The kids' grandfather is just putting the finishing touches on the playhouse he built for the kids. It sits on the back deck, a tiny square cottage with three real windows and a dutch door. "Your grandfather is so awesome," says six-year-old Olivia, the big girl from across the street, to Sylvie, as they sit watching him attach that amazing door. Sylvie smiles proudly and seems to grow an inch taller.
Just imagine how impressed all the neighbourhood kids were by this gorgeous Victorian treehouse, photographed somewhere in Florida by Drew Perlmutter. He won't reveal the exact location, fearing more vandalism. What exactly happened to the place? And where are the kids who used to play in it?
There are no answers, just more pictures, here.
Tangawizi, from Kenya, with his stuffed animal.
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti took pictures of children all over the world with their favourite toys. They're very interesting photos. I think it would also be interesting to have the children pose with ALL of their toys. (I would be mortified to have my children photographed with all of theirs, however. We practically need another house to keep them in.)
For some reason, this reminds me of Vera Saltzman's portraits of middle-aged women posing with their childhood dolls. (You have to click on "Sue and Winnie" on her portfolio site.) Maybe it's because the photos are interesting but I think they could've been even more interesting. In the case of Saltzman's series, all the women are wearing rather grim expressions and, as you look at more and more of the photos, it begins to look rather staged. I think they'd work better as a collection if they wore more natural expressions.
A very kind artistic friend made this paper moon backdrop for us last year and we've only just gotten around to using it. (It's actually not paper -- it's made out of a sheet of sparkly felt and some kind of synthetic silver cloth I found in the remnants bin at the fabric store.)
I can't exactly remember when Will and Kate were married, but we put this together at that time and this hat is the one Princess Beatrice wore to their wedding.
Do you recognize the Dowager Countess's hat?
Now that we've used it, I'm selling off all these old hats and costumes and this backdrop to make room for more Halloween stuff! Cheap! (My piles of past projects are ridiculous.) Let me know if you're interested.