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Advance warning...get comfortable as many photos will follow.
So.....you are probably wondering about this dog in the mailbox thing.
Well she is a dog and she did appear in my mailbox last week.
Let me introduce you to the newest addition to my ever growing Gretel Parker collection...
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Dolores, the knitting dog.
Is she not the cutest thing you have ever seen?
Be sure to click on my photos to get a closer look
This is what I received in the mail! Yeah...I had to taste the dark chocolate bar with ginger and orange...Fabulous!!!!
Her grumpy little face just makes me smile.
Dolores was created by taking a large ball of fluffy, raw wool roving and manipulating it into shape with a barbed needle. In simple term...the needle pushes the wool in but does not pull it out.
After about a million..trillion of these strategic pokes..you end up with this.
Is the poking easy....yes.
Is the artistry of being able to create these shapes and all this detail....Heck NO!
This is the work of a true master...yes Gretel, I'm talking about you my girl!
Seriously...look at those little pearl studded shoes, the knitting needles and the tiny knitting itself.
As the British are fond of saying...BRILLIANT!
Gretel is also an accomplished painter who's watercolors are whimsical and would be delightful in a child's bedroom. She sells her art in a beautiful Etsy shop
Dolores came across the pond with a little stowaway friend.
Gretel makes amazing stuffed animals also.
she keeps me company in my new kitchen
The best gift of all was a signed copy of Gretel's new children's pop up book.
Gretel spent all of last year working non stop on this book and all the needle felted sculptures that it is based on
Even the beautiful cover is in 3-D.
I am already lusting after that cupcake baking mouse!!!!!
This book is based on Gretel's needle felted creations. You will see them featured throughout the book.
My two boys would have had a great time playing 'I Spy' with all the 3-d detail in this book
More lusting happening here...that cat and those little needle felted bumblebees!
Just look at those pearls...I'm in love
I want to go to that tea party!
I won't spoil the story by showing you what Miss Kitty is pulling on that cord in her hand. You will have to buy Gretel's book.
Gretel is a wonderful writer and this children's book is perfect for young ones. The story is easy to understand and keep their attention. The characters and colors alone will make this a 'go to' book at bed time or any time.
And this sweet lady is Gretel..
Meeting Gretel is something I have placed on my 'Bucket List'. I feel as though we have already met even though thousands of miles are between us. Gretel lives in the Cotswolds, England...a very long swim from Virginia.
Attention, Product Disclaimer:
This review of Mrs Mouse's Cupcakes is my own opinion for which I HAVE been compensated for. I have been paid in friendship, admiration and a sprinkling of love.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.
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