Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Not just for kids!

My new Children's Art Clubs are aimed at pre-school and primary school boys and girls, but parents and grandparents are welcome to book too and join in the fun! 

DBS Certified

These are running over half terms and the Summer holidays on selected Wednesdays at Tansley Village Hall near Matlock (where we hold our Derbyshire Art Group

As a writer/illustrator of children's books and a real book worm a short story will be read at the beginning of each session to inspire creativity 

The first one is on Wednesday 21st February and kicks off with one of my current favourites  "Stickman by Julia Donaldson" 

There's already a nice mix of boys and girls coming.  Places are still left but booking essential so please email me  . 
more info on

So looking forward to this.......

Love Karina xx

and Bruno 🐶

Friday, 26 January 2018

Well what a surprise!

I think it was in 2005 that, as a mum volunteer,  I went on a school trip with my son and daughter's class at Lea Primary to Sudbury Hall's Museum of Childhood.  Another mum (my pal Sue Proffitt) and I were "responsible" for a lovely group of girls and we had a fab day exploring, enjoying, giggling and picnicking.

Imagine my surprise when, 12 years later and completely out of the blue, I was contacted by The National Trust to run children's book workshops at Sudbury Hall as part of World Book Day weekend 3/4 March 2018 😮!

It seems my decision over Christmas to focus more on my writing was the right one.....

So today I'm not venturing into the studio but going to snuggle up on the settee with a mug of hot chocolate, and Bruno of course, to write a short story set at Sudbury Hall for these new writing and illustrating workshops.

A very nice surprise indeed.  Keep you posted...

Love Karina xx

and Bruno 🐶

Saturday, 13 January 2018

After a slow start....

Following a lovely family Christmas, a New Year road trip to the coast in Freddy and now guests have headed home I'm slowly getting back into things, with the emphasis on slowly!

First day back in my studio was a bit nippy but a productive one prepping new work for a new stockist

One of the things I love about January, apart from starting a brand new diary, is knowing Spring is round the corner, that nights will slowly get lighter and the days longer.

I do love being snugged up in Winter though and I'm writing this in front of a roaring fire with Bruno curled up next to me on the settee   

pic from a previous zzzz session

they say it's a dog's life and they're not wrong

I have decided that this year I am going to give more time to my writing and the illustration side of my business.  I'm hoping to finish the book I started this time last year and I've also started another one.  Both are children's books set within the Peak District featuring new animal characters, some being distant relatives to Hippity Hop!

New for 2018 is Hippity Hop's Holiday Art Club which I will be running during school half terms at Tansley Village Hall for children and families. please email if interested    (DBS checked)

I will also be co-running a programme of Art Workshops this year at Tansley Village Hall kicking off on Wednesday 17th January with Lunch a Learn - Still Life and Soup.  Booking essential more info here

I'm looking forward to the Art Group starting again on Wednesday 24th January. We meet 10.30 to 12.30 at a cosy and warm Tansley Village Hall on a regular basis and new members are always welcome.  It's open to all creatives who want to spend time with like minded people and work on their own project.  It's £5 per session and you can drop in at any of them with no need to book. more info

anyway Bruno has woken and is ready for a run in the woods so catch up soon...

Love Karina xx

and Bruno 🐶