Monday, November 24, 2014

"The Christmas Book for Girls and Boys" - Christmas stories and poems

Here we go again, more pages from the British children's annual "The Christmas Book for Girls and Boys". Children's Christmas annuals have been a British tradition for a very long time, it helped the distant relatives to give a gift that would be enjoyed throughout the year or at least through the holiday season.

"ilexander" wishes you a very "Happy Christmas", as they say in Britain.

Go to my Etsy shop to buy "ilexander", his head is a candy container. Browse to your hearts content, you may find something that will be a holiday treasure for years to come.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A New Revised Diary of Celebrated Christmas and Party Recipes by the makers of Five Roses Flour.

Every holiday has a special food associated with it but Christmas has eclipsed all of the other holidays with the variety of food, both sweet and savoury, used to celebrate this holiday.

I liked the graphics and the two colour presentation used in this small, 3" wide by 6" high, recipe booklet, so here it is complete from front to back.

There is no date anywhere in this booklet so I Googled "Norah Cherry home economist" and came across "Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949"  by Elizabeth Driver in Google books. The information about the booklet also mentioned, "Norah Cherry was a founding member of the Canadian Home economics Association, formed in 1939, and she served on the 1946-1948 Executive. This booklet was published around 1948.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Sunshine ABC", an early cloth book for baby.

I bought this cloth book for baby when I was in my first year at art school, that was many years ago. The book came out at Christmas and was meant as a gift book. The back cover illustration is the only Christmas image in this little cloth book.

I'm not sure if the illustrations are chromolithographs or not but the colours are so rich.

I have just added five Christmas items in my Etsy shop, this little Snowlady is one of them. Go to my Etsy shop to buy her and any of the other items that take your fancy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some small accessories for a new sculpture that I am working on.

Last year, May 24, 2013 to be precise, I mentioned the clock case pictured below in this blog post. I started work on this sculpture and then it was put aside while I redid my blog, cleaned my studio and then various other jobs came up that pushed this sculpture aside. There was also a vacation in Switzerland to see our oldest son, his delightful wife and their new baby. You can check my posts about our trip here, here, here, and here.

I am working on the sculpture again. Ideas have jelled and I am off to the races.

I have been making bare branches from wire, vintage flower stamens and tissue paper; they will be painted next. Icicles have been made to be attached to the wooden base. The bottle brush trees will be heavily painted and not resemble their present state.

A robin's egg blue ceramic teapot and a pink ceramic creamer will/might be used; we will see if they work or not. There will be paper party hats for certain; what is a party without paper hats!

Food...there will be food and lots of it. There are cupcakes and sugared cookies and French macarons and so much more. The cakes, cookies, and macarons will be wired and glued in place. Those cookies and macarons are about half an across.

Among the dainties to be consumed are sugared grapes. Candle rings seem to be a thing of the past or at least in Victoria they are. I bought a stack of these years ago; I don't find these very often any more. The candle rings were taken apart and the frosted grapes were turned into bunches of sugared grapes. That took a while.

Here is the cake stand made from vintage cocktail coasters mentioned in last years blog post filled some of the goodies for the party to give you an idea of what it will look like.

Did I mention snowmen, come to think of it I didn't, the snowmen will look similar to the snowmen below.

This large sculpture called "The view from the rim of the 20th century snowbowl was spectacular" is available in my Etsy shop.

I didn't mention paper lanterns or a snow scene did I, I guess I just did.

Friday, November 14, 2014

"The Christmas Book for Girls and Boys" - Tommy's Tree

Well, kiddies here is another instalment from "The Christmas Book for Girls and Boys".

Tommy didn't any treasures like this Santa marotte on his tree but you can. When you gently shake him he chimes. He is in my Etsy shop, click here to buy him.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"The Christmas Book for Girls and Boys"

Well, the Hallowe'en decorations have finally been taken down and stowed away for another year. I will be putting up our Christmas decorations at the end of the month. To be honest we are enjoying the visual rest after Hallowe'en. Christmas is mega at our house, you can see past years decorations here, here, here, here, here, and here. There are always the vintage paper garlands on the ceiling.

The title page for "The Christmas Book for Girls and Boys" states that it was published by Birn Brothers, Ltd., London and was designed and printed in England. There is no publishing date in the book but it looks to be from the 1950s.

I love the illustrations in it. I will post stories from it up until Christmas along with lot of other items from my Christmas collection as well as sculptures that I am working on. Enjoy the small sample of the book that I have scanned for you, there is more to come.

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