Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Miss Potter!

Happy birthday to Miss Beatrix Potter.

 One of my very favorite children's authors and illustrators. 
Botanical artist, naturalist, preservationist, farmer and loving aunt.
Certainly a woman ahead of her time.

Several of her sweet little books are scattered around my house,
along with children's china from Royal Albert and Wedgewood.
(Four of the books were mine when I was a child, and
are looking quite tattered, from repeated readings.)

Which one of her tales is your favorite?

I have to call it a four-way tie between
 Pigling Bland, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten and Samuel Whiskers.

PS- April, (Whatever Is Lovely), also did a post about Beatrix Potter today.
Hop on over to visit her at Happy Birthday To You, Miss Potter


  1. She was remarkable. I opened my kiddos up to her literature and art when they were toddlers. Claire and I loved the movie a few years ago. I really like how you have sprinkled her stuff around your house...Smiles..Renee

  2. Tom Kitten, of course. Love this lady and loved the movie.

  3. I love the Tale of Two Bad Mice. Likely the dollhouse effects--when I was little I always LOVED stories about mice.
    I did a post in her honor today, too! :)
    Happy weekend~

  4. Oh yes, Happy Birtday, Miss Potter! I didn't know this was her special day. I have only found a few pieces, but are happy to have all of her work.

  5. Her books are always a favorite for bedtime. Emma and I adored the Miss Potter movie several years ago. Your collection is marvelous.

  6. Oh, there is no picking a favorite -- they are ALL my favs!! Love Miss P. :)


  7. Yes Happy Birthday Miss Potter, We are Potter fans too! I have read every Miss Potter story to my daughter. Thanks for sharing. have a great weekend ahead.Mica

  8. I love these dishes!!
    Ladybug Creek

  9. Love Beatrix Potter. My first daughter's room was decorated in Beatrix Potter.

  10. Hey Gayle, here's to Beatrix Potter, a woman ahead of her time..........

    Loved the movie, I found it very inspirational on many levels.

    I have a Jemima Puddleduck egg cup which I just love. So I guess Jemima, is one of a few favourites.

    Claire :}

  11. The Tailor of Gloucester is one of my favourite books ever - all that stitching! I was enchanted by the embroidery and the cherry-coloured twist even as a child.

    Hope you will come over and enter my giveaway!

    Pomona x

  12. Jemima Puddle Duck has always been my favourite. I have been to Ambleside in the Lake District and seen her house, we didn't go inside though as there are always long queues of people waiting to get in. Linda

  13. My children were read all those stories, and my daughter has a little collection of china figures of her favorites. I'm glad you knew that this was Miss Potter's birthday!

  14. Have you seen the movie "Miss Potter"? They did such a lovely job.

    My favorite is the one with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle helping the little girl with her pinnies and hankies. I think of it every time I am ironing hankies, which is often.

    What a charming plate display you have!

  15. What a lovely tribute to Miss Potter.
    I think The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is my favourite one of them all.

  16. What a great post! I have quite a few of the china pieces, i'm saving them for my grandchildren. I hope I'm blessed with grandchildren before I forget where I've stored all those pieces!!

  17. Pie and the Patty Pan, Mr. Tod,
    and Jeremy Fisher.
    Have you been to her house?

  18. Thank you! That's so sweet--I will do the same! :)

  19. I can see that you do indeed love Miss Potter. You have a great collection of her memorabilia.
    The plates are so sweet. But sweeter are the worn pages-evidence of a real appreciation for her works.

  20. Love your plates! Her stories and illustrations are so wonderful!

    Hope you are keeping cool.


  21. Oh how I love your Beatrix Potter. So sweet.

  22. Oh I missed her birthday. I love Miss Potter so much. I have been thinking about collecting her little books, each one is a jewel.

  23. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog! What a lovely post on Beatrix Potter! I think my favorite is The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle but I also really enjoy The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and love all of her stories!

    ~Miss Laurie :)

  24. She was a really great lady. Love how you hung those plates with the pretty wallpaper behind!

  25. First off, I'm kind of excited I get to be your 400th follower! Congratulations on hitting the 400 mark - I just hit it myself about a week ago :-)

    Love the Potter stories. Looks like you have a really neat collection of her art.

  26. Thank you for your kind comments! I love Peter Rabbit and have a small collection that I don't have displayed right now. Love yours, so sweet!

  27. I love Jemima Puddle Duck the best, but they are all so wonderful.

  28. I love Beatrix Potter, too! I did my son's nursery all in Potter. My favorite story was Jemima Puddleduck!


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