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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just playin' . . .

I had such fun working on this little fella . . .
I used a variety of seed pods, acorns, walnut shell, log discs, sticks, and cut-in-half bobby pins for the ears!  LOL

I also made a few more acorn cap wheelbarrows for my stock, as I'm back to doing weekly craft markets again starting in October.  (There's a tutorial on making the wheelbarrows further back in my blog, as well as on my FB page 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Two passions in one

As you may have seen, two of my creative passions are fairy gardens and making jewelry, so here's a little "combo" of both - a fairy pendant necklace made from polymer clay, an acorn cap and silver charms.  I will be doing a give-away on my fairy garden Facebook page soon, so stay tuned over at Away With The Fairies if you'd like to know more about it.  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

And now for something completely different . . .

I've been busy with all my fairy goodies for awhile now, so here's a change of direction for the day!  A polymer clay pendant I made awhile ago, with silver bird beads on the black cord, and a fabric bead choker I finally finished (got started ages ago!)  My fabric beads need a bit of refining in future, but the whole concept (I hear!) is to make them rough and fluffy, so I didn't smooth down any stray bits.  The fabric is rolled onto plastic drinking straws and then cut into beads and wound with wire or thread with little seedbeads on it.  Fun to make.

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

Here's my Facebook page Away With The Fairies if you like all things fairy!

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.  
Don't forget to pop in to Away With The Fairies on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Awaywiththefairiesgardens for fairy garden ideas and inspiration.