8 december 2013

~Poem for Christmas!

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863)
wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas
also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822.
It is now the tradition in many American families
to read the poem every Christmas Eve.


“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Poem by Clement Clarke Moore
Image~by svetoknz

31 oktober 2013

~Happy Halloween!!!

Dennisons Bogie Book c.1925

Dennison’s Bogie Book c.1925

15 mei 2013

Hilda Hechle

“Come buy from us with a golden curl”
by Hilda Hechle (1914),
from Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

7 mei 2013

~Vintage Book

S. Louise Patteson

 How to have bird neighbors
by S. Louise Patteson, 1917

27 april 2013

~Palmer Cox

Palmer Cox
(April 28, 1840 – July 24, 1924)
was a Canadian illustrator and author,
best known
for the fictional creatures known as
the "Brownies  his series of humorous verse
books and comic strips about the mischievous
but kindhearted fairy-like sprites.
The cartoons were published in several books,
such as The Brownies, Their Book (1887).

Palmer Cox  
Palmer Cox is famous the world over for his
delightful children's books .
" His inspiration for the Brownies came from
the Scottish folklore that still survived in
and around Granby, Quebec, where he was born in 1840.
Cox learned these folktales from his mother which
featured the Brownies, or little members of the fairie
or goblin world: "imaginary sprites who delight in harmless pranks and helpful deeds. They work and sport
while weary households sleep, and never allow
themselves to be seen by mortal eyes.

Palmer Cox
~More to read~

3 april 2013

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
but still I can do SOMETHING
and just because I cannot do everything...
I will not refuse to do the something
that I can do!.
~Helen Keller~

art unknown to me

15 maart 2013

"Each leaf,
each blade of grass
vies for attention.
Even weeds
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us."
- Marianne Poloskey

I found this on Facebook
but no name of artist
but I had to share, this is soooo wonderful and amazing
don’t you think?

12 februari 2013

Oraciones en el sauce

Oraciones en el sauce / Prayers on a weeping willow
by Diego Peñuela on Flickr

This illustration was part of "A song for Japan",
a beautiful project by PechaKucha Night Bogota,
done for the victims of Japan earthquake, 2011

7 februari 2013

26 januari 2013

Henri Gervex

La Toilette
by Henri Gervex.
French Academic Painter (1852 - 1929)


17 januari 2013

The Story teller will tell you the story
about the


1911 Edmund Dulac

1911 Edmund Dulac from
Stories from Hans Andersen
The Snow Queen 

and in the centre of this lake sat the Snow Queen,
when she was at home.”

13 januari 2013

the secret garden by inga moore

One of my favorite books!
The Secret Garden
Illustration by Inga Moore

11 januari 2013

~Have a lovely weekend!

Herbert Gustave Schmalz

Queen Of May
by Herbert Gustave Schmalz

9 januari 2013

Jacob Hendrick Maris

by Jacob Hendrick Maris

8 januari 2013

~Vintage book

else wenz
Magical illustrations by Else Wenz-Viëtor,
one of Germany's most well known
and prolific children's illustrators...

This wonderful book is my own dutch copy
I bought on flea market.
 else wenz v

Vincent Vidal

Young Lady Saying the Rosary,
by Vincent Vidal.
French (1811 - 1887)

7 januari 2013

John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse at his easel

5 januari 2013

Jean de Brunhoff

Illustration of Babar the elephant
by Jean de Brunhoff.

3 januari 2013

Alexei Ivanovich Korzukhin

by Alexei Ivanovich Korzukhin

2 januari 2013

Marianne Stokes

The Frog Prince
by Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)