the other day sarah jane posted about her obsession for vintage childrens' books, specifically their illustrations to inspire her in her artwork. i loved her post because i have the same love for old childrens' books and they are favorite things to look for during garage sale season. i thought i'd share my favorites. of all the cool old stuff out there, can i admit to being lame enough that the vintage little golden books are my favorite? alot because they remind me of my childhood (we had a large collection that i read over and over and...) but also because of illustrator eloise wilkin. she did alot of the books between the 50s-70s, and her drawings of little cherubic children with eyes full of wonderment, are my favorites.
turns out they are cate's favorites, too. we have read hansel and gretel SO many times it is beginning to finally fall apart. so big and the little book are also common around here- i loved to read her those two as she was entering the big girl world. and we like kindergarten is what i used to prepare cate for school.
but most of all, i love her faith based illustrations in classics like prayers for children, a child's garden of verses, and especially, my big little golden book about god. i love the words and illustrations to that book so much that i found an abused copy and ripped the pages out to hang on cate's clothesline above her bed so she can see those images and think of the words as she falls asleep:
besides the warmth and earthiness, i love to look at eloise wilkin's illustrations for the color and style inspiration for clothe-making and crafting. the vintage smocks the little girls are always wearing melt my heart. i love all the little aviator caps, cardigans, twirly skirts, and wooly coats. the wall paper patterns and upholstery designs are also always inspiring...
luckily, the little golden books illustrated by eloise wilkin are still widely available and can be found often at thrift stores, on ebay and etsy, and even on amazon. and they couldn't be more highly recommended by this vintage book lover.
so thanks, eloise! (and don't you just love that name? it's on my girl list).