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30/10/2015

Never let your imagination run dry

Dinosaur costume


I feel extremely grateful to be in the position to work from home and to be able to include my family into my work, especially my eldest son who is full to the brim of weird and wacky ideas that only a 5yr old would have. There have been a few times when I really have to pinch myself and make sure that I am not dreaming when an opportunity so special and fantastic arrives in my inbox, such as the chance to contribute and collaborate with 8 other inspiring bloggers to create a children's book with the help of illustrator Tom Percival and HP Instant Ink.


Dinosaur costume


One of my lifelong dreams is to publish a children's story book so being ask to be a part of this is almost like a dream come true and Mr A was equally excited, helping me with ideas along the way.

The story is all about Harrison, his imaginary friend Hugo and an array of far out and fantastical zoo animals, so when it came to my contribution I wanted to include elements of all that my son loves, which is being outside in the garden, playing in sand pits, painting, drawing on his chalkboard and dressing up.


watercolour painting


Once we sent of our ideas I really didn't know what to expect but when the draft illustration came back as I was immediately in love - the colours, facial expressions, small details it's like what is in our head has come to life on paper and I cannot wait to hang up a print of it in our boys bedrooms.


Panda Bear illustration
My two page spread in the book


The focus of the book is about keeping your imagination alive and never letting it run out which is what the HP Instant Ink service is all about as your printer cartridge knows when it's running low and automatically orders you new ink online at a discounted price and with different plans to suit your needs. It means you will never have one of those "out of ink" moments. 

The story which have been updated with new pages each week is nearly complete - you can see it here and has had contributions from some amazing bloggers including the lovely Fritha from TigerLilly Quinn and Hannah Mags from Michalak Family - do check out their stunning blogs. 


20 comments:

  1. Wow, what an amazing opportunity to have! Also a great story to tell your children when they're older too x

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  2. Such a fantastic achievement; well done! You should be really proud of yourself :)

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  3. How exciting, I bet that was a super exciting email to open! Happy Halloween and have a great weekend. x

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  4. Oh wow what an amazing opportunity - I look forward to seeing the book in all its glory! x

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  5. Wow what an amazing thing to be able to do :) x

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  6. Congratulations - what an amazing achievement! The pages look brilliant, what a lovely story in itself to tell your boys when they are older. Kaz x

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  7. Congratulations - what an amazing achievement! Such a lovely story to tell your boys when they are older, love your pages too. Kaz x

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  8. Great opportunity, and that artwork is so amazing! Plus I'm a bit jealous of the onesie.

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  9. What a brilliantly fun experience to have.Love how youve related your pages to real life loves.

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  10. This sounds like such a fantastic opportunity! Best of luck with this venture!

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  11. WOW it is amazing the opportunities that blogging brings - I love your two pages - well done xx

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  12. Wow what a great opportunity. Good luck with it all.

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  13. This is such a lovely idea and what an exciting project to be part of. Just had a look at the whole book and it's fab!

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  14. what a great opportunity! Love your pages Laura xx

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  15. Such a great opportunity! Well done! I hope more opportunities like this come your way x

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  16. Fab opportunity - blogging is brilliant isn't it!?

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  17. I am fascinated by this idea! I have seen some of the other stories and it is such an amazing concept (and project)! x

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  18. I love this campaign it's such a great concept to get various people to contribute towards a book, especially getting little ones to show their imagination. x

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  19. Wow, such a fantastic project to be a part of!

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  20. Oh my goodness! That is amazing hun
    You should fell so proud :D I hope more brilliant stuff like this comes your way ... You totally deserve it.
    Charlotte x

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