We'll be on our way to The Alps in a few hours and I can't wait. I don't think that I'll be posting much over the next few days so I hope you all have a good week.
I'd like to leave you with these beautiful photos by Sarah Bridgland. I've been following her blog and Flickr streams for a while now (she was actually one of the first artists I wrote about on K&C) and particularly enjoy her travel photos. Sarah is working on some new wooden collages, which I love and find very inspiring.
Open your eyes and look around - colours, shapes and textures everywhere.
Do you remember Jasmine, a beautiful but sad looking doll made by Patricia Le Baudrier from Papillon Bleu UK? Well today I'd like to tell you about Marie who appears in Patricia's first book - The Orphans of Sainte Cécile / Les Orphelines de Saint Cécile.
Written and narrated in French and English (the book comes with a CD audio in both languages), The Orphans of Sainte Cécile / Les Orphelines de Saint Cécile. is the story of seven little orphans during the second World War who will have to move from France to England. Marie is the narrative voice as she is writing in her journal. She also loves to take photos of her friends.
This charming, original book is entirely illustrated with Patricia's handmade art dolls. It really is delightful and obviously perfect for Savannah who is bilingual and turns nine in November (if I can wait that long!). You can buy a signed copy of Patricia's very popular book from her website (pre-order, available on 15th of August), and perhaps make a note of her etsy shop for future purchases.
Special finds like this are the reason why I love blogging so much
I hope you like it too!
Do you remember Amie Robert's colourful fishermen I featured in my Five Faves a couple of weeks ago? Well, I'm delighted to announce that she has a brand new etsy shop and will gradually be filling the shelves with quirky soft sculptures, cushions, and other surprises.
I discovered Claire Fletcher's gorgeous handpainted tambourines at The Country Living Fair in London a few years ago. Claire had recently opened Made In Hastings and had a stand promoting her products made by local crafters, artists and designers. I can remember thinking what a great idea it was, and how I'd love to do the same one day...
Anybody who knows me well knows that I always go out of my way to find special gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Easter or to simply say Thank You. I like to surprise and offer handmade things, such as these three beautiful books I found on Folksy.