29 Jul 2014

The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast


The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. Ballantyne, 1884


28 Jul 2014

Tea caddy, ca. 1910



Tea caddy, ca. 1910 of square canted form, the lid and four sides set 
with cloisonné enamel ovals depicting birds, and set within repoussé mounts 
bearing the names of the birds - the whole raised on brackets cast as snails

25 Jul 2014

24 Jul 2014

...a good idea...


An Austrian postcard from 1936

23 Jul 2014

Snail cloth doll sewing pattern PDF


 Who's been eating my lettuce! Use this toy sewing pattern to
 make your very own cheeky cloth snail softie from your favourite cotton 
and felt fabrics. Boys and girls will love this design.A snail doll measures 12" tall . 
Perfect for imaginative play during the day and nightime hugs and kisses.

Go to Elf Pop, Etsy and puchase the PDF pattern

11 page PDF Sewing Pattern includes:
* Step by step illustrated guide
* Step by step text instructions
* Shape templates for a snail
* After sales support
* Cottage industry license (make them to sell)

**PLUS** A free simple skirt pattern is now included with the doll pattern.

This sewing pattern is simple enough for advanced beginners 
and quick enough for those more experienced.






18 Jul 2014

17 Jul 2014

Sterling snail and humpback whale necklace


'This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale'.


"This is the whale who came one night
When the tide was high and the stars were bright.
A humpback whale, immensely long,
Who sang to the snail a wonderful song
Of shimmering ice and coral caves
And shooting stars and enormous waves."

- The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson


Inspired by 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson, this humpback whale 
necklace is made entirely of sterling, a snail shell from our very own Five Maples and 
a dew drop of aquamarine. The shell has been filled and stabilized with a resin fill and 
set simply in sterling silver. The surface of the shell has been left untreated to preserve 
the matte finish - a lovely contrast to the satin luster of the metal.

This one-of-a-kind necklace measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/4", 
hangs on a 19" oxidized sterling chain with a handcrafted clasp. 
Finished with a touch of ocean green prehnite on the chain

Purchase the Snail and the Whale necklace here:
Blue Gnome, Etsy




16 Jul 2014

Needle felted land snail


 A needle felted giant snail - what stunning details!
This snail measures 37,5 cm/15" long and 17,5 cm/7" high. 
Definitely a conversation starter ; )

Purchase the snail here: Yvonne's workshop, Etsy

Thanks for the link to Madame B!








9 Jul 2014

An old Piccoli edition


It is a part of the ‘Sinfonia’ series consists of eight books, 
 beautifully illustrated by Anna Franzoni (Mariapia’s daughter) and 
written by Esther Albarella (Ester Dolci de Pilato), 1959.

4 Jul 2014

A summer meadow...


Die vom Wegrain Wirklich wahre Nachrichten von Tier- und Blumenvolk
by Marga Müller,  illustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor, 1940

3 Jul 2014

Illustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor (1882-1973)


Vier Märlein by Friedrich Rückert
 illustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor