Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Creative Space

One day soon, little hands will help small people climb up high in these branches,



show animals (and let's be honest, probably trains too!) that they can play and rest in the shade,



and help dragons and dinosaurs reach up to munch on the leaves to fill their bellies,



and I look forward to sometimes sitting back and watching the adventures, and sometimes being part of them.

This thrifted woollen blanket is going to be a playmat for my kids. The plan is to dry-felt a river and make trees and rocks and flowers and hills and lots of things the kids can move about and set up in whichever way they want.


I started with this tree. It is made using beautiful felt that I got from a new online shop, Me & Ewe. It is 100% wool and hand-dyed.... by my sister. She's taken a big jump into her own business and I'd love you to stop by and check out the gorgeous pure wool felt she has... and to say hi to my taller-but-she's-still-little sister!

For other spaces full of creative goodness, Kirsty's got the list!

53 comments:

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I lovethe tree !!!! I have an older shorter sister too!

Kirsty said...

I love the tree too & I've just come from your sis. Good on her & good on you too.

Tammy James said...

Oh Nikki!! its stunning your plan sounds glorious I can't wait to see it all unfold! I will definite check out the felt too I have been looking for some pure wool felt! Thanks.

Jennie said...

Wow, i thought that was a real branch then! Brilliant!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Oooh - you've done it. I have been looking forward to seeing your tree ... and of course its totally fabulous, you clever thing! The blanket finished blanket is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see.

(PS. I have a theory that all younger sisters are taller ... mine is 4 inches taller than me!)

Tracey said...

wow it looks great, awesome stuff.

michelle said...

just visited your sister. who knew!
love the tree and the playmat idea and especially the post. you always make me smile Nikki and always reinforce to me what a great job being a mum is. thanks

Sarah said...

Brilliant idea and the tree is beautiful. Such a lovely post, I like a bit of make believe and fairytale...

Angie said...

The tree is fantastic....so much future fun to be had there.

My son has been after a farm-play-mat for ages now, I should get going on it....but I wouldn't even know where to start with making a tree like yours!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

this tree is seriously good IRL ... your plans are so amazing i can hardly wait to see it finished.

Liesl .. lots of younger sisters are taller but I have two younger sisters who are both shorter: one by half a head and the youngest to my shoulders. But my youngest daughter is shorter than her sister! go figure.

Becky said...

My little is a taller than, but younger one too. Love the tree :)

Lauren said...

How gorgeous. I've got a playmat in mind for little owlet too. Yours sounds beautiful. x

Tania said...

Having seen that tree and the felt up close, I so know your Sis does a SUPERB job - no fear she'll have orders from me (once I can stomach another felty sandwich)...

Stephanie and Carlos said...

It's just a gift when we can see into the future!! I like it a lot and the river is just the beginning of all the fun times ahead. I bet you are just itching to drive a train into the branches... you know you do!!

xo Steph

Kirsten said...

What a beautiful tree! I can just imagine how exited those little hands will be to play with the tree and it's lovely accessories.

clare's craftroom said...

That tree is amazing ! I have a younger taller sister , maybe there should be a club ?

Kylie said...

I just love your tree. I think your kids must be the luckiest ducks in the universe :) K

CC said...

So lovely, Nikki. Can't wait to see the rest.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

What a sensational play mat that will be. You know as soon as I started reading this I thought of Me&Ewe’s felt (I have just dropped by her space) The green that has just come out of the pot will be great if you want to make a spring time tree!

Kristi said...

I love your idea for the playmat. I think that tree is the perfect start. I must go and look into this shop.

Melanie said...

I love it and the whole idea of what you are making. I can imagine the fun to be had in your hand made felt world.

Leonie Guld said...

Oh...that tree is good..really good... in fact!!

One Flew Over said...

Heading over to your sis..right.now.

Cute as Buttons said...

You are such a clever girl and creative mother! My little sister is also of the taller variety! Thanks for the felt tip off. Lisa x

74 Lime Lane said...

i've just come from your sister's too!
this is such a great and creative idea ~ and sounds like a whole lot of fun for little {and big} kids

teddybearswednesday said...

I'M SO IN LOVE WITH YOUR TREE!!! It's utterly BEAUTIFUL!!! You are sooooo clever!

Christina said...

Whenever I read you posts I am always filled with awe and excitement at your projects! What a fun and fantastic idea Nikki. Can't wait to see more! :)

Rosalind said...

That's awesome! I can imagine the kids would LOVE their playmat - beats cartoon characters anyday!

Jetta's Nest said...

Love this tree...the shape and textures are just perfect!

claribell said...

your chickadees are going to have so much fun. they are lucky to have such a telented mama

june at noon said...

Such a GREAT idea! My daughter would be in love with this. I now have way too many things on my list of things to make for her! ;)

Kylie said...

The tree looks great - yay or your sister -thanks for the link off to check it out now. Amelia's kinder want to make a fairy garden and I am thinking of making them some toad stools etc.

Leah said...

Perfect timing for me I want to make a felt ABC book. Im in love with your tree!

Ooty said...

I love the tree, so beautiful!
My little sister is taller than me as well... actually everyone in my family is taller than me =D not much of a challange

Tracey said...

fabulous idea! Would love to see the finished product

Michelle said...

Your tree is amzing - can't wait to see the finished playmat.

Off to check out your sister now

yardage girl said...

Great idea with the blanket - the tree is cool - looking forward to seeing it finished. Your sisters blog and shop are brill! Nic

trixi said...

LOVE you play mat idea...and the colour of the blanket...and your tree...

PS Now that it's Autumn do we see a new header?

Cindy said...

Oh my - LOVE - any chance of adoption as your little ones get all the great stuff. the felt looks divine too

craftschmaft said...

Ha ha... I have a taller- but-she's-still-little sister too! Love, love, love the tree.

Nikki you brighten my day so I'm passing on the sunshine awad - don't feel you have to particpate if awards aren't your thing but here it is for you.

http://wp.me/p7l1M-mg

Sally said...

I'm a tree hugger... just thought you should know because I would certainly be hugging your lovely tree made of felty goodness if I popped by.

Miss Muggins said...

What a truly brilliant and inspired creation. Your children will have years of fun developing their imaginations.

Happydacks said...

What a great project, the tree is just fantastic, I can just imagine the felted river on that lovely old blankie - it will be brilliant!
P.S. The doll re-vamp was excellent.

dillpickle said...

I can't wait to see all of the bits together once you're done! If the tree's anything to go by, it will be a very cool playset!

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Oh how completely gorgeous! You have me all swept up in the Land of Felt. I know just how important it is for dinosaurs and dragons to have good nutrition, I say that as my resident dinos snooze under the paper tray of my printer having had a delicious crayon dinner. : )

Kate said...

Its all gorgeous! The tree and the plans for the playmat and the fact that your sister dyed the felt. Love it all. Lucky kids you have. X

Pippi creates said...

What an awesome tree. And the entire project sounds very inspiring! I'll bookmark your sister's shop and look forward to checking it out some time.

ecoMILF said...

Would you believe I've had this page bookmarked for over a week now because I just had to say (as soon as I got around to it) how gorgeous that felt tree is! Love it! xo m.

Tricia said...

I'm in love!!! What a gorgeous tree. I'm looking forward to seeing the whole play mat - what a great idea!

Good luck to yor sister. Off to check out her store now.

Linda said...

what a fabulous creation this will be and the tree is already amazing!! it sounds like it will be a wonderland, I have already popped into Me and Ewe and wanted soooo many things, now I know it's your sister's business! what a small world. Once the little spending spree I have had lately on some crafty supplies and dvds is well, kind of forgotten, I will pop back and buy some goodies

Sandrine said...

What a beautiful tree Nikki and a great idea for play time.Trudi shop is looking wonderful, I am sure it will be a great journey! x

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Nice one Sister! I've had a similar tree (in my head) for ages - seeing yours has inspired more imaginings and machinations. My play rug in still in rug form.....one day soon I will get moving.. Just gorgeous Nik - love it loads. P

Treacle Beak said...

Gorgeous tree, Nik. I can just see Thomas and Chuggington rolling their way out to the end of the branches. Looking forward to seeing the playmat.