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Crafting On :: Cozy and Sweet

Those really are the words that describe this past week's makings.  I really want to curl up in our little house and hibernate these days, though the weather is still fair and dry.  We've been reading stories of animals spending the Winter in a pumpkin home, so I made one from the Fall 2008 Living Crafts that Susan sent me when I was pregnant with Willow.  There's a story in there about a family of hedgehogs who help with the harvest and end up with a fine and tasty home.  It's so sweet.  Enki also has a story called "Mischief Mouse" about a little mouse who travels too far from home and finds a cozy Jack O'Lantern to keep him safe and warm (and fed!).

Pumpkin House

This is fairly simply made.  Crumple a few paper towels into a ball and wrap tightly in peach roving.  Wrap again in orange roving, mixing shades if you like.  Felt in place with a felting needle.  This works very well, though it may cost you a needle.  I was lucky to find I had another!  I've added some grooves in the pumpkin, like a real one, but it's hard to see in the photo.  After a bit, use your fingers to separate the fibers and make a little hole for your animal.  Needle felt the edges to make it sturdy.  My wool is pretty thick and that helps.

Hedgie in the House

I made the stem by wrapping it aroung a knight's spear, but any other small stick would do.  I felted it together and then needled felted it to the top of the pumpkin.  It could be sewn on.  I felted a leaf on my foam felting pad and then added some Corriedale tendrils.  I truly love this little pumpkin!  It is one of my favorite creations.  It gets me thinking more about my etsy shop.  I've got a big update in the works, with some good variety on the items.

Moss Baby and Her Bed

Lastly, here are our gifts for our next birthday girl.  We bought her an unfinished Little Colorado cradle and Roan polished it with beeswax polish.  We use the recipe from Wee Folk Art.  Next, I made a mattress using several layers of cotton batting and the never ending white flannel sheet.  I added some baffles to hold the cotton in place when it's washed (by hand).  Willow sewed a pillow from the same sheet and I made a pillow case to go over it.  We have lots of dolls quilts and blankets, so we know whomever sleeps in the cradle will be very warm.  It may be that Willow will get the urge to sew a quilt for it later on.

AND I made over Snowflake Baby from 2014 into Moss Baby.  Admittedly, her sweater body was not sturdy enough to hold up to being carried by the arms.  It stretched and just looked sad.  She was also stuffed much too firmly to be really cuddly.  She sat for a long time and then I got this lovely green velour, just a scrap.  She got a new hat and less firm body and a little trim to her hair.  I did a gathering stitch on just her front and just through the velour, so her arms come forward to hug you.  I just adore her now.  If only I had more velour.  I could make babies like this all the time.

The almost birthday girl may be awake soon and there's tidying to do.  I know she'll love her gifts and the cradle we all worked on will be a treasure forever.

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( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Nov. 1st, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
Such sweet things! She'll love them. I just love that Roan and Willow worked with you to make the cradle. I need to get mine to craft more!

When I was little, one of my favorite chapter books was a Hungarian one about a gnome and a little pig who lived in a giant pumpkin.

Edited at 2016-11-02 01:17 am (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, it will be a wonderful memory that we all helped. :-) I have seen some fun Hungarian wooden toys and they remind me of your story.
Nov. 1st, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Oh how sweet - I love the pumpkin and the birthday presents are adorable!
Nov. 2nd, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Thank you!
Nov. 2nd, 2016 05:18 am (UTC)

These are all so cute! Moss Baby looks very cuddly now.

Nov. 2nd, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Indeed, she does! I am so pleased.
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Nov. 6th, 2016 10:36 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a fun and clever story! That is so sweet about Petka.
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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