Win a copy of my book!

Hi guys and gals 🙂

Recently, I was delighted to receive limited edition copies of my doodle books and I’d like to offer you, yes you, the chance to win a copy!
The competition giveaway is running on my facebook page and it would be lovely if you popped over there and said hi.

all you have to do to be in the chance of winning is to ‘like’ my page by following the link above and comment on the pinned post ‘WIN book’ followed by your name.  Closing date for entries is Sunday 26th April 2015.  I’ll then select 1 winner who will receive a copy of my pocket doodle ink book!



Win a copy of my book and enjoy a spot of colouring at the same time!


Hi everyone :-). I’m running a little competition over on my facebook page and thought you guys might be interested in having a go too. Kids might even like to join in (you’re welcome to enter on their behalf)!

instructions can be found via the above link, but basically it’s a free giveaway.  I did a quick doodle of a kingfisher,o which I’m giving people permission to print off and colour :-).image

It would be fab to see lots of colour combinations and perhaps added doodles, so I’ve asked if people could share their colored pieces.  This has no reflection on who will win as I will enter people and use a random name generator to pick the winner.  Just thought how lovely it would be for colour to be splashed across facebook and WordPress :). If you’d like to take part via WordPress and be in with a chance of winning a copy of my limited edition paperback pocketbook of doodles and Zentangles, please link back to this page and comment that you’re joining in.

You have until Sunday April 19th to enter and I’ll announce the winner the following week 🙂

Have a super time colouring.  Can’t wait to see your pictures

Jacques xx

Still time to enter – free Christmas Giveaway!

Entries are being accepted up until midnight Friday 12th December. Thanks everyone who has entered so far – mostly on Facebook:
Tgis is just to remind you that entries are accepted here on WordPress too. All you have to do is comment on whether the limited edition print will be for you or a gift before the deadline tomorrow. Good luck.
Here’s a reminder of the prize:


Free Giveaway 5,000+ blog hits!!!

Thank you, thank you thank you to everyone who has visited my blog since it began in January 2014. Now, with over 5,000 hits I’m offering a special free giveaway. Yay!

This is a little different. I am offering fellow bloggers an original limited edition lino print and sketch of their pet as the prize. Please post below this blog post an amusing story, of your pet you would like me to use, the pet’s name and then email me a clear photograph of your pet that you don’t mind me putting on this blog in a gallery and I will select one using a random generator.
This is my stats I woke up to after a long day out yesterday!


Here is an example:
My kitten is a white spotted tabby and she’s called Nikon. She has a habit of sleeping on our shoes and playing in my OHs boots.

Then email a clear and interesting photo to which you are happy to go into a group gallery on this blog



I will then put together a gallery of the pets and select one at random (or we can do a reader’s vote – what do you think?). Finally, the winner’s pet photo will be turned into a linocut print by me!

Closing date? Friday 22nd August at midnight.

That gives me the UK Bank holiday to create the sketch on lino then make the print. Whoop! Whoop!

Free Giveaway! Teddy Bear Cutie!

Last call for entries for my free giveaway for June!  Please comment below on what you would call him/her and state where in the world he would live.  Currently, he is Somerset enjoying the sunshine, but he may be heading across the world to where it’s winter.  Let me know if you would like to win this cute and gorgeous handstitched teddy.  He’s made from a mix of felt and a remnant from a fat quarter I used to make a cat cushion for my sister-in-law.   He’s approximately 11.5 cm tall and even has jointed arms and legs :-). You have until midnight to enter.  Hurry, hurry, hurry! :-). Go on, you know you want to!



Journal writing plus still time to enter … closes midnight 23rd April all time zones :)

While I remind you all about entering my very exciting free giveaway contest to win one of my one-off notebooks (see below for details),I thought I’d share with you something magical that I found yesterday. Not everyone keeps a diary, but I made it my mission to jot things down as my children were (and still are) growing up; I recorded the funny innocent comments and reactions they made to life incidences; words they coined that have now become part of our own vocabulary and days out together as a family.


The diary had entries from 2006/7 and as I skimmed through some of the jottings I began to laugh so heartily that tears rolled down my cheeks – memories that I still treasure (including embarrassing moments such as sending text messages to the wrong person!). Who else is willing to admit that they’ve done that? Oh, and trying ‘spinning’ for the first time at the gym.

One entry involved my cousin commenting how she wished she had a daughter who would bring her flowers, as my little girl kept handing her daisies. ‘All I get is rocks! My boys bring me rocks!’
I gave a sidelong glance at my uncle then replied, ‘Well, we all know where they get that from.’
My uncle looked up, eyes sparkling, and said excitedly, ‘Rocks? I can tell you where there are lots of rocks!’ Now, this is a man who collected rocks during his studies to become a geologist and stashed them under his bed, only for my grandfather to find one day and think they were of no significance. My grandfather smashed up the entire collection.
My uncle returned home and perplexed asked, ‘Dad, have you seen my rocks?’ The reply was unexpected and shocked him.
‘Oh, they’re buried in the patio. Thought they were rubbish. Just rocks. Great for mixing with concrete and cement.’

Anyway, what delighted me was that walk, taken in April 2007 enlightened me and delighted me at the same time. My little girl’s collection of flowers didn’t just get handed to my cousin, but I’d pressed some inside the blank pages of my journal 🙂


I’d love to hear your stories of funny things your children did or do; funny things they say, or if you’ve found something recently that you thought you’d lost.

In March, I took part in creating an ATC (Artist Trading Card) and we were asked to make two so that we could ‘lose’ one somewhere for a member of the public to find. We wrote instructions on the backs of the cards and recently, one of the ones made by the group has been found! You can read about it all here:

If this prompts you, please comment below with a link to your blog (if you blog about it) and add a pingback. Let’s share some great stories this Easter and bring a smile to people’s faces 🙂

Now to the giveaway … A reminder!

The winner will not only receive my foxy spiral notebook (a one-off) but the instructions on how to make one … and a mystery gift not yet shared on my blog!  Go on enter, you know  you want to!  Thanks to those who have already entered.

Conditions of entry:

1. comment on my blog (link above)

2. agree to make one after receiving prize and link back to this blog (instructions will accompany prize)

3. enter by midnight 23rd April (all time zones) – Shakespeare’s birthday (let’s share our creativity!)

I will draw names from a hat at random on Friday 25th April

NB> Oh, and if you’ve already won one of my free giveaways, you can still enter this competition as it’s completely random selection.