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How Good is Art Seiden?

December 21, 2006

He illustrated some of our favourite Little Golden Books – The Train to Timbuctoo, Never Pat a Bear and Captain Kangaroo – as well as a lovely Wonder Books – notably My ABC Book – which i have two copies of .. it is just very gorgeous! It is all getting very Christmassy out there in the world! We have almost done all the Mike-skateers Xmas shopping which is totally ace! We have a turkey to cook on Xmas Eve..…

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Babar and Father Christmas and Princesses!

December 19, 2006

Princess Magazine March 19th 1960 We found treasure! We tripped off to Ballarat today to see the lovely Marion at Country Mouse! Ohhh she has the most delicious cup-cakes ever and such a lovely little shop and cafe! We did some Christmas shopping and had a delicious lunch and found some pretty books and bought 5 vintage suitcases! Two are cream with red lining, one is red, one is green and one is blue! They should come in handy for…

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Gingerbread, Handkerchieves and Pear-trees!

December 18, 2006

Hooray hooray.. today was a day of packing lots of lovely things into cello-bags lined with confetti, birthday candles and cocktail umbrellas. Favourites of the day were 1970s Enid Blyton books, 1960s Little Golden Books, Pocket Mirrors from Lark, remodelled vintage dresses from Anna & Joachim, birdy whistles that you fill up with water and warble-arble, wind-up dinosaurs, handmade resin badges by Julia from Sing and lots of annuals (from Baretta to Debbie 1973!)… such a lovely Mikes Xmassy Day!…

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Oooh Christmassy-Ness! Pop a Cracker!

December 16, 2006

Oh joy of joys! Today we came over all lovely and Christmassy! We found some big bags of old Christmas Bon-bons from the early 70s (maybe) at the op-shop. They were pretty foil wrapped treats – with little pussy cats wearing sweet outfits glued to the outside. We popped all but one – inside were tiny little plastic toys – whistles, monkeys, elephants, a bird hatching from a little egg, motorbikes and a ring with a little lavender coloured stone……

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Ode to Bill Murray – the vintage version.

December 16, 2006

Mikes loves Bill Murray… Bill Murray in ‘Stripes’, ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Meatballs’, ‘Ghostbusters’ & ‘What About Bob’. We love Bill before he was Cool Bill. We love vintage Bill. In fact today we are spending the afternoon under a blanket watching Bill movies. xx mikes Hurrah!…

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Bunting, Buggies, Bears and Black Magic!

December 13, 2006

oh my goodness.. it is nearly christmas! in all the stocking up and confetti-ing and collaging and sparkling… i forgot about christmassing my own house! paper chains would be good i think. and some bunting (!) and some felt stockings to hang on the nonexistant mantlepiece. and lots of fairy lights around the bathroom cabinet so i can have a bath and see them sparkle-arkle. molly and i were chatting today about when you are five or six years old..…

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Hundreds and Thousands and Tiny Nonsense

December 11, 2006

Yesterday at Mikes we threw handfuls of 100s and 1000s on the footpath in front of the shop. When people walked past, they heard the teeny tiny crunch.. and they looked down and smiled. It was a good day. I think that the rain washed them down the drain and out into the lovely multi-coloured bay. Jess visited today and I tried to stack all the swap cards in their pink box, neatly in two piles with the best ones…

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