Dear friends! I know you haven’t heard from me for a long time, but now I am excited to announce something absolutely special. Four of my books for toddlers, created in a wonderful collaboration with Chimalecha Books publishing house, are now available on Amazon.
You can purchase any of them in paperback format or choose the Kindle Edition option with a great price (and even for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member).
Well guys, one little girl has already got her gift for Christmas, so I can show it here.
I wanted to create something special for the little lady, especially because she has a wonderful romantic mom who loves great classics. Not long thinking, I created a tiny rag doll with red hair and sewed for her a house. I named the doll Anne Shirley.
“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.” (c)
And, as you may have guessed, her house is a symbolic version of Green Gables from the novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.
“She opened her eyes and looked about her. They were on the crest of a hill. The sun had set some time since, but the landscape was still clear in the mellow afterlight. To the west a dark church spire rose up against a marigold sky. Below was a little valley and beyond a long, gently-rising slope with snug farmsteads scattered along it. From one to another the child’s eyes darted, eager and wistful. At last they lingered on one away to the left, far back from the road, dimly white with blossoming trees in the twilight of the surrounding woods. Over it, in the stainless southwest sky, a great crystal-white star was shining like a lamp of guidance and promise.” (c)
Let’s look inside.
Anne has a nice little bed…
and wardrobe with some cute clothes.
She has a bright skirt and beautiful dress. Sorry, Anne, it is although without puffed sleeves.
“Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves…” (c)
She can take a bath with a yellow rubber duck…
wear a cute robe after bathing…
and look into the mirror.
She can also make some tea in a small cozy kitchen.
And it is so good to sitting at the table looking at the favorite geranium!
“Oh, I like things to have handles even if they are only geraniums. It makes them seem more like people. How do you know but that it hurts a geranium’s feelings just to be called a geranium and nothing else? You wouldn’t like to be called nothing but a woman all the time. Yes, I shall call it Bonny…” (c)
Here are some more pictures of this portable fabric doll house. It is a good toy for home or in travel.
I think this is also a nice acquaintance with ‘Anne Shirley of Green Gables’ by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” (c)
Quiet book. Busy book. Soft book or Cloth book. They go by many names but the idea is the same: a series of fabric “pages” containing quiet activities to entertain small children. I had the intention of beautiful, hand-sewn masterpiece for very special little girl, my distant friend’s 2 year-old daughter Bogdana (Dana). And I’m talking about a masterpiece not because I am a master, but because I was sewing a book based on the works and joys of my friend and her family. Her name is Nadiyka Herbish and she is a gifted Ukrainian writer and just an amazing person!For activities I used: Velcro, snaps buttons, zipper, ribbons for tying, clothespins and threads for a braid. Let me just show you what I made and you can use my ideas for your own design.
Book cover. Little Dana in the image of Sunbonnet Sue
Cup of coffee and a few pieces of Velcro marshmallow
Little Mouse from Nadiyka’s books about the change of seasons. I made him a photographer. It’s a family passion of Nadiyka and little Dana
These pages are also about nature. Here a few flowers, apple and caterpillar that can become a butterfly
And here’s a bit of Venice. Recently the book ‘Traveling with a Magical Atlas: Venice’ by Nadiyka Herbish was published in Ukraine
Christmas Tale about Hedgehog who carry a sledge with some gifts for…
…family of cute Gophers
The last page. Rocking Horse with a tail that can be braided
Bogdana and Nadiyka have already received their Quiet book. It seems, both girls love it and I can not be happier! 🙂
Do you love the tales of Beatrix Potter as much as I do? Probably, yes. What a heart wouldn’t melt by these wonderful characters and funny stories about them? You definitely have some books of Beatrix, or pictures and cards based on her illustrations.Today I’ll show you something else. Very cute cross stitch patterns. In fact, the whole world of Beatrix Potter in cross stitch patterns.
Here there are Peter Rabbit and his charming family, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Mouse Taylor and Mouse Stitcher.
And all the others gathered in two wonderful Victorian alphabets!