Monday, 12 January 2009

Self sufficiency

Somehow I'm not sure this is what Marshall's had in mind when they recommended growing your own mushrooms.


Here we have a piece of unashamed whimsy that has given me a lot of pleasure this weekend.


The flowers were the most fun; I think I've finally mastered French Knots though I never expect them to hold. And of course you can't have pretty flowers without a little bee - or at least I can't.


The pattern is from The Little House by the Sea and the gloriously soft felt which has so enhanced the entire experience is, of course, from paper-and-string.

Right, I'm off to build myself a felt house.

41 comments:

  1. Oh it's gorgeous, you clever thing.

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  2. Oh my ... that is so pretty, I went and fetched the kids from the other room to show them. You clever person! x

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  3. oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    I like :-D
    Can't wait to see the house!
    Lesley x

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  4. Oh Val - so pretty.

    I followed your links - did you see the make your own owl pattern that paper and string has listed in her folksy shop.

    I think you need to make that too!

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  5. Oh, best EVER, Val!! May I please live there? I'll bring balloons...

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  6. wow, that is sooo very pretty - you are so talented!

    xx

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  7. Oh how adorable! To just be small enough to walk up to that door and open it -- too, too cute!!!

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  8. That's very very lovely! I bet the Smalls think it is fab! Lucy xxx

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  9. Very, very nice.

    Now...do you remember that you rashly promised to make a Japanese house??

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  10. What tiny and neat stitchery! Gorgeous!

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  11. You continue to wow me with your sewing skills! French knots are my nemesis (well, that and set-in sleeves in knitting)! K x

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  12. That is absolutley gorgeous! I have a thing for little mushroom houses - I once designed a logo for Tom, using a mushroom house for the 'T' of his name. You have just brought it to life!

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  13. That is just so pretty- I want to move in!

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  14. Very sweet...I would love to live in a faiy tale mushoom house like that! Off to visit links... Happy Day ((HUGS))

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  15. That is very beautiful and so tiny. I love the flowers up the side.

    Grogeous.

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  16. Your mushroom is beautiful with all the tiny flowers around. thats fantastic stitching Jane x

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  17. Ooooh Val that is so pretty!! Your stitching is beautiful and I love those little flowers. I can just imagine the pretty little fairy who lives inside!

    xxx

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  18. Oh... this is so cute! Gorgeous! I know what you mean about those pesky French knots aswell!

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  19. wow!! I just love it, fabulous!

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  20. Can’t wait to see your felt house! These mushroom homes look fabulous!

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  21. Lovely toadstool, what great detail that must have taken you awhile.

    Just read your comment on Domesticali and it made me laugh as I too now recognise when people are tired and hungry and always look for an explanation as to why they are getting irritated where as before children I would have taken things as all surface and nothing deeper

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  22. *that* is so sweet !

    I love the embrodierie .. french knots hey ? Tempted to learn..

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  23. Hi,
    Just found your blog and had a quick flick through.
    Love your version of the Lelli Kelly shoes, what a great idea!
    Take care
    Beki xxx

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  24. Hi - it's lovely!

    I'm your fabric swap partner...I'm popping the parcel in the post tomorrow...hope you love it!

    Will you let me know when it's arrived?

    Helen xx

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  25. That's the loveliest little mushroom :D

    and totally self sufficient :)
    x

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  26. I'm not too fond of mushrooms but I love that one.

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  27. Its all about the toadstool and the russian doll in this house!

    Gorgeous

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  28. That is the prettiest mushroom I have ever seen, I hope one day to stumble across one just like that when I'm out walking ... Looking forward to seeing the house.
    Kimxxxx
    I did see the bookshop in CL and immediately thought of you!

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  29. I so gotta make one of these.... adorable.... you are so clever, my french knotts have a habbit of coming undone...

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  30. This is soooo cute. You must have had alot of fun making this. Thank you for visitng my blog. i am going to have a go at making bigger versions and see where it leads me.

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  31. Hi

    Has the fabric package arrived yet?

    Helen xxx

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  32. Oh so pretty!
    I wish I lived in a big felt mushroom house! I used to daydream about mushroom houses all the time when I was little and was constantly drawing them.
    Love
    Alison
    x

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  33. so so lovely!
    thanks for the pattern and shop links - 'paper and string' is such an exciting discovery! i've just been and bought felt (and a load of other things i couldn't resist) so that i can have a go at my own mushroom creation.

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  34. This is lovely! Thank you so much for sending me the link to your blog.

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  35. Wow..this is the sweetest thing..you clever little thing! can't wait to see your felt house :D

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