Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

SILHOUETTE CHRISTMAS (& Don't Forget to Comment for my Giveaway!)

It's December 1st, and that means it's time to get out my Christmas dishes!  This year I added to my collection - look at these cute "Yuletide" Victorian silhouette plates I found at Cost Plus World Market!!!  If you've followed my blog very long, you may know I love the art of silhouette.
In fact, these dishes (which we'll use during December and throughout the 12 Days of Christmas) brought to mind some beautiful silhouette Christmas books I've highlighted in the past. 

The titles can be found on my Christmas Book Resource Page, but I've reposted some photos, in case you missed them...

The Night Before Christmas (reviewed here)
Text:  Clement Moore
Illustrator: Niroot Puttapipat

And two more beauties, from Author/Illustrator Jan Pienkowski:
The First Christmas
With text from the "King James Bible", the nativity story is brought gloriously to life with illuminated pages of silhouettes set against glowing colours.

The First Noel, A Christmas Carousel
Part carousel, part shadow box, this elegant stand-alone Nativity book designed by a master paper engineer reflects all the wonder of Christmas and will be treasured for seasons to come.

The book opens to make a beautiful
centerpiece for your table

Here are a couple more lacy, "paper-cut" looking things for Christmas...
Pottery Barn Candles - here
Snowflake wrap from Crate and Barrel - here

These gorgeous silhouette covers do not adorn Christmas books, but they'd make wonderful gifts for any child this holiday season! (You can see all of Barnes and Noble's Leather Bound Classic series here - they're a deal at just $9!)

My Giveaway Contest ends today at 11:00 AM (PST).  I'll be announcing the winner at noon (PST) today (12/1/12)!  To enter, just leave a comment here or on my Audrey Eclectic post, HERE, for a chance to win a set of her beautiful Christmas cards. Giveaway over - thanks for all who participated!
go here to read my interview with the artist, Heather...


  1. I absolutely love the star book, thanks for posting.

  2. ooh, those dishes are just gorgeous! And LOVE the silhouette art on the books-- yet another thing we have in common :) I was on the news not too long ago showing the host how to make silhouette ornaments!

    1. Seriously?!! Have you done a "how to" on your blog? I'd love to learn! :)

  3. Lol, yes, it was an experience, that's for sure ;) this link should still work: http://audreyeclectic.blogspot.com/2012/09/create-silhouette-ornaments-for-holidays.html

    1. Watched it and left you a comment - that was amazing! I can't believe you were on the news!

  4. Silhouettes are always so lovely!!!! Love the books and the products you've shared!