Monday, April 6, 2015

Toad Stall, Fly Agarics and GIVEAWAY!

Hi all. I know I did a post yesterday but I told you I was excited about this project.
Last night I did a cardboard mock-up of Toad Stall. I won't build the real Toad Stall until I have a feel for whether this size is going to be big enough for everything I come up with for the stall. I also have to decide whether I will add some landscaping around it. I will probably raise it off the ground and add a few steps to start with. In the meantime as I work through this project you will just have to imagine this mock-up is a rustic shambolic dilapidated cabin in a woodland environment! Of course I have no idea how I am going to create that look yet - luckily we live these days with a thing called the internet and I am hoping I will find a lot of handy tutorials on-line.

Birgit of Bi Wu Baren on the Blog made a comment on yesterday's blog post saying "Don't forget about fly agarics!" Do you know what fly agarics are? I didn't. Once again I am thankful for the internet which informs me that "Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric is... the quintessential toadstool...large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture". Thanks Birgit - I love learning new things.
Birgit also commented with reference to 'Toad' - he must have a name! That I had already thought of. I had decided I would open it up for my blog readers to give Toad a name. While Toad has not been created yet I think it would be nice for him to own a name when he arrives. He will be a dressed character toad so put your thinking caps on and give poor Toad a name.
The person who submits the name I choose will be able to choose from some of the items for sale at Toad's stall - I promise there will be some goodies to choose from before closing date of 8.00 am Sunday 3 May (New Zealand time). Hopefully I will also reveal Toad on that date.

Conditions of the Giveaway are to be a follower of my blog and to just have fun with your imaginations!
Just as a teaser of what may be available to choose from, some of the things I have in mind are: toadstool planters such as the one pictured below; jars of honey and swamp-water ale; fungi bouquets; woodland wreaths, pictures, mobiles, little shadow-boxes with fungi set in them, baking and all sorts of 'found' containers and items planted with fungi and other woodland finds.
I look forward to hearing any name or names you suggest for Toad and any ideas you have for items for the stall.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend everyone. I'm off to make some fungi!


  1. Feliz Páscoa!!
    Vou pensar em um bom nome para a loja e depois eu escrevo para você. ;)
    Um grande abraço.

  2. Hi Eliana. I am so glad you will participate. Just to clarify it is a name for the toad I want, not for the stall. Have fun.

  3. Buenos días y felices Pascuas, los sapos son muy de cuentos, príncipes convertidos en sapos por las maldiciones de las brujas....mi nombre para el sapo GUSTAVO
    Subo el enlace a mi blog para que tenga una larga lista de nombres para elegir.
    Un abrazo

  4. La cabaña va estupenda y un poco de jardinería me encantará, la naturaleza es vida.
    Un abrazo

  5. I like your work every time. This project will be nice. I can imagine it on a little hill surrounded by trees, bushes and mushrooms. I’m excited how it will go on.
    A name for the toad is not in my head. It’s not easy for me to picture it. So I will keep on being a quiet beholder :0)

    Have a nice time

    Oh yeah! There are also no snowdrops at my place these days. Alas, I had no time to make e new wallpaper for my blog. :0)

  6. Hi Sharee! What a splendid idea to let us do the thinking of a name for your Toad :D!
    I was thinking of Roger (of Roger Glover), I loved that song and the video at that time :)!
    I'll put the link on my blog, but because I recently won quite some giveaways, I won't participate in your giveaway.
    Your toad stall has a great start so far.
    Have a nice Easter holiday!
    Hugs, Ilona

  7. Esta cabaña promete, se ve hermosa! Yo propongo para tu sapo el nombre de Darwin, ya que es elegante y es el nombre de mi cachorro. Un abrazo

  8. I like your stall. The name for your Toad: Phil.
    I put he link of your giveaway on my blog.

  9. This is just the mock up? It looks great! I like the idea of this project. I suggest HH as the frogs name short for Hippity Hop!

  10. This project starts to be intriguing. As for a name why not a simple Toddy.
    Hugs, Drora

  11. I'm already in love with your project - what a wonderful building this is going to be. Jane's hutch looks just perfect in the place you're creating for it. And I'm really flattered that my comment gave you some inspiration - what a lovely idea for a giveaway. There are already some good suggestions for Mr. Toad... hmmm... let's see... In my opinion Toad needs a name with an alliteration in it... so I suggest his name is Tiberius T. Toad. The T. stands for Titus, the name of his granfather, a famous toad hero who escaped from a stork's beak once... oops... I got carried away... *grin*. Anyway, his friends might call him Tibs... I'm really looking forward to seeing more... and more!


  12. As for names from me; Theodore/ Thadeus or Tobias Toad...
    Or maybe Johnny Longlegs ;)
    Hugs, Irina

  13. Hi Sharee! What a great project and so many suggestions for a name already. I've just visited a place in Arizona state, that is called Toadstool (sandstone formation).I really like the name that Birgit gives. Between us, that girl is full of great ideas and knowledge when it comes to wonderland world and magic. Following the process of building with big interest! Good luck! Mini hugs, Natalia

  14. Hello. The name for your toad Irwin or Toby ;-)
    Greetings ;-)

  15. Hmm...I'm thinking Roderick. :D

  16. Hi Sharee, I love fly agarics, I just didn't know what they were called. ;-) What a fun idea for a giveaway. I submit the name "Wembley." It just sounds right for a toad. :-) Looking forward to seeing more of your neat project. xo Jennifer

  17. I am drawn to Telly vonToad. Regal but fun!

  18. Didn't know the English name for fly agarics, but I've seen a lot out in the woods here, I'm almost afraid they will jump me, just because I know they are dangerous to eat =)
    First thing that came up in my mind hearing Toad needed a name was Todd =) But my imaginations aren't the best.. But I'd say Todd Toad =)

  19. Привет Sharee!
    Я бы назвала жаба Тодд! Вы сделали прекрасную работу. Ваши грибы смотрятся удивительно!

  20. What a wonderful giveaway, please count me in! Your link is on my blog. Hugs, Melli

    1. Thanks Melli. Have you got a suggestion for a name for toad?

  21. Wonderful project I will be following this with lots of interest as I am also doing a woodland house though mine is for a witch :))) I would love to join your giveaway I am not great with thinking up names but here goes Albert. The hutch looks amazing in your stall.
    Hugs Maria

  22. me gustaria participar en tu sorteo , lo pongo en mi blog



  23. La escena va a quedar preciosa y sapo estará muy feliz en ella. Me encantaría participar en tu sorteo, y el nombre que me gustaría para él, podría ser Tibs, como dice Birgitt...Un beso

  24. I like your work!! I think...... the name for Toad: Teodosio, roman emperor.
    Thanks for this opportunity I put the link of your giveaway on my blog.

  25. Congratulations for your work and thanks for your giveaway. I'd love to take part in it and be the winner! hahaha. iThe name I suggest is EDER. It's the translation of "beautiful, nice" in Basque , a language spoken in the Basque Country in the North of Spain. Hugs

  26. Mr. Tibbir (Ribbit spelled backwards) :) I can't wait to see this stall all done. This is a brilliant project!