A New Set of Sails

Now and then every ship needs a bit of maintenance. Sand back the weathered edges, a bit of varnish, some new sails. Secret Water recently got a bit of a renovation with the addition of a beautiful custom banner by the talented children’s illustrator Cassandra Allen.

I first came across her work via Inner Pickle who had one on her lovely blog. I hopped over to Cassandra’s site and fell in love with the illustrations in “There Was An Old Sailor”.Mothers day approached so instead of chocolates, flowers and a spa treatment I asked for a new blog banner. This is perhaps further evidence to Reg’s argument that I have become a computer club nerd? Not really, I’m saving my pennies to buy the original painting to put in my new kitchen..if it ever gets built.  I had to wait a few weeks and exchanged a few emails with Cassandra about colours, fonts and the angle and shape of Rhubarb’s ears blowing in the wind.

In case you hadnt twigged, the illustration includes some of my favourite people in the world. I think Cassandra has captured the essence of my blog perferctly.

What do you think?

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  1. Hi Charley
    Love the new look, and the thought for the day.
    Looking forward to next blog.
    Desolie

    1. Thanks Desolie. I think its been the thought for two weeks. Will have to go snooping on pinterest for some more inspiration!

  2. I L-O-V-E it!!
    Simply gorgeous, and simply ‘Secret Water’ ~
    A perfect mother’s day reminder every day :)

    1. Its a gift that keeps on giving!

  3. It’s so perfect Charley. One question…is there any significance to the AP flying off the back of the boat?

    1. Hey Jodie, I never noticed until you said! There must be a race postponement, or maybe it just means everything is postponed in favour of hitting the water!

    2. I think the latter… :)

  4. It’s absolutely charming!

    1. Jo, thanks for dropping by. I’m still trying to get my head around your mandarin and how you got the fruit out leaving the peel intact?!

  5. Love your new banner! So whimsical! And what a genius Mother’s Day gift. I don’t think it makes you a computer club nerd, but if it has I’m so happy to be a part of it!

  6. Glad you like the illustration! It was a pleasure working with you Charley, thanks. Happy belated Mother’s Day.

  7. I’m very glad to see Hatty got included in the final version!

    1. She was always in there! I have soft copy the pencil drawing to prove it!

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