One of my favourite books that Father Christmas gave my daughter when she was little is
The Princess and the Pea - the Lauren Child version.
I had always known that one day I would make a Princess and the Pea bed.
Last December I thought I would make it in miniature for a wonderful friend of mine.
The bed was fun to make.
Hardest part was deciding what fabrics to use for the mattresses...as usual I just used what I could find at home - that's a challenge I like to set myself when making things!
There are twelve mattresses just like in the book.
I'm no doll maker...this little Princess was a huge challenge to make.
I wanted to give up several times but you know I'm not a quitter!!
I made her dress from a vintage handkerchief (Oh how I love vintage hankies!)
I searched the shops for a couple of weeks trying to find something suitable and affordable to make her hair from and then found the 'hairy wool' in a cupboard at home.
Liberty needle felted the perfect pea.
I found a tiny Lauren Child version of the book to give to my friend with her!!!
The Princess went to her new home on Christmas day...
(she was definitely hard to part with in the end)
My friend was thrilled!
If you haven't read the Lauren Child version you should go look for it.
It's a mesmerising re-telling of the story that makes it a pleasure to read for
adults and children alike.
And as for the pictures...it's all dollhouse miniatures and cardboard cut out perfection!
You're never too old for a good children's book!