Phyllis’s Story

Phyllis is open hearted and singular in faith. Since serving prostitutes and ‘down & outs’ in London , as a ‘teeny weeny‘ young woman (she is still teeny weeny) she has spent the rest of her life loving with bright pictures and tender stories, the BIG heart of Jesus to those in our communities, usually…

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Effortless Beauty

There is something so utterly charming about the motley gathering of wild flowers on roadside banks and abandoned scrub lands. ‘Ox Eye’ daisies being my favourite. They don’t need permission or instruction to thrive and yet are unrivalled in their beauty. They surrender to their location, respond instinctively to the season and push up joyfully,…

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Once Upon a Time…

As parents, we lament the ‘good old days’ when books were only made of paper and powered by eager hands, restlessly turning pages to uncover what happened next. Seems that rather than being plugged into the wonder and magic of a picture book, our kids are more readily enchanted by the glow of our ipads,…

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Susie’s Conference Takeaways

Conference’s come with mixed blessing’s and navigating the mix can be tricky. I have just returned from Catalyst Festival 2015. Along with around 4,000 attendees from across the UK, the bravest amongst us camped. Myself, my husband Jon and youngest daughter, chose to take refuge in a local Premier Inn, rather than brave the elements…

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Dance with Me

What an invitation! To dance with the ‘High King of Heaven’! I love the picture I have used for this weeks blog post. It is unusual for me to be so bold about liking my work – but it has deep significance. I painted it into the endpapers of my book, ‘Amazing Journey.’ It is how…

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Fury!

Pardon the mundane-ness of subject matter, but I was pegging bed sheets out on the line today and I was literally blown away by the ‘fury’ of the wind. I talked out ironing last week. Accidentally, I am still on the theme of washing – I guess unless God commissions a ‘house-keeping’ angel for me,…

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I Don’t do Ironing!

It can be a challenge living with a creative head. Ideas accumulate and it gets messy up there. It can be hard living with the house work too. It also accumulates. Some things have to go. So here’s one thing I don’t do. I don’t do ironing! Exciting, vibrant, attention grabbing creativity is always more…

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Make Your Mark!

There is only one mark you can make and I encourage you to enjoy your own! We certainly are the sum of all our experiences; the people we meet, the things we read, the images we see accumulated over a lifetime of observing the world around us. But shaken together and poured out on the…

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Eyes Closed

I saw something that knocked me sideways at the weekend. As I walked through my local town centre a little girl walked towards me, hand in hand with her father. She had the most astonishing grin on her face and exuberant spring in her step. It was only then that I noticed her eyes were…

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Sketchy Patience!

I have to be honest, I haven’t had anything I’ve written published since 2009. For a complex variety of reasons that door has been closed firmly shut. Apart from some futile efforts to prize it open again – trying to make it happen has been pointless. In the meantime I have been illustrating for an…

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