Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1960s Novel Love - Shirley Flight Air Hostess

Ever heard of Shirley Fight?

"Shirley looked up into the twinkling eyes of Captain Prentiss, 
and as she did so she knew there could be no fears of an adverse flight report"

1960's gold!
Isn't she gorgeous?

It just so happens that my neighbours are air stewards so I couldn't pass this one up.
The future of this book had become apparent...

I get a kick out of making personalised gifts like this-
that connect through the text.
The number of this Hybrid references the number of their house too.

The wrapping also uses "Shirley Flight"

There are further plans for this book....

Do you have any old books that you dig?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Card - Free Deer Printable

Two bucks.
Sheet music
a Christmas greeting Deery!

These are the ingredients for my latest Christmas card recipe.
With a black or a white frame..for your convenience Deery!

If you would like to spread the cheery Deery
 you are invited to use my original image for your cards (personal use only of course) .
I would appreciate it if you follow Elle and Lou in return for using my design please.

The cards are 6x4 images so right click on the image to save and name on your computer.
They look great as gift tags also.

Many thanks to The Graphics Fairy 
whose daily vintage images are an inspiring starting place.

Merry Christmas!

Linking up with:

The Graphics Fairy

Under the Table and Dreaming
I heart Nap Time


Friday, December 16, 2011

Bunting Winner!

Its Friday and so it is time to the giveaway announcement

Congratulations to Talking Ed

who said:
"I think I know a couple of kids who would love the bunting too. I am already a follower - love your stuff."

Thanks to everyone who commented
 and my apologies to my blogging friends in New Zealand and America.
 I promise to have a giveaway that is international next year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Cards - Free Vintage Download

My Christmas Card Recipe
  1. Source some traditional Christmas sheet music 
  2. Add one large (but wise looking) moose head.
  3. Decorate with shiny red retro baubles.
  4. Serve with some French language references 

The great thing about this card recipe is that it is original and economical.
My Christmoose design is a 6x4,
perfect for development at the local photo-lab 
Then I simply glued the photos onto some card stock.
The cards came out at a grand total of 30 cents each, including the envelope...
that warms the cockles of my heart!

If you would like to spread the Christmoose cheer you are invited to use my original image for your cards (personal use only of course) . I would appreciate it if you follow Elle and Lou in return for using my design please.

Many thanks to The Graphics Fairy whose daily vintage images are an inspiring starting place.

Merry Christmas!

Linking up with:

The Graphics Fairy


Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Bunting Giveaway

Christmas is so special for the little ones.
They notice the small things-
like the number of baubles on a tree...


or the stamp on a Christmas card.

Children love a good story- especially if it about Santa!

 And I don't know about your children...
but mine LOVE to decorate and get in the Christmas spirit.

This inspired me to put a Christmas spin on my
"Bunting in a Book" range.

I'd love you to win it for the little one(s) in your life.

How to Enter- 4 ways to win!
Become a follower of Elle and Lou (1 entry)
Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)
Share this link on Facebook
Reblog this post (2 entries)
Leave a comment each time you enter
Entries close Saturday 17th December
when a random winner will be drawn!

(This giveaway is only open to Australian residents

 as I want it to reach the winner via post prior to Christmas.)

Good Luck and Merry Christmas! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

C & K : Free Teacher Gift / Printable

Today we are marking a milestone in our family.
For today is my "baby's"  last day in childcare/preschool at  C & K*.

We have ben a part of this kindergarten community for 7 years!
It is fair to say that when we first took Missy J there at 12 months we didn't foresee how important the people at C &K would be in our lives and the impact that they would have on our family.

Some teachers have come and gone but there are a couple that have been with us for the whole 7 years. Miss Erin and Miss Cheryl are too of the most amazing teachers that any parent could wish for and we thank them deeply for their commitment, care, professionalism, sense of fun and wonder.

As a parting gift to the centre I have made an eye-chart.
I think the sentiment is important and I hope the children use it as part of their roll play fun.
It also gives the little ones another opportunity to  be recognising letters and shapes. 
 ( In the final version I added our names underneath the line
 and mounted it in an A4 document frame)

 If you are a C & K parent and would like a free printable as a gift for your centre please go ahead and use this jpeg ( I would love it if you became a follower too if you wish)

If you would like me to email you a higher quality version just get in touch by leaving a comment or leaving a message through blogger or on Facebook.

* In Australia, C&K are a well known not-for-profit community organisation that specialise in childcare and pre-schooling.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cursory Observations

I wonder how many people have walked past this ....

its Quebec...
 but I'm not talking about the place, I'm talking about the book
"Cursory Observations made in Quebec, 1811"
As the title suggests it was written in 1811.
This copy is from 1960.

"Where are you from then?
exclaimed ten or twelve voices at once;-
From the clouds, gentlemen:-
By what conveyance?-
A balloon, gentlemen; which, if you had taken notice, landed me amongst the Hogs, and re-ascended most majestically;-
You stare, gentlemen; but it's very true."

The pages are a beautiful golden colour.
It has a wonderful smell that reminds me of a university library.

For $2 at Lifeline, it is a sensory bargain!

I hope I don't offend anyone here, but, I intend to use it for drawing and printing on-
so it lives on and can be shared and appreciated (hopefully) by many.
It is damaged in places so I don't feel too guilty about repurposing it.

The terrible photo below (sorry about that)
gives you an insight into where
Cursory Observations and I are headed...

"And now I take leave of my Readers;
informing them truly, that altho' I hope they are not fatigued
 or disgusted by the perusal of this little tract; 
yet they may rest assured I am perfectly happy it is finished."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Retro Cards for retro friends

I have this friend and it was his birthday today.
He looks a bit like this....

No! I'm joking (but I'm sure he does have a neanderthal side)

I been letting my subconscious work on this little bit of retro joy from 
"1,550 Fascinating Facts about the Universe, the World, and its People"
...a big call for a book, but it does have great pictures 
(unlike these photos which were taken last night at 11pm. 
Crap quality... sorry to offend your aesthetics )

Nothing like a bit of knowledge with a birthday card.

The inside says
 "Happy Birthday Man"

But that's not all..
We were also celebrating my other friend's big day at the same time.

I know! 
This is why I was up late.

Looks like a girl with party drinks right?

These images come from a science experiment book
"Cup and Saucer Chemistry"

Nothing left to be said.
Today it was.....