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Childwood wallpaper

I have hankered for some time after Cole and Son’s ‘Woods’ wallpaper. So when I noticed on a local buying/selling site that someone had over-ordered some for her project, I snapped the excess up. I didn’t have a room in mind for it, but the chance and price were too good to pass up. Nevertheless, it sat around for more than a year while we procrastinated about what room to put it in. 

We finally got around to hanging it on the walls of our toddler’s bedroom last month. 

I loved it, but thought we could kiddie it up a bit by adding a few little friends. My two youngest boys and I released some squirrels to frolick in the trees…
Some nattering rabbits…

…and a family of hedgehogs out for a stroll. 

The woodland animal wall decals are by Lauren Moriarty & Co. from Not on the High Street. You can buy them individually or as a pack of three and choose your animal and colour combinations. They are so easy to put up that my toddler managed it!

I like to think we’ve added a bit of fun and haven’t defaced this iconic wallpaper. What do you think? 

We’ve got a little wallpaper left over and I’m dying to recreate this downstairs-toilet-come-forest

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Masquerade

Do you remember the book Masquerade by Kit Williams?

Masquerade - Kit Williams

Published in 1979 it gave clues to a buried treasure, a jewel encrusted hare in a ceramic pot apparently worth around £5000. If you’re interested to know how to solve the puzzle, Kit Williams published a follow-up book with the solution.

Many a morning I spent eating my Shreddies flicking through the pages of this wonderful book in the mid 1980s. Although the treasure had been found by then I marvelled at the illustrations and loved how the text framed the pictures, this book is probably responsible for my appreciation of typography.

The British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition at the V&A is displaying the golden hare jewel from Masquerade for the first time and available in the V&A Shop are these gorgeous hare stud earrings and ring.

Hare Stud Earrings - V&A ShopHare Ring - V&A ShopThey look less like the jewelled hare treasure and more like the beautiful illustrations of the hare. Which I think is the right way around. Both are available to pre-order at almost 1979 prices of £5 for the earrings and £6 for the ring.

The exhibition is running until 12th August 2012. Will you be making a trip to London to see the treasure?

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Alternative Easter Gifts

Easter isn’t something we really celebrate which is why I enjoyed my Easter so much at the home of those who do. The only part of Easter my family take part in is the chocolate side of things and a couple of extra days off, which isn’t proper Easter. And this year we’re not even doing that as my mum and my daughter have stipulated a no chocolate rule, so I was looking at some alternative presents.

I had to look twice when I saw this chocolate crème egg necklace. You may have random kids trying to lick it though, I warn you… This is £7 by Blue Cherry Jewellery who also do very realistic nibbled chocolate mini egg earrings.

Chocolate Creme Egg Necklace - Blue Cherry Jewellery

Will the sterling silver hungry bunny on this necklace ever reach the carrot I wonder? A bit more expensive at £59 but a unique design.

Hungry Bunny Necklace by Anne Morgan Contemporary Jewellery

Some of us in the UK will be doing Easter egg hunts in the snow this year and this sterling silver snow globe ring captures this perfectly. It’s also available with a brown bunny or deer inside at £75.

Snow globe ring sterling silver with white rabbit - Romantic Eccentric

Or more spring-like with a patch of grass and no snow at £73.

Garden Bunny Ring - Romantic Eccentric

What do you give at Easter in place of chocolate?

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Beastly Hooks & Handles

I know I’ve already shown you some animal heads this week but I think these animal coat hooks/door knobs are adorable. I’m hankering after some buffalo heads to use as handles on my beloved kitchen queen (when I finally get round to repainting it), but I’m not sure if they’ll be too big at 10cm x 8cm. They would go with my stampeding cow wallpaper beautifully.

Zoo Dear Animals Coat Hooks/Knobs, White Buffalo - Rockett St George

Not got cows on your walls? Then what about deer, ducks, horses or pigs?

Zoo Animal Coat Hooks/Knobs - Rockett St George

I’m also considering getting a couple of rabbit heads to hang my tea towels on in my rabbit obsessed kitchen.

Zoo Dear Animals Coat Hooks/Knobs,White Rabbit - Rockett St George

There is so much character in their little polystyrene and metal heads that really I’m hankering after them all, they’re £10.95 each from Rockett St George. Which is your favourite?

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Breeding Like Hares

When I like something, I can’t help looking around for things that will match it. I’m not the most organised person but I do get comfort from things around me looking orderly and matching, maybe a little too much.

I was very pleased when we got our lovely Jon Tremain ‘Running Hare’ picture which we hung in the kitchen.

Running Hare by Jon Tremaine

But then I started hankering after the Dish Bunny Washing Up Rack to put on the draining board underneath it.

Dish Bunny Washing Up Rack - Invotis Orange

I don’t want it to just look like a coincidence that there are two hare/rabbit things together, so the next thing I’m hankering after is this Hare Doormat by DroogHare Door Mat by Droog

The cheapest I’ve seen it in the UK is from Post Modern Designs at £89. It’s quite large, probably twice the width of a standard doormat so would be perfect in front of double doors. Hang on, we’ve got double patio doors in the kitchen! So really I need this to put across them as our normal-sized mat just isn’t up to the job. There I’ve convinced myself, now will that logic work on my husband I wonder?

For those of you not hankering after matching hares there is a similar hippo mat.

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