Monthly archive: December 2012

Twas the night before Christmas

It is Christmas eve and although I still have a million things to do before tomorrow, I wanted to post a few pictures from a book I found recently. I bought a tattered copy of a Child’s Garden of verses a few years ago and fell in love with the illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen. Ever since then I have been on the look out for anything illustrated by the couple and was so pleased to come across this illustrated version of the Christmas story. It was first published in 1959 but the simple style and wonderful colour combinations have a timeless appeal and I never tire of looking at their work.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to much blogging fun next year. x



Its panto time!

At this time of the year I always try to fit in a visit to the Pollock’s toy museum. The museum occupies two old houses in Scala Street, London and holds a fascinating collection of toys from the past and from all over the world. It is a wonderfully atmospheric place, with small winding staircases, taking you to rooms crammed with surprises. The Museum takes its name from Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian toy theatre printers and there is a room dedicated to the beautifully ornate paper theatres and characters.

On the ground floor there is a toy shop where you can stock up on unusual gifts. The pantomime characters above [some  a little scary!] are printed onto wrapping paper.