Posted in Kids

Circus Life

Photographer Ben Whitmore’s photo essay gives you a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Webers Circus, a family-run circus that travels around Australia for 10 months of the year.

via Behind the Big Top — Discover

Posted in Kids

A Blog About Kiddle

Perhaps, like us, your children are constantly researching one thing or another. If we aren’t learning a new recipe, we’re discovering fresh ways to make play dough, or exploring crafting techniques. At times we sift through books. However, by far, the easiest way to look into new ideas is online. For years, searching online was not an […]

via Kiddle: A Visual Search Engine for Kids! — A Homeschool Mom

Posted in animals, Art, Family, Holiday, Kids, Pets

Through the Eyes of Catiana Pusskin

Catiana 5

Yesterday saw me working like crazy to get my new shop up and running on Zazzle. There are many items I am able to put my designs onto. The options are endless! I will be updating and adding more designs and items as I go. Below is the link to my collections for kids.

Meanwhile, I have added an illustration I created of a much loved pet who lives down in Hobart with my adopted sister and family. Catiana Pusskin (named after a well known woman in Russia whom I know not much about yet) stares out at us with those enormous eyes as we arrive from Sydney for our stay in Hobart. “This is MY house,” she is telling us. “And My Mama, and I do NOT share her!” My adopted sis comes into the room, picks up Catiana and kisses her. Catiana returns the affection by purring, and letting herself be kissed. Those eyes of hers take in all that is around her, including us.

At the end of our stay, we go to pack our bags and there, looking regal, is Catiana sitting in my case on top of my clothes, as though to say “You’re not going yet, are you? I was just starting to get to know you!”

She features in many of my designs. And now, she is on baby clothes, puzzles, cards, etc.

Come and see..

Posted in Art, culture, Holiday, Kids

Thanks For The Fish

Happy Children’s Day! May 5th in Japan is a national holiday dedicated to celebrating the happiness of kids. I love the carp streamers that are displayed for the week leading up to Children’s Day. They are bright and colourful, and peaceful yet powerful. The carp, known as koi in Japanese, symbolise strength as the fish are […]

via Koinobori for the Kids — Celia in Tokyo

Posted in Art, Kids, Nursery Rhymes

A New Take on an Old Nursery Rhyme

Incy Wincy Spider

I illustrated this popular nursery rhyme in an attempt to make my own version of it. Seems this nursery rhyme never loses popularity with the little ones. I tested the illustrations on my baby nephew by showing him them in their raw form. He loved them!

It would be nice to be able to create interactive books with sound and plenty of textures for kids to touch and feel. It is fascinating to watch my nephew grow and develop and make sense of the world all around him by touching, smelling and talking about it. His vocabulary is incredibly diverse and sophisticated for his age, and he has a wonderful sense of humour to go with it. Soon, I hope to make my own music for kids, as this is what I used to do in childcare centres.

Posted in childhood memories, Dogs, Kids, Pets

I Love Dogs

The first dog I remember was a very skinny little fellow who wandered into our yard, lost and alone. He was a black Cocker Spaniel, and we named him ‘Butch’ (A very 70’s sounding name for a kid to give to a dog) My father said we could keep him as long as we looked after him and helped with the feeding, washing and walking of him. He grew healthier and bigger, and his coat shone black and soft to touch. We had an old wooden brush we used to comb him with.

We took him on a camping trip one time, and he decided to roll in a dead sheep. The stink was horrible! We could not wash the smell out of him, no matter how hard we tried to. We drove back to Sydney with all the car windows open. It took days to get rid of that stink.

We moved to a cottage on the edge of Sydney Harbour in a posh district. We were always the outsiders, the Park Rangers kids. But we didn’t care. We had each other. And Butch. And countless rabbits, guinea pigs, cockatoos, galahs, budgies, cats, etc etc.

We kept that little dog to the end of his life, when he decided to wander down to the water and pass away. He was a water-dog, a very old one by then. But he landed on his feet when he came to us!

I have expressed my love of animals through illustration. I have pictures of dogs that have taken me a long time to complete due to detail. I decided to put all my drawings together and make a book for young kids available on Sellfy. Here is the front cover and the link. I had my first sale yesterday. Yay!

Until next time.. Love Dogs!