I am Learning Crochet!

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I hope you’re all doing well!

Monday comes way too early now that I work at my practicum site on Saturdays. I love having the opportunity to help out though. I worry about the teens being bored on the weekends without school or access to their friends or cell phones.

Besides work, I learned to crochet! I’m so proud of myself! At first, I tried it, and I honestly thought it was too hard for me. I just couldn’t seem to make my hands do what I needed them to do. But I gave it a couple of days, and when I tried again, I was able to make it work! The first thing I crocheted was Harry Potter from a kit my sister gifted me at Christmas.

He’s decent enough for a first try. I’m not sure how, but I ran out of the yarn for his pants, so I had to switch colors. I guess the kit didn’t have enough? Or maybe I messed up somewhere else. Who knows. His feet are terrible too. One of them is backwards. I was going to throw him away, but my husband insisted on keeping him for himself. Michael has named him “Scary Potter.”

“Scary Potter”

Since making Scary Potter, I’ve also learned to make clothing for my Calico Critters! First, I made a new outfit for Tulip LaPoodle:

Tulip LaPoodle in her new outfit

I also made this tiny crochet coffee mug for the babies to sit in:

Coffee mug

I really like the mug pattern. I see myself using it a lot in the future. I might not always add a face, but I can imagine some cute Christmas decorations and maybe a silly chair in a play room for the Calico Critters using this pattern.

I made this cute yellow dress for Cecelia Reindeer:

Her giant popsicle is from TinySugar on Etsy. I love buying from that shop. She has great molds, and her foods are cute and reasonably priced.

My favorite creation so far has been the tiny mushroom shirt I made for Ivy Red Panda:

Mushroom Shirt on Ivy

Oh, and this past weekend, I made some fruit dresses for the babies!

Fruit dresses

I love these fruit dresses so much. I didn’t find a free pattern for baby Calico Critters, so I had to make one up, and they both turned out really cute! I’m so happy with them!

I think I will write down the patterns I made up and post them for y’all since the internet seems to need free dress patterns for the babies!

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Olivia Maple’s Carriage Bed

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This will be a short post.

I made Olivia Maple a carriage bed for her bedroom! I used foam core, paint, fabric, and carriage-shaped wood cutouts.

Olivia’s bed

Here are some more pictures of it from other angles:

Olivia Maple is the one wearing a pink dress. I think she was wearing a different outfit when I bought her, but she’s royalty, so she gets a dress.

Her bedroom is unicorn-themed. I’ll have to take more pictures of it soon!

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Mrs. Polar Bear’s Hot Cocoa Stand

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Happy Friday! I hope you’re doing well today!

For years I’ve wanted to build a miniature hot cocoa stand for Mushroom Meadow, and I finally had the time to put it together this year. I love how it turned out!

Here is the whole thing:

Hot Cocoa Stand

More pictures of Mrs. Polar Bear’s Hot Cocoa stand:

I had so much fun putting it together, and I can’t believe how cute it is! On the day Mrs. Polar Bear debuted her stand, lots of friends in Mushroom Meadow showed up to try some cocoa.

Even my Strawberry Shortcake ornament made an appearance!

Strawberry Shortcake ornament

I really loved creating this little scene this year, and I almost don’t want to put the stand away when winter ends. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it though.

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Christmas in Mushroom Meadow Part 3

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Welcome to the third and final post of Christmas in Mushroom Meadow!

The Chiffon Dog Mushroom Café and apartment is always very lively at holidays, so I have a ton of pictures of it. Mushroom Café also has a new shelf for all its coffee mugs! I collect coffee mugs in miniature and in real life, so if you’re ever wondering what to get me as a gift, a mug will always make me happy!

Mug shelf in Mushroom Café

I always put out holiday-themed treats and coffee drinks in the café, and I love deciding which Calico Critters will be at the café. The café was selling gingerbread men, Christmas donuts, peppermint lattes, and reindeer cookies this year.

I embroidered the Christmas tree hanging on the café door. Upstairs, in the apartment, the Chiffon dog siblings made gingerbread men together.

Mrs. Chiffon loves decorating for holidays, so she did all the decorating for the apartment.

Mrs. Chiffon decorating the apartment

The Chiffon dog brother and sister also have cute Pokémon Christmas bedding in their room from CatzillasMinis on Etsy.

That’s all I have for the Mushroom Café and apartment. As you can see, the Chiffons work very hard, and their café is one of the best places to go in Mushroom Meadow.

Another exciting place to go in Mushroom Meadow is Mrs. Bear’s Bakery. Mrs. Bear and her wife, Mrs. Collie, and their three children live on the second floor of the bakery. Mrs. Bear bakes everything, and Mrs. Collie helps serve customers and watches the babies. Mrs. Bear made many Christmas treats this year.

Everything expect for the macarons were made out of polymer clay by me. Mrs. Collie read The Night Before Christmas to the babies on Christmas Eve.

Mrs. Collie and the babies

The upstairs was also decorated for Christmas. They really need a third stocking.

The Hedgehog family had a lovely Christmas buffet that featured a cake I made out of polymer clay. Mrs. Collie stopped by to show off a dress made for us by a lovely Instagram friend.

Last, but not least, the Winter house is always fun to decorate. I’ve been talking with Michael about fixing it up because when I first built it, I didn’t know a lot, and the house is unstable, and it’s splitting in places. I also made some ugly design choices in certain parts. We’re probably going to remodel it together in the next year or so. Here are pictures of their living room.

This is their dining room. I made the little advent calendar myself, and I’m really proud of it! I thought it would be much harder than it was.

The gingerbread house is from Amazon, but the Snowman mugs and cakes were made by me using polymer clay.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Mushroom Meadow decorated for Christmas!

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Christmas in Mushroom Meadow Part 2

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Thank you for coming back for part 2 of Christmas in Mushroom Meadow!

Christmas at the Otter House was delightful with their new toaster from Hallmark.

The hot cocoa and teapot were made by me out of polymer clay. I loved how well everything matched in the Otter kitchen.

The Otter living room had stockings and a Christmas tree. I’m better at sewing and working with felt now, so I want to remake the stockings, especially my mermaid stocking. I’m sure I can make a nicer one now.

The Strawberry Cottage is where Ivy Red Panda and her parents live, and I’m always very excited to decorate their house. Check out my Strawberry Cottage post to learn more about why it’s so important to me. The Red Pandas have the best tree in all of Mushroom Meadow. It was also the most expensive.

Red Panda Christmas Tree

I sewed the little tree rug myself. The Red Pandas also have cute stockings that I made using felt stickers and ribbon.

In their dining room, they have a Yule log cake with little mushrooms that I made out of polymer clay.

Here’s one more picture of the Red Panda living room, featuring a Christmas wood cutout gifted to me from a dear friend.

Red Panda living room

I also embroidered that little Christmas tree pillow.

Dr. Midnight and Dr. Oreo also got into the Christmas spirit in their laboratory. They experimented on some candy canes.

The Alpaca house got kind of neglected this year because there’s a table blocking it right now, but I did my best.

Their stockings really need to be redone, but I have been having such a hard time “finishing” cross stitch stockings. Tips are very welcome!

Mini Santa Suit

I usually decorate their tree with little beads and ribbon, but I just shoved it in there this year. I also struggled with the lighting in my pictures because of the table getting in my way. I’ll have to move their house or something.

Christmas Tree in the Alpaca house

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed seeing Mushroom Meadow!

Christmas In Mushroom Meadow Part 1

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I know it’s a little late, but I wanted to share all the Christmas decorations in Mushroom Meadow.

This will be split up into three posts because Mushroom Meadow had a lot going on this year!

First, I want to introduce the Maple Cat family’s new butler, Mr. Cheshire! I’ve loved the butler set for years, and I’m so happy to have it! And, of course, the Maple Cats are very glad to have their very own butler.

Mr. Cheshire, the Maple Cats’ new butler

Mr. Cheshire worked very hard on his Christmas baking for the Maple Cats.

The Maple Cat house was so much fun to decorate for Christmas too. Here’s the front:

King Maple in front of the Maple Cat house

I also decorated the stairs on the side of the Maple Cat house:

Stairs

Finally, the living room had a golden Christmas tree!

The Polar Bear family also got their house decorated for Christmas for the first time. Their igloo was built in time for Christmas last year, but I hadn’t finished the interior, so I didn’t decorate it.

Polar Bear upstairs

The bedding, bear, and stocking are all from CatzillasMinis on Etsy. I love her shop so much!

They were in the midst of wrapping presents when I photographed their downstairs decorations. The TV is a Christmas ornament from Target that I just love. It’s the perfect size, and it’s so cute!

Next is the Lavender house, where Emma Deer and her siblings and parents live. I have ended up with far too many deer babies, and I do not know where to put them all!

I made the cross stitch reindeer. I wish its red, sparkly nose showed up better in this picture!

They also have snowman cookies!

Baby deer mailing their letters to Santa!

Mailbox from Bunn1Toys on Etsy

This is a cute winter bear from CatzillasMinis:

Baby deer with bear wearing a scarf

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to decorate the Panda house, so all they got was this little tree.

Panda Christmas

I have high hopes for next year though because I do not plan to be recovering from surgery!

I hope you liked this post!

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Molly’s Jacket

So, one of my big projects this year was embroidering a jean jacket for my little sister. I stitched everything she loves onto it. It really did take me almost all year too. I started it in January 2021, and I finished it and got it mailed to her in early November.

Molly loves Taylor Swift, so there are a lot of Taylor Swift references on the jacket.

Quote from All Too Well by Taylor Swift

More Taylor Swift:

When Molly was little, I had a little fairy house. I would write letters and leave small gifts in it and tell Molly they were from the fairies. Molly believed in my fairies for so long. I was sad when she stopped. There’s a 7-year age difference between us, but we still had so much fun together.

Little fairies

Molly also loves Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy

Molly is creative like me, and she adores the seasons, so the back of her jacket is the four seasons.

Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring

This is the whole front of the jacket:

Front of Molly’s jacket

This was a fun and special project, and Molly really liked it!

Mushroom Meadow’s Halloween Fun!

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Happy Friday! I hope you’re doing well and feeling ready for the weekend.

Halloween is this Sunday, and I’m so excited!

Mushroom Meadow has a table entirely dedicated to their Halloween party.

Halloween Party

I gathered almost all of the pumpkins I’ve made, along with the ones from CatzillasMinis on Etsy, and I put them all around the giant pumpkin.

Those little balloons on the pumpkin cart are from a dear friend, and two of the three brooms are from CatzillasMinis. The big table in the middle was made by me, and the bridge, hay bales, baskets, white chairs and table, unicorn, black tree, and autumn leaves are all from Michaels craft store.

Little Witch

I made the witch’s hat and tutu in the picture above.

Plates from Elizabitzies

The amazing and adorable Halloween plates are from Elizabitzies on Etsy.

I love decorating tables. I don’t know why. I just find it so fun. The Jack Skellington cake and cauldrons are polymer clay, and I made them. I also made the pumpkins and the green candles.

Candy shop

I really should have made more face pumpkins this year.

Pumpkin with Lights

I put lights in my pumpkin too!

Yay spooky season!

Have a happy Halloween everyone!

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Halloween Decorations in Mushroom Meadow

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I hope you’re having a good week so far! I have a lot of homework to catch up on since I took last weekend off from schoolwork to take pictures with Michael and visit his grandparents. If I get all my work done before Friday, I can spend next Saturday playing with my Calico Critters in Mushroom Meadow!

Mushroom Meadow is all ready for Halloween this year! Below is a the pumpkin patch I set up for the Calico Critter babies. All the pumpkins were made by me using polymer clay. The Candy Shop is from Target, and the weird pumpkin man was from a dollar store in Houston. The pumpkin wagon is a Calico Critter accessory. I’m obsessed with the tomato baby next to the princess bunny. She has little tomatoes on her ears, and it’s just so cute!

Mushroom Meadow Pumpkin Patch

The Pandas’ home is always a little spooky, but they’ve added some glow-in-the-dark pumpkins to their living room to spice it up for Halloween. I used glow-in-the-dark polymer clay for these. I made a Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas using this clay as well, but Michael loves him, so he took him to his office before I could get any pictures.

The Chiffon children made sure to decorate their upstairs apartment of the Mushroom Café as well. The Chiffon house is one of my favorites. It was a really lucky Facebook Marketplace find for only $20!

Mushroom Café Upstairs

Below are some pictures of Mushroom Café. The pumpkin garland hanging on the inside was made for us by a wonderful friend.

Mrs. Giraffe purchased a fancy dress from our friend at CatzillasMinis on Etsy to wear in honor of this month. She looks very cute! I love the bag and other goodies that our friend included!

The Otters have special pumpkins to match the color scheme of their home. Also, yes, that is Baby Ghost hanging out with Cordelia! They had a great time together on Saturday. There’s going to be a party this weekend, and Cordelia is very excited!

Thank you for reading! I’ll be back on Friday with even more pictures of Mushroom Meadow!

Haunted House/Room Box

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I hope you’re doing well!

I used scrap wood, extra windows, and foam core to build a haunted house/ room box over the weekend!

Haunted House

I had a lot of fun wrecking it with paint and sandpaper to make it look as abandoned and decrepit as possible.

Haunted house – interior

I haven’t decided what to do with this house yet. I don’t think I’ll have anyone live in it, but maybe someone from Mushroom Meadow will stumble upon it and be scared. Or maybe it will be the location of one of Mushroom Meadow’s many Halloween parties.

The attic has a large barrel of poison, some rope, newspaper, and decorative lace in it. Someone tried to use newspaper to patch the holes in the roof–almost as though someone has been hanging out up there!

Haunted house attic

I used air dry clay and craft moss in this house too. I have a lot left over from when I built the fairytale house. I have a lot of stones left over too, so I surrounded the haunted house with them.

Haunted house interior

It was also nice to have a use for some of my broken things, like that window pan and the chair.

Overall, it was a fun weekend project, and I can’t wait to incorporate it into Mushroom Meadow somehow. I’ll probably include Baby Ghost since he’s a ghost, and this is a haunted house.

Thank you for reading! Have a great Wednesday!