Friday, 26 February 2010


Coffee, candles and muffins while packing up some orders. Not too glamorous maybe, but certainly not the worst way to spend a Friday night.

Thursday, 25 February 2010


Look, Tuva's whale has got a little cousin! Meet Dolphin. These two look really sweet together. I might have to get them framed and show you a photo of them in some more inspiring surroundings.

They are both now available in my Epla shop and my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

15 minutes

I was contacted by my local paper (back home) in January asking if I fancied doing an interview. Ignoring my love of my relative anonymity I said yes, and this is the result of a few emails back and forth between me and the reporter, Ingvild. Almost a full double page spread as this week's Laurdagspraten (Saturday chat). Fun! The headline reads A creative soul in Charles Dickens' home town

Huge thanks to all of those helping my new Epla shop reach 25 sales already!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

No more cold toes

You might have noticed a small change here on the blog? Yep. I have decided to leave the cold*toes name behind. When I started this blog, I wasn't really sure what I wanted it to be or if I was even going to keep it up, but now it seems to make more sense to use the same name as my business. I now go by the same name on my website, my Epla Shop and my Etsy shop. All the URLs are still the same though. A more interesting header might pop up one of these days when I have a few spare minutes.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


Lena of the lovely blog Bo med barn (Living with children) has a little write-up of my work today!

The blog is written in Norwegian, but is packed full of lovely photos so I can recommend a visit for non-Norwegian readers too. The blog is mainly centered around children's interiors, and shows off some really great and creative spaces.

Thanks Lena :)

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Hello Bear

Well, it is the month of romance, no? This contact seeking bear is now available as a personalised print in both my Norwegian shop (Epla) and my international shop (Etsy). You decide what text you want on the balloon!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Stinky får en ny ven

Illustrator Lynne Chapman writes a blog that is a real treasure trove for anyone interested in illustrating for children. She writes honestly about her process and shows us some great work-in-progress photos. Her posts on the creation of the book Bears on the Stairs are especially great.

Last week, Lynne posted some pictures of what her publisher had said was the Dutch edition of the book Stinky. After a few seconds of feeling quite exited that I was suddenly able to read and understand Dutch, I realised that this book surely had to be Danish. I sent Lynne an email to let her know, and because she is generous enough to give away the foreign editions of her books, she sent me one of her Danish copies!

One of the spreads from the book, where Stinky is having afternoon tea with the monkeys. Don't you just love the eye contact between the monkeys and Stinky?

Lynne also included a lovely post card and one of her bookmarks. The bookmark is a great idea as an alternative business card. The format has enough space for a short introduction, a list of some of her books, and links to her websites.

I do love illustrated end pages. It just adds that little something extra to a picture book. Love this little fatty with his banana and straw.

The picture on the right is borrowed from Lynne's website.

It's interesting to see how the Danish publisher decided to design the cover, using very different typography. The title has also changed a bit in the Danish version. The full UK title is: Stinky! Or How the Beautiful Smelly Warthog Found a Friend, while the Danish title simply reads: Stinky gets a new friend. Scandic love of less is more, or just lazy translation? Hm. Not sure...

Stinky får en ny ven is a very sweet story about finding friends who will love you for who you are, and about being misunderstood. The illustrations add some colourful humour that helps keep the story from getting too sweet and mushy.

Thanks Lynne!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


There is one expression that perfectly sums up growing up where I did:

You don't have more fun than you make yourself.

We may only have had one TV channel until well into the nineties, but three little girls with lively imaginations rarely have trouble finding something to do. The detective agency I founded with the clever S and the brave L is still going strong. We have solved some big mysteries in our time, and I'm sure there are more to come!

One day I will write a book about those three little detectives.

(This week's IF contribution - just a wonky little sketch)