Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Beautiful Book

Hello! Just a quick post to show off the most amazing book that my best friend brought us back from her trip to Paris! I already loved the French illustrator Rebecca Dautremer, but now? 


Seeing pictures won't convey the sense of STUN one gets when opening this book, of which every single page is an intricate die cut opening into the next. It is ... insane.

I never knew die cutting could be this precise, or that a book like this could feasibly be mass-produced. 

Look at the gate below: perfect tiny-fine iron gate rungs all die cut. WHAT?
It makes me wonder what the manufacturer of Laini's Ladies was doing, that nothing this delicate could be achieved!

This is what the back looks like, you get a better sense of the intricacy here. Wow, right?

**UPDATE: book available and (Spendy!)

Oh. Also, random painting project to show:

Having been meaning to do this since we moved in, and it turned out to be an hour of a project with Clementine's assistance. Fun!



Gerushia's New World said...

That is absolutely awe inspiring. I need a copy! I'm going to see if I can track down a copy of this lovely, intricate book.

I illustrate and collect children's books and this would be a very welcome addition to my collection.

Thanks so much for sharing it!

Kimberly Wlassak

P.S. I adore your decorating style.

Connie Onnie said...

What perfect execution! I wish we could get it here.
Also I can not believe how big Clementine has gotten.

Laurence King said...

What an exquisite book!! I am going back to France to visit my family and I will absolutely get myself a copy.
Love your blue fireplace :)

Anonymous said...

I love the colors in the book. And what amazing craft. Wowza!!

The blue fireplace looks super cool, too. :)

Anonymous said...

OMG! That has got to be one of the most beautiful books ever! I've never seen a book like that! How amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

p.s. - great idea to snazz up a fireplace!

Anonymous said...

The combo of surprising color (a blue fireplace!) and putting the mirror inside of it totally makes it look like a portal to another world.

Unknown said...

W.O.W. And the pictures can't possibly do it justice. What a find!

Chris Desson said...

Oh, your fireplace looks so cute. And OMG! I LOVE the illustrations and intricate details of the book. I'm a sucker for well-illustrated picture books. They're my favorite kind of Art Books. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the painted fireplace. Is it not ever used for fires, though?

seedlessgrape said...

What a beautiful book! I immediately went onto and bought a copy for my sister-in-law because she and I love this sort of thing. I'm going to see her in September and now I can look forward to seeing the book in person!

Anonymous said...

Ack, it seems your link has signed me into Amazon as Ammelden. That may not be what you intended.

BTW, you are brilliant and I am soooo thankful for your inspiring writing - words are to small to truely convey my meaning. At least here. Perhaps I will bake you 50 cast-iron-skillet chocolate chip cookies and send an Indian painted elephant all painted up with an elephant-tent up top to eat them in while we ride through ... somewhere nifty. Then perhaps I will feel like I can start to offer back some of what you have inadvertently given to me.

That is an amazing book (fingers wanna cut out things and make one) and blue fireplace is perfect.


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