Weekend Wonderings

Some of you may have seen my super excited tweets when Phil and I purchased the Alice in Wonderland ‘Spineless Classics’ print for Stella’s nursery. For those of you who didn’t and who might still be unaware of the sheer GENIUS of this concept, I thought that the bestest, most far-reachingest way of alerting all booknerds was to put together a Weekend Wonderings post. After all, you’ve shown you’re quite fond of weekend literary musings…

I can’t adequately describe how much I adore these posters. I get all gooey when I look at Alice, all framed and bordered in the Stella’s bedroom. I first came across them at the Southbank Store last Christmas when scoffing dimsum with Anna and Catherine and it was love at first sight. Open mouthed, heart-racing, palm-tingly LOVE.

The premise is simple. A whole book written on one sheet of paper, with relevant and artsy gaps in the text that make up images from the story, or hint at the theme of the tale. They are achingly beautiful.

They aren’t cheap, framed posters will set you back £220+. The posters themselves range between £30 and £60 and frames can be fairly reasonable, depending on style, so there’s DiY scope. Especially if you have a husband who’s insanely good with his hands. But more on that in a moment…  

Tess of the D'Urbevilles. Swoon. This one is A0 size - MASSIVE. But then, it's a long book.


This is probably THE series of books of my childhood summers, age 8-10.



 Do you see? You do, don’t you? How clever they are? And how beautiful and whimsical and special and and and… I”m boring myself now, which is no mean feat, so I’ll hush. I have one more thing to show you though, a sneaky peek of Stella’s nursery and an excellent example of Why I Married This Man.

Cheeky phone picture of our Alice, ready to go up onto her wall. Phil made that frame from a reclaimed oak floorboard and didn't use a single nail, screw or drop of wood glue. I'm very proud.

Categories: Books, Frippery, Weekend Wonderings
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  1. Sharon
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    I love these posters, the one you have for Stella is immense. Happy weekend everyone x

  2. Posted November 10, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink


    That’s mine. Wuthering Heights. I wanted that more than I wanted the house.

    • Lara Blue
      Posted November 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Anna, it’s a beauty. There are an obscene amount that I desperately want for my flat. I may have to dedicate an entire wall to displaying them, or the whole corridor…

  3. Lara Blue
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I love these posters- I first came across them here:
    (Apologies to your bank balance in advance)

    They also have an Alice in Wonderland which has a different design to yours: http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/alice-in-wonderland-novelposter-10385-p.asp

    I am so impressed that Phil made that frame. Could you loan him to me in Scotland? I have a ridiculous amount of posters, wedding gifts and photos to frame! Actually maybe I should just buy a saw and scare the neighbourhood by sawing wood on the pavement (the woes of a tiny flat)….

  4. Mahj
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Oosh Lara you beat me to the punch! For a friends 30th this weekend I gifted her a Great Gatsby print from the literary gift co. The words make the image of Daisy and by sheer coincidence, she’d been coverting it for ages and then I bought it for her. Cue presen buying smugness from me.

    I have to admit it was hard handing her present over. They really are such a beautiful idea and are something that will never go out of style.


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