Friday, January 30, 2009

Everything is coming up mushrooms!

Red and white spotty mushrooms, fresh from the pages of a favourite fairy tale! Here are a few of my favourite fungi finds:


A sweet mushroom pencil holder from Rice


Tiny Mushrooms from Reprodepot fabrics


Mushroom poster by Shinzi Katoh


Shinzi Katoh mushroom canvas fabric


'Tilbrook Mushrooms' from Reprodepot


'Mushroom Patch' from Reprodepot fabrics


Mushroom fridge magnet by Nathalie Lete from Mes Habits Cheris


And all the way from Sweden, a mushroom tea-towel from Ahlens

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Patterns from the Past


Pattern Design: A Period Design Sourcebook by Sian Evans (published by The National Trust) is a great resource book for textile designers and pattern admirers. I particularly love the many bird images from different design periods that have been included in the collection. Available here from Amazon UK.



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Farm friends


From the Hiccups 'Field Days' collection: a cuddly tractor, a fluffy sheep dog and a wooly lamb. On the right is the 'Round 'em up' cushion.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Eucalyptus


Happy Australia Day! Here is my half-finished watercolour painting of a very Australian subject - gum leaves. I am trying my best to complete it , but as the tennis is on I'm a little distracted. Well, it is Nadal....

Children's bedroom inspiration from Holland





More colourful bedroom ideas from the great Dutch interiors magazine VT Wonen.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Take 'A Walk in New York'

Talented London-based illustrator Salvatore Rubbino is the creator of this wonderful children's book — 'A Walk in New York', published by Walker Books (2009).
Spend a day exploring the landmarks and exciting sights, sounds and smells of New York with a father and son, learning lots of facts along the way. Fancy a hot dog anyone?





At the back of the book you can find a set of postcards with classic New York images, a great New York keepsake!
I bought my copy from the Avenue Bookstore, Albert Park, Vic.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Decorating ideas

Colourful and inspiring spaces for children from Domino Magazine.

Photography by Max Kim-Bee

Photography by Coliena Rentmeester

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Happy Zoo


A happy collection of animals from around the world feature on this Hiccups design for boys.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

French retro style illustrations





I love the fresh retro style of French illustrator Aurelie Guillerey. These lovely designs are for a series of postcards for the French stationery company La Marelle

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Watering the garden


The weather has finally warmed up here in Melbourne - lots of quality gardening time! Here is the Hiccups 'Nana's Garden' embroidered velvet cushion.

Decorating with stickers


A fresh palette of colours, bold wall stickers and a smattering of butterflies combine to create a dreamy bedroom for a little girl, as seen in Easy Living Magazine January 2009.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Fairy Queen's Carriage


A whimsical illustration by Richard Doyle (1824-1883) from the children's book 'In Fairyland: a series of pictures from the Elf World', published in 1870.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Axel strikes a pose

Here is a photo of Axel who visited the studio today. Axel is the son of Vanessa - the assistant Product Manager for the Hiccups range.


Axel loves Hiccups (well, it's not like he can disagree or anything!).

For Tractor lovers




Some great tractor print t-shirts from Danish brand Smafolk.
And for a tractor lover's bedroom - how about 'Field Days' bedlinen and accessories?



Thursday, January 15, 2009

My First Nursery Book

'My First Nursery Book' is a wonderful classic children's book illustrated by Polish artist Franciska Themerson (b.Warsaw 1907, d.London 1988) in 1947. This new edition, published by Tate Publishing is a great introduction to Themerson's distinctive and imaginative style.




Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Animals on Parade


New from Chronicle Books are these very cute notecards by Sukie. I love the hand-printed style, the motifs, the packaging... I guess I will just have to add these to my Sukie stash!