My sister-in-law Kate gave Hazel the most gorgeous present for Christmas (well one amongst many amazing things she gave!) A giant matchbox:
Which opens to:
A tiny mouse! It's made by a Danish company called Maileg, who I'd never heard of before, though heaps of places carry their stuff so I'm just a bit late onto the bandwagon is all :)
The mouse really is gorgeous, and comes dressed in a wee red skirt and there's a ticking mattress and pillow, and a small knitted blanket to keep her snug in her matchbox.
I tried for the retro Hipstamatic look with these photos but ended up with a weird green cast so it wasn't entirely successful! I don't have Photoshop on my new computer yet so am stuck with what iPhoto and Picnic can do, which in this case isn't much!
Some of Maileg's stuff is very reminiscent of patterns in the various Scandinavian books that have come out recently, the Tomte that they sell are almost identical to a pattern in Scandinavian Stitches, which I'm picking up from the library on Monday. Woot!
The whole set-up reminds me very much of the tiny little doll in The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll, there is something about beds in matchboxes! It's such a great book, one of my childhood favourites I've recently rediscovered by chance and Hazel loves it too. The mouse is also reminiscent of the Jofus and Lally mouse pattern.