ChickPea turned seven recently, and, as I do, I changed up her bedroom as part of her birthday present. I admit, the ‘birthday bedroom change-up’ has become a thing, maybe a beast I should not have started, but to be honest I rather like the feeling of a good bedroom clean and cull…and new linen. Just like I inhale the smell of new books with relish and stroke their lovely covers, there is something both soothing and wondrous about the look and smell of new linen. Sigh. We all have our weaknesses.
ChickPea has gone from a propensity for dinosaurs to a liking of all the pretty things but with a hefty side serve of dead animal – she has a box in her wardrobe with a large dried out blue tongue lizard with no head, several dead skinks and she likes to carry around her fox skin, which comes complete with nose and whiskers. What can I say? She likes to mix things up.
Her sisters tween room is all blues and greys, so Chickpea decided she definitely needed something different. She loves native flowers and a local linen shop had a RIOT of natives so that was an easy decision.
The tween also helped her line the back of her lace dream catcher with some native flower paper and ChickPea is now adding pom poms and tassels to this at a great rate. She learnt to weave, pom pom and tassel at school recently and she is now a machine. One of her most requested birthday gifts was balls of wool to make pom poms and tassels…anyone want a box of pom poms?
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Both my girls read a good mix of fiction, non-fiction, chapter and picture books and hopefully always will (I live in hope!). ChickPea absolutely churns through books – but these ones she comes back to time and time again over the last six months and I can see they will stay on her favourites shelf for a long time to come.
‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’ written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker.
‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ by May Gibbs
‘Lucy’s Book’ written by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini.
‘Polly and Buster’ (series) by Sally Rippin
‘Clementine Rose’ (series) by Jacqueline Harvey
‘The Magic Bookshop’ by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini
‘Little People, Big Dreams’ (series. Various Authors).
‘There’s a Bug on my Arm That Won’t Let Go’ by David Mackintosh.
‘Pig the Grub’ by Aaron Blabley.
‘Sonam and the Silence’ written by Eddie Ayres and illustrated by Ronak Taher.