My obsession with collecting books that Gran used to read to us, and specifically ones with animals in clothing continues. I am currently working through the older Racey Helps.
Although I always love his work, and have now collected all those from the Medici publishers, these earlier ones by Collins have such beautiful illustrations, they are crisp coloured and beautifully detailed, despite the sometimes yellowing pages and battered covers (I am not attempting to collect pristine books here, although I do like them to be readable).
The reason I’m mentioning this, is because I was browsing through Etsy the other day, when I came across some amazing felted animals by the very talented ‘Miss Bumbles‘.
They reminded me so much of the vintage illustrations I love (I’ve been adding to my Molly Brett collection as well!),
and so I couldn’t resist buying this little guinea pig, complete with tree, to hang in my studio for the festive period (and beyond, I doubt he will me moving, come January).
I’ve noticed that Miss Bumbles’ stock sells very quickly, so I have been happily
stalking keeping an eye on her shop for any updates, and oh my, I really did fall in love with this little group. Perhaps it’s because I have been sewing deers again this week? Whatever reason, they have come to live with me 🙂 There is clearly so much work involved; it makes me want to learn to needle felt, but it would take some years to reach this level of skill and I’d much rather support another artist by buying their fabulous work. There was a note in the parcel suggesting that the scarves be removed and eggs be added in place of the christmas package so they could be used as Easter decorations as well – great idea!
And look, even the packaging details are cute 🙂