Thursday, May 27, 2010

He Huffed and He Puffed....

Of course the wolf huffed and puffed and well, everyone knows what happened next. This illustration is from a rare 1904 edition of the Story of The Three Little Pigs by L Leslie Brooke. The message for today is build well, build strong and build smart. Anyone who has either built their own home or gone through a major renovation knows these words so well.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lilacs in Bloom

The lilacs in my yard are in full bloom and the world smells so sweet. This deep violet lilac was planted by my Great-Grandmother a very long time ago and each year I wait patiently for it to announce that spring is finally here. It deserves a poem which I have not written but borrowed (and not in its entirety) from Shilu Matthai....
a yellow butterfly doth linger a moment longer
savouring the delicate,
yet haunting scent.
to sit in a sun kissed lilac bower and think of you-
when will zephyr blow you my way?
like the lilacs, will you warm my heart on a sunless day?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Hollywood Pattern Company

This is a fabulous original pattern from the 1940’s issued by the Hollywood Pattern Company for a ‘sleeping suit’ or lounge pajamas suitable for a little boy or girl.

Created by Conde Nast in 1932, the Hollywood Pattern Company quickly became very popular due to the photos of favorite radio and movie stars that often graced the envelopes. The manufacture of Hollywood Patterns stopped after World War II. Due to their short production span, they are harder to find and considered highly collectible.