Monday, 25 July 2011

Japanese Joy

I came across the delightful designs of New York based Japanese illustrators Atsuyo et Akiko via the excellent Small Magazine. The duo have just created a gorgeous range of designs for children in collaboration with Walt Disney using imagery from Winnie the Pooh on organic T-shirts, toys and bags. How cute - I wish they did them in my size.

All images by Anna Palma on

The discovery of the Pooh range also led me to their other lovely products and designs for people big and small, my favourite things being those below.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Little Lions

The title of this blog comes from a famous and fabulous poem called The Lion and Albert - it's well known by those of an older generation and those from Lancashire. Written by Marriott Edgar and telling the story of Albert Ramsbottom who visits Blackpool zoo with his parents, the little boy comes to a sticky end when he pokes Wallace the Lion with a stick and is eaten. It begins ...

There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool,
That's noted for fresh air and fun,
And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert their son.

If you don't know this poem, I urge you to read it (and all the other Albert poems) - you can find it by clicking here - and make sure you do it out loud in your finest Northern accent! 

So lions are becoming a bit of a theme in our lives as our little lad shares his name with the cheeky Ramsbottom boy. His Aunt Sally made him an illustrated baby gro with one of her own fine drawings adorning the front. She also brought him his first cuddly toy to the hospital the day after he was born, and Gran Dunlop brought back the lovely hand puppet from a recent trip to Germany.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

For the Toy Box

I'm loving these recent little vintage finds from charity shops. The vintage Ladybird books have super illustrations - so much better than the updated, modern versions one can now buy. I especially love the little girl bouncing on the circle!

And how cute is this mini green London Routemaster bus? So retro and will be fun for Baby Biddle to push around making engine noises.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Sites for Sore Eyes: Polarn O.Pyret

An old friend of Mr B's, Mrs Featherstone, came to visit us at the weekend accompanied by her own growing baby bump. She brought with her, gifts from a baby shop I'd not come across before but I'm now in love with. Polarn O.Pyret is a Swedish company (Pyret meaning 'Little One') specialising in children's clothing which combine good design with quality materials. I'm probably a bit behind with the times having only just discovered them ... they've been going since 1976! But they have a handful of shops in the UK and also a fab website filled with delightful, colourful clothing treats.

Baby Biddle was treated by the Featherstones to the funkiest of blankets and two cute t-shirts.

I absolutely love the vibrant colours, the lack of baby blue, and the contemporary illustrations. And now I'm hooked - I've just made an order from their website as they currently have a super sale on.

Friday, 1 July 2011

What little boys are made of

On an outing to Frome this week, after lunch at the yummy Black Swan Arts Centre (fab food, child friendly and lovely big outdoor eating space), I couldn't resist a quick jaunt into the excellent fabric and haberdashery shop Millie Moon on St Catherine's Hill. There I picked up lots of boy-themed sewing bits for the Little Lion ...

Robot illustrated linen by my favourite fabric makers, Kokka.

Royal Blue corduroy, on sale at only £4 per metre, and delightful little plastic buttons for 20 pence a pop.

More £4 per metre soft corduroy in beige, and cute dinosaur buttons. Roar.