Mad March Sale – Final Day

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by John Berry. Published by Ladybird in the Sixties.

Well, I have added a new card to my shop every day in March, as I intended, although I didn’t manage to post every day. So today is the last day of March, and that is that. I will, however, keep the ‘Mad March Sale’ section of my shop open during the first two weeks of April. I will not be adding anything new, though.

Above, is today’s addition. It is Peter and Jane. The illustration is by John Berry.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

Have a great week,

Alison x

Mad March Sale – Marcel Marlier, Chicks

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Martine a la Ferme by Gilbert Delahaye. Illustrated by Marcel Marlier. Published by Casterman, 1954.

Marcel Marlier was born in 1930 and died in 2011.

He started children’s book illustration when he won a competition organised by La Procure a Namur, the Belgian publisher. He stayed with the publishing house for over twenty-five years.

Following this, he worked for Casterman, where he illustrated the ‘Martine’ series which spans over fifty issues.

This was the first of the series, published in 1954. It was posted to me, anonymously, in a very bad state. It is a first edition.

The ‘chicks’ card was listed in my shop yesterday, and the card below was listed about an hour ago.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Martin Aitchison, Shopping List

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by Martin Aitchison. Published by Ladybird in the Seventies.

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend.

Sunday evening’s addition to my Mad March Sale is another illustration by Martin Aitchison. Mum is giving a shopping list to Peter and Jane.

The Sixties version of the same scene is below, this time by John Berry.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a clean pizza box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Martin Aitchison, Peter and Jane Picking Flowers

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by Martin Aitchison. Published by Ladybird, some time in the Seventies.

Happy Saturday!

Today’s Mad March Sale card is the Seventies’ version of this  Sixties’ one.

I think it would make a nice Mothers’ Day card.

The illustrator is Martin Aitchison.

I will post tomorrow’s card when I get back from work, so between 8 and 9pm, I guess.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a clean pizza box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

Have a great weekend, and see you tomorrow,

Alison x

Mad March Sale – Madeline In London

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I am trying to catch up on the Mad March Sale posts I missed when our computer was sick. I  continued to add a card to my shop every day, and these are some of them. They are all from the wonderful Madeline In London.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Tower Bridge

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St. James’s Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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Mad March Sale – John Berry, Peter and Jane With Daisies

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by John Berry. Published by Ladybird in the Sixties.

John Berry was a Hammersmith lad, born in 1920. He died four years ago.

He won a Royal Academy Scholarship, but the war prevented him from taking it. He was a war artist and a lot of his work is now housed in The Imperial War Museum.

After the war he painted portraits. He provided a service at Harrods (where else?) whereby you could drop off a photograph and he would reproduce it in oil.

He has illustrated many children’s books, not just Ladybird, but it is Peter and Jane which brought him to my attention. Here we see them angelically admiring the daisies. A Mothers’ Day card maybe? Below is the Seventies’ version of the same scene, this time by Martin Aitchison.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Martin Aitchison, Teatime

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3a Things We Like by W.Murray. Illustrated by Martin Aitchison. Published sometime in the Seventies by Ladybird Books.

Martin Aitchison was born in 1919. He went to Birmingham School of Art, followed by The Slade.

Deafness prevented him from active service during the war. Instead he worked as an illustrator at Vickers, where he supported new developments including the ‘bouncing bomb’ for Barnes Wallace.

After the war he worked for various advertising agencies and newspapers, and in 1953 began a ten year stint at ‘Eagle’ and ‘Swift’ comics.

After The Eagle’s demise in 1963, Martin worked for Ladybird for over twenty years, illustrating nearly one hundred books.

This card shows a thoroughly British teatime scene, which I think will make a nice Mother’s Day card. I have also included (below) an image of the Sixties’ version of the same book. This time the illustration is by Harry Wingfield, I think, I cannot be totally certain as I no longer have the card (and didn’t keep notes in those days). If it’s not Harry Wingfield (and I’m pretty certain it is), it’ll be John Berry.

Since posting this five hours ago, I have found the card below. I wasn’t even looking for it, I thought I’d sold/sent it. Turns out the illustrator is John Berry.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, this card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

Happy International Happiness Day!

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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