Sunday, 17 May 2015
Happy Toadstool Gifts
Each time I do Renegade Craft Fair I like to give little gifts to my stallholder friends - usually these are Christmas gifts, as the fair is in November or December, but this one was a Spring fair, so I wanted to make something that felt in keeping with the season. I've been on a real toadstool kick lately (well, all my life really but, y'know!) and decided to mix it up a bit and make them in pastel colours. I settled on wooden toadstool brooches, little twine wrapped toadstools, plus I popped in a little motivational quote keyring.
I know it seems a bit smarmy to give out gifts without any real reason - I always get a bit embarrassed and feel like people either a) won't like them, or b) will think I am a bit of a loser! But honestly this handmade community means absolutely everything to me, and I want to give back to it as much as possible in as many ways as I can!
I got the plywood toadstool blanks online - I'd been eyeing them up for a while and this seemed the perfect excuse to buy some! They are all painted by hand, which took quite a while, but was quite therapeutic. The twine wrapped toadstools are made by glueing a wooden split ball on top of a wooden thread spool (both of which I had already) then painting, and wrapping in a matching colour twine. They turned out better than I imagined - I love that they're practical as you can use the twine, and also decorative.
When I posted about the toadstool goodies on Instagram they got a lot of love from you guys, so in my next mini shop update I will have some toadstool themed goodie boxes if you want to grab some bits and bobs of your own.