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What They Say:

A beautiful collection of brand new Tilda projects, featuring seasonal designs in Tone Finnanger’s quirky style. Each chapter is themed on a classic children’s story, such as Pinocchio, Bambi, The Nutcracker and The Princess and the Pea. Projects include new doll designs (ballerinas, princesses, soldiers and various animals), as well as gifts and decorations using the latest range of Tilda fabrics and products.

What I Say:

Did you ever open a book that was so beautiful that you just longed to jump into the pages…?   This book made me feel like that.  The scenes created by Tone Finnanger are so dreamlike that they are almost impossibly lovely.  All of the styling is inspirational; I like to think that the house looks like a perfect version of mine ;-P

Sadly I find myself reading this book for the first time now, with a 10 year old daughter and not years ago, with a 2 year old one.  I say sadly because the vast majority of the projects are figures, characters….toys for want of a better word.  Although every single one of the toys is heirloom-worthy and would no doubt be treasured for years, I think these things have to be given to a person during their childhood for them to have really long lasting appeal.  

So in some ways, the book made me feel a little melancholy, that the time for telling my child stories about Princesses and unicorns, may be long gone.  I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that like me, Beth’s love for fairytales is rekindled in her teens and I can help furnish her bedroom with some of these divine little ballerinas, soldiers and angels in just a few short years.  

I doubt I would have had time to make these beautiful objects when my daughter was tiny anyway; this book does not claim to contain simple, easy or quick projects, but it does offer the opportunity to create something beautiful, polished and unique….from scratch.

There are some non-figurine decorations such as fabric teapots which would look lovely in any home and could even be used as pin cushions and a Princess and the Pea wall hanging that I can’t wait to make out of all the scraps of fabric that I can’t possibly part with I have been saving for just such a project.

Projects are made using Tilda fabrics which adds to the cohesive look of the book, but of course you can use any material you like (guidelines are given) and all patterns are included at the back of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone with children in their lives, be it sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, Grandchildren or even neighbours. Seasoned crafters will enjoy the challenge and novices will be glad that they took a leap of faith.

Love Rachel


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