23 August 2009
On saturday I had a stall at the local allotment: Elder stubbs. It went very well, the stall was set up beautifully and gave me an idea of which items sold, and how I could imprve on my ideas.Thanks to Rudi (eat your heart out) and Victoria (ABritish faerie) for making it all possible ....
10 August 2009
27 June 2009
I loved the idea of making tiny gardens , like bottle gardens but more faerie like! I used moss and alpine plants , and added a toadstool.....these are amazingly easy to keep, and don't take hardly any time to establish.Just spray ith a fine mist every week or two. With the lid on they retain the moisture ...perfect!
19 May 2009
My latest excuse for being creative, was to house the 'faerie teas'. Someone asked for three pieces , 'simillar but different! ' and a little more than a tea, but not as much as a faerie house....I came up with these 'faerie arbours'...somewhere to have tea and play with the faeries.....
10 May 2009
22 April 2009
I decided to make use ofthe old sink that had outgrown it's first use as a herb garden. I keep herbs by the back door, and the plants in the sink were always neglected.I decided to turn it into an alpine garden, which was surprisingly easy to do.I had already built up a collection of old stones and pebbles; and the garden had some gravel.I bought 2 plants from a garden center at £2.50 each and two more from a car boot sale at £1.50 each! So the whole thing cost less than £10 to make, since I used my own compost! Very good value don't you think?
13 April 2009
22 March 2009
The idea of a faerie house (or houses!) in the garden , was my daughter's and mine.Once Isis had begain to landscape areas of the garden suitable for that purpous, We could begin. Rudi, my other daughter, got her friend Vicky to help, as she is a real faerie, in that she has been to faerieworlds and other realms..... Vicky said it should be a very organic faerie house and although I agreed, I thought a few blobs of mortar wouldn't go a miss! It started with a paving slab, a few logs and grew from there.Hopefully it will keep growing, as more peices are found, and should be ready for the summer.Today has been a beautiful spring day, but even as I type, the wind is getting wilder! I really hope it's still there tomorrow!
2 March 2009
28 February 2009
Affleck's palace in Manchester is an Aladin's cave for people like me! I managed to find this teeny faerie tea set, which I have added to my collection. It is a Japanese version of a 'sylvanian family' set, which you can't buy here.Since I'm never likely to go to Japan, I am very pleased it found me!
21 February 2009
12 February 2009
11 February 2009
This is the house designed for my daughter's friend, Vicki. She loved faerie tales, so the bed has several matresses with a real pea under it (now a feature of all my houses) . As each one is different, this also has a washing line, with tiny faerie clothes! I left it unfurnished, as she and I often make furniture together, and she wanted to fill it herself.I have to say it's one of my favourite houses!
I then decided on a second one, this time in a different style.I chose some twigs and painted them a pearly white, dusted them with fine glitter powder and stuck old christmas type branches on the end.I then put to good use, the glass beaded faerie lights I had hoarded!
Attempted a chandelier recently.I tried to figure out a way of having twigs hanging down, with 'beautiful things' hanging from the branches.In the end I saw a cookie cutter sitting in the kitchen and instantly knew I had found the sollution! Ihot glued the twigs and some old tree roots around the cutter and suspended the whole thing with wire from a central light fitting.No need to worry about fire hazzards, as I use energy bulbs.
10 February 2009
Wanting to bring the outside indoors, I looked at making garlands of leaves and flowers. I made some leaves from felt, dredged them in sparkle, and they were ready to use in my display.I gathered twigs; dogwood for colour and others sprayed white for contrast.An archway was constructed using hooks( and tape!)...Then I could add my butterflies and faeries! Not satisfied, I then decided to bring my beautifuly shaped apple tree indoors.It had begain to die off, and wishing to preserve it's beautiful shape, I dug it up! My lovely sister had given me some gold and silver leaves,so I attatched the gold ones to my 'new' tree.Placed in a bucket of stones in a corner of my living room and housing four birds, a handmade nest, a dragon fly , a butterfly and several bejewelled apples it is a source of great wonder, and enchanting to look at!
A house filled with faerie magic, and treats would be a dream for any faerie...... From it's little pantry shelves and tiny cradles, to the swing in the garden and faerie dust room. I had always wanted to make one, and begain scowering local woodland and parks for twigs to build it. It really wasn't difficult, as it almost built itself! Several floors high, and using the things nature left us, it soon begain to take shape....now others have been made, sold and given as gifts, to people who really believe.........