Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mon Espace Créateur - { My Creative Space }



With all the lovely rain we have been having in Brisbane over the last few weeks, my Mum's garden has been sprouting all manner of mushrooms! And where there's mushrooms...there's fairies. In some hidden, secretive part of my soul I long for all those exquisite Shirley Barber artworks to be real. I imagine a tiny world where gossamer wings flit to firefly lit balls. And tea parties where honeysuckle tea drunk from teeny jonquil cups and saucers are laid upon dewy spiderweb tablecloths. Where a furled leaf propels one sleepily down an inky stream. Oh imagination...it may just be the most potent and magically uplifting drug known to man.



When I spied a delightful mushroom tent in a boutique baby shop I decided that Bijou simply had to have one. I gingerly turned over the price tag....you know the way, when you want to appear like you could afford everything in the shop but barely have enough change for a coffee. Cue music from Psycho!! This tent was not coming home with me. But never to be one to be told "you can't do that Stephanie!" I set about constructing my own version. A crab pot, some PVC pipe, oodles of fabric and a whole lotta patience ét voila!! The mushroom tent!



Mon petit poppet thinks it's magic! She doesn't notice the wonky seams, the odd few fraying edges peeking out here and there, nor the rather un-circular circles. And you know what....when I see my little fairy flit in and out of it in that magical play land of her imagination...I don't either.

To feed your imagination please pop over to Kirsty's lovely blog for other creative spaces.

39 comments:

Little Ted Canvas said...

That is fantastic! How lucky your little girl is to have such a clever Mama!

nicole said...

ah that's amazing!
i get scared making big things like that but you've done a spectacular job!!!

hope you too have a sunny weekend too, a bit more likely for you in queensland. it's horrible and rainy here. i'm camped out in front of the heater with my wool and hook :D

xox

Megan said...

oh wow that is just gorgeous- well done you! love the little criss cross windows :)

kirsty said...

Awww, that is gorgeous, such a perfect home for a little fairy. You will be pleased to know that it's probably a good thing that you have made one instead of buying the one from the shop because I bought one for my little fairy two years ago for christmas and the frame just would not stay together, we tried sticky tape, glue and all manner of things but it just never worked like it should have for the price we paid. It was almost exactly the same as the one you have made except a little bigger. Good on you. Handmade rules supreme!! ;o)

Heidi said...

Oh you need to market those I can't remember the last time I saw somthing that cute....
Do you make Mommy size ones?

moose and bird said...

YOU ARE AMAZING! I wish I had a little mushroom tent to escape to. Bijour is one lucky lady! Happy Creative Thursday! xo

Brianna said...

That tent is fantastic! Wish I had someone I could make one for. I'm all for the adult sized ones as well. I could sit or sleep in the garden all day and sew!

Sonia Skegg said...

Oh that mushroom tent is fantastic. I can't believe it's handmade - well done.

I Saw You Dancing said...

OH! What a heavenly little space! You are one clever mama.
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog just now. It's lovely to "meet" you and I look forward to staying in touch and witnessing more of your magnificent creations come to light!
Kat xx

Selina said...

Well then, how clever are you?!! It's just fabulous!

Jennie said...

You are so clever!
That is amazing - I bet she loooves it!x

helena / little mo said...

hahahhhah so sweet!! well done! i think you need little streamers hanging down the door or a little door cover so that she can pretend to open the door hehehe.

Cotton Kiwi said...

Steph you are amazing! What a lucky little girl you have. I did something similar to you years ago. Or at least I got as far as getting tent envy in a boutique kids store but never got around to making it. Just brilliant! Love it.

m.e (Cathie) said...

yay!! nice little mushroom Steph, very well done, you are such a clever & creative mum!
lucky little poppet

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

you are one clever mummy! i can't believe that is hand made and that you didn't follow a pattern!

Tracey said...

well done! you are one seriously creative mummy.

Renee said...

Just gorgeous! Well done!

teddybearswednesday said...

It's very cute!!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Seriously awesome!! Do you make them in adult size so my 3 kids can fit in with me lol

xo Steph

Danielle said...

Wow, that is so impressive! I would never have had the confidence to tackle something like that! So pleased to have discovered your blog - thanks for your comment on mine! Danielle x

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! I thought you were photographing the mushie from the shop - I thought gave in. I was tricked...what an amazing tent, clever woman. I love it.
*Thanks for stopping by x

messyfish said...

You made that!!!!!!! Oh now we need a tutorial.... WOW it is so excellent

Megan said...

all i can say is WOW! i am also one of those never grown out of fairies girls and i would just die to have one of these (now or 20 odd years ago) well done you, bijou is one very very lucky little fairy!

also, can i suggest that you google Ida Rentoul Outhwaite? i have some of her absolutely fantastically wonderful and amazing fairy stories from my childhood that i will treasure forever, her illustrations are just divine!

Sarah said...

SO ADORABLE!!! Well done you. Un-circular circles just don't matter when there is a magical mushroom to spend hours of daydreaming and tea parties with the fairies! You've inspired me to make something for my little poppet. x

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh just another adorable toadstool inspired gorgeous creation, totally sweet, love Posie

TopCat76 said...

oh mon dieu! How fab is that tent, I have serious envy! Well done you! Thanks for stopping by my blog today x

Penny said...

Hi Steph. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have such a pretty one! All French and girly - makes me feel welcome and very much at home. Girl, you're mushroom is the bomb! But pray tell - what is a crab pot???

Liesl said...

That's absolutely darling! You are incredibly clever. What fun your little one is going to have.

NorraSud by ROROISM said...

haha!
hilarious!
i'd die for it \..20 years ago

Rhiannon said...

I love it! What a gorgeous mushroom tent, and all the better for being handmade with love. I had something similar when I was a kid, wish I had kept it.

Jill and Michelle said...

Fabulous!!! What a great idea! Don't you just love making things for kids because nothing needs to be perfect,( and is often better when it isn't).

Jill

Allana said...

soooo gorgeous! Your blog is so inspiring :)

MacGyver's Lovechild said...

Steph your mushroom is tres charmant! I've been thinking about adding a felt garden to our child's play Ikea tent but your mushroom is so lovely! thanks also for stopping by my blog. love your work. www.flyandnest.blogspot.com

littleminx said...

That is just absolutely stunning, you are so clever. What a great "sure I can " attitude you have, lucky Bijou! Joanna x

melissa said...

Wow thats fantastic... even better than the original! Well done!

Kirsty said...

Brilliant! Superb job.

Quilary said...

What a gorgeous little play tent. You are very clever and resourceful to make that yourself.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

A crab pot...now thats thinking outside the square!! Fabulous fairy tent :-)

Ky said...

Awesome tent, i would have loved something liek that when I was a kid. You did a lovely job, why spend a fortune at a boutique shop when you have the skilz to make your own.

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