A little while ago, I had a fantasy (and it certainly won't be coming a reality anytime soon...) of painting a mural on Isla's bedroom wall. Her room has got a bit of a Scandi-folky theme going on (I like to think) in reds and blues. So I did a doodle of an apple tree, with blue leaves and little red apples, and an owl and a few birds flitting across the rest of the walls and ceiling. Ok, so it's very rough round the edges, but you get the idea.
Then whaddya know, I was in the Tate Modern bookshop a couple of weeks back and I stumbled upon this! Had I read it as a child and unknowingly stored the image in my head for future reference, or is it just one of those very bizarre coincidences? I don't know. But it is a wonderful book. Look at that beautiful hand-lettering! And I am proud to say that it is the first non-school book that Nelly has picked up and read all on her own, so it really is special to me now.
PS - I see there are more fellow Hama bead addicts out there. Aren't Lili Scratchy's offerings delightful?