Welcome, and thanks for visiting.

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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do your fairies like to entertain in their garden?

My Assistant Elf has been busy again, this time cutting twigs and branches for my fairy tables and chairs.  
Don't forget to pop in to Away With The Fairies on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Awaywiththefairiesgardens for fairy garden ideas and inspiration.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Another forest house

I finished another fairy house yesterday, made from one of the beautiful fallen branches I found in our forest a few weeks ago.  Mother Nature is so kind to me!

And this is the "before" photo!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fairy garden pond

I suppose you're wondering what this mad woman has been up to now? Well, she's recycling today. Here's an easy pond to make with simple supplies, most of which are free! Blue paint, two green plastic trays (from meat or fruit packaging), one jar lid (any size, but the bigger the better), a white plastic lid (this one is from a yogurt container), $ store clear nail varnish, and a few pebbles or sticks/twigs for decoration. Paint the inside of the jar lid, allow to dry, then pour clear nail varnish over it. You don't need much. (At this point I drizzled some glitter into the wet nail varnish, but it's not really necessary if you don't have any.) Cut 2 discs from one of the green plastic trays (for the lily pads) and 2 small "flowers" from the white plastic, and drop them into the wet varnish, along with a "log" and/or a few pebbles, or both. Cut a few strands of "grass" from the other green plastic tray and push them between

the rocks, holding them upright until they anchor themselves properly. Allow the varnish to dry (overnight is best). Finally add a frog or ducks or fish if you have them, and ta-daa ....... a pond any fairy would love to have in their garden. (You could also paint little tadpoles or fish onto the blue paint before covering it with varnish.) I added 2 tiny pink flowers on top of the white lillies, but they're not necessary either. You could use a bead or even a dot of marker pen for a flower centre if you feel they need it. If you don't have little frogs, just paint a small round or oblong pebble with green paint and add googley eyes. The fairies will understand what you're trying to do! Have fun. Make these with your little ones and post pics of your creations here for us all to see.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fossicking in the forest

Yesterday we went fossicking (I love that word!) in the forest for fallen logs and branches for my fairy houses, and found some amazing ones in different shapes and sizes, with little nooks and crannies for the owls and cats and birds I like to add to them.  The Assistant Elf cut them into house-sized lengths for me and scrubbed all the dirt and cobwebs off them, and here's the wonderful assortment I now have to play with.  One of the best ones had to be returned to the forest very quickly as an army of assorted creepy crawlies started emerging from between the cracks as soon as he started to cut it up! 
I had to make a house up last night because I just couldn't resist having a play!

. . . and a few more doors!

Together with 3 little garden hoses for my next market.  They sell very well. (I think I see a Hobbit house or two in my future somewhere!)

Friday, May 16, 2014

A few new things

Here are a few new things I worked on yesterday.  The Assistant Elf cut me more doors, and I made some little polymer clay flowers (some of these ones are bought - you can see the difference!  LOL) for my acorn cap and wire baskets.  The baskets add a touch of colour to little gardens and look lovely on a table, bench or beside a fairy chair.

I'll be at 2 markets this weekend.  Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/MatakanaIndieMarkets and tomorrow at
Crafternoon Tea https://www.facebook.com/CrafternoonTea
If you're in the neighbourhood please pop in and say hello.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Would you like a fairy door?

Visit my Facebook page Away With The Fairies and comment on the "doors" post before Sunday 18 May, and you could win one of 5 fairy doors.  I'm sure you have somewhere you could put it, or know someone who does.  I'm just sharing the fun of fairy gardens and celebrating (almost) 500 "Likes" on my FB page.  (And yes, I will ship anywhere in the world.)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rubber duckies

A fellow stall-holder at one of the local markets I go to gave me these flat glass discs to play with and hopefully put to good use.  So, here's what I came up with . . .
I painted the fish and brown stones on the underneath of the glass disc first, then painted over them with blue paint, finally sealing them with Mod Podge. The ducks are my own homemade polymer clay creations, which I love making. (Which reminds me, note to self, I need more yellow clay next time I'm out and about!)

A special New Zealand garden

For those of you who live in New Zealand or have visited here, I hope you will recognise some of the NZ/Kiwi elements in this little potted garden I made a few days ago.  The house is my interpretation of a Hobbit House.  I must still add a little Kiwi I think.  How could I forget it?!
The 'leaves/fronds' of the trees on the right of the pic are meant to be Pungas (tree ferns), which I made out of feathers collected in our garden and from the wild ducks who lke to sit and preen themselves on the grass beside our ponds infront of the house, so a big 'thank you' to the ducks for their contributions!