Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mushroom Tales


When I think of toadstools, I think of my days as a Brownie, dancing around that fibreglass (?) papier mache (?) toadstool, hard and glossy and brown, that sat in the centre of the school gymnasium. Brown dress, brown sash, little orange-and-white-with-maple-leaves scarf, and mismatched socks (they were supposed to be brown, but I was not working towards badges in organization, time management, or colour coordination...I always forgot it was Brownies night and ended up scrambling around looking for my *ahem* navy blue socks).

I also think of Smurfs. I had a collection of them, and spent much time having Smurf weddings, births, birthdays, anniversaries...and of course, Smurfs live in the classic red-and-white toadstools.

We have a local tourist attraction that involves storybook characters placed throughout a forest setting. They too are fibreglass, and some are mechanical. It is, in a word or two, kinda creepy. Every child of my generation has a grainy photo of themselves sitting on the big bunny's lap. Their gift shop was (and still is) a huge fibreglass toadstool.

I set out to knit a toadstool, just out of curiosity (watch for a tutorial this coming Friday). I was pleased with the result, then went on a search to find what other toadstools people had knit up. My search ended early when I came across this pattern. I knew I had to make one. Coincidentally, my friend at Twig and Toadstool had a birthday coming up...a perfect excuse for a Saturday crafternoon (not that I ever need an excuse to avoid housework and create something wonderful!)

Here's a closeup of the details, before I stitched the stem onto the cap:


Don't you just want to open that wee red door and find a faery-party in full swing? Or even better, a cozy chair beside the window, blue curtains blowing in the rose-scented breeze, a sunbeam to warm you and a great book just waiting for you?


This is the view the faery has as she comes in for a landing!


I found myself taking pictures of this mushroom cottage like it was a newborn baby...I HAD to have an image from every angle.

Now I must have one for myself. As I continue to unpack boxes that have been untouched since we moved here 2 years ago, I found a framed picture of faeries dancing around a faery ring: a circle of toadstools. Maybe this rainy day, when the kids are cranky and I'm a bit tired, is a day for a wander in the woods in search of a faery ring.

8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful creation. Of course you should have one for your very own.
    Are you near Storyland?

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  2. I am once again amazed at your creative talent and am in love with those little flowery vines around the stem of the toadstool. Beautiful!

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  3. Thanks so much for the comment on my blog Steph! Liz is a great girl. Just met her through the shop, but we've become quick friends. I LOVED that throw she knit. With all your creativity I hope maybe you'll consider being part of our upcoming craft show! www.handmadeharvest.com
    Think about it!!

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  4. I am floored by the DETAIL in your creations! Stunning! Yes, you do indeed need a fabulous toadstool of your own. And join that craft show -- your work is so inspiring!

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  5. I lovelovelove this! Omigoodness so precious and beautiful! I HAVE to make one of these. Thanks!

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  6. Since I am the un-crafty one of the bunch....I read this and thought you might have been eating some "mushrooms" when you wrote it.
    LOL!!
    Truth be told....I used to daydream about finding a settlement of little tiny people in the back garden.

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  7. I have been admiring my sweet little toadstool all the day long...I've been searching for the perfect place of honour for it! Thank you dear friend!!

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  8. Oh my!! That is simply stunning. I DO want to open that red door and then move right in and call it home. I have only just started embroidering but I know just the little girl I could make that for and I know she would be forgiving of any mistakes I make. The details on yours are just beautiful.

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