It was only a matter of time...

It was only a matter of time until this card happened. I just had to whittle down my surprisingly extensive list of hot dog puns.


Holiday reading

Holiday reading #yay #comics


Happy new year!

We're at Freycinet National Park in Tasmania. The water was freezing, but how could we not swim in that? Happy new year!! 


Etsy popup market

The Etsy Night Out Pop-up Market was amazing fun. Thanks to everyone who came down! I launched my new gift tags at the market, and there's a limited amount of each design left, so get in quick if there are any you have your eye on!


A card a day #5 & #6

I clearly forgot to post yesterday's cards up on the blog, so here's a big triple card post.
Yesterday I designed a Chanukah card. Why should xmas get all the love?

I soon got a special request to design a Festivus card. How could I refuse? Prepare for the Airing of Grievances! Bring on the Feats of Strength!
I was actually asked once, in all seriousness, whether Jews celebrate Festivus. Of course, I had to say Yes (Followed quickly by No). Here's a Festivus refresher, to remind us all of the history of this special holiday.

And today's card was inspired by that memorable xmas carol, called Fa La La La La La La La La.
That is the title, right? ;)

Whatever holiday you celebrate, hope this year's will be a joyful one.
Happy Sunday!



A card a day #4

Well why not! Since I missed Monday on my 'design a card a day' week, I'll do 2 today.
I think these are my faves so far. For the cat lovers, the bear lovers, and those who just can't contain their excitement.
I’m running a giveaway to win a big pack of these new cards when the week is out, so hop over to either Facebook or instagram to enter!


A card a day #3

Up to day 3 of my challenge - designing a card a day this week! Here’s card #3!

I’m running a giveaway to win  a big pack of these new cards when the week is out, so hop over to either Facebook or instagram to enter!


A card a day #2

I’m on day 2 of my challenge - designing a card a day this week. Here’s card #2, Happy Santa!
I’ll be giving away a big pack of my new cards when the week is out, so hop over to either Facebook or instagram to enter.


A card a day #1

The holidays are fast approaching. That means… new cards! This week I’m going to have a go at designing a new card each day. Here’s the first!


Mini Me Guides

You might find some of my illustrations in the new Mini Me guides to Melbourne & Sydney! They're like Lonely Planet guides for parents. Full of ideas for fun things parents can do with their little ones (aimed at kids up to 5 yrs old).

I'm giving away a Melbourne and a Sydney guide over on my facebook page
Winners drawn Sunday!


Getting all soppy and stuff

It's been a while since I made any new cards for the shop so, a few weeks ago, I decided to get to it and dream up some new ideas for Valentine's day.
Little did I know how romantically inclined you all really are! The orders started coming as soon as I listed these and I've been so busy packing orders at Milk and Cookies HQ, that I forgot to even blog about them!

Find these in my etsy shop. 
And have a soppy Valentine's day! x

You are the icing on my donut

You + Me = Rad
Love you vs ice cream pie chart

Wanna Pash?

Sushi love card


Etsy Christmas Pop-Up!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Etsy Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Sydney!!
I'm super excited that Milk and Cookies was selected to feature at the event.
Etsy has been running craft workshops, cocktail tastings, even free haircuts! Not to mention, showcasing some of Australia's best handmade designs. I'm very chuffed to be featured alongside so many kickass designers.
If you are in Sydney, tomorrow is your last chance to check it out, so get down to 74 Castlereagh St in the Sydney CBD.

If, like me, you are not in Sydney, you'll have to just drool over the pics by following the #etsypopup hashtag on instagram!

Holy moly! There are my 3 prints bottom right. Picture by @ichel09 on instagram


Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up

You can now find my prints and cards stocked at Colour Box Studio's Summer Pop Up Shop!!
Colour Box Studio is a Community Creative Hub and Pop Up Creative Space in Footscray, Melbourne, run by the unstoppable filmmaker and creative, Amie Batalibasi
Every month this past year, Amie has changed the theme and focus of the space, running programs ranging from photography, filmmaking, writing and public art, with events, exhibitions and workshops running year round. All this, while being independently funded and volunteer run! 
Now in it's last month at this address, Colour Box is hosting a pop up shop, showcasing 20 local artists and designers. I'm happy to be one of the designers showcasing my work at Colour Box.

Colour Box Pop Up is on until November 21.


Sign Painters Trailer

With the proliferation of printed signs, the trade of traditional sign painting has been dying out. I love the older painted signs... commercial graphics made by a craftsman's hand. This new doco about sign painters looks amazing!


Mega post

Hello dear readers, 
It's been so long between posts! Here's a quick round-up of what I've been up to. 

My prints and cards are now stocked at Kids in Berlin in North Melbourne! I used to love visiting this shop when I lived in the neighbourhood (ah, memories!), it's awesome and surreal to see my prints in their front window!

Colour Box Pop Up Shop Launch night
I also participated in the Colour Box Studio Pop Up shop in Footscray just before Xmas! 
The studio's director, Amie Batalibasi is an amazing ideas woman, and is doing great things at the studio! Each month she's converting it into a totally different space. The first month was the craft pop-up shop, the second month revolved around digital media, and next month will be fashion! There are workshops on every week relating to the theme of the month, exhibitions and happenings. It's an awesome new space in Melbourne.

I went to an amazing exhibition called "Sets for a Film I'll Never Make" by Daniel Agdaga cardboard artist, stop-motion animator and all-round ridiculously talented individual who I met while studying at the VCA.

He creates fantastical and intricately detailed cardboard sculptures, using a surgical scalpel and glue, and surprisingly, no detailed plans or drawings! 
Check out his website for more mind-blowing imagery.

I had a lovely, quiet New Years on the North Coast of New South Wales...
...where it was a slow news week!

And most recently, my illustration for Song Kong was Highly Commended in this year's Illustrators Australia Awards! Yay!


Featured on Bespoke + Bespoke calendar!

The lovely Jess, who puts together the Bespoke zine has created a 2013 calendar, featuring the work of 12 Australian artists. Each month features an illustration of a lady, and I'm happy to say my illustration "The Chaperone" is Miss January! (That bear needs a Miss January sash)

The calendar was successfully crowd-funded and reached it's funding mark a few days ago! There's still 24 hours to donate on pozible, if you'd like a copy of the calendar for $15. After that, it will be sold at $20 + shipping.

Jess has been profiling the artists on Bespoke, and I was featured last week, so pop over to the blog to check it out.


2013 calendars are here!

Lady of Rock - 2013 Calendar - and my very small feet

A new year is almost upon us (whaaaaat?), and my 2013 calendars are here!

For the last 2 years I've made mini pocket calendars, and a few people had requested a larger size, so this year I thought I'd try something different. 
I made three A3 size calendar posters, printed on a lovely, heavy recycled card stock. I was so excited when I got these back from the printers. The colours have turned out great! 
Each of these calendars comes in a limited edition of 15. Yep! Once they're gone they won't be reprinted.

The designs are Lady of Rock (above), Bird Radio (below), and The Connoisseur (at the bottom).
What kind of calendars do you prefer? Larger wall calendars, or mini calendars for your desk? 
Or perhaps just the calendar in your phone?

Bird Radio - 2013 Calendar
The Connoisseur - 2013 Calendar


Song Kong

Just wanted to share this fun project I recently finished - illustration, branding and business card design for Song Kong Music Supervision! 
What is music supervision you ask? It's a film industry role, overseeing the music that's used in movies or TV shows. Awesome job, right? That calls for some awesome cards.
Debra was the loveliest client, and we went through a couple of concepts before selecting this happy, ukelele-twanging fella.


This Is Melbourne Exhibition

I was recently invited to participate in a group exhibition called 'This is Melbourne', as part of the Fringe Festival.
It opened last week, and is on until October 13, so get down to The Bella Union bar in the Trades Hall to check out some art! There are some amazing illustrators involved, such as Shaun TanAndrea InnocentLouise Kyriakou, and Laura Wood.

I think one of Melbourne's defining characteristics is its amazing music scene, so I illustrated Melbourne as a Lady of Rock. Damn right she is!
The Trades Hall is also one of the first venues I ever played in, as a wee teenager in a rock band. We supported Melbournian/Japanese punk band Mach Pelican, who modelled themselves on the Ramones. It was a hot, loud, black t-shirt heaven, and we loved it. A perfect venue to hang this piece in.

Photos by Oy Photography


La La Land Cards

I'm super excited to announce that Australian Card Company, La La Land, have just released two cards featuring my designs, Dip and Fat Batman!! 
It was really fun working with the La La Land team, throwing around taglines that would go with these images. 
You may start seeing these in selected gift shops around the country. I just saw them at my one of fave designy shops, Lulu, in St Kilda East!

To celebrate, I'm giving away this double card pack over on my facebook page, so head over there to enter this weekend.

You can buy these cards at La La Land, and of course, my original Dip and Fat Batman cards are also available at my etsy shop.