Monday, 3 March 2014

My Love for vintage Children's books

I have forever had a love for children's picture books but there really is something about vintage stories and illustrations that set my heart on fire. It's something about the texture and smell of the old pages, the colours and the charm and evocativeness of the story lines that really captures my imagination.

The First of the collection
One of my favourites is "The Lonely Doll" which is the first children's book in a series by the photographer and author Dare Wright in 1957. Although it has been referred to as "sinister" and "creepy" by some, I find it to be an original and innovative classic with beautiful black and white photographs, which I absolutely adore, bringing the whole story to life. It has clearly influenced many, including Lauren Child's versions of the fairy-tale classics, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Princess and the Pea.

Edith And Little Bear heading over the Brooklyn Bridge

It tells the story of a doll called Edith who lived in a "nice house and had everything she needed except somebody to play with." This all changes when one day two bears arrive at her doorstep.
Although the book may seem a little un-pc in todays world, it's simple message of learning through experience and the character's fondness for one another is genuinely endearing. There is, however, a certain sadness to the story which maybe part characterisation from Wright's troubled childhood and relationship with her mother. Hopefully after reading her biography, which is next on my list, I will know a little more. 

"I hate rain," Edith grumbled crossly.

Author, photographer and model, Dare Wright.

Other vintage favourites include:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstien.

The Easter Egg Artists by Adrienne Adams

I can fly by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by the phenomenal Mary Blair

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Although Valentine's Day spells dread for some or is seen by others as an over commercialised opportunity for card companies to make money, I love it because I get to do fun projects with my children. My girls love to make cards, paint hearts and bake heart shaped goodies.
Here are some of the super ideas we will be having a go at this year.

Happy Valentine's Day all! 

Heart Shaped Pizzas

 Valentine's gift bags

Peekaboo Heart shaped cards

10 Crafty Ideas, from: 

More Crafty ideas, from:

Paper Heart Garland

Heart pigtails

Have you got any fun projects to do with children for Valentine's? 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

In the beginning

With the imminent  arrival of my 40th Birthday this year, I thought that 2014 should be the time to actually do all the things I have always wanted to do but put off, writing a blog being one of them.
It already being February, I am a bit late starting but better late than never.
So here is to new beginnings.