Posts Tagged ‘toadstool’
I always feel funny looking at Christmas things before December – growing up, we always had a real, live cut Christmas tree, and we had to wait until mid December after my dad’s birthday before we could put it up. The wait was excruciating! Especially because growing up in Adelaide, the Christmas Pageant was always in the earlier half of November, and a lot of my school friends were allowed to put up their synthetic Christmas trees on that day. Never mind that a real Christmas tree would never survive a month in a hot Adelaide December – in my mind it was hugely unfair! Yet now, as an adult, i’m reluctant to get Christmas going too soon. I like to wait at least until december before our tinsel tree goes up – but that doesn’t stop me from keeping an eye out for cute seasonal items and shopping a little earlier! I am carrying on a family tradition of buying a new ornament each year, and this year, I’ll be choosing one of these gorgeous felt decorations from Pashom.
Pashom’s gorgeous range are made exclusively by a women’s co-operative in Kathmandu that employs over 80 women full-time and provides them with vocational skills enabling them to support their families. They are incredibly skilled in the art of felting, which is an intricate process of lathering wool and hot soapy water together and through moisture, heat and friction a unique and beautiful product is created. The wool is imported from New Zealand and is hand-dyed in Nepal using ecologically approved dyes. As there is little local demand for felt, this co-operative and its employees rely solely upon export for their livelihoods, so we are delighted to be able to contribute to their sustainability.
We are proud to share with you some our newest treasures from A Charlie Horse. Based in outer Melbourne, long-time knitter Nicola has created a range of magical handcrafted toys created almost entirely from natural materials. From her experience as a kindergarten teacher she has an insight into making durable toys that will spark imaginations for many years.
Pop in and visit her knitted and felted toadstools and fairies before they’re all whisked off to loving new homes!