Surprise Present, ClothKitty and Books on Stairs

06 Jan

1   Our lovely neighbour came in today and brought me a belated birthday present of some of her beautiful Winter Flowering Cherry blossom (which I have been admiring from our back bedroom window) a real tonic! Thank you, Sue.

Winter Flowering Cherry blossom

Winter Flowering Cherry blossom, a present from our neighbours

2   I love ClothKitty! I made her at least 30 years ago for KJ but can’t remember exactly when.

ClothKitty, about 30 years old

ClothKitty, about 30 years old

3   Our eldest daughter has sent us this delightful photograph of someone’s stair/bookcase. Now we have an  extended family project for us all to nominate the 9 books we would paint our stairs with!  ‘Under Milk Wood’ would be there for me (as for my older brother) but I’ll have to think of the others.   I wonder what your choice might be?  I’d love to know!

Book staircase!

Book staircase!


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28 responses to “Surprise Present, ClothKitty and Books on Stairs

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    January 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Ah yes, I do remember…

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

      It’s lovely to have you back online! Missed you! 🙂

  2. Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

    January 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I have seen that stairs of books before, on Facebook I think and I saved the photo as I LOVE it! One day I may paint my stairs with all of my favourite books! Karen

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      We have the plan too. Let’s hope it comes to the doing. What would your favourite books be? Any overlap with any of mine or another list to set me off with new reads? 🙂

  3. Alex Autin

    January 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I LOVE the staircase! And I also really love your daughter’s friend’s choice of books, several of them would make my staircase as well. Also Love in the Time of Cholera, The Fountainhead, Carl Sagan’s Billions and Billions…and wow, it would be difficult to narrow it down.

    Also, what beautiful cherry blossoms! How fortunate are you!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      My eldest daughter sent me the photo and now the whole family are sharing their book lists as well as some people on here and on my Facebook page too which is lovely.
      It is so hard to choose only 9 or 10 books! As one friend said she needs a lighthouse!
      I’ve just been browsing our shelves for my 10 which I’m going to post for today. 🙂

      • Alex Autin

        January 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        LOL! A lighthouse! I was thinking the same thing.

        This would be incredible at a library as well!

        • mybeautfulthings

          January 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

          Wouldn’t it – but how would they ever choose the titles? Perhaps ask each borrower to nominate one! Lovely idea. 🙂

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    January 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I totally love that stair case! I love it so much, when (being positive here…) I buy a house from lotto wins (!!) or book published royalties (!!!!!!!) I would do same with my stairs – so very effective, awesome.

    And the cherry blossom: so delicately pink.

    Happy birthday! I had no idea! V. sorry … belated, from Australia 🙂

  5. mixedupmeme

    January 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love the colors in the Cherry Blossom photo. The stairway is so fascinating. I envy people who can really decorate their homes that say something about themselves. Oh, I have the usual knickknacks, but they really aren’t me. Just dust catchers. 🙁

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      It was so delicate wasn’t it? I tried the blossom in all sorts of places and liked the softness of the pale wall rather than a dark background. Really glad you like it.

      Have you an address for me to go to to read your new blog? You know only I’ll see it here! 🙂

  6. paulineshearerPauline Shearer

    January 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Love the staircase and a great choice of titles too!

  7. The Foodie Affair

    January 7, 2013 at 4:07 am

    What a special cloth doll you made. She hasn’t aged one bit 😉 !!

  8. valeriedavies

    January 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Love cloth kitty… how wonderful to still have her… oh wow – the stairs… I’d need a very tall house and lots of stairs… maybe a lighthouse!
    But yes, far from the Madding Crowd and Lark Rise at Candleford would be a good start… and Middlemarch and MansfieldPark…The Pursuit of Love… Oh you’ve set me off!!!!
    Little Women goes without saying of course!

  9. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    January 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    love the staircase–made my husband come and look–he loved it too

  10. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    A few of mine would be “Wuthering Heights”, “Jane Eyre”, “Gone With the Wind”… “To Kill a Mockingbird”…OH…you’ve really got me thinking… Do love the doll and Stairs…will be thinking how I can do this somewhere…

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      We’re hoping to convert the attic at some point and that will need stairs …… I’m with you on ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ 🙂

  11. Pillows A-La-Mode

    January 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Little Women! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      …… and the other 8? 🙂 I am still thinking myself! Will let you know tomorrow 🙂

  12. petit4chocolatier

    January 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I like them all. I wish I had a staircase to do this to? WOW, I love it!!

  13. Alastair

    January 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Love them all … that staircase though .. that really captures me 🙂

  14. Shelagh

    January 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I would have Flora Thompson’s “Lark Rise to Candleford”, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, Thomas Hardy (Far from the Madding Crowd), as well as Jane.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Oh yes, definitely Far From the Madding Crowd! Like your other choices too but I’m still thinking! 🙂

  15. Choc Chip Uru

    January 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    What a beautiful present and incredible staircase 🙂
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    Happy New Year
    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      It’s lovely to have you back! I hope your holiday was all you wanted it to be.

      Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  16. Hil

    January 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love the staircase idea….it looks amazing. Xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      It does look like fun doesn’t it? It’s going to be fun seeing what everyone’s choices are too. 🙂


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