I love books. That probably comes as no surprise really. Books give us the opportunity to live multiple lives within our own relatively short existence. They give us the ability to be things we’d never otherwise be. Within the pages of a book is magic so strong that it can conjure whole worlds in our minds. And that is pretty cool.
Books make the best presents. I give them to my nieces in the hopes that they’ll grow to share the same love I have for the written word. I inscribe them (when I remember to) because I think that’s a cool touch. I know that some people think marking books is a bit sacrilegious, but hey, each to their own.
If you want to go a different route bookplates are ideal. There are so many cute ideas to choose from too. Read more books everyone!
The Fox and the Teacup
The Little Fox
The Lovely Desk
Olive and Star
Devon Design Co
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
This beautiful paper mobile is made by Kisshug Creations in Victoria and I think it is really cute. Imagine all the daydreams of intergalactic adventure it would inspire! It’s perfect for the little astronaut in your family.
Because sometimes you just need so cute deer art, isn’t that right Oana Befort?
Fawn and Flora>
These gorgeous cardboard food trucks, made by Famous OTO, are freaking amazing! These cardboard play houses are sturdy, colourful, easy to assemble and stow away, so win, win, win!
OTO Taco Truck
OTO Ice Cream Truck
Two years ago I featured the gorgeous animal art of the super talented illustrator Ashley Percival. His animal illustrations have a kind of laid back, magical quality that would work so well in a nursery or kid’s room (or grown-ups room too – I’m a big fan of this one!).
I was so happy that Ashley got in touch last week to let me know that he had a bunch of limited edition prints available on his Etsy store. They are, of course, so lovely and would make a great inclusion in anyone’s art collection. Oh and they are perfect Christmas pressies too. Want to win one? Keep reading!
This one has been exhibited on the London Tube!
Owl of the Night.
Christmas cards too!
Ashley has also designed a range of Christmas cards featuring his animals that will be sold online and off (the range will be hitting Paperchase very soon).
Win! Win! Win!
Ashley has graciously offered to send 4 limited edition prints (of your choice) to one of you very lucky readers! There are a few ways to enter so get cracking! (Ashley will send the prints anywhere in the world too. Thanks Ashley!)
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Smiggle fans said they wanted RED and guess what? They got it!
My favourite color joins the rest of the colorful Smiggle crew from today onwards. Not only is RED the colour of good luck in Chinese, or the colour that makes cars go faster, it is now the colour of your favourite Smiggle pens and pencils, lunchboxes, pencil cases, backpacks, gadgets and gizmos!
RED goodies (like the ones below) will be showing up in-store as of today so keep your eyes peeled!
I absolutely adore these human anatomy posters designed and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky. They are detailed enough to explain what happens in the body but kid friendly enough for this information not to be overwhelming. They certainly beat the anatomy charts I saw as a kid, that’s for sure!
1. The Digestive System.
2. The Nervous System.
3. The Cardiovascular System.
4. The Respiratory System.
Looking for something colourful and fun for a kid’s room or nursery? I think these pieces by Faye Bradley would be perfecto.
1. One Long Summer print.
2. Lost Fox.
3. Little Lion.