It's been a while since I've posted here. I've been hard at work creating my new collection and I am so excited to tell you all about it. But first, I would really like to thank my lovely customers for the great feedback and continued support. It's been just a few months since I started my online shop and the reactions were nothing short of amazing! That's why I'm so excited to share what's coming up towards the end of this summer (yay!)
Over the last year, I’ve been developing the world of Penny and Tom. The characters, inspired by our hikes with our son and dogs, are a development of my work and characters from recent years.
My upcoming collection will feature the siblings, their adorable pets, their imaginary animals, their friends and their dreamy adventures.
I can't wait to get to share their adventures with you, but for now here is a short but sweet intro to their world (*sneak peek of the new drawings at the bottom of this post).
I hope you enjoy
About Penny and Tom
Penny and Tom are two creative, imaginative, adventurous and nature loving siblings, who constantly keep their parents and older sister Charlotte, busy.
Penny, 4.5, was born on the first day of spring.
Her favourite colour is Yellow, and she loves her cat, Norman (and their adopted Boxer dog, Lucy, but not as much) and her teddy bear, Ruby, who is her favourite toy of all. She enjoys dressing up, going to her ballet classes, wearing her pretty pink tutu skirt, loves to make up stories and host tea parties with her good friend, Louisa, the neighbour's daughter in Grandpa and Grandma's house.
3-year-old Tom loves the outdoors, climbing trees and running wild with Lucy - because Norman the cat prefers boring stuff like tea parties and cuddling (Tom did try to train him to become a tiger, which didn’t work out but that’s a different story we’ll have to save for another time).
Pancakes are Tom’s favourite dish. Like his sister, he loves costumes and he likes flying airplanes and playing with his toy dinosaur, Max. His favourite game is pretend – he loves transforming into a superhero, saving the world while playing with his friends, toys and animals.
Penny and Tom’s father is a writer and illustrator of children’s books; He most definitely passed on his love for stories and adventures to Penny and Tom. Their mother is a writer and editor of an important fashion magazine. As Mom and Dad have to travel around the world a lot for work. Sometimes they take the kids with them, but mostly, Penny and Tom stay with their grandparents.
The sibling’s grandparents live out in the country, and they have a big old farmhouse full of quirks and odd features. While Charlotte often stays with friends, Penny and Tom absolutely love to come and visit. During sleepover they get to share their mom’s old room and play with the toys and dolls she used to own.
Penny loves to play with her mother's worn and slightly tattered dolls in the attic; She can spend the whole day playing Doctor and organizing lavish tea parties under the big willow tree in the garden, for her dolls and her friend Louisa, who lives next door. Tom prefers playing superheroes, wearing a cape and mask, and taking Lucy and Max with him on wild adventures out in the garden.
Staying at grandpa and grandma is always fun and gives Penny and Tom new ideas for games with a lot of new hiding places and extraordinary playmates. In the backyard, grandma and grandpa have a horse called Willow, along with Daisy the sheep and their two chickens, Fred and Ted (Grandpa thought they were roosters when he adopted them). Tom and Penny love hiding out in the tree house that he built on one of the ancient trees in the garden. Grandpa says the tree was there even before his grandpa was born, and the treehouse he built when Penny and Tom’s mom grew up there still holds all kinds of treasures she collected during her childhood.
Near the house there is a large lake with a dock hidden behind the reeds. Swimming in the lake, are fish, ducks and swans, that Penny and Tom like to feed. At the edge of the lake there is a large grove, which to Penny and Tom, looks like a huge forest; They often spend their time there building tents from branches, looking for treasures, finding turtles and hedgehogs, and to collecting odd- looking twigs and acorns.
Most of all, Penny and Tom like to help Granny make her famous apple pie - they go with Grandpa to pick apples from the tree (Grandpa lifts them on his shoulders), bring the apples to Granny and stand on the red wooden stool next to her while she peals the apples, they help her prepare the filling by mixing the apples with sugar and cinnamon before she slightly softens them on the stove ‘till their golden brown, and the house fills up with a lovely fragrance. (that’s usually when Lucy and Max join the party) Then it’s time to help to knead the dough and stuff the pie.
But the hardest part for them when preparing pie, is waiting until it’s ready...
Here's a sneak peek into their world.... The full Penny and Tom collection will be rolled out this summer <3