Tuesday, 7 February 2017
If you are already sick and tired of all of the twee hearts, flowers and teddy bears that fill the shops in the run up to Valentine’s Day then try the perfect antidote to the commercial view of luurve! These wonderfully twisted gothic images are available on a range of items from phone cases to mugs from Barbara Bongini’s Teepublic shop. Why not surprise your significant other with one of her edgy designs on their favourite item, or just treat yourself!
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
The Full Moon for Feb 2017 will occur just after midnight on February 11th for Europe and in the afternoon of February 10th for the United States.February's Full Moon is commonly known as the 'Full Snow Moon' or 'Hunger Moon' by Native Americans. The Apache referred to it as the 'frost sparkling in the sun' moon while the Omaha people referred to it as the 'moon when geese come home'.
The 'face' of the Man in the Moon is actually composed of the dark areas of the lunar maria, or 'seas' and the lighter highlands of the lunar surface. A longstanding European tradition holds that the man was banished to the moon for some crime! Steve Dell's fabulous work for 'Man on the Moon' activity pack for John Lewis continues this tradition of telling stories of the lonely man so many miles away and gives children wonderful ideas of how to find and even make contact with this elusive chap! We think these gorgeous illustrations are 'out of this world'!!!
Fun February Fact Alert! The first cards featuring robins were actually sent for St Valentine’s Day and not for Christmas! Although we tend now to associate them with the festive season - a link dating from the mid 1800s, when postmen wore red uniforms and were called ‘robins’ - they originally symbolised the posties who played cupid delivering love letters from both secret admirers and loved up couples! So, in the spirit of the most romantic month of the year, here are some stunning illustrations of these beautiful messengers of love from the fabulously talented Steve Dell!