These are my finished mushrooms for Sonya
's handmade mushroom swap
. I have to say for all the trouble I had trying to come up with a design I was happy with
it was well worth it in the end.
The details on these 'shrooms: I cut the bases out on Sawyer
and then sanded them all while Logan was working on his birdhouse. They are painted with acrylics and then burnished with steel wool. That steel wool burnishing is my new favorite finish! Gives the wood a warm, worn, sort of well-loved feel.
The mushrooms are made of wool felt with perle cotton embroidery. The little "halo" around each mushroom's head is hand knotted jute that I stitched on with sewing thread. Each "halo" has at least twelve double overhand knots...well, I think one might have eleven and another has thirteen. After I started knotting the fifth and sixth ones my hands itched like never before...awful! The sacrifices we make for our art...heh.
As far as the packaging goes I would've LOVED to have found some small styrofoam or pulp boxes to saranwrap these guys into complete with produce stickers and everything, but I had no luck. The produce manager at my Kroger had no idea where I could find empty ones and suggested buying the mushrooms that were on sale and using their boxes instead. We enjoy mushrooms around here, but not six boxes in a month or less! Anyway, I ended up revisiting the "bags"
I made to house my Christmas ornaments and I think they turned out well.
For the bag bases above I used plain brown cardstock and my Scor-Pal
(worth every penny!
) to score the edges of the bag base for ease in folding. I used paper from Basic Grey
for the bag
and the scalloped closure
(I used my Cricut machine to cut three-inch scalloped circles that were then folded in half
). The tags are shipping tags
I dyed a couple years ago stamped with the little mushroom stamp
I made last week. I stuffed the mushrooms into the boxes with some shredded kraft paper and tied them up with some more jute string.
I am thinking about writing up a little pattern for the mushrooms and maybe doing a small embroidery pattern as a freebie to go along with the 6-7-8 giveaway that's coming up soon. I haven't written a pattern in forever and it's high time I got back on that horse!
Alright, you all have a great weekend!!