Heidi’s Fairy Mushroom Cottage

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And now for something completely different.

 

This is Heidi…

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And this is Heidi’s cottage in southern Finland.

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Heidi is an artist, a mother of two young children, and a forest sprite at heart. One day, she decided to build herself a magical little mushroom hut. This is the result:

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Heidi named her cottage Elaman Puu which means ‘Tree of Life’. She built it over a period of about three years using natural building techniques, like cordwood and¬†cob construction.

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With a little help from her son and her father, Heidi now has one impish little mound to call her own.

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The tiny cob cottage has a living roof which Heidi tends to in the summer months.

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Have a look at what she did with the inside of the hut…

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I told you she was an artist! You can check out some of Heidi’s work on her Etsy page.

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In Heidi’s own words, here is how she came to build her cottage:

 

My cottage is full of my heart and soul, my principles, creativity and personality. I built the cottage on the land where I spent my childhood, watching the flora and fauna of the forest next to it. To dig up the ground and then mould it back into the cottage walls; just to be able to sit inside that and smell the earth, which felt my footsteps as a child, is simply magical.

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image from: cobdreams.blogspot.co.uk

Heidi is living the dream, or perhaps I should say, the fairytale.

All hail the kindred spirits of the forests!

 

Check out the links below to learn more about Heidi and her little mushroom hut:

cobdreams.blogspot.co.uk

www.heidivilkman.com

naturalhomes.org/heidi-update

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