Friday, 31 December 2010

vintage children's books I love

New Year's Eve, a time of reflection. So today I thought I'd share one of my favoutite blogs: Vintage Kid's Books My Kid Loves. This blog delves into our childhood and digs up all those great classic books we grew up with. Above is an image from Richard Scarry's Best Christmas Book Ever!, 1981. We had a few great Richard Scarry books growing up. Big books jam packed with fun characters that taught you everything you needed to know about the world around you.
This book is also featured. I either had this as a child or I borrowed it a million times as I remember is vividly. It's stunning. I've since tracked down a copy and it was even more beautiful than I remembered. So if you're home right now and all nostalgic, jump back in time and relive your youth one more time before the new year dawns.
The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt, illustrations by Yaroslava, 1964.

Thursday, 30 December 2010


Welcome to the kooky world of Mook and the masked puppets! My Grey Sky has a lovely array of Mooks, all with varying masks and accessories.
With my addiction to all things 'fox', I was drawn to this. But I also quite fancy the lion, above.
Check out the Etsy store for all the different Mooks and more!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010


Hobart, Tasmania. This is where I am right now, home. My boyfriend, Mr. E is home with me, meeting my folks and experiencing Australia for the first time! We're here for a few weeks, and I'm writing up these blog posts in advance. Though I'm not sure if I'll manage to get them all done before I leave, so they may drop off at some point!
Hope you're having a lovely Christmas-New Years break, and there shall be lots on Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales when I'm back to distract you from the winteryness of Amsterdam. Until then....Lel x

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

knit a critter

As the winter time is drawing in close and closer you may need a furry little critter to snuggle up with. If you're like me and can't manage on of the living and breathing variety, then maybe Hannah Haworth's cosy litttle guys are the answer. I love foxes. Aren't they just the most rad animal? Mr Fox above, USD $150, and Arctic Hare below USD $200. You can find them on Hannah's Etsy shop here.

Monday, 27 December 2010

comic releif

Little pic snapped on the Rozengracht, Amsterdam.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Happy Christmas!!

Christmas time in Holland can be confusing. Purple is a Christmas colour, alongside red and green. Purple!
And let's not get into Zwarte Piet (Black Piet), Santa's helper, pictured in some of these covers.
The only thing to do is listen to David Sedaris' story titled '6 to 8 black men'. It will explain all you need to know about Dutch Christmas'. And it's hilarious. Really. It's in three parts (don't ask me why...). And I have them all for you here! I would just turn it up and don't look at the screen, the images just kind of detract from the story.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Lel xxx

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Jonathan's designer books

You may have read Jonathan Safran Froer's work; Everything is Illuminated, Extreamly loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals.
His newest book Tree of Codes has is calling him a book design genius. "The luscious results, designed by Sara de Bondt, will fly in the face of anyone who says that physical books are passé. Tree of Codes is tactile, interactive, immersive–and it won't ever run out of batteries." Read more here and for more images of the process go here.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


If you're looking for some last minute gifts, maybe swing by Guus on the Rozengracht.
Lots of lovely things here for guys, gals and the kiddies.
de winkel van GUUS: Rozengracht 104, 1016 NG Amsterdam
Tuesday - Friday 11-6pm, Sat 11-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. November and December times.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

laser tales

Isabelle is an artist who seems to love fairy tales, myths and legends as much as I do. She has a lovely website filled with all kinds of things here, and a nice blog of her own here. But what I'm hooked on are these fantastic shadow puppets. These laser cut shadow puppet based upon the wonderful fairytales. Above, Rumpelstiltskin, by the Brothers Grimm. USD $19. You can buy them online from her Etsy store.
'Find me a Prince', USD $15.50.Alice and the Mad Hatter, USD $19.'The Guardian of Spring', USD $15.50Mary Poppins. USD $15.50Little Red Riding Hood. USD $19.

Monday, 20 December 2010

london randomness

So aside from the shopping we managed to get out and see some fun at Hyde Park, and spotted some nice type in East London, below.
There's a rad little Christmas market and fair going on there.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Fortnum & Mason

More window wonderlands! Today's offering are some of the Christmas window displays from Fortnum & Mason. These were very clever: frames with 3D setting that looked like old master's paintings. Quite incredible.
You can't really appreciate it in these photos, due to the glare. So pop down to Picadilly and check them out yourself.
And a couple snaps from inside the store. Love the packaging, so beautiful.