mama and her baba

and some of the things we do


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it’s a secret

The 20th April is going to mark the sixth Record Store Day in the UK. This is where independent record stores join together with artists to celebrate music. Special releases on vinyl and cd have been created exclusively for the day as well as a number of performances by artists will be taking place at stores across the uk.

There is going to be so much going on but one thing I will definitely be heading to combines music and art but it is one big secret! Secret 7″ has taken seven songs from seven well know artists and pressed 100 copies of each to 7″ vinyl. They then asked creatives all over the world to interpret the tracks and create a unique sleeve for the records. Then on Record Store Day, each one will be put up for sale, however you won’t know who created the sleeve or even what song you have until you have made purchase as the secret lies within!

Last weekend we went along to Mother in Shoreditch to view the collection. There are so many amazing sleeves to choose from and with entries from artist’s such as Ai Wei Wei and Gilbert and George I am gonna have to get there super early to try and get my favourite ones! It was so nice to be able to take our baba’s along too. Raphael and his friend Rafe, loved wondering round the space, checking out the sleeves and the giant robot in the room…

So who is gonna join me in the queue?


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French valentine stamps

Every valentines day La Postethe French postal service, issue a set of heart shaped stamps designed by a French Fashion House. Started in 2000, the first set was designed by Yves Saint-Laurent and following on from them have been Chanel, Givenchy, Lavin to name but a few!

This years edition was designed Hermes. Slightly cheaper than one of their scarfs, these little souvenir sets make for pretty cool keep sakes.

Now who said that stamp collecting couldn’t be cool?


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New Year Challenge!

There is nothing like a challenge to kick start the new year and so I am taking part in the stickygram January photo challenge – 31 photos of 31 themes for 31 days!

A winning photo will be chosen daily and if you stick it out to the end there is a little special treat in store.

I love taking photos so this is a perfect challenge for me….

nobrow

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Whilst having a wonder around Shoreditch one afternoon, I stumbled across Nobrow. An independent shop, gallery and publisher. The Nobrow shop is filled with beautiful books, comics, graphic novels, toys and limited edition prints.

A favourite of mine, published by Nobrow, is a concertina book Swan Lake detailing a night at the ballet. Beautifully illustrated by artist Ping Zhu it shows both front of house and back stage at the ballet.

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They also have an exciting and unusual range of children’s books too. I got Raphael a couple of books. The Game of Light from by Hervé Tullet, is an inventive game of storytelling with shadows and Remarkable Animals, a mix and match book which allows you to create 100’s of mythical creatures.

I literally could spend hours in this store pottering around, it’s well worth a visit…..

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