5. Percy Drake Brookshaw, 1963 Birthday Postcards

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Kingsway English, Junior Series Book 1 by J.C. Gagg, with drawings by Drake Brookshaw. Published by Evans Brothers Limited, London 1953. This edition published in 1963.

Numbers: 329 – 338

Right, this is the last of them. I’m stopping at five for now. I have also made ones, threes and fours in previous posts.

All of the numbers have been sewn onto pages from the above book which is fifty years old and I ranted on about here.

337 is made from the back cover.

The numbers are made from Del’s purple shirt, which I also used in the Picasso piece. They have been mounted onto yellow card, which I rescued from the bin at work.

If you feel so inclined, you can buy one here. If you wait until 14th and 15th November, 2015, you will get 30% discount. Use the code GOLD50

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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4. Percy Drake Brookshaw, 1963 Birthday Postcards

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Kingsway English, Junior Series Book 1 by J.C. Gagg, with drawings by Drake Brookshaw. Published by Evans Brothers Limited, London 1953. This edition published in 1963.

Numbers: 321 – 328

Hullo, Children (see 328)!

If you haven’t been following this project, you can find out more about this fifty years old book here. And if you want to see the cards for one and three, click on the links.

Meanwhile, back to the ‘fours’. I’m still using the coloured card, I found in the bin at work, as a mount for the fabric numbers.

The green gingham was given to me by a friend some years ago, before I had my own children. It used to be her daughter’s school uniform. I made her some birthday bunting with it.

The black and white spot is the torn lining of a bag. In fact, from the very bag I took to Lewisham Hospital when I had my son thirteen years ago. Incidentally, Del , whose shirts are featured on earlier numbers, drove us to said hospital with said bag.

Drake Brookshaw comes up trumps again with some beautiful drawings. 324 is my favourite, with the king and the poor man. Mam and Jane are making cakes on 326, with Dad and John nowhere to be seen. And I often wondered why our dog, Jess, used to turn around about fifty thousand times before she finally lay down for the night, and now I know (327).

If you are interested, you can find them in my shop. On 14th and 15th November, 2015, there will be 30% discount. Use the code GOLD50

Alison x

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4. Napkin Diary For October 2014

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Monday, 13th October

There was a four hour strike today by thousands of NHS workers, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff.

They would like a 1% pay rise. The government says this will cost too much.

Urgent and emergency care was unaffected, and there have been reports that staff left the picket lines to attend to patients.

The little ambulance was taken from a child’s (Julia Lena Morell) colouring book that I bought from a charity shop in Barcelona. I will be posting more about this shop at a later date. It is on my ‘To Do’ list.

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Vintage Ladybird ‘3a Things We Like’

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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. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope. As usual, these cards are made from a used food packaging and are super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

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

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.

See you soon,

Alison x

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Vintage Ladybird ‘Fun On The Farm’

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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. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope. As usual, these cards are made from a used food packaging and are super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

4b Fun On The Farm by W. Murray. Illustrated by Harry Wingfield. First published by Ladybird in 1965, not sure when this edition was published, but it cost 24p.

Harry Wingfield died on 5th March, 2002 at the age of ninety-one.

He taught me to read. Not in person, but by making the reading of those relentlessly boring Peter and Jane ‘stories’ more bearable. I loved looking at his illustrations. The family in the pictures were far removed from my own family, but I appreciated those watercolours nevertheless.

He was a freelance illustrator for Ladybird Books for three decades, retiring in the 1980s. He portrayed a wholesome world, without divorce and disobedient children. Jane helped Mummy in the kitchen and Peter helped Daddy with the car.  Although, in the 1970s Jane ditched her pretty frock for jeans. We did that sort of thing in the Seventies.

I loved his work then, and I love it now. He also did some abstract stuff, for the Ladybird Junior Science series.

Laters,

Alison x

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3. The Surprise Party by Pat Hutchins

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Happy October!

I made these postcards some time ago, and either forgot to list them in my shop, or the listing expired and I forgot to renew. The business side of my operation is not my strong point. They don’t teach you to do impromptu giveaways at 8am on a Sunday at Harvard Business School.

So today, and possibly Friday, I am going to try to list some of the stuff sitting in shoe boxes under the bed. The three shown here are now in stock.

They are very, very, very eco-friendly, as everything used in their making was destined for the bin.

They are made from cereal boxes and an old copy of ‘The Surprise Party’ by Pat Hutchins. The book was published in 1972 (Penguin, in association with The Bodley Head), making the front these cards 41 years old. They are not reproductions, they are made from the actual book. I never cut up books which could still be read, this particular copy was rather moldy in places (none of this on the cards, though). I acquired it some years ago, and couldn’t bear to see it thrown away.

Pat Hutchins won a scholarship to Darlington School of Art (a few miles from my home town) in 1958. She has written and illustrated about 50 books, and given countless children lots of pleasure over the years. One of these children was me. I can remember the lovely Mrs. Yates reading this to my class when I was sixish. Mrs. Yates was a hippy, and I loved her. I was totally beguiled by the illustrations. Here was a person who had outlined her images in dark green, not black. Was that allowed? I think I can trace my colourful sewing outlines right back to Pat Hutchins, now I come to think about it.

I am now going to list some Drake Brookshaw number cards.

Alison x

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4. June 2014

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More words added to my A-Word-A-Day-For-June-On-A-Napkin project.

Find the other words here.

 

Brunch 8th June

Suggested by Rachel Witte on my Facebook Page, when I was travelling to work. Thanks to Cheryl, Judith, Sandra, Catherine and Uckfield Art Trail for the other suggestions, I liked them all. In the end though, I liked the punch that comes with brunch. It has impact, and I like the way it looks on the napkin. I also liked the idea of Rachel eating brunch at the time. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and I imagined her in a garden. I looked it up and brunch was first recorded in 1898, much earlier than I had expected.

Felfie 10th June

Apparently this has been added to the Collins English Dictionary. A photo of a farmer taken by himself/herself. The letters are cut from the W.H. Smith voucher below. It was shoved into my newspaper without me noticing.

Rape 11th June

There is a global summit in London at the moment hoping to raise awareness of wartime rape.

1.100 women are raped each month in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

50,000 women have been raped in Bosnia.

500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan Genocide.

Scooby Snack 12th June

Jamie Oliver said this on his ‘Money Saving Meals’. It made me laugh because my husband and I have been having a scooby-snack-argument  for about twenty years. We have been having this disagreement  for so long, that I can’t remember whether I’m in the ‘small biscuit’ corner, or the ‘very tall sandwich’ corner.

Skin 13th June

My daughter has been to France for a week, and was thoroughly exhausted when she got home this afternoon. (So far she has told us nothing of her adventure). We decided to have a cuddle and watch ‘A Bug’s Life’, which we hadn’t seen before. Anyway, the main bug had made a telescope, from a leaf and a droplet of water. “What’s that?” she says, meaning the water. When I answered her she couldn’t quite get her head around the fact that the water didn’t run everywhere. I was reminded of a brilliant clip I saw on QI, showing mosquitoes gracefully flicking raindrops out of their way in the air. I told her about this. She was utterly amazed. “So water has got a kind of skin?” She ran upstairs to impress her brother (as always) with this information. He already knew this and was not impressed (as always). Grandma rang to find out about France, but instead got a science lesson.

It got me thinking about the word ‘skin’.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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