mrs. blandings' latest post combined images of fabrics designed by alan campbell, along with a warm story relating her memories of making a batik print elephant in the sixth grade. (see style court and katiedid for more on mr. campbell)
maison21 will never understand the magic of mrs. b's writing- pairing images of home decor fabric with a sweet story from her childhood seems like such a disparate combo, but of course mrs. blandings pulls it off with ease. while maison21 may not be able to match mrs. b's knack for spinning a beautiful tale, in this case, he can try to match her lovely story with an image from his past:
behold the maison21 batik parrot, a sixth grade project of his very own, lovingly preserved for decades in an oversized manila envelope bearing m21's name, written in his mother's precise elementary school teacher printing. the art of batik must have been big in grade 6 arts & crafts! (this project, presaging a theme in masion21's later life, is completely faux- image was painted on paper, then crumpled and the wax process used to provide the batik effect).
thanks for providing me with another happy childhood memory, mrs b. (and thank you mom, wherever you are, for caring enough to keep your budding artiste's early efforts for all those years).