|My one-off felt creation shown by my pretty model.|
I was commissioned to make a mushroom shaped hat for a 9 year old expert on fungi. He requested a brown and yellow button shape, and even though I had never made one, I was sure I knew how.
|Top of the Mushroom Hat|
I left a small ridge on the edge (usually on a 3-d shape like this, I work the ridge so it disappears.) to make it more of a division between top and underside. The only stitching is is on the underside to sculpt the gills, and give it more upward rigidness.
|The sculpted underside.|
The measurements for his head circumference had already been provided. It had to fit of course, and not sink over his eyes...
|Super shrinking rate!|
But this time it shrunk to one third of it's original shape. This also means that the different coloured layers of wool used, will "travel" and subtly blend to make the final colours.
I definitely had quite sore arms the next day...
Weird Impulse buy:
|Alfred Meakin dinner set "Oaklands"|
I turned it over and to my surprise it said Alfred Meakin, England, glow-white "Oaklands". I often pick up porcelain because of it's cheerful colours or patterns, and I often see Meakin, but usually much older looking, pre-war. Not that I can find any information on this particular pattern, but I just like it.
I also noticed the price on a wee little sticker: $5 (NZ)
Well, I took it home, didn't I....
My love liked it too, and it will make a nice change at dinner time after 27 years of the same plates. Not that I will chuck out the other set mind you.
It is Crown Lynn, "Wild Wheat", bought new from the D.I.C. store. I can still see us walking through town with the boxes of our dinner-set, ready to go flatting together. I felt so proud and excited!
And there is nothing more Kiwiana than Crown Lynn crockery.
How does our garden grow:
We get the forced potted plants with that season in the supermarkets.
|Poinsettias get bigger than you think...|
Are you Northern Europeans surprised with the size your little potted plants can grow to?
|Creamy delicious magnolia.|
|Next to the magnolia is a native "cabbage tree".|
It is nice to be on canopy-level!