Wednesday, 28 March 2007

It's all go here and I haven't been able to get to my blog all week. Lark seems to be attracting a lot of attention at the moment. This week alone we have signed up two new stockists in the UK (thanks to Lapin, my wonderful agent) and four in Australia. So everything's a little crazy and the kitchen table is covered in vintage fabric buttons and scraps of storybooks! Not that I'm complaining, I wouldn't swap what I do for anything.

Yesterday we got a surpise review from Michi Girl, Melbourne's 'daily fashion forecaster', for the knitted doughnuts we are selling at Meet Me at Mike's. Cool!

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Some of my earliest memories involving books are about Topsy & Tim. I loved these little books. They were the first books I had come across that showed children in real-life situations - no gymkhanas or boarding school midnight feasts for Topsy & Tim, the twins were to be found at the police station, helping the dustmen, getting their eyes tested or rummaging at a jumble sale. And the illustrations of Topsy & Tim are truly unique.

It's a shame that the books are not widely known outside the UK, but I guess the themes and scenarios of the early editions are distinctively British. I have a large collection of the original books now, and was pleased to recently add this cute jigsaw.

Monday, 12 March 2007

Cute handmade sign found at a garage sale yesterday!

Friday, 9 March 2007

I could really do with a seaside holiday right now! Nothing glamorous, I am thinking donkey rides, sand-in-your-sandwiches, fish and chips on the pier and a pretty sundress. It's not about to happen though, what with school terms, house renovation and, oh yes, work! Never mind - I have posted a set of lovely Ladybird holiday images like this one onto Flickr - have a look, they are so cheery!

Thursday, 8 March 2007

A yummy box of Lark goodies about to be sent to a customer!

Sunday, 4 March 2007

We bought this new Big Ears egg cup at a food festival at Hanging Rock last week (the place in the spooky 1970s film Picnic at Hanging Rock, we live nearby). Jules, at 3, has quite an eye for a bargain and spotted piles of these selling for a couple of dollars. I personally love the packaging. "Have breakfast with Noddy"!

Saturday, 3 March 2007

Modern packaging designs always seem so boring in comparison to vintage designs - so I was delighted to find this lovely label on a carton of supermarket milk recently.

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Isn't this fab? It comes from a set of 1960's children's hankies with a space theme! I was asked to create boy's t-shirts using these original hankies for the cool French kid's shop Lily and Agathe.