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Yes, this is where we live - as close to paradise as one can get!

I blog about all the good things in my life - family (1 husband, 2 grown children and a beautiful grandson, Harper, born on 8 Nov. 2010), making miniature gardens, cardmaking, stamping and other papercrafts, sewing, beading, jewellery and other crafts, our beloved cats (currently 4), pet pigs and sheep, the birds and wild things around us, our garden and what we grow, and how lucky we are to live on our 14 acre little itsy bitsy farm in beautiful New Zealand.
If you are a miniature or fairy garden enthusiast, like I am, please visit my Facebook page, Away With The Fairies, for ideas and inspiration.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For the birds . . .

Thanks to the Assistant Elf for cutting and painting these birdhouses for me.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You've got mail!

Here are 2 new fairy mailboxes I finished yesterday, complete with "mail", as the previous one I made had no mail in it and the fairies complained!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Lady bugs

I was making mini mushrooms with red polymer clay today, and decided to try a few little Lady Bugs while I had the clay handy.  These are just rolled balls of clay, flattened and painted using a black Sharpie marker and white gel pen for the eyes.  Sometimes when making a little garden I find I need just a splash of colour somewhere, and these little bugs will be perfect for that.
 
 

Forest love

We are so lucky to have a 2 acre little forest here on our property


where I collect wonderful branches, twigs, seed pods, lichen, cones and other treasures that Mother Nature discards, and I "recycle" them in different ways in my little gardens.  Here are a few fallen branches I found a few days ago, which have been cut into 6" approx/15 cm lengths for houses (by my faithful Elf/DH!).
If you check the red mug in the post below you can see one of them that I've already made into a house, and another one with a blue door in the wire basket garden.  I love the different barks, textures and knobbly bits on them.  They add such amazing visual impact and dimension.

My new creations from the past few days . . .

If you're a fan of miniature and fairy gardens, and all the accessories that can be made or found to go with them, please check my FB page here for ideas and inspiration.

 


This little birdhouse is made from a Poppy flower pod, dried out at the end of the summer and the seeds removed (for next summer's planting).


 
 
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Today's folly . . .

Oh so easy axe. I made a slit in the twig handle using a craft blade and inserted the end of the axe blade (which is cut from an aluminium beer can!), and made another small cut in the big log so that the axe blade is balanced in the right position. Cut and glued 3 small twigs together for the wood pile (but more would look great too). Took all of 5 minutes to make and would look cute in a woodland fairy garden.
 
 
And here's a thrift shop teapot in my favourite colour.  Can't you imagine climbing that little rope ladder and sitting up there in the chair enjoying the view (if the kitty will move along and make room for you!)?  I can!  It needs a coffee machine too though!  LOL
 
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hammock

I tried knitting a hammock today, something I've been meaning to do for a long time.  It turned out OK.  In fact, I think I'll take a little nap in it right now!  LOL

Friday, March 28, 2014

Love this mug

I'm not usually a pink-loving person, but this mug grabbed me at the thrift store a few days ago and I had to have it.  Chopsticks, bamboo skewers and toothpicks are great for ladders, etc.  The tiny basket is made from an acorn cap, silver wire, and filled with lichen and 3 polymer clay pink flowers.  The silver charm above the chair says "imagine".
 


 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New log house

I'm off into the city tomorrow for a few days and 2 craft markets, so here's my final project until I get home again.
Oh yes, and another fairy chair!
 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fairy chairs

These are such fun to make and a great way to use up some of my hoarded beads.