Sunday, February 22, 2015

My First Fairy House

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(Artwork: Ida Rentoul Outhwaite)

"A lady, with whom I was riding in the forest, said to me that the woods always seemed to her to wait, as if the genii who inhabit them suspended their deeds until the wayfarer has passed onward: a thought which poetry has celebrated in the dance of the fairies, which breaks off on the approach of human feet."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


It's official. I have faeries on the brain!!!

Some call them Fae, some call them pixies or sprites or fairy folk...but I call them an amusing fascination.

And maybe (at times) even a bit of a nuisance, because ever since I built my first fairy house the other day my mind has not stop racing with ideas for more houses.

In lieu of reading Highland romance novels, or watching classic black-and-white movies like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir every night, instead I find myself hunched over the kitchen table with a glue gun in my hand and glitter pixie dust in my hair. While at the grocery store, I look at all the products lined up on the shelves in a whole new light.

That Quaker Oats box isn't just for housing oatmeal. Why, it's faerie-sized. Can't anyone else see that? The bristles on that broom aren't there merely for sweeping floors. I mean, come on! Clearly, it's thatching for a little roof. And what of these battery operated tea lights? Why am I picturing fairies dancing around the flickering flame?  photo scratch_zps3adfc319.gif

Ooh, campfire!

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I plan on making outdoor houses, too, but this one is for the indoors. Currently, I have it displayed inside the guest room. The guest room which, coincidentally, already has two little Flower Fairy decals on the walls.

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Because what's your first fairy house without a magic wand, and a frog prince needing a fairy's magical services?

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By the way, making this house introduced me to "Happy Accidents." See that tiny droplet of glue over the doorway? I decided not to get rid of it because it reminded me of a dew drop.

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It took days for me to find that little bird. I knew it was inside one of the bins in the barn, but I was so petrified of a snake(s) being in there that it took several attempts for me to gather the courage to look through the bins really well.

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I do wish it was visible in the photos, but I sprayed a small amount of "fairy dust" on the log bench. (It's a sparkle spray).

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I hope she doesn't mind the house not being furnished.

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I was so happy to find those little tinkling bells! My grandmother gave those to me, along with a few other miniatures a while back. All I did to them was paint them silver. Easy peasy!

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Because when in a hurry fairies prefer to just fly inside key holes.

Not to mention Fairy Fact No. 1: Closing a door can be tricky when you have gossamer wings to protect!

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I didn't like the brightness of the sign, so I tried to make it look a little more natural by dry brushing some 'Burnt Umber' paint over it.

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I tried using natural materials whenever I could. Luckily, that isn't much of a problem where I live.

The only man-made items I used were: flooring, frog prince, welcome sign, keyhole, the tiny star for the wand, and flowers. (And the flowers I used I wanted to look as natural as possible).

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The campfire is made from a flickering tea light. Here's a quick video that I took of it:

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And that's it. My very first fairy house, which I'm surprised to say I'm actually pretty proud of. I do wish I had decorated the inside... (all I put in was the floor)... but other than that I'm content.

I learned a few things in the process of building it, but most importantly I learned that with fairy houses the term "mistake" doesn't apply. When something isn't going as planned, it's time to discard that plan and just go with the flow. (Psst, I have the sneaking suspicion that if you take it all too seriously, the end result of your fairy house won't be anything that a fairy would want to be a part of anyway. I think the ENERGY you put into it is the main draw). If you're not having fun, you might as well walk away.

What I loved the most about this project - and I cannot stress this enough - was the fact that a fairy house is supposed to be a reflection of the natural world. There are no right angles or perfect lines in nature. There's color, and texture, and even character... so whenever I hit a roadblock in the building of my house, I just tossed some moss or over it and moved on.

Okay, I think that's enough rambling from me. BUT--

Word has it that in wintertime the fairies like to curl up inside the heart of a tree and fall into a calming sleep. Winter will be over in no time (insert crying jag), so if you believe in those legends you might want to keep an eye out for them in the forests. They should be waking up soon.

And watch where you step!


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DIY Show Off / Brag About It / Inspire Me Monday / Show and Share Tuesday / Wow Us Wednesday / What to Do Weekends / Craftberry Bush / Show and Tell Friday / Flaunt It Friday / Show and Tell Saturday / Shabby Art Boutique / French Country Cottage

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  1. Your fairy house is just wonderful. I'll bet you had the most fun making it too.

  2. Oooh! I love it! The natural aspects of a fairy house are really freeing- you are totally right! It turned out beautiful. And the little bell is so fairy perfect! I replied to your comment on my blog under your comment. I don't want to spam you here! LOL! By the way, I don't like many rules when I build my dollhouses either. I like to do what the house tells me it wants. And not much measured. It's all by eye for that vintage look. You have to have fun or it's called work! :D

  3. What an adorable little house and it seems very fitting for a woodland fairy! I enjoyed reading about every aspect of this little beauty! Thank you so much for sharing on the Brag About It link party!

  4. This is such a unique post.

    Have a nice weekend

  5. Oh my gosh this is so incredibly awesome and creative!!

  6. OMG. This is so CUTE. Thank you for sharing and we are featuring your fairy house as well as pinning to Pinterest and sharing on all social media. This is just gorgeous. Linda @ Crafts a la Mode

    1. Thanks, Linda! Words can't express how delighted I am to hear that. Thank you so much!

  7. I LOVE the feel of your fairy house! It's one of the nicer one's I've seen. I'm posting it on all my social spots and on reddit. I bet those folks will love it!

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment, Nancy. My blog isn't well-known, so I appreciate you sharing it.

  8. Thanks, everybody! It really was a lot of fun to create. Currently, I'm working on a fairy tree and have already made two fairy doors. Well, one fairy door I made from scratch and the other I purchased pre-made from Hobby Lobby. All I had to do with that one was paint and decorate it.

    Oddly enough, the one I created from scratch was a lot easier to work with!

  9. Hi Kristin! You mentioned the Tim Holtz lantern on my blog. I had to hide the battery pack under my house when I used it. I built up the house on a foundation to have the room for those batteries. But maybe you can even put them under the moss. It will look so beautiful with lights!

    1. My fairy tree is paper mache, so it started out tricky. The roof is removable, so I'm just going to hide the battery pack there. My only roadblock has been hanging the lantern beneath the roof, because I can't use a nail or anything like that. (The roof is made from cardboard). What I think I'll do is find an old ornament hook and use that. I really want the lantern to be removable in order to change the batteries easily. I think it'll turn out fine, but I definitely made it harder on myself by forgetting I even had that little lantern. It would have been easier had I planned for that ahead of time. And that's a great idea about building the house on a foundation to hide the battery packs. I never would have thought of that!

  10. Love your ingenious fairy house! What a delightful bit of natural artwork! Love the campfire especially! So well done! The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote was so great, also. You would love the baby quilt I am has panels of embroidered Scottish fairy tales. I'll be posting it in a couple of months when it is done!

    1. That sounds like it's going to be one beautiful baby quilt. Unique, too. I'm a sucker for anything Scottish and storybook-ish, so I can't wait to see it!

  11. The Fairy house is adorable! Love the little bells and the frog that you added too!


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