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1. DOT COM GIFT SHOP - tea towels etc.

Most of today's posts are highlights from fun online store 'The Dot Com Gift Shop' where I enjoyed browsing around their colourful products for home and gift. These Tea Towels with a real vintage flavour caught my eye along with items using retro mod style fabrics. All available now from the Dot Com Gift Shop.

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2. Favorite Craft Books for Kids, Old and New

Craft Books for Kids

I love looking at craft books almost as much (okay, sometimes more) than crafting. In my house growing up, my mom and I always called these ”make it/ do it” books, after two of our favorites, her own McCall’s Giant Make It Book (1953) and my Great Big Golden Make It & Do It Book (1980).

Many happy hours were spent poring over those pages. Most of the projects I never made or did, but just knowing that I could, imagining them, and looking over the pictures and instructions was (is) very satisfying.

Kids' Craft Books

I still love make it/ do it books, and in the stack are a few more recent favorites.

Made to Play  by blogger Joel Henriques. This book, given to us by a good friend, inspired our cardboard factory last summer. The author’s blog is madebyjoel.

Sticks & Stones & Ice Cream Cones by Phyllis Fioratta is another childhood favorite.

Oodles to Do with Loo-Loo and Boo by Denis Roche, a Vermont College friend of mine. This one has great illustrations and fun characters who guide you throughout as you make arts and crafts with easy-to-find and recyclable items.

Things to Do Book by Jennie Maizels. I love, love this concept for a book. Each illustrated spread has a theme (“in the car,” “in the garden”) picturing various activities in a particular setting. There are little flaps to lift that are like secret treasures. In concept, it’s a little like a Richard Scarry book with activities to do instead of labels. Perfect for those “I don’t have anything to do!” moments.

I also remember loving A Boat, A Bat, and A Beanie: Things to Make from Newspaper from the library back in the day. It shows you how to make great stuff (sandals! a wig!) out of, yes, newspaper. I think I need to order a copy of it. I love getting copies of old library books I used to check out over and over.

Below: It was so well-loved, we had to re-cover mom’s copy of the McCall’s Giant Make It Book:

Recovered Book

Here are a few of the inside pages:

Vintage Craft Book

Vintage Children's Craft Book

Vintage Children's Craft Book

Ach! There’s just something about these glowing 50s illustrations that just gets me every time. Everything looks so fun! The clothes so quaint! I just want to jump into the pictures, like Mary Poppins’ chalk drawings.

There’s a little video about the McCall’s book here.

What about you? Do you have any favorite craft books of your own, or do your kids? I think craft books make great gifts.

For more kid craft posts, click here.

Hope you have a great weekend. I’m off to the Carolinas conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Lucky for me, it’s right here in town.

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3. What I saw at SOWA: Antique MArket

Went to SOWA Market today with my fabulous artist artists Gina Perry and Vita Mechachonis. I've been to SOWA so many times yet I have actually NEVER visited EVERY part of the market in one day (Open Art Market, Antique Market, Farmers' Market and Food Trucks@SOWA). Well today I (WE!) finally did. I'll sprinkle posts about three of them, over my next few blog posts. (No Farmer's Market pics happened, sorry!) First up is the Antique Market.  :D


Door knobs. I've lived in old houses for most of my life, and vintage door knobs have just creeped into the big pile of disorganized inspirations in my brain. Not unlike this big pile of disorganized door knobs.

Ah I love old novelty travel souvenir postcards! Cute packages of 'em.

Always love these old printed frosted glass drinking glasses. How neat are these with the line art, lettering and map art. (Bonus anchors, and these are right on trend!)

Hello, creepy bartender man!

Mannequin figure with lots of costume jewelry. Love the look!

OH GLOBES! How I love globes. Globes globes globes. Wish there were more. (But then, I probably should be glad there wasn't!)

Pile of random stuff... Except for the metal bunny-rabbit-and-chick egg. That is NOT random at all.

Old glass bottles!

Do you find clowns creepy? I do sometimes, and sometimes I don't. But I am fascinated by the whole clown-phobia thing. Which makes them all the more curious of a subject.

I am kookoo for vintage postcards. I used to collect them, not officially. I just sort of acquired a lot of them over time. Since I have never repurposed them, and I'm now really into not acquiring stuff that doesn't scream at me loudly, I was easily able to resist these... Until I dug into the stack.

...and then they just got a little harder to resist. (I still resisted though. For today.)

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4. So many wonderful animal illustrations at the Animalarium! (via...

So many wonderful animal illustrations at the Animalarium!

(via Daniel Savage’s twooter)

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i went christmas shopping in bristol last week and with my little camera tried to get a few snaps everywhere i went. the city is big on supporting local designers like susan taylor who created lots of sylish bristol souveniers which can be seen in boutiques around the city. susan's print above and items below were all spotted in 7th sea on cheltenham road. and below a few snaps from 

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6. TEXTILES - sheila bownas

at an auction in 2008 chelsea cefai purchased an entire collection of surface pattern designs by the late, english artist sheila bownas. sheila's prolific talent was hidden from everyone and even her family until after her death in 2007. when relatives took a look around her home in linton, near skipton, they were amazed to discover hundreds of paintings and textile designs in her small 

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7. What's it about?

‘What are your books about?’ That’s a question I often get asked when I say I’m  a novelist writing for, or about, young adults. My first book, Vintage, is easy to describe. Vintage is about a 17 year old girl living in 2010 who swaps places with a seventeen year old living in 1962. That seems to satisfy, and interest people, including adults who were around in 1962! 

The second book, Closer, is harder to describe. In the blurb on the back we chose to focus on Mel, the main character - on who she is, her gritty and quirky take on the world, and on her finding the courage to speak out. But I was a bit naive if I thought it would stop there. As soon as the book came out, the reviews on Amazon and in magazines spelt out the story - Closer is about a girl whose stepfather gets too close. It involves sexual abuse. 

Some parents have said that they don’t think their children are ready to read it, and I can understand that. Some young people have said they don’t want to read about incest or abuse (yukk!, as one graphically put it). But the feedback I’ve had from those who read it is that they find Closer inspiring, compelling and not remotely explicit. And some of the best feedback has been from teachers and social workers who have said that it’s realistic - better than reading a case study, one said. I have to admit I'm really proud of that.

There’s something about ‘issue’ books which puts me off too. If I feel I’m being asked to think in a particular way, if I feel lectured or taught, it’s a huge turnoff. I want to be told a story. I want to find a way of getting inside someone else’s world and knowing something I’d never otherwise have known. I want to be gripped, to have to read on, and to be satisfied by the ending even if it doesn’t give me all the answers. I want to be interested in the characters and where they’re going. I want to make my own mind up.

I've learned so much from reading novels about difficult times in their characters' lives. Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar comes to mind, and Roddy Doyle's The Woman who walked into Doors. Most recently, Patrick Ness wrote so movingly about grief in A Monster Calls. When something new comes up in my life, whether it's working out how to knit socks or how to find a way through grief, I'll reach for a book, or the internet, or a friend - or all three.

It’s a conundrum, how to pose questions about an issue without giving easy answers - and then how to describe the book without giving away the story. I wrote Closer partly because I’d read the YA novels I could find at that time about sexual abuse, and the outcome in the stories was often disastrous. I knew from my work as a psychotherapist that this wasn't always the case, or it didn't have to be. 

I imagined a reader, possibly young, who read these books and had gone through something like Mel’s experience - or had a friend going through it. I wanted her, or him, to have a story where there are no monsters, and where there’s a way through. I feel passionately about that. And when sexual abuse has been so much around in the news in the last few months, we need ways of making sense of it, and stories about coming through.

So that's my first blog for ABBA - phew! 
But I still don’t know how to say what Closer is about...

Bloomsbury has published my story about Facebook in their series Wired Up for reluctant readers. It's called Breaking the Rules.

 I've retold three Thomas Hardy novels for Real Reads - The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd. They're read by 9-13s, and by adults learning English as a foreign language.

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8. VINTAGE - winter's moon

these amazing dutch tins are amongst the new arrivals at online vintage store winter's moon. the sussex based business have managed to aquire a few of these in different sizes and colours, along with fabulous lampshades and orange tins.

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9. Vintage Vacation Postcards


Above is a little summary of our New England vacation. A little Cape, a lot of New Hampshire, including a hike through the Flume Gorge, which I had never seen before. I was tickled to find these in a little shop in Bethlehem, NH. I love when old postcards come with messages on them. The bottom one was written by someone whose vacation mirrored ours, fifty some years ago.

I have lots to share, including some digital paintings I did while we were away. I finally finished Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re an introvert or have a loved one who is. There are lots of us, so you probably do! I learned a lot.

Hubs and I enjoyed listening to Rob Lowe’s memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends on our car trip (read by Lowe), and we’ve almost finished listening to Yes, Chef, a memoir by Marcus Samuelsson. Really fascinating and read by Samuelsson himself in his fabulous scratchy voice. His story begins in Ethiopia, then goes on to Sweden, throughout Europe, and on to New York City as he follows his dream of becoming a master chef.

Loved this post of fun summer things to do with your kids, by Blair Stocker of wisecraft. Also, this spaghetti monsters post over at elsiemarley made me smile—it’s part cooking, part craft, and all silly fun.

What have you been up to?

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10. Fun Characters from Pageant

America's Craziest PlaygroundAre You Really Sophisticated?Here are some fun characters by a mysterious "Greenwald R." They're from Pageant Magazine, a smaller, "digest" size magazine for the "gentleman." Bordering on the cheesecake from time to time, the magazine actually has an interesting connection to Mad Magazine. Well, I wish I knew more about "Greenwald R." I've seen similar work done by this artist, but never have been able to find anything more about him/her.

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11. Cool 45 covers

Italfon 45When Andrea & I vacationed in Italy back in 1999, we checked out this cool flea market in Rome with lots of fun old stuff. Found this 45 record (above) in a record bin. Love the design. I've always cherished it. Bigtop Records 45 Songs About WoodwindsOne of these days I'm gonna listen to this record. It's imperative that I do.

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12. Merrily, Merrily

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13. Franken-Piggy

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14. Cow-Boy Kitten

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15. Animal Orchestra

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16. Ferret Ballet

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17. Welcome, Spring!

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18. Flower Kitten

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19. VINTAGE - cushions

clare nicolson has a a new range of vintage cushions available in her shop. all the cushions are made from a specially selected range of vintage fabrics. starting from just £18.00, there are lots of fabrics and colours to choose from.i also enjoyed browsing through all the vintage cushion designs (below) by linda høgüs of plonka on the norwegian shopping website epla.

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20. Vintage to Release Two Nora Ephron Titles as One Volume

Vintage, a Random House imprint, will be releasing two titles by the late Nora Ephron (pictured, via) as a single volume publication.

The books, Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on Media, have been out-of-print for more than a decade. This single volume will be published in both trade paperback and digital format on October 16th. This project marks the first time either title will be available as an eBook.

Here’s more from the release: “The classic Crazy Salad, first published in 1975, is an extremely funny, deceptively light look at a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now. In this distinctive, engaging, and simply hilarious view of a period of great upheaval in America, Ephron turns her keen eye and wonderful sense of humor to the media, politics, beauty products, and women’s bodies.”

New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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21. VINTAGE - vintage fabric trays

winter's moon have created a new range of swedish birchwood trays using their collectable vintage fabrics. there are two pattern collections available which can be purchased online at the winter's moon vintage shop.

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22. Tony Dispigna

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Tony Dispigna may be a very influential craftsman to today’s “throwback” design connoisseurs without many realizing. In 1969, shortly after graduating from Pratt, Tony joined forces at the legendary Lubalin Smith & Carnase. He has worked to produce notable classic typefaces like Lubalin Graph and Serif Gothic. Tony is currently a professor at Pratt and the New York Institute of Technology, and has also taught at SVA. Although much of Tony’s work is based on type, he also has a really good sense for creating wonderful logos, as you will see below.

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Many thanks to GE regular Jeremy Pettis, who provided these scans on his flickr of a great article he found.

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23. Week Three in Watercolor

Now that some ground work has been laid out it's finally time to start an actual project for the class. I have learned much in just a few weeks and it's time to get rid of fear and just jump.

All morning Tuesday I looked through many old vintage nude photos and I'm addicted. As bad as that sounds, they're gorgeous and full of great lighting. I look forward to creating from the images I found, and more. They truly inspire me. I searched mainly through DeviantArt.com.

My piece is taken from one of the photos, and like much of everything else, this project meshes with my desire to do stories from the Bible. I spend A LOT of time on Rahab, but I'm beginning to wonder if I over thought it. Who knows where its' going to go, but this could be it. Not as grand, but the emotion is there.

Sometimes I wonder if it's best to just create and plan little. Life is like this...you don't know what the next moment will bring you, so just be. :)

The challenge and advice that Melinda gave was to use a warm color palette for the skin instead of my traditional cool tones. This is to give me a more well rounded understanding of skin tones, and to become more comfortable using tones I may not adore but are definitely necessary....especially for Biblical figures!

What's even more great is I already had some magazine tear outs in my reference files for the warmer tones. National Geographic is a great source for reference. Always!

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24. VINTAGE - pomme de jour

pomme de jour is a vintage website based in france that sells quirky french vintage, 1970's wallpapers, fabrics, and kitchenalia, and more - all with worldwide shipping. its also a great place to browse the fabulous vintage designs which have been lovingly collated and photographed by pomme de jour's owner tanya. its also well worth checking out the pomme de jour etsy shop and ebay listings all

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25. VINTAGE - ricobel etsy shop

belgian based company ricobel have just opened a new etsy shop selling a mix of marvellous vintage wallpapers and cute japanese fabrics. here are my pick the retro wallpaper patterns currently in stock.

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