I am sooooooooooooooooo excited! This week I have taken delivery of possibly the most beautiful package EVER, thanks to the supremely talented Emma Reynolds.
I ‘met’ Emma on Twitter (which is a brilliant place for chatting to illustrators and authors) and have been a huge fan of her wonderful work ever since. She’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever come across – an all-round good egg, as Mum would have said.
Anyway, back to the package. Just before Christmas, Dad phoned to ask what C and H might like for Christmas. For each of their Christenings he bought them a limited edition Quentin Blake print and (knowing the passion the boys and I have for children’s book illustrations) he wondered if they might like something similar. My mind immediately sprang into action – why not see if Emma could do a bespoke illustration for each of the boys, including the toys, books, etc. that are important to both of them?
Luckily, Emma had enough space in her schedule to accept this commission and she suggested lots of different ideas for us to think about, after which we eventually opted to have both C and H depicted as an owl (both of them have an owl soft toy that is their absolute favourite thing, plus I can’t deny that I was VERY happy to encourage the inclusion of owls in any way, shape or form…).
Emma could not have been more helpful and she kept in touch with us throughout the whole process, even tweeting me (after checking!) a sneak peak of the project before she posted it. Just look at the STUNNING results!
Even though I appreciate that others won’t have the same emotional attachment to them that we do, everyone can celebrate the supreme effort and skill that have gone into these. If any of you are ever looking for a special gift for someone for any reason, I can wholeheartedly recommend doing something similar. We were simply crying with happiness when they arrived and the boys were screeching with delight as they scoured their respective pictures and spotted all their dearest treasures. It’s so lovely that they are enjoying them just as much now as they will when they’re older and they realise what a magical keepsake they are.
Please do check out Emma’s website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook. She has a newsletter that you can sign up to receive by email so that you stay in touch with what she’s working on and watch with glee as she goes from strength to strength. I know she’s destined for great things and that the boys’ pictures will be worth millions in years to come – not that we’d ever sell them, of course 😉