Monday, 29 December 2014

Introducing: 'Cook's Coloring Book' by Rachel Lewis

Super exciting news from me folks - I've spent most of last year writing and illustrating a cookbook!

For the young cook or the beginning homemaker, this recipe collection will foster confidence while building a repertoire of tasty main dishes and treats made from scratch. User-friendly, non-intimidating illustrations plus written directions guide the cook through the recipes step by step. For extra fun or to identify dishes mastered, the cook (or cook’s assistant) can color the pages to make this a personal favorite cookbook. Execute a perfect Mexican Omelette, stir together a One-Pot Sausage Casserole, toss a Rainbow Coleslaw, stir-fry a pan of Sweet and Savory Kale, bake a batch of Cranberry and Cinnamon Cookies, or whip up a delicious Banofee Pie. Here is a great collection of fresh recipes for learning to cook at home. 

It was an amazing project to work on - almost 800 individual illustrations in total! Writing and testing the recipes was really fun, and then once I had each dish nailed I worked on the black and white line drawings, to create 60 fully illustrated recipes ready to colour in!

The release date in the US is February 1st 2015, so you can pre-order Cook’s Coloring Book direct from Gibbs Smith here.

It’s also available in the UK as well! The release date over here is March 26 2015 - pre-order Cook’s Coloring Book from Amazon here.
Don’t forget you can follow me on Instagram and on Twitter for more updates and on #cookscoloringbook. I also update my portfolio of work at

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

What home means

Illustration by Lizzy Stewart 

When we started to do up our home we realised we had lots of decisions to make in regards to the materials we would use. Would we paint or wallpaper? Carpet or wooden floors? In the end we chose carpet for the top of our home and wooden for the downstairs. I actually really regret carpeting the top now and wish we had just paid for wood everywhere! I much prefer it especially as you can just pop a cosy rug on the ground if you fancy a change.

To be honest though when you've decide on either the decision making doesn't stop there! There are so many different prices and ranges and colours to choose from when it comes to wood that it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. We also found that it was hard to imagine the type of wood in our home. I love that the Luxury Flooring and Furnishing company send you as many samples as you like to test out in your own home.

in assosiation with Luxury Flooring and Furnishing

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


In love with this IKEA range! Arn't the illustrations so simple and wonderful?
via here

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Vacation

The Animals Vacation - illustrated by Shel and Jan Haber

Another set of amazing vintage illustrations today, this time with a vacation theme! Don't you just love everything about that illustration by Shel and Jan Haber, totally makes sense for a penguin, rabbit, bear, monkey and panda to be holidaying together doesn't it? That travel bag too! 

The Happy Lion's Vacation - illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

The happy lion decided to travel by hot air balloon it seems, I would love to have a copy of this book, I wonder what happened that made them land in the sea? 
Traveling can be pretty pricey so maybe it seems the best mode of transport. On the subject of costs of holidays this guide from Deal Checker provides some useful tips on how to save those pennies when planning a trip, whether you are traveling in the UK or abroad. What's great about this guide is it's been put together by a number of blogging experts in the field of travel. I'll always go to a blog for a insight into a place before a travel brochure so I love that they have included so many 'real experiences' well worth a read. 

quote via here

Vacation is a must don't you agree? 

Written in association with Dealchecker

Sunday, 27 April 2014



Happy Sunday! I just love this illustration! 

Friday, 25 April 2014

5 Beauty Tips to Look the Part for a Night Out

illustration by Emma Kisstina

Many beauty tips that apply to a night out also apply to the rest of the time. Looking after your skin will stand you in good stead twenty-four hours a day, as will getting plenty of exercise. These five tips will really help you to look good for those occasions when you get to spend time out with your friends or partner and you just want to relax and know you look good.
Start at the top!

One of the first things someone may notice about you is your hair. It can be seen before somebody is close enough to see your face and can make a lasting impression, so it's important that it's well looked-after. However, when you want to enjoy yourself, you shouldn't choose a style that is awkward to maintain and it's probably not a good time to experiment. Choosing a style you've had before, which you know will suit you and will be relatively low maintenance, will give you confidence and help you to relax.

Dare to bare!
There's nothing more attractive than healthy-looking tanned skin, but that's impossible to achieve in our climate. You can fake it, though. You can use St. Tropez’s fake tan to give you a sun-kissed glow, without the inconvenience or risks of sunbathing or sunbed use and will show off your clothes and make-up to their best advantage.

illustration by Emma Kisstina

Put your best face forward!
Choose make-up carefully. Consider what clothes you'll be wearing so you don't use clashing colours. Also, bear in mind where you'll be going; if you'll be indoors in a dimmer light, you will need something a little bolder than if you'll be outside in the evening light. Either accentuate your eyes or your mouth, but not both; you don't want to look as though you dropped in on your way to your job at the circus. Try to avoid make-up that will need constant touching up as it's a nuisance for you and can waste a lot of time.

Show off your assets!
Picking an outfit for a night out can be tricky, but a couple of simple rules should help. Be clear about what you're likely to be doing - there's no sense in wearing a tight skirt and super-high heels if you'll be walking a lot - and get an honest opinion from a friend. It's difficult to judge what your best physical attributes are, but a friend or a sister can help you work that out and then you can make informed choices. If you have a great waist, pinch it in with a belt; if your legs are amazing, show them off in a mini and if your bust is your best asset, don't be afraid to wear a revealing neckline.

Add the finishing touches
You don't want to ruin your beautiful look with horrible nails, but if your job ruins them or if they're bitten down to the quick, consider getting some false ones for the evening. If you have them professionally applied, they can last for weeks, which is long enough to get out of the habit of biting them. Even if you don't want to go to that expense, there are many home nail kits that will last for a few days and will put the icing on the cake.
The most important thing to try for when you're going out is a look that will give you confidence. If you're happy that you've made your best effort, you'll be able to let your hair down and have a well-deserved fabulous evening.

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Behind the lines

I love this 'behind the lines' project by illustrator Alessandra Olanow, I've followed the series for a while and as well as loving the illustrations I always discover new products along the way too!

When it comes to make up I pretty much stick with what I know, liquid eyeliner, bit of mascara and blush and done. However lately I've been getting into watching some beauty Youtuve videos and learning quite a lot, I even bought myself an eyebrow pencil! It's funny how bigger brows are having a comeback, when I was a teenager is was all about them being as thin as possible!

The other thing I've been investing time in is a good moisturiser and cleanser, I was told once (by my mum I think!) that cold water is the best toner so no need to spend a huge amount of money on that. I also got my eyebrows threaded for the first time the other day (ouch!) I was really surprised how much it hurts so I'm also looking into laser hair removal for those caterpillars ;) a friend has laser treatment for her legs and says she wished she had done it years ago, would you try it?

I found some of these articles on hair removal here quite interesting actually as well as some great tips on Manuka honey for acne treatment (that stuff works wonders for so much!). I've also recently started oil pulling and I'm really impressed with how clean it is making my mouth feel.

What are your beauty tips?

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