This time last year I was pulling all sorts of veggies out of my mom’s garden, pinching the tops of the tomato plants. The garden already had some small pumpkins! I sure miss that! This year, I’m making mushroom garlands. Mostly because the sizzling sun makes me crave a dark, rainy forest. And when I think of forests, I think of mushrooms and cabins in the rain.
This all started with the cutest pin on Pinterest, and that sent me over to TikTok to watch the whole video of the tiny mushrooms being sewn together. Here’s a fast link to the actual pattern. Beware, it opens as a pdf, so open it on whatever you’re printing from. Thanks to Art Gallery Fabrics for all of the inspiration and helping me get through the summer.
Can you find the mushrooms in this mess? Such a pretty pile! I pulled out all these “fall” fat quarters that I purchased on the shop hop my mom and I went on last October. I say fall in quotes because they are just random oranges and browns and other warm patterns that I thought coordinated nicely.
I’m surprised at how relatively quickly these mushrooms piece together. Stuffing the mushroom stems consumes most of the time. I used a chopstick for this part and to turn the pieces right side out. On a real mushroom, the stems are lighter than the cap, but these are artistic representations, so it doesn’t matter.
Here are some extra mushrooms waiting to be turned into a garland or whatever…
I tried to hang the garlands with washi tape attached to the shelf itself, like I do for my popsicle and heart garlands. However, I think they’re just a little too heavy. So I stuck a straight pin into the wall and wrapped the twine around it. The pins leave such tiny holes, no one will notice. Plus, the mushrooms turn sideways when the wall isn’t behind them. I think it looks cute.
I’ve added some fall props to the shelves, and my new candle is so useful already! I didn’t used to like the fall season because it meant winter was coming swiftly. The thought of the upcoming cold weather depressed me. I think scrapbooking the beauty of each season changed how I feel. Plus there’s nothing better than a Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte.
I’m away from crafty Instagram this month. On a break. I haven’t decided if I’ll update my bookstagram account or not. I think not…. I miss the serotonin boost of posting things I’m excited to have created, but I don’t miss how the constant and ongoing content feed made me feel. I am more peaceful than ever and I’m only on day 2. So, I’m posting here instead. <3, C