Archives For Characters


May 27, 2014



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Vintage Mickey Mouse

May 15, 2014









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April 24, 2014

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A. A. Milne

April 9, 2014

Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne was born in Hampstead, London, on January 18, 1882 to parents Vince and Sarah Marie Milne. As a boy he showed prowess in Mathematics. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge and studied Mathematics on a scholarship. While in school he wrote and edited for a school publication and later on collaborated with his brother Kenneth where the initials AKM appeared on their articles.

In 1903, he tried to make a living as a freelance writer, writing humorous articles and light verses. Two years later, he became an assistant editor for the humour magazine, Punch in 1906. In 1913, he married Dorothy “Daphne” de Sélincourt, their only son Christopher Robin Milne was born in 1920.



Milne served in the army in World War I as an officer of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and then later the Royal Corps of Signals. He was discharged from duty on February 14, 1919 and settled in Mallord Street, Chelsea.

After the war, he began to write plays, novels, and a collection of children’s short stories and poems. His collection of short children’s stories would later become a part of the Winnie the Pooh books. Winnie the Pooh was published in 1926 followed by The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. A collection of nursery rhymes called The Wrong Sort of Bees was published in 1927.

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The stories of Winnie the Pooh and friends were inspired by Milne’s son Christopher Robin and his toys. Christopher Robin had a stuffed bear called Edward, later renamed to Winnie after the military mascot in World War I. The rest of the characters were all Christopher Robin’s toys brought to life in the stories through the imagination of his father.


A.A. Milne died in January 1956, at the age of 74. His widow later sold her rights to Pooh and characters to Stephen Slesinger, whose widow sold the rights after Slesinger’s death to the Walt Disney Company who made many Pooh cartoon movies and Pooh related merchandise.


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April 2, 2014



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Mr. Cuthbert Bailey was the general manager of Royal Doulton in 1930s. Knowing his daughter’s passion for drawing and art, he asked his daughter to create child friendly design for a nursery series that Royal Doulton was planning.


His daughter Barbara, created drawings of bunnies in every family setting. They were said to be inspired from her fondness of her childhood, the designs comprised of rabbits eating, picnicking, playing, fishing, dancing, reading and cooking basically just enjoying everyday life. The father rabbit was shown as bespectacled and smoking a pipe which is said to be based on her own father. When the Bunnykins line was introduced by Royal Doulton in 1934 it was an instant success, the rabbits were dressed in human clothes in colourful and rural English scenes.



The first and earliest pieces were signed by Barbara and are quite rare and highly expensive. The Bunnykins china was used by Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth as children, and they were popular Christmas, birthday and christening gifts in middle class English homes.


Figurines based on the Bunnykins characters were created by Charles Noke in 1939. The production was halted because of the war and didn’t resume till after Royal Douton purchased the Beswick factory in 1969. Prior to the war, six designs were produced and have become a rare and expensive find.  The Bunnykins designs have been picked up for continuation by various designers who have stayed true to Barbara’s original design.


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Easter Tea Party

March 31, 2014

Artful Affirmations shared a beautiful Easter tea party on her blog!

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Don’t you just love the white chocolate bunnies sitting in tea cups?



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Easter Tables

March 29, 2014

Architecture Art Designs shared 28 inspirational tables on their site and I had a hard time picking my favorites! Check out all 28 here.




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Porch Swings

January 24, 2014

I love a good porch swing! I just imagine drinking tea in the morning, reading a book in the afternoon and long conversations in the evening.


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Beatrix Potter was an English author and illustrator of beloved children’s stories. She published over twenty-three books, but is best known for The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

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Helen Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866 in Kensington, United Kingdom. She was born into a wealthy family and together with her brother, Walter, spent most of her free time taking care of her pets and drawing them endlessly. Her summer holidays were spent away from London in Scotland where she discovered her love for nature.

She was educated privately by tutors, and like other women of her class in the Victorian Era, she did not go to university. She was noted to be particularly interested in all branches of science except for Astronomy. In her studies she maintained drawings of her specimens with increasing skill. She grew fascinated with mycology (the study of fungi) and was drawn to fungi and its interesting colors through the influence of family friends and a mycologist uncle. Beatrix delved into fungi research, frequently accompanying her work with drawings and paintings. She spent years on mycology drawings and experimenting on fungi, resulting in a scientific paper titled On the Germination of the Spores of the Agaricineae she submitted to the Linnean Society in 1897. She could not present the paper in person due to her gender, and subsequently withdrew the paper after realizing some of her samples were contaminated. Her paper has only recently been rediscovered and is now being properly evaluated. The Linnean Society issued a posthumous apology to Beatrix Potter in 1997 for having allowed sexism to impact the handling of her research.

Her work on The Tale of Peter Rabbit started out as letter drawings that she would send to the children of her first governess particularly to the eldest child, Noel who was frequently ill. When she found herself without anything more to write to the children she decided to introduce the story of four little rabbits. Later on she revised her story and created a mock up book that she published using her own money. It wasn’t until December 1902, when her book previously rejected by Frederick Warne & Co, was published. With the increasing popularity of children’s books Frederick Warne & Co decided to publish it to compete in the trend. In hindsight a very wise decision, as Potter’s books have become some of the best-selling children’s books of all time.
With her independent earnings as well as a substantial inheritance from an aunt, Beatrix purchased a farm and slowly learned sheep farming. As she settled into country life it reflected in the storybooks she wrote. The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907), and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908), along with others, mirrored her growing happiness with rural life.

Working and managing three farms was not easy, so Beatrix coordinated with William Heelis, a local solicitor, to help her maintain and secure the boundaries of her property. In 1913, at the age of 47, she married Heelis and together they settled at Castle Cottage Near Sawrey. Potter became a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep. Her fascination for sheep farming grew that soon she purchased a vast sheep farm and became one of the major sheep farmers in the area. She was an avid land preservationist and is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park.

In her later years Beatrix continued to write, although it was mainly for her own pleasure. Her later books included The Fairy Carava (1929), published only in the US during her lifetime, Sister Anne (1932), and the final folktale called Wag-by-Wall, which was published posthumously in 1944. Beatrix died of complications from heart disease and pneumonia in 1943 at the age of 77, leaving nearly all her property to the National Trust. Her gift to the Trust included over 4,000 acres of land, sixteen farms, and herds of cattle and sheep. Even so, her most important gift is no doubt her lovely literary works that have enchanted children and adults for decades, and continue to delight readers throughout the world today.

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Winter Porches

January 3, 2014