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10 Etsy Prints Inspired by A.A. Milne That Will Brighten Your Home — and Your Day!

So many children have been charmed by the words of A.A. Milne and yet so few know this author’s first name. Do you? Can you guess?

It’s Alan. (Not what you expected?)

Alan Alexander Milne was born January 18th, 1882. Happy (Almost) Birthday, Mr. Milne! He died in 1956, 30 years after creating the legacy of Pooh. Milne was a noted author before he became famous for Winnie the Pooh. When he was young, he was taught by the famous English author H.G. Wells. Maybe that’s where he got the initial-instead-of-first-name idea.

Winnie the Pooh was inspired by Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne. His stuffed bear, named Edward, became Winnie the Pooh. This name came from a real bear from the London Zoo that was used as a sort of military mascot during World War I. Christopher had other stuffed animals — Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger — who became characters in the Hundred Acre Wood. Milne came up with Rabbit and Owl on his own.

Milne’s adorable stories are universally beloved. Some of my earliest memories are of Tigger stuck in a tree, Pooh floating up to a beehive with a balloon, and Christopher Robin saying, “Silly old bear.”

But the wisdom of A.A. Milne isn’t silly. It’s simple, but profound. Take a look at 10 Etsy prints that are sure to brighten your home — and your day:

  • 10 Etsy Prints to Brighten Your Day 1 of 11
    milnecollage
  • Never Forget Me 2 of 11
    forget

    Oh, Pooh. Never leave. I admit to feeling a little like this about my own kids. This cute print depicts the cartoon-y Pooh and Piglet we love but looks chic in black and white.

    Available from Etsy for $4.99

  • Size Isn’t Everything 3 of 11
    smallest

    This bright quote is so true. I was overwhelmed by how much room my first tiny infant took up in my heart — and even more overwhelmed when my capacity to love grew with each of my babies. I'd love to hang this in a nursery.

    Available from Etsy for $5.00

  • Stop to Think 4 of 11
    stop

    This happens to me almost every day. Milne's whimsical observations always give me pause for thought and this typographic print would be a fun addition to any playroom.

    Available from Etsy for $18.00

  • Look at the Positive Side of Things 5 of 11
    weeds

     This is a sweet reminder to get to know people before we decide they are "weeds." Everyone needs to look for the flowers in people, and I would be happy to hang this needlework in my home.

    Available from Etsy for $14.50

  • What Is Love? 6 of 11
    care

    In an apathetic time when caring is creepy and hipsters only commit ironically, Milne's words are refreshing. This quote flies in the face of "meh." Display it boldly in your home to show that you do, actually, care.

    Available from Etsy for $18.00

  • A Couple’s Dilemma 7 of 11
    live

    I love the sentiment of this graphic print. Just don't think about it too much or this lovebird's plan starts to unravel. Still, it's a lovely reminder to appreciate our time with loved ones.

    Available from Etsy for $15.00

  • The Power of a Balloon 8 of 11
    balloon

     It is a truth universally acknowledged ... balloons are super fun. Never underestimate the power of the balloon! This bright print is pretty cheerful in itself.

    Available from Etsy for $15.00

  • The Sign of an Adventure 9 of 11
    boots

    If you want adventure to find you, better get your big boots on. This seems so fitting for both of my sons and would look darling in their room.

    Available from Etsy for $20.00

  • Words to Live By 10 of 11
    braver

    I love these encouraging words and who doesn't need a little pep talk every now and then? This is such a perfect sentiment to put in a child's room.

    Available from Etsy for $4.63

  • Two Is Better Than One 11 of 11
    friendly

     Milne makes a succinct argument for good company. It's just friendlier with two! What a lovely thought to display in your home so everyone feels welcome.

    Available from Etsy for $18.00

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