Ode to Laura Stoddart. Do you know her work? When I see her illustrations I am transported. She draws magical creatures in just the best outfits -- and a whole menagerie of topiaries! Just discovered she has another anthology out that I don't have yet. It's called All for Love and is a collection of verses about -- you guessed it -- love. Includes Shakespeare and Dorothy Parker -- love her, too. Found this excerpt online:

I will be great and you rich, because we love each other. Victor Hugo

Wow. I'm off to buy it online now. Meanwhile, here are some examples of her work -- books, Crabtree & Evelyn label illustrations, dinnerware for Portmeirion. Enjoy.