Thursday, February 11, 2016

My heart wanders

It's Valentine's Day this Sunday and while Mr Rosanna and I don't celebrate it as such, I do have a thing for hearts and all heart-shaped motifs, just like one of my favourite stylists Pia Jane Bijkirk, whose daughter was actually born on Valentine's Day.  I've got a heart shaped jewellery box, a couple of heart-shaped glass and stone paperweights and a number of pendants and rings which all feature hearts.  I love that the cat in the beautiful children's picture book The Cat with the Coloured Tail by Gillian Mears, also has a heart-shaped face - it's a special book worth getting a copy of if you see it in the bookshops.
Image via Booktopia
The Royal Australian Mint has actually produced a 2016 $5 Fine Silver Proof Heart-Shaped Coin, which I think is a lovely idea whether you're a coin collector or not.  They also do a 2016 Uncirculated Baby Set if you have any babies being born in  your life this year, as well as a 2016 $1 Silver Monkey Coin to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  The sentimentalist in me loves all of them and I wish I'd bought a baby set when each of my children was born.
Image via Pia Jane Bijkirk
Speaking of picture books, the Kids Big Book Spectacular is on this Saturday at the State Library although all the workshops have already been booked out.  This is probably not surprising given one of the author/illustrators is Leigh Hobbs, who is also this year's Australian Children's Laureate, and whose work I was lucky enough to see as part of The Art of the Picture Book exhibition while I was the publicist at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham.  One of his characters is also a well known cat called Old Tom.
Image via Royal Australian Mint
The weather's looking good this weekend and the Sisters' Market is also on in Brunswick as well as the Coburg Food Truck Festival at the Coburg Drive In.  The Coburg and Collingwood Farmers' Markets are also both on if you're wanting to get out and about.

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