Thursday, 23 June 2011


With so much chocolate around in our Luxury Chocolate recipes set and now our Chocolate Heaven Recipe set, I had a look around to see what else I could find.

I love advertising memorabilia so I was pleased to come across this old catalogue for Hershey's chocolate products.

I love stuff like this. This catalogue is probably from the first decade of the 20th century and is beautifully illustrated with their range. At that time they could have taken pictures (although they probably would have been black and white) but instead they chose to pay someone to illustrate it.

There are many beautifully illustrated catalogues from this period, it's just a shame this kind of art has, in the main, died out.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cute Doggies!

Hope you like our new Pets' Parade set, there are some great pictures in there, aren't there?

On the subject of dogs, I found some great pictures by an artist called Maud Earl who was an eminent canine artist in the first half of the 20th century.

Here is some of her work:-

The one with the dog coming through the 'dog-flap' makes me laugh as I heard a story a few years ago from the people we got kittens from (still have one of them, now 18!)

They also had a dog who they'd had from a puppy, who used to go through the catflap until he got that bit too big for it. One day he decided to chase one of the cats who, sensible as it was, went flying through the catflap. The dog decided to follow but he'd had one too many tins of Pedigree Chum by then and he got stuck by the belly in the catflap. In a panic he struggled until the whole door panel came out of the door, and he went running into the garden with half a door stuck round his middle!

Dogs, eh! Lovable - but stupid!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Cornwall by George F. Nicholls

Having just returned from a week's holiday in glorious (if a bit wet and windy) Cornwall, it seemed only appropriate to find a few illustrations for this lovely holiday county.

This is the 3rd year we've been and the children love it as much, if not more, than the foreign holidays we've had. And so much cheaper.....!

Near Lelant:-

St. Ives (one of our favourite places):-

St. Ives again:-


St. Michael's Mount:-

These pics are from a book aptly named Cornwall by G.E. Mitton with lovely paintings by George Frank Nicholls (1885-1937).

If you've never been to Cornwall, go. Lots of lovely walks and pretty places to go - well worth a visit.