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{Glimpses} Vintage Finds

I started visiting thrift shops and antique stores for studio inspiration back in college. I was an art major in a very small town before cruising the world wide web for imagery was even an option. Seeking out vintage typography, colors, textures, and patterns is still one of my favorite things to do. Old packaging and mid century treasures fill my studio shelves for constant reminders of things that once caught my eye and often serves as a way to stir my imagination. Here are my glimpses this week.

Glimpse 1:  Color combinations of yellow, red, and turquoise seems to be a constant favorite of mine. Pair it with cool packaging and unique typography and the chances of those items coming home to my studio is pretty great.

Glimpse 2:  Oh boy do I love all shades of green and mid century textiles and cups!

Glimpse 3: Yellow, mustard, orange, and tomato is another fun, “go to” nostalgic color combination. Vintage fisher price toys, Vera textiles, random buttons, and vintage books are things that I tend to always gravitate towards. 

Glimpse 4: I love the packaging for old games – they often include really fun illustrations. These faces make me smile. 


Glimpse 5:  When I first discovered King Penguin books, I went completely bonkers. Not only are they interesting, but the patterns are always so lovely. Unfortunately they are really hard to find here in the US – particularly the northwest. They are rare gems. 


Is there a particular item you seek out at a thrift or antique shop?

{Maurice Sendak} Sayer’s Book Corner #11


When I read in the NY Times this morning about Maurice Sendak passing away at age 83, there was a pang in my heart. Anyone that knows me or has been reading this blog, knows my love for this man. I think his contribution to children’s literature, among other things, is incredible & his artistic voice will be sorely missed. I’m only happy to pass it on to Sayer though his books & my memories of first reading them.

{Maurice & Jack Sendak 1956 – from the jacket of Circus Girl}

While I’ve loved his books & illustrations for a long time, it wasn’t until I saw the 2010 documentary, Tell Them Anything You Want, that I became just as interested in him as a person. I learned that Higglety Pigglety Pop! was inspired by his own dog (& his favorite book along with The Night Kitchen) who also makes an appearance in Where the Wild Things Are. He also looked up to his older brother Jack. They wrote stories, drew, & made toys together. Ever since watching this documentary (which I now own & watch from time to time)  I’ve been on a mission to collect his books & learn more. Writing a post about Maurice Sendak is exercising every editing bone in my body right now. I could go on a scanning binge that would keep me occupied for days. But with restraint, here are a few illustrations & thoughts. 

{Illustration from Higglety Pigglety Pop!}
{Illustration from Where the Wild Things Are}
{Self Portrait – LA Times }
My favorite Maurice Sendak discovery/memory was when I was a kid (I’m thinking around middle school). It was a tradition to go to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s, Nutcracker with my mom & grandma. I remember so vividly the first year that Maurice Sendak did the sets for the ballet. His interpretation is truly stunning & how I will always remember the Nutcracker. My mom bought me the book that year for Christmas. (The nutcracker looks a lot like Sendak’s self portrait don’t you think?)

{Illustration from Nutcracker – story by E.T.A. Hoffman 1984}
I had this idea to have a bit of a Maurice Sendak reading marathon today with Sayer. I explained that it was a nice way to pay tribute to the man who wrote & illustrated so many of our favorite books. When I asked him what book we should start with, the answer was, The Night Kitchen. While we didn’t “read” all of them, we poured through them. Sayer ended the night listening to Carol King’s, Really Rosey cd as he fell asleep.













“Hello,   



As you probably noticed, I went away forever. I am very experienced now and very famous. I’m even a star. everyday I eat a mop, twice on Saturday. It’s made of salami and that is my favorite. I get plenty to drink too, so don’t worry. I can’t tell you how to get to Castle Yonder because I don’t know where it is. But if you ever come this way, look for me.   



Jennie”  



– Epilogue from Higgley Pigglety Pop

!




Thanks for years of inspiration Maurice…


Some more Sendak love:
NPR – Fresh Air – interview with Sendak here 
Sayer’s Book Corner #1 – The Nutshell Library – La Petite Magazine – here

{illustration} A rare find…

So speaking of rabbits, the velveteen kind to be exact – I have an interesting & cool vintage find to share. Last year I stumbled on a book called, Best in Children’s Books a compilation of stories edited by Doubleday press in 1960. I started thumbing through it because it included The Velveteen Rabbit (which is probably the most influential book of my childhood). As a bonus, I was literally giddy when I saw that Maurice Sendak (who is a favorite illustrator of mine) had illustrated it!  Do I even have to tell you that I I bought the book just for these illustrations?

Sendak’s early drawings are my favorite & I really love his interpretation of this story.   I thought a few days before Easter would be  perfect time to share them. Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Easter! 

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner # 9

All curled & cozy in bed while reading bunny books- does it get any better? With Easter right around the corner, we have been diving into my vintage pile of rabbit books for some hopping adventures. Sayer’s all chilled out & reading Whitman Giant Tell-A-Tale Book: Peter Rabbit, illustrated by Rod Ruth (1963). Let’s hop down memory lane & check out  a few more… 
 Wonder Books
Sonny the Lucky Bunny, pictures by Art Seiden (1952) & The Hungry Bunny, pictures by Bea Rabin Seiden (1951)

Little Golden Books
Duck and his Friends pictures by Richard Scarry (1949) & Rabbit and his Friends by Richard Scarry (1953)

One of my all time favorite books is, The Velveteen Rabbit  by Margery Williams. I still think about this book when I’m making plush critters in my studio & wonder if a child will ever make my creations real. 

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are REAL you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” (page 17)

Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend! 

You can view all of Sayer’s Book Corner at La Petite Magazine as well – #9 is here.

{Music Monday} Vintage Green…

Hope everyone had a great St. Patrick’s Day! Green is actually one of my favorite colors, how about you? I haven’t quite had my fill of green yet so-  Happy Green Music Monday

*Photos from my 1967 copy of What is a Color by Alice & Martin Provensen

{Four Fun Finds} Favorite Vintage Inspiration…

Some of you may be aware of my vintage book & toy love. I’ve been collecting vintage treasures for a little while now under the guise of gifting them to Sayer. However, it has become very apparent that I may need to start sharing my collection a bit. Particularly when I start finding doubles of my favorite things (that applies to mostly books). So, my new outlet for my findings will be the hutch etsy shop & these four finds were just added! I really do enjoy the idea of sharing things that delight me so much, with others & these particular finds are among my very favorites.

2. The Red Balloon – Albert Lamorisse – 1956 (a favorite in our house along with the movie)
3. Dick Bruna Picture Cubes (with 6 illustrations) -1980
4. The Happy Lion – Louise Fatio & Roger Duvoisin -1956

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

{Good Read} Anorak + Alain Gree = LOVE

What happens when a new & innovative children’s magazine & press pairs up with a favorite children’s book illustrator? Perfection, that’s what. 
PLOC Magazine is the happy mag for little ones (kiddos from 3yrs-8yrs old) that contains tons of games & coloring stories for budding readers – & published by the gorgeous Anorak Press & illustrated exclusively by Alain Gree. 

I’ve been a fan of Alain Gree’s illustrations for awhile now & have even have found a few lovely vintage Gree books for Sayer over the years.  I just learned about the children’s magazine, Anorak this summer & was delighted with the 2 issues that I purchased. You can imagine how excited I was to hear about PLOC!

 

It definitely passed the Sayer test. These were his favorite 4 features on first read. They couldn’t be more perfect for his interests right now. While this is a UK publication, the world wide web allows all of us to partake in the fun. Definitely a favorite find & good read. Hope you are finding time to relax & curl up with a good magazine or book this weekend!


Visit Anorak here.
{new l/s rabbit tee here}

{Good Read} Anorak + Alain Gree = LOVE

What happens when a new & innovative children’s magazine & press pairs up with a favorite children’s book illustrator? Perfection, that’s what. 
PLOC Magazine is the happy mag for little ones (kiddos from 3yrs-8yrs old) that contains tons of games & coloring stories for budding readers – & published by the gorgeous Anorak Press & illustrated exclusively by Alain Gree. 

I’ve been a fan of Alain Gree’s illustrations for awhile now & have even have found a few lovely vintage Gree books for Sayer over the years.  I just learned about the children’s magazine, Anorak this summer & was delighted with the 2 issues that I purchased. You can imagine how excited I was to hear about PLOC!

 

It definitely passed the Sayer test. These were his favorite 4 features on first read. They couldn’t be more perfect for his interests right now. While this is a UK publication, the world wide web allows all of us to partake in the fun. Definitely a favorite find & good read. Hope you are finding time to relax & curl up with a good magazine or book this weekend!


Visit Anorak here.
{new l/s rabbit tee here}

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4…

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it’s just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the ’70’s & ’80’s. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It’s funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn’t know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer’s retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders– vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat– handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirtKate Quinn Organics
owl tee– (his momma) klt:works
shoes– Vans
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70’s & ’80’s time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70’s & 80’s like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It’s an honor to be apart of this issue!

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4…

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it’s just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the ’70’s & ’80’s. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It’s funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn’t know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer’s retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders– vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat– handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirtKate Quinn Organics
owl tee– (his momma) klt:works
shoes– Vans
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70’s & ’80’s time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70’s & 80’s like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It’s an honor to be apart of this issue!