when i went to my parent's house for for the holidays I noticed my mom laid out a few Christmas books and one of them was the beautifully illustrated "The 12 Days of Christmas" by Ilonka Karasz that she was given as a child in the 50's (I love the colors and how un-"Christmasy" they are). I posted a few pictures of the book here. I noticed that she dedicated the book to Mary Blair (the amazing Disney artist) and I'm curious whether they were friends or she just found her an inspiration. Anyway, I did a little search and found that she was an incredibly multifaceted artist who, according to her New York Times obituary, was an "artist and designer who contributed magazine covers to The New Yorker and other magazines and also was an illustrator of children's books" and "was an expert in decorative arts, specializing in pottery, tiles, wallpaper, toys and lamps. She was engaged with various manufacturers in the production of fabrics, rugs, silverware, china and furniture." geesh.