Friday, 28 May 2010

Underground, Overground

THE TUBE HAS COME TO CROYDON! For as long as I can remember there has been whispers of the underground coming to this centre of travel, we have trams, we have so many bus stations and stops I've no idea where to get a bus from and we have the one reason people move to Croydon - one hell of a good link to London. But now, oh yes as folklore told - Croydon is on the tube map!



(anyone about to shhhhhuh me and say its NOT the underground its "London Overground" hold your tongue - if it looks like a tube train and goes to tube stations then that's what it is)

So, our first trip for our train obsessed boy? Shorditch High Street to The Museum of Childhood. I haven't been for years and did go a lot at college seeing as nearly everything I made had to have some toy factor in it (where's the fun in jewellery just being shiny, that's pointless!) The place has changes so much and is fantastic, and the shop - the shop, I must have been back 4 times to buy things.

Toby's favourite thing that he wanted to take home was as you walk in - a fantastic chair rainbow installation. (we didn't take it home just in case you wondered)


Me, on the other hand wanted this......



Where did my Strawberry Shortcake and Huckleberry Pie dolls go? Anyone? What else....Oh and the Weeble family, all the Holly Hobbie stuff, nearly all the period clothes display especially the 1970's Mickey Mouse shirt.... oooh and they had the raccoon puppet that I had.... and - and..... I think he enjoyed it as much as me

The Museum of Childhood and all things Tina wants is in Bethal Green.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Traintastic!

So, after banning all things Thomas the Tank Engine from Toby's first 18 months of life I had to give in reluctantly when I saw just how happy the chugga's made him but today I have embraced all things from the Island of Sodor after a Day out with Thomas at The Spa Valley Railway.

The excitment of heaing the trains peep peep to each other because you knew that the little ones were going to be even more excited, would Thomas control the Troublesome Trucks? Of course! 45 mins of a train journey pulled by Jinty plus a balloon animal on board AND a certificate that you get signed by the Fat Controller - ahem - sorry Sir Topham Hat.... ah, I can't wait to do it all again in October.....


beautiful handmade wooden train from Michael Frost


cute happy mole's train from Wooden Toys Shop


train engine step stool from Tots Only

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Oh Boy! A Swimming Pool!

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oooh, artist Leandro Erlich has created this swimmingly good installation (called the swimming pool). 10cm of water over one hell of a layer of glass I should hope. 


'Tis in Japan - like they don't have enough cool things... typical. 


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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Sound as a Pound



So, my hunt for a wallet/purse (for some reason if its for a laydee 'tis called a purse even though I mean wallet) anyway, my search has lead me to the obvious that I can't afford (yes, yes Orla Kiely) to plain dull to this work of genius. Natthakur designs and makes THE most pat on the back creations in leather. From striped sweet bag leather purses to coin sorter leather bags.... just clever, clever, clever.... see.....

Leather Bankers Money Bag

leather bankers money bag £42 from http://www.thomaslyte.com/product/leather-bankers-money-bag_red/



coin purse £25 from http://www.theshopfloorproject.com/nataliethakurcoin.htm