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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Growing At The Forest's Edge ..

Hello my dear friends,

don't you just love it when you find something new that you take a huge liking too? ~ I sure do!

I had several salt and pepper shaker 'bottoms' in one of my drawers since what seems forever and no clue what I could do with them. Well, until now that is.  Whilst I was trying to think of the theme for my next nest (I want to make hopefully some time later this year) these salt and pepper shaker halves came back into my mind again and I so wanted to create something neat using them.

They looked a tiny bit sad before ... no tops and almost a little lost without them.
Then again, they are also so beautiful. All tarnished and in very lovely shapes and different sizes.

I went with the thought of something to do with nature again and I am so glad I did. I know that it won't be the last time I am going to work with this idea, that's how much I already love it.
Subtle colors, drop cloth and lace once again were the perfect solution for my needs to create my newest piece and of course a little something special as well.

 What did I create? ... Fungus, also commonly known as mushroom.
 I was very fortunate that my design worked out the first time and I am so please with the way it looks. This is also one of those times where less is definitely more. At first I wanted to add some seam binding to this creation but in the end I didn't. Though I did add something special to my lacy fungi which makes it just right in my eyes.

And just like my  'At The Forest's Edge' nests, this creations also has a little story that goes with it and this is it's tale ...

'Dew Drops At The Forest's Edge' ...

... "At the small clearing, at the forest's edge, just right next to the large trees grow some lovely things. Mushrooms of lace have made their home there and grow peacefully amongst the other forest plants and soft moss. The morning sun is peaking through the branches and the dew drops that have gathered over night, on the mushroom tops are starting to awake and make their way to the forest's floor, slowly and gently dropping down."

(Again I have this picture in my mind and it is oh so lovely.)

And here is my first ...

'Dew Drop' Mushroom

I just love my lace and tarnished fungi!

I think that it is not only pretty but it is also quite versatile too.
 It looks lovely just standing on it's own or it can used as a broach display or even as a pincushion (YES!) ... so overall a neat creation, don't you think?! 

Of course where one mushroom grows, many more will grow too. I am just adding the finishing touches to a few more of them which I will be sharing with you soon. 

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation. 
Do come back some time and see what else I have to share.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Well that is just precious! I love it.

  2. Oh Karen these are a fantastic creation. I have a mushroom collection and I love fairies so totally fell in love with this mushroom!! Can't wait to see the others. Have a very creative day.

  3. I never cease to be amazed at what you create! This is so pretty and such a great re-purpose for the shakers. I'm sure this one is very happy to be dressed up once again.

  4. Once again I am in love with your creations. You just make me want to stop everything and look for something to create myself! Thank you for doing that....looking forward to seeing the rest of the fungi.

  5. these are very beautiful and creative treasures that you've brought to life! I love the theme...and the little story that you told; it really paints a picture and draws me in. Thank you for sharing your inspiring thoughts and lovely talents. Happy Spring, Dear Karen.


  6. Oh Karen! How lovely your mushroom is looking!
    Unbelievable, what for great ideas always came out of your mind.

    Hugs Ines♥

  7. Perfectly Lovely. I can't wait for you to finish the rest, to see them all standing together will be such eyecandy.

  8. Dear Karen!
    Wunderschöne Pilze, eine tolle Idee.
    Liebe Grüße - Margit

  9. This is sooo smart! and lovely~ So glad I got to see your beautiful creations! ~Karen O