone. More and more products are being added as I go, and these include clothes for babies.  Click on the link below. Worth a look.untitled-2


Posted in animals, Art, Family, Holiday, Kids, Pets

Through the Eyes of Catiana Pusskin

Catiana 5

Yesterday saw me working like crazy to get my new shop up and running on Zazzle. There are many items I am able to put my designs onto. The options are endless! I will be updating and adding more designs and items as I go. Below is the link to my collections for kids.

Meanwhile, I have added an illustration I created of a much loved pet who lives down in Hobart with my adopted sister and family. Catiana Pusskin (named after a well known woman in Russia whom I know not much about yet) stares out at us with those enormous eyes as we arrive from Sydney for our stay in Hobart. “This is MY house,” she is telling us. “And My Mama, and I do NOT share her!” My adopted sis comes into the room, picks up Catiana and kisses her. Catiana returns the affection by purring, and letting herself be kissed. Those eyes of hers take in all that is around her, including us.

At the end of our stay, we go to pack our bags and there, looking regal, is Catiana sitting in my case on top of my clothes, as though to say “You’re not going yet, are you? I was just starting to get to know you!”

She features in many of my designs. And now, she is on baby clothes, puzzles, cards, etc.

Come and see..

Posted in Art, culture, Holiday, Kids

Thanks For The Fish

Happy Children’s Day! May 5th in Japan is a national holiday dedicated to celebrating the happiness of kids. I love the carp streamers that are displayed for the week leading up to Children’s Day. They are bright and colourful, and peaceful yet powerful. The carp, known as koi in Japanese, symbolise strength as the fish are […]

via Koinobori for the Kids — Celia in Tokyo

Posted in Art, Kids, Nursery Rhymes

A New Take on an Old Nursery Rhyme

Incy Wincy Spider

I illustrated this popular nursery rhyme in an attempt to make my own version of it. Seems this nursery rhyme never loses popularity with the little ones. I tested the illustrations on my baby nephew by showing him them in their raw form. He loved them!

It would be nice to be able to create interactive books with sound and plenty of textures for kids to touch and feel. It is fascinating to watch my nephew grow and develop and make sense of the world all around him by touching, smelling and talking about it. His vocabulary is incredibly diverse and sophisticated for his age, and he has a wonderful sense of humour to go with it. Soon, I hope to make my own music for kids, as this is what I used to do in childcare centres.

Posted in Art, Kids, Pets

Possum Rescue

Its a Possum2 copy

When I was a kid, we had many pets. One of them was a tiny possum who we named Sebastien. He was found in his mothers pouch as an orphan. We took him home in one of my mothers bed sheets and fed him milk through a bottle. Day by day he grew stronger and bigger, scampering around the house and climbing up our legs. One day he climbed up my mothers leg as she was hanging out the washing, causing her to shriek in pain. His claws were very sharp, adapted to climbing trees and leaping from one branch to another. He grew to an enormous size, breaking into the kitchen of a night and raiding the food cupboards. Finally, my father said “It’s time for Sebastien to go” And go he did. We took him to a bush land setting and watched him scamper away into the wilderness, never to be seen again. Sebastien was a pet who didn’t belong in a house for long. He belonged to nature in the end, and nature belonged to him.

Posted in Art, Dogs, Pets

Capturing Molly


Molly came into my life over five years ago now. I saw her little face peering out at me from a shop window, and I knew she was coming home with me. I picked her up and she licked my hand with her tiny pink tongue as though she knew I was hers and she was mine. She was tiny and eight weeks old, and I became Mummy. She cried and I did what I was not supposed to do, I took her into bed with me. She still sleeps with me today. I took her to the park, and I met people and dogs who had been adopted from the dog pound. I found out how kind and good it is to take home a pound dog and to save its life. Adopting a dog is always kinder than buying one from a pet store. And yet when I took Molly home, I knew I had given this little dog a good home, and she was meant for me and me for her. This is a drawing I have made of her using ink pens.