Tenggren's Thumbelina (Little Golden Book)

Tenggren's Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.
(A Little Golden Book) Simon & Schuster, 1953.

I shared a page from this book over four years ago - wait, my blog is that old? - but with the cold rainy weather finally starting to give way to spring here in south-central Kansas, it feels like an appropriate time to share the whole book.

This book combines so many things I love: Little Golden Books, Gustaf Tenggren's illustrations, Hans Christian Andersen, fairy tales...

My favorite illustrations in this version are the flowers on the bank of the little lake, and Thumbelina asleep in her walnut shell.  The whole book is quite lovely, though, even as worn and yellowed as my vintage copy is.

I first learned this story via a 1984 episode of Shelley Duvall's  Faerie Tale Theatre. It starred a gorgeous Carrie Fisher (R.I.P.), Conchata Ferrell, Burgess Meredith, and William Katt. It is still one of my favorites in the series. Even the music is sweet.

Since then, I've read the Andersen original, as well as other retellings. What I love most about the Faerie Tale Theatre version is the fact that her adopted mother reunites with her in the end. While the original story begins with a woman wishing for a child, once Thumbelina is kidnapped by the Toad, the mother is never mentioned again. 

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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion

So, yeah...  Hi, Blog Land! It's been a while, right? Like, Valentine's Day or something? I wasn't intending to take such a long sabbatical, but life happens. And big projects happen. I fully intended to do my usual March round-up of Women's History Month books (I checked a few bags worth of books out from the library!), as well as something for St. Patrick's Day.

But I didn't.

Oh, wait! I did redesign the blog! I hope it's pleasant and readable. I was excited to see some new templates in Blogger, and this one seemed closest to the look I've always wanted.

March meant two things: selling Girl Scout cookies, and spring break. And spring break meant several things: tackling the girls' rooms, and trying to fit in a little fun.

The girls' rooms have been a struggle.

The top photo? We emptied all the contents of the playroom out into the living room, dining area, and family room. Then after a thorough cleaning, Mr. B broke apart the bunk beds, and the playroom became Big Sis's bedroom.

Big Sis's room coming together, and the view into the former shared bedroom/Little Sis's room.

It took all of spring break, plus another week, but we did it. I declare these rooms mostly done.

Big Sis has the smaller room, but she doesn't mind. She just doesn't have as much stuff. Her section of bunk bed broke, so we had to replace her bed with a standard bed frame. We will make or buy a headboard in the future, money permitting. There are a few more things to hang in her room, but that's about it.

She loves looking at her books. I'm not sure why my childhood suitcase is sitting on her desk. I suspect she just likes the look of it. I adore the chevron curtains I found at Target. This room is too small for both furniture and the closet doors.

Someone on Instagram asked about the baby gate. It was for keeping the dog out of the playroom. Now we can use it to keep the dog out of Little Sis's room. (She worries about her toys, having lost a few to Peanut's teeth in the past.)

Little Sis's bedroom (as well as the laundry room and family room) were additions tacked on to our little 1950s house. There was a door separating the two back bedrooms, but we removed it our first week here. (See the problem with closet doors, above.) I want to get something akin to 1960s/70s bead curtains to hang in the doorway, but those will have to wait until a future pay day.

Little Sis has too much stuff. We have several bins of toys and clothes, stickered and waiting in the garage for a future yard sale (gulp!), and there are several more bins still sitting in the dining area. Those bins will be hauled to my dad's for storage. She still has too much stuff, but we made it work. Her stuffed toys? While some live on her bed, and more live on the built-in, the rest are stuffed in multiple storage bins under her bed, or in the overhead compartment in her closet.

She loves looking at her displays. She's a bit disappointed in the fact that her room isn't the pink Paris dream she had in mind, but painting those built-ins would have added another week to this project, and even she was tired of the work. We found her Paris-themed bedding at Walmart, of all places, and it tied the colors in nicely. She loves her Target Simply Shabby Chic window shade, too. The framed poster is from an old Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita (now Ballet Wichita) performance. An old college friend gave us some beautiful vintage ballet prints, which we plan to frame and hang on either side of the poster. I have promised to get Paris-themed decals or stencils for the closet door and window cornices, someday when money and time allow.

As for the rest of March: Mr. B and I finally got new phones! My phone (an old Galaxy S4) had a bad charger port, and Mr. B was still using an old flip phone. I'm thrilled with my upgrade, especially the camera. I'm just terrible with my D-SLR. I still have a tendency to over-edit my pictures, which becomes painfully obvious when I'm trying to use them for blogging, but I'll get better. The phone also means Big Sis and I can play Pokemon Go and Neko Atsume again.

Other things we did over Spring Break and late March: the usual dance and guitar lessons, playing with our animal babies (fish, chickens, cats, dog), baking, seeing Beauty and the Beast (LOVED IT!)and Disney on Ice with my sister and her daughters, seeing some teachers play live in a band, Shamrock Shakes for St. Paddy's Day, weathering chilly thunderstorms...  My grandma got 100 boxes back from the professional cleaners - remember, her garage caught fire before Christmas, and there was smoke damage throughout her house - and Little Sis was thrilled to find a bunch of my old toys.

Little Sis sold 570 boxes of cookies (including 27 cookie shares), surpassing her goal of 500 for the first time. This means she is in the 500 Club, and gets to go to a special celebration this month! Meanwhile, Big Sis found out she got into the pre-International Baccalaureate program at our neighborhood middle school. This is her own personal equivalent of Hogwart's, tee hee. She is super-excited for next year!

While this blog has been quiet, I did try to keep up on Instagram. I hope to post about some books in the next few days (or weeks, at the rate I'm going), but I did keep my Goodreads up to date, and to a lesser extent, my "Bookstagram."

My, this was a chatty post. If I re-read it too many times, I will end up deleting it, as I can't stand to read myself, so I shall stop now.

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