Thursday, 29 December 2011

Our Latest Adventure...

'We passed each other on strange creatures'

(This will hopefully be the first of many weird and wonderful adventures as i'm hoping to post new ones regularly)

Saturday, 24 December 2011

'Twas the night before Christmas...(literally)

A few scans from one of my favourite Christmas books 'The Santa Claus Book' written and illustrated by the super talented Richard Scarry featuring two unbelievably cute mice.Published in 1969. Merry Xmas!

Friday, 23 December 2011

DIY decs

Thought I'd post a selection of my hand made decorations that we have on our tree every year.
Taking you through them in clockwise order we have:

* a bug eyed bat made from felt (I like the slightly darker tone it brings to the season)
* a very small carrot (no i'm not sure why either)
* a sock Yeti (we have a few of these lurking around the house,
   they like congregating in warm dark places)
* a small piece of cheese (not sure what type, but it could be swiss)
* in the centre is a small model of Sarah with little dangly legs

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Butlins Booty

These unopened drinks coasters were an amazing junk shop find. I love the 'look' and 'feel' of the photos, real retro halcyon days, complete with monorail and grotto!

They also feature a few Fibreglass friends,which i've written about before here:

Whilst we never actually stayed at Butlins I do have memories of childhood day visits to the Butlins in Bognor Regis. The highlight for me was the boating lake which had two small islands in it which were chock full of crazy fibreglass creatures including a huge lumberjack man about 20 feet high complete with giant axe.
(I discovered years later that in america these figures are called 'Muffler Men' as they are usually holding exhaust pipes and stand next to roadside garages)

The boating lake is now long gone and buried underneath their extended car park.

Often overlooked...

I feel that the end papers in books are a bit of an under rated art form that often gets overlooked.
But they really help to set the style and tone of a book, leading the reader into the story, often in really clever or visually surprising ways whilst creating a sense of anticipation.

These are a couple of my favourites from Ladybird Books.
Both drawn by James Hodgson, the first is from 'Bedtime Rhymes' and the second is from 'The Blue Book of Bedtime Stories'.