Technically, this would be a Felt Food post but I really don't
donut shop, for instance. All the food in this frivolous post is
to save horses and unicorns from starving to death. If I've
learnt anything from being a mother, it is that children always
know best. Especially when it comes to nurturing. Who else
would make playdough noodles for Playmobil? Or painstakingly
cut tiny paper squares to feed paper fish? Or roll paper
bones for cuddly, polyester Spot/Fido/Whiskers?
Last summer, Emily raided the fridge for real baby carrots to
set in a bowl for her stick horse. She invited a neighbor over
to play and taught her to feed real food to toy pets. So when
I was planning the horses for Emily's school auction, she
reminded me that they needed food. And to make sure I got
the right information, she told me what horses ate.
So we made apples,
for the horses. (Emily wanted to make oats for them,
but I talked her out of it). And today she declared herself
Vegetable Girl and waltzed around the house with
her basket of harvested produce.
Horse food - check.
Now unicorn food was a different story altogether.
To begin, making Jewel was tricky on so many levels. For one,
unicorns don't have harnesses or bridles or reins or whatever.
They (as far as I remember) run free and aren't much keen on
people riding them, let alone keeping them in a
Small Girl Owners/BFFs are compatible at least in said
Small Girls' minds, so I thought it was safe to domesticate Jewel.
And then there was the issue of sustenance.
I mean, what do unicorns eat, if they eat at all? Moonbeams
and sunsets and rainbow glitter would have been my guess.
At any rate, Emily would know.
"Flowers," she told me.
So flowers it was.
Tulips, daffodils, daisies and bluebells
with florists' wire in their stems so they stand up
and make colorful bouquets
We packed all the edibles in bags
so whoever brings home a horse or unicorn won't be at a loss
for snack ideas for their new pet. Unless they have a Small Girl
at home running the show, of course.
Edited to add: These are not hard to make. But the felt stuff
is time-consuming because of all the small pieces that need
to be cut out. I didn't use patterns- I made them up. I had
a little help with the apples, though. I cut a real Honeycrisp
in half and traced around the cut surface. Then I cut that
half into thirds, skinned one of those segment and traced
the peel to make a pattern! (Yes, cheating, in other words).
But you can't go wrong with nature, can you?
See this post for a tutorial on the potatoes.