Thursday, 5 February 2015

My picture domino obsession - Jane Foster

I've an obsession with vintage picture dominoes - here are a few snap shots of just a few examples I have in my vast collection and what I've done with some of them. They date from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I've included a few projects in my latest book Creative Craft With Kids available here. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Jane Foster's New Musical Toys - free giveaway!

My background was in music so I thought it would be fun to design a few musical cats and dogs! Perfect for little ones to pop onto the piano stand or into a violin case!
I shall be giving away two of these toys to two lucky blog readers (or Facebook fans!) - all you need to do to enter is to leave me a comment below as to who would like one and why? (Oh, and also, which one? Treble Clef cat or Piano dog!) These are also available here.

Monday, 12 January 2015

New Scandinavian Toy Lions by Jane Foster

Am determined to create some more toys this year! Here are my new toy lions  -  you can see that these start off from ink drawings which are then exposed onto a silk screen for screen printing onto fabric.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

My new book - Creative Craft With Kids - Jane Foster

I'm excited to announce that I've just received copies of my new book 'Creative Craft With Kids'  (published by Pavilion Books) hot off the press.

I really enjoyed working on this book as it focuses on crafts to make for and with children. I had lots of little helpers taking part and loved what they produced. There are 15 projects in total  -  projects using fabric and paper. There are lots of visually pleasing photos (by Rachel Whiting) and great step by step illustrations (by Kate Sutton). The book has a strong board cover and fabric spine, similar to my first book Fun With Fabric.

The book will be available to buy on Amazon but I have a limited number of exclusive pre-publication copies which are available to buy now direct from my webshop here or my Etsy site here. Each copy is signed and I am also giving away with each one a set of three limited edition postcards for children (or adults!) to colour in which feature the character Poppy on the front of the book. She appears throughout the book offering little helpful hints or playing with her pet sausage dog Pom Pom.

A huge thank you to my wonderful literary agent Claudia Kennerley from (Palazzo) who has been instrumental in securing this three book deal. (Fun With Fabric, Creative Craft with Kids and ........)

I so hope that you'll enjoy the book and that it will provide some much needed fun for you and your children, particularly on these bleak Winter days! I would absolutely love to see any projects you create from the book so please do Tweet them!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Screen Printed Toys for 2015 by Jane Foster

Am so excited about 2015 as I intend to design and screen print / make lots more toys. Here are the first ones in the series that I've recently made - the Toucan, Walrus and Dalmatian. These are available to buy from my website and my Etsy shop. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Christmas Book by Dick Bruna

And another all time Christmas favourite  -  The Christmas Book by Dick Bruna.

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas! xxx

One of my favourite Christmas Books

I know I've blogged about this book before but this is still one of my favourite Christmas books because I love the illustrations dating from 1959 by Alice and Martin Provensen -  The First Noel  - A Golden Book.

My passion for vintage children's books - Maurice Sendak miniatures

I'm building quite a little collection of vintage children's books - I found these miniature Maurice Sendak books in my local Oxfam shop - these were first published in Britain in 1964 but mine are from 1988. Sweet little books only 9cm tall. The alphabet one is full of alliteration.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas at home - Jane Foster

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at home - here are some snap shots of the living room - I love decorating the mantle piece with mini treasures and handmade paper bunting. Halinka made these superb characters shown in photos 1, 9 and 10. She's a truly fabulous designer and can be found here -