A Tiny Giraffe

my_giraffe_090813_01I have a ‘thing’ for giraffes, I’m not quite sure why…

In my earliest childhood when I was first discovering animals – and I couldn’t quite believe just how many species there were; as soon as I ‘discovered’ one and thought that was it, up popped another one! It made me dizzy with excitement! – I remember being fascinated at a photograph of a giraffe. As with all animals I studied it: the animal had spotty, patchy markings and a very long neck! How unusual that was, I thought. And beautiful. I drew them for a long while.

my_giraffe_090813_03In Africa they are a symbol for love.

I made my little giraffe out of felt, embroidery threads for stitching together and green mane, real onyx beads for eyes, and sequins for the patches. He is stuffed with safe polyester toy stuffing and his felt skin is worked over a pipe-cleaner frame to give him some structure…to stop him from falling over. Perfect he isn’t: the pattern I designed isn’t quite right and his little tail is a little inverted… but he is unique as giraffes are and I love him.


If you’re looking for a good book, Tears of the Giraffe, a book from the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the warm, so-human and humourful series written by Alexander McCall Smith is a wonderful read.

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An Owl, A Gargoyle, And A Christmas Garland


A quicky post 😉 showing just a couple of the things I designed, crafted, painted and sewed over the Christmas period.

Above is the Owl Cushion I made for my mum. This was one of her Christmas presents. The inspiration came from noticing an abundance of smallish, flatish owl cushions on the ‘net…I said to myself, wouldn’t that be fun to make!

Mum loves this colourful cushion – and it was loads of fun to make.


Above: The Gargoyle I designed and made out of polymer clay, painted with acrylic paints and finished in a glossy varnish. This little fellow was one of the Christmas gifts I gave to my fiance.

Gargoyles are said to offer protection against evil spirits – despite their un-pretty appearance! But I think this one is rather cute, don’t you?

I will be adding the other photos I took of the Gargoyle to another post, which shows different angles 😮


Above: the Christmas Garland I made. The wonderful shapes of the robin, reindeer and snowflake are pre-cut-out plywood shapes bought from a seller on ebay. There are many others (it was difficult to choose!). I painted the shapes before hanging them via paperclips on a green organza ribbon, that was strung across the fireplace.


And now we have spring with Easter on the horizon! I wonder what crafts that will bring? 😉


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Sox, A Stripey Bug

Do you like her?

Sox is made with polymer clay and painted with best quality Windsor & Newton acrylic paints. Real black onyx eyes and other genuine gemstones (jade) for the ends of the copper wire antenae. Glow-in-the-dark fimo spots on her wings. Sealed with gloss. Smiling, she sits on a piece of felt. She stands about 9cm tall, including the height of her antenae.

Sox is not a toy, but an ornament.

I made her for a friend’s daughter so she isn’t for sale. But if you would like one, especially commissioned for you – colours can be chosen! – do get in touch –

mushroompeople @stephaniefaith .net

(Remembering to close the spaces).

Each bug is different, a one of a kind (OOAK), sculptured without use of moulds – each one is therefore unique and cannot be exactly replicated. Your Bug will arrive safely and beautifully packed in a sturdy box with bubble wrap, and a decorative bag. I ship to most countries. Please allow a month for completion. £20. plus shipping.


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Meet the Mushroom People

Wow. I cannot believe how long it has been since I’ve properly blogged. Which includes neglecting my beloved i love flower beetles blog.

There’s a lot of content I have that I’d like to add, related to gardening and creating things.

The world is built on dreams!My latest project is creating sculptures from polymer clay and then painting them with professional quality acrylic paints (Windsor + Newton). I’ve sculpted before with Fimo and other hobby clays but never made creatures like this…meaning the effort, care and time being put into them, the attention to detail, the extra embellishments such as sparkly mica powders, genuine swarovski gems, wire-work, steampunk cogs, glow-in-the-dark Fimo and textile pieces such as felt flowers… Also, the scale of some of the work is larger, such as the Steampunk Seahorse (photo to follow!)

Deep within the woods of England – and no doubt beyond – hidden from ordinary eyes are the Mushroom People. They are a quiet folk, simple in their ways, ever watchful and optimistic. However in their gentleness, there is a vanity about them – for each and every one – finds profound pride and unfoundering pleasure in their majestic hats. Mere mortal, never make the mistake of stealing a mushroom their hat!

Millinery Magnifico!

Millinery Magnifico!

Let me introduce – – –

Trio of the Mushroom People

Sparkle of the Mushroom People

MoonWatcher of the Mushroom People

By day, the happy-go-lucky Trio sit at their favourite mossy place by the bubbling brook. They watch the dance of the dragonflies, the lively family of shrews that home in the embankment, the birds and rabbits and others that drink from and bathe in the water, and the escapades of the fairies… The sunlight poking through the thick trees hits the water so that the brook sparkles as it bubbles. By night whilst you and I – and indeed they – sleep, the spots on their hats glow in the dark.

Sparkle is a cheeky little fellow. His mother’s love of gems are probably the fault of that…she decorates her children’s hats with costly jewels, and of course being such a madame mushroom herself, adorns her own hat with them too. She glitters and glides about the wood neglecting to reprimand her naughty mushroom offspring. So it’s no wonder Sparkle gets up to mischief. Don’t misunderstand me, he’s a rascal, but he’s cute too.

MoonWatcher is such a romantic! Whilst the majority sleep – except for the bats and the owls and the moths and the millipedes and the beetles and the really badly behaved fairy folk – she watches the moon. Most people star-gaze, but MoonWatcher says there’s only one moon and it should – 2nd to her big and beautiful hat – be revered.

These Mushroom People will be soon available for sale.

Each one is a OOAK (one of a kind) which means there will never ever be another exactly the same. No moulds used, sculptured by hand, each a unique personality. More info regarding details and sale will be blogged a little later.

You can always email me of your interest though, at contact@ stephaniefaith.net (remembering to close the spaces). Subject line ‘Mushroom People’ helps evade the virtual dustbin of the spam folder.

Please share this post – and – thank you for dropping by 🙂


Copyright SteffNouveau 2012