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.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Another well

Let there be light

I'm having fun with these little glass bottles, turning them into garden lights for the fairies.  They have Glow-In-The-Dark paint poured into them to help the fairies find their way home at night!

A few new little fairy houses

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Slip sliding away . . .

Here's a new slide for the fairy playground.  It was quite easy to make and I'll post a tutorial here soon.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A new fairy garden

It's been so long since I posted here, and my conscience is getting the better of me!  
I've been working on lots of fairy garden projects (among other things like housework - occassionally!), but would like to share some pics of the fairy garden I completed, with the help of my Assistant Elf, last week at Ronald McDonald House at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland (New Zealand).  It was so much fun, and although there were, understandably, restrictions on what I could do and what could be used in it (health and safely issues, fencing, the ugly mesh grill on the back wall which gives access to maintenance people for the pipes and cables behind the wall), I think the final result is still a happy one.  A friend is making a lovely "Welcome to our Fairy Garden" sign that will be put up there soon too.  I hope that all the sick children and their families who need to spend time at the amazing Ronald McDonald House will enjoy it too.  (Excuse the photographic quality.  I have a cheapo camera and it was a very bright and sunshiny day.)

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.  
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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!