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Monday, 24 September 2012
Make your own magical little mushrooms! 
This post is an encore presentation of one of our most popular tutorials!

In the process of planning out and preparing for our Fairy Garden we created some wooden mushrooms from drawer pulls and I thought I would share the process so you can scatter some magical little mushrooms around your home and garden, too!

 Sweet teacher's gifts and a simple way to bring a little wonder to any grey spot or grey day. Endless personalization options, too!

Age: Toddler - adult.
  • Wooden drawer pulls, size and style of your choice (available at most hardware stores and as craft supplies where wooden craft parts/ cutouts are sold). We are using 1" hardwood knobs for this project.
  • Acrylic craft paint and suitable brushes (at least one large brush and one fine/ round brush)
  • Sealer of your choice (we used a non-toxic polyturethane based outdoor sealer with a satin/ shiny finish).  If you plan to put your mushrooms outdoors, this is highly recommended.
  • Palette, water, soft cloth for cleaning brushes between colours.
1)   Prepare your painting space as suits your painters (ie drop cloth for young children).
Choose your colours and prepare your palette and water.
2)    Begin by painting the stems of each toadstool in your chosen colour(s).
Turn them on their 'caps' to dry (will dry quickly if using acrylics).
Apply a second coat if desired.

3)   When the stem are dry, begin to paint the caps. Apply a second coat if desired. Let dry.
TIP: Use your finer brush.  Load it with paint.  Turn your mushroom on its cap.  Place the brush along the outer edge of the underside of the cap and spin the wooden piece (rather than trying to make a smooth, clean  edge by moving the brush) for a nice even edge.  This may take a bit of practice!  If you wobble along, just repeat, widening the band of colour to take in the flub.

4)   Using white (or colour of choice) and your fine brush, make dots on the top of the mushroom.
Vary the size and placement for one of a kind toadstools.
If you want a little grass at the base, use a green of your choice and paint tufts of grass on the stem.
Let dry completely (the dots may take a bit to dry through).
While waiting for the spots to dry, clean up palette and paints (and kids!).

5)    Repeating the steps above (coating stems and then caps), apply the sealer of your choice.
This is best done by an adult.
Apply one or two thin coats and set aside to dry.
Avoid sealing on humid days as they will be very slow to dry.
Rinse sealer brush with VERY hot water, very thoroughly (I have lost more brushes this way...)

Variations & Ideas:
  • Paint to match a room (the brights pictured will match Rowan's bedroom)
  • Look up real toadstools and paint true-to-life as a learning project (older children, please~ we only use very 'unreal' mushrooms in play because we have a lot of real ones in our yard and woods that we do not want our child to touch for safety!)
  • Use crushed berries to colour the caps
  • Thin your paint to a wash, or use watercolours for the wood grain to show through.
  • Seal stained (as above) toadstools with flax oil or beeswax (will not work on the acrylic paint as the paint will already have sealed the pores and the oil will just slip off).
  • Spell out your child's name in personalized toadstools
  • Hot glue fairy jewels or dew drops, or a small piece of fabric for a hassock/ cushion.
  • Use your drawer pulls as.... drawer pulls!
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Ah. Autumn.

Crisp air, cerulean skies and the coziness of warm clothing, made by hand.

As our northern Ontario nights get chilly and our leaves begin to turn,
my hands begin to move towards my needles and hooks. 
{{OK, my hooks... having been a knitter for some 25 years I have developed a crush on crochet, I'll admit!}}

So today I thought I would share some (quick!) inspiring patterns to meet the creative cravings of this new season.  These are all from Etsy shops, most of which offer a wide variety of patterns, so be sure to poke around a little when you visit (and most of the patterns are delivered by email, instant gratification!)!

Copper the Red Fox, by Mamma 4 Earth
Doll Longies, by The Sitting Tree
Snuggle Dolly, by Quiet Home Designs
Maisie and her Dolly, by Toy Shelf
The Gnome Hat, by Pumpkin Haus
Gnome Hat, by Syrendell
Wee Dwellings Gnome Homes, by Beneath the Rowan Tree
Blossom Mama & Petal Baby, by This Cosy Life
Nanette Doll Jacket, by Fig and Me
Grey Squirrel with Acorn, by Sweet Bauer Knits

You can also find our own FREE knitting pattern for fun fingerless mittens HERE.
Along with a bunch of freebies for fall and winter crafts on our Tutorials Page.
Enjoy! ♥
Thursday, 6 September 2012
We are blessed to live on a lake with numerous clean, sandy beaches in Northern Ontario.
In June, while visiting family during a particularly hot spell, Rowan asked how people in the city ever get cool if they don't have a lake?
The idea of not having a lake at hand was a new one for her.

On a recent trip to visit family in Southern Ontario, we had a taste of the lake that people do use to cool off.
We took a trip with my mother and sister to the very familiar shores of Lake Erie at Port Dover.

This was the beach of my childhood and teen years.
Known now for its Friday the 13th Biker blowouts, Dover has long been 'the beach' for folks from our neck of the woods.

Port Dover.
My grandparents danced there when it was the 'Spring Gardens'.
My parents had special dinners at the Erie Beach Hotel (I remember playing Barbies as a child, and using the EBH as the hot spot for the barbie doll elite... you could get *gasp* shrimp cocktail there... which I had some vague notion involved a drink with shrimp in it).
My high school class ditched and went there.
And this summer, I happily took my daughter there to see a Great Lake and to enjoy some Lake Erie perch (yum!).

She loved the perch.
She marveled at the big lake tankers off shore.

She thought it was pretty cool that there are palm trees growing there (huh?).
She found a sweet ride.
But she did not like the beach itself one little bit.
It stunk. Literally.

Even so, it was a nice jaunt down memory lane as we made new memories, too! ♥

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