For International Women's Day I wanted to share with you an amazing woman who is a huge inspiration to me, Tove Jansson. She's the creator, writer and illustrator of the wonderfully magical world of the Moomin Trolls.
Her books were read to me from a young age and now whenever I see a Moomin Troll (which is often because I own heaps of them!) they always make me smile. This year also happens to be the centenary of her birth, so to pay tribute to such an important role model I decided to make a softie portrait of Tove.
Happy International Women's Day everyone!
Rehearsals for the Theatrical Performance of the Year are in full swing! Everyone is working extremely hard and they're almost ready to set the date for the opening night.
Alice (aka Little Red Riding hood) has spent every waking moment in her red cape, and even some sleeping, because she wants to stay in character.
Janey (aka the woodcutter) has been practicing her woodcutting skills by pruning back the passionfruit vine in the courtyard in-between rehearsals.
Willis the turtle is relishing his role as the wolf and is planning to send in the video of his performance to Hollywood once it's finished.
Willis also thoroughly enjoys acting the wolf whose pretending to be the grandmother, it's very complex. Stay tuned! The Theatrical Performance of the Year is coming soon!
Xavier the zebra awoke this morning all too aware that Valentines day was looming. He decided to get to work on his special poem for Gina the giraffe.
No matter how hard he tried he couldn't seem to get anywhere. He tried again and again, getting more frustrated by the second because he's actually fairly well known for his romantic flair and poetry writing. Then all of a sudden he thought maybe he had something.
But upon reading it a second time his heart sank.
He scrunched up the page with a sigh, feeling quite despondent.
To take his mind off the whole thing Xavier went to check the letterbox.
As it happened the mail hadn't arrived, but he found an intriguing flyer (normally he'd be a little irritated to find a flyer in the letterbox seeing as it has a 'no junk mail' sticker on it). He read the flyer and could hardly believe his luck! A poetry expert just in the nick of time!
Xavier hurried inside and called Edgar the Casanova. Xavier explained it was a bit of an emergency and Edgar agreed to drop what he was doing and rush over. Edgar is all too familiar with poetry emergencies and takes them very seriously.
As soon as Xavier opened the door and saw Edgar the Casanova he breathed a sigh of relief, he definitely looked like he knew his way around poetry. Edgar said he brought the rose for inspiration as well as some of his own poems.
Edgar proceeded to show Xavier his poems and explained that a truly romantic poem should always start with 'Roses are red, violets are blue'. The floral descriptions set the tone for the rest of the poem.
Feeling very impressed and extremely inspired Xavier tried once again to write a poem for Gina.
This time he ended up writing so many good ones he didn't know which one to choose!
Then Edgar helped Xavier make a card and in his neatest handwriting he wrote out the poem he felt Gina would appreciate the most.
It was finished! Xavier knew Gina would appreciate the kung-fu reference (one of her favourite stories of Xavier when he was little is one where he was forced to do kung-fu classes against his will and in the final performance he fell off the stage, mid kick and landed in the lap of his friend's grandmother. He blushed so much his stripes disappeared altogether!).
In the spirit of Valentines day we're giving away Edgar the Casanova so you too can have some help with your poetry writing. Edgar is also a ski instructor and the free-diving champion of the interspecies games.
To win this fine fellow all you need to do is leave a comment on this post!
The winner will be drawn at random at 6pm tomorrow (Valentines Day). Good luck!
Edgar is also available in my Big Cartel shop.
Henry sent some more travel photos! In his email he explained that he left his Israel tour when he received an exclusive invite to Sundance Film Festival from none other than Mr Redford himself! Henry quickly made himself a spiffy bow-tie and jumped on a plane.
It was finally time to get back to work on the Theatrical Performance of the Year! First on the to-do list was costumes.
Set designers Esmeralda and Roman decided they were best qualified for the job and started sketching out ideas.
Then they took the measurements of the actors.
Collected the fabrics and started cutting.
Then they sewed and sewed and sewed.
When the costumes were finally finished they called on Gina the director and Xavier the assistant director to show them the results of their extremely hard work. The actors took it in turns to show off their costumes, first up was none other than Little Red Riding Hood herself!
Followed by The Woodcutter.
Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother.
And last but not least Little Red Riding Hood's Mother.
Gina and Xavier were blown away by the amazingness of the costumes! They congratulated Esmeralda and Roman on a job extremely well done, the words 'best thing I've seen all year!' may have been uttered by Gina.
Happy New Year everyone! Janey and Gina went on a little getaway to Seal Rocks, here are some of their holiday snaps.
They forgot their snorkels but luckily had some goggles with them so they could still do some fish watching (goggles also work remarkably well as sunglasses).