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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The "Ahhhh" of Beatrix Potter

When my girls were little, I was so happy that some of their favorite books & art work were that of Beatrix Potter. One of the reasons was utterly selfish; it was so that I could have an excuse to read the books & admire the homey pictures. '-) I so enjoy the feelings of quaintness & home that her stories invoke.

Ahhhh . . .

I'm sure that some of the "homeyness" of her writings & art came from her own family life & living in her beloved "Hill Top House."

Yep, I could feel "homey" there, too. :-)

I admire her representations of everyday life . . . makes me wonder how much of her art of the various home interiors were actually the modified interiors of Hill Top House? How quaint & cozy.

Then, there are personalities of her memorable animal characters ~

Walt Disney must have taken a cue from Beatrix ~ Always giving her animals human characteristics so that children as well as adults could relate & enjoy . . .

. . . Staying current in the news . . .

. . . Hard work first, leisure second . . .

. . . Dear, mischievous Peter & Benjamin. Those silly bunnies, seems they always had to learn the hard way.

But as most of us mamas try to do, Peter's mama was right there to make it all better . . .

And as with Benjamin Bunny's mama, to try to steer our children in the right direction . . .

I think that if I could take Alice in Wonderland's shrinking potion that I would love to spend a day in Mrs. Rabbit's quaint little home. A sweet portrait of home-life, indeed . . .

Other sweet home scenes are the pillow fight in Mamma Tabby's home . . .

. . . and Appley Dappley doing her "shopping" in someone's well-stocked cupboard. Always looking out for her family. '-)

Oh, and then, there's one of my favorites: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle. The ever-hard working, wise, able to make lemonade out of lemons: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle.

Wouldn't you just love to sit at her table, have a cup of tea & chat for a while? Hmmm . . . I think I just might do that.

"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality." ~ Beatrix Potter.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><


  1. I love Beatrix Potter! Same reasons you do!

  2. Yes, yes...Beatrix Potter and Tasha Tudor are two of my faves!! :)

  3. I just noticed your quote by JR Miller on your sidebar! I am reading that book, now, actually (Home-making) and am absolutely LOVING it!!! :) Such wisdom in these pages....I wish this was required reading in every home! ;)

  4. What a great post! I love Beatrix Potter!
    I am new to your blog and look forward to reading more!

  5. It never ceases to amaze me, Kim, just how much alike we are in the things that stir us, things that bring us pleasure and comfort. Have you ever seen any of the Beatrix Potter DVD's? I found one at Sam's Club right before our granddaughters came to visit us from Maine last summer. I think I have watched them more than the girls. ;-)

  6. Katy ~ I'm so glad you are reading "Home-Making", you will be sad to put it down.

    Dianna ~ one more item on the list of "alikes"! lol We actually have the videos, my girls are older so the DVD's weren't out yet. I would love to 'trade up', so that then we'll have them for our grandkids someday. :-)

    Blessings to you all, Kim<><


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