Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Selkies, websites and writing.

Hello everyone!
Fiona has been hard at work on a LOT of things! As mentioned in our last post, we finally have our website up and running! www.grannyfi.com and it's beautiful!
We're working on more toys, stories and a way to sell knitting patterns so that they can be downloaded instead of posted...watch the website for details!
While the website has been building, Fiona has finished the illustrations for her first picture book, written by the magnificent Kate Forsyth of Bitter Greens fame. Two Selkie Stories from Scotland will be published in May by Christmas Press Picture Books (you knew that Fiona started her own publishing company with some friends, didn't you?).  This is the beautiful cover she's done! I'm so proud of her!
The launch will be at our shop on the 10th of May at 4:30 if anyone feels like dropping in for tea and scones!
She's also been working madly on a proposal for a book on the history of Voodoo... she has a wide variety of interests! Plus working on picture books and her fiction works.
In her down time (ha!) Fiona has been knitting up some 'woodland folk' to be a new range of toys and patterns. She has been forced to watch 'The Labyrinth' (if you haven't seen it, you should!), 'The Dark Crystal' and 'The Princess Bride' for inspiration. What a hard life!
All the while we're BOTH working on the Booked In! Children's Literature festival that will be held at the shop for the second year in a row and she's working her boring 9-5 job out at the Uni.
We meet for lunch almost everyday and watch our favourite episodes of Escape to the Country and dream of where we'll live once we're rich and famous!
You can follow her (and me) on pinterest if you want to see more of the things we dream up or about! http://www.pinterest.com/beattiealvarez/ and http://www.pinterest.com/123fionadolls/

Beattie xoxo

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

We have a website!

Hello everybody!
It's been a few months since our last post - it's been busy, busy, busy here in hot, hot, hot Armidale!
But we've got big news, as you may have guessed from the title of this.
We have a website where you can go and buy all of Fiona's beautiful toys and artworks! You can find us at http://www.grannyfi.com .
It's a beautiful website filled with dragons, Doiley Birds, Lady Jackals and much more. Never fear though, this blog will still be manned by the two of us.
I hope everyone has had an exciting start to the New Year the way we have - although it's March already and hardly new!
In other news, the book Fiona has been illustrating for Kate Forsyth will be on its way to the printers very shortly, Fairy Gardens 101 has been edited and I am working on a super-secret Mother's Day surprise toy for Fiona (let's see if you actually pay attention to your blog Mum!)!

Okay, off to work on the website with a cup of tea and too many chocolate biscuits now!
Lots of love,