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The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells by Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli

The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells

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A book to delight , a seasonal celebration of tradition, magic, custom and folklore. The text and little random thoughts and sayings punctuating the beautiful collage style illustrations making some stunning still life scenes using found objects. The book has dash and style and there are little treasures to be found too, a good luck charm, a postcard and a folded pocket for some notes and messages at the back. There are things to do, things to celebrate the year as it progresses from bleak January through to Christmas with delicious recipes to celebrate feasts and festivals. A gorgeous book to marvel over and enjoy for many a year, a great family treat. ~ Sue Baker

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The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells by Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli

The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells, is a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine's Day to the lost excitement of May Day, The Magpie and the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious.

About the Author

Sam Mckechnie is an artist working primarily with oil and found objects. Her work is inextricably entwined with fairytales, magic and charms, and her creations feature in interior and fashion publications across the globe. Alexandrine Portelli worked in the fashion industry for many years before returning to her roots to head up the design team at her family's interiors business. Her personal passions are writing and all things magical and mysterious. She is an avid collector of children's books, especially fairytales - the darker the better!

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15th October 2015


Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli

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