When I was a little girl, we lived in a tiny town in South Africa, called Zeerust. Back then life was simple. We used to walk to school barefoot, fish for tadpoles in the river, and explore the graveyard whilst making up ghost stories to terrify each other! As it was such a small town, the local library was a stone's throw away from our house. I'll never forget my first trip to the library. It smelled of glue and paper, was serene and quiet, but the best discovery was through it's back windows. Whilst choosing my books, I spotted a crystal clear, blue swimming pool. As it turned out, it was the public pool, and was free to use for all the residents. You can imagine my delight! Every afternoon from then on, was spent either in the pool, or next to it with a good book. This is when I fell in love with Ladybird books. I would read the same fairytales over and over again, and one of my favourites by far was 'The Princess and the Pea'.
I used to love the idea of sleeping on so many mattresses. And I didn't like peas then! The idea of squashing one under all those layers appealed to me in a big way!
I've been wanting to make an applique collage of this quirky tale for some time now, and last night I stayed up until 3:15am doing just that!
Do you have a favourite fairytale that has had a special little nook in your heart since childhood. Do tell us about it! Childhood is so precious. I would love to hear a little about your fond memories!