Last year I made my daughter a playmat with some posable felted characters & a plantable veggie garden, seen here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221517.msg2389270#msg2389270
The playmat idea was inspired by a thread on another forum & this particular playmathttp://growinginpeace.wordpress.com/handmade-love/
& then this blog http://soozs.blogspot.com/2007/10/everything-in-its-place.html
That playmat had many, many hours of play (I logged a few, as well). I knew I wanted to make her a water themed mat & this challenge bumped up my project... I started with the mermaid, which is needle felted wool over wire with doll fabric over her body
next, the octopus which was based on the one from Wild & Wonderful Fleece Animals
by Linda Carr
The seahorse was my favorite & will surely be improved upon. It's a felted sweater which was machine sewn into the basic form, then needle felted... it is somewhat posable but the sweater was too bulky. All of the details are going to be worked on, I love needlefelting.
The seaweed is various scraps. Most of this was salvaged from scraps of all of my first projects,there's a lot of reminiscing in here. I know I want to add more before I give it to her on the solstice, and once I see her playing with it, I'm sure I'll have even more ideas. It's also versatile, she also has a collection of whales & other sea animals sized just right for it, as well as a commercially made pirate ship/pirates(shown). My daughter also has a collection of shells that she'll have fun running up the coasts & & rocks, too... I love this. I'm working on something for the land side, too.
I'm such a poser
What do you think she hears?
It's very easy to pick up your whole scene quickly, even tying it off to contain the little stuff.
I have more to say but am running out of time. Admittedly, I'm a techno dope so posting this has taken far too long. I'm using new camera/software so I am really looped out. Next deadline is approaching, last minute trip TO the gulfcoast which is not the breeze it was before chil'ren. Bleary eyed & signing off!