Friday, 21 October 2011

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe...

I wonder how many of us remember all those nursery rhymes from childhood, and whether they are still being passed on to the new generations. This one always confused me. Were the old woman and all the children really small, or was there an enormous shoe somewhere? The origins of this nursery rhyme seem to be shrouded in mystery, so I guess we'll never know :).

"There was an old woman who lived in a shoe..."

The image was decoupaged from the Graphics Fairy original and lines from the nursery rhyme were printed onto a frame. A second frame was added from gold card with some peel-off borders. They are straight really, the scan made it look all wonky for some reason - mind you, I feel all wonky with a cold, so I guess it matches in a funny sort of way :).

Other things I used to lie awake at night worrying about:

If someone went to all the trouble of building the “old lady who had so many children she didn’t know what to do” a shoe to live in, why didn’t they just build her a house in the first place?

Was she the same old woman who swallowed a fly?

Where did the mouse go when the clock struck one?

Why did Mary have cockle shells in her garden?

Why did the little boy flush his wool down the loo (for some strange reason that I can’t fathom, I thought that was what “lived down the lane” meant!)?

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  1. Heehee, fab questions Maddy. Ever notice how violent some nursery rhymes and fairy tails are? Poor old Snow white had survived 3 murder attempts! Its amazing how we turned out so well eh? lol. Love this Maddy, love the dimension. Hope you feel better soon. Lee xx

  2. Brilliant card, evokes such fond memories of childhood. Great questions, and what about poor hansel and gretle, or the three blind mice. Or even Humpty Dumpty. And would vinegar and brown paper really mend poor Jacks head. See what you've started, now my brain is spinning with those unaswered questions too. Hugs lisa x

  3. Love the vintagey feel to this card

  4. Gorgeous! I've been trying to leave a comment on 'Twas the Night... without success. I love that too - great idea.

  5. Oh this is fabulous.
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