Congratulations you have found what is known in German as “glücklicher pilz” or “gluckspilz” (which literally means “lucky mushroom”). These red-and-white speckled fungi are traditionally gifted and exchanged during the holiday season among those of German, Austrian and Slavic descent. They are often hung as an ornament, or used as decoration during Christmas time. Then in celebration of the New Year, the mushrooms are gifted to a close friend, or family member as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year.
Made in the spirit of this long-held tradition, Festive Fungi are hand-painted and made from upcycled corks. Just as in nature, each mushroom is unique and no two are the same. Perfect for decorating and gift giving, these lucky mushrooms are not only for Christmas time, they are also ideal year-round for wedding events, parties, and everyday home decor. However which way you choose to embrace Festive Fungi, may they bring you good luck and happiness!
Emily Quillen is a Rhode Island artist and graphic designer. Since 2008, Emily has designed and developed greeting cards, personalized invitations, stationery and event décor for a variety of commercial companies. Between varied art projects and commercial design work, Emily enjoys creating Festive Fungi.