Wednesday, June 24, 2015


      FAIRY             HOME

This past week in Florida has been unbearably hot! Temperatures reached 100 or more almost every day.  I stayed inside since I tend to faint when it's very hot.  So no gardening, no photography in the woods, no bird watching from my porch--what should I do?  My solution was to march into my studio, iced tea in hand, and create a lovely, airy fairy cottage.

I started with an old falling apart twig structure and removed all the loose twigs.  (I saved them all for a Sleeping Beauty diorama.)  Then I began to wind berries and leaves around the twigs.  Suddenly I remembered that I had sheets of moss tucked away somewhere.  Wouldn't a fairy have a grass floor?

Well, of course she would.  And she would decorate in the same shabby cottage style that I loved.  So I unearthed a very shabby wooden cabinet from my box of unpainted wood things and painted it a pearly white. A rusty metal soap dish cried out to be a day bed with layers of batting covered with tulle and lace.

I painted a little garden table and chair my friend, Dixie, had given me in the same pearly white.  I made another topiary as well as a bird's nest in a bowl with three blue eggs.  Green leaves were used as pillows and a placemat.  More berries were added.  And the piece de resistance, a fairy bed suspended from the roof!

I desperately wanted to sleep there myself.  A lovely confection of lace, tulle, batting and fringed aqua burlap.  And a leaf pillow!

I filled the china cabinet with aqua glassware and a very tiny cherry tart on a stand and then glued some fairy sized letters and postcards to the table.

As a finishing touch I draped the little house in tulle and added moss to the roof.

But now I think Does it need a garden?

This week I linked to Kerryanne's fabulous party called Shabbilicious Fridays.  You'll find her beautiful blog--
Shabby Art Boutique--on my blog roll.  Go see her and all those who have linked up.  You'll be dazzled!

Monday, June 8, 2015


Because of the flowers suddenly blooming everywhere, I decided to create a garden shed in a shadow box.  I took a plain wooden box from my endless supply of Wooden Things Bought on Sale at Michael's.  I painted the bottom half of the shed in shades of blue and green, then chose some scrapbook paper for the top.  I cut out two birds and printed over them with a birdcage stamp in gold.  I chose paper for the floor and ceiling and glued it to the wood.  In an Anthropologie  catalogue I found some good looking stone behind the models and cut that out and glued it to the sides of the shadowbox.  A piece of green wire became a hose hanging on a hook.  I had a large number of tiny tiles left over from another project so those were glued to the wall instead of baseboards.  And my favorite addition--a large bucolic scene I had been saving for just such a use became a window with the addition of a painted paper frame which I stippled with several colors.  How I love those ducks!

I had a wooden spool holder which broke, but naturally I saved the pieces, one of which became a drying rack for flowers and baskets after I painted it with several shades of blue.  I went through my collection of old dollhouse furniture and found a white garden table and a large white bowl which to me looked like a sink.  So I glued it to an overturned clay pot and used a bit of tubing and two beads to create the faucets.  I brought out several little pots I had purchased years ago for some forgotten project that never materialized.

Small fake berries went into a vase made out of a bead and others went up on the drying rack.  I looted my Halloween decorations for the copper bucket and filled it with tiny fake pumpkins.  Moss was glued onto the base of the sink.  Precious little things I had forgotten I had were found in nooks and crannies and placed on the walls.  A small glass jar that once held jam was pressed into service when I put a cork in it and stuck in a tiny manicured tree.  I found a small piece of fencing left over from heaven knows what and glued that on to the wall and floor.  I covered the roof with grass.

An old miniature spade was located in my endless stash of Tiny Things That May Be Used...
Someday and I painted the handle green.  And last was a tiny white shepherd's hook that was purchased recently at JoAnn's for 70% off.  I bought absolutely nothing for this project.


This week I'm linking to Shabbilicious Fridays over at Kerryanne's Shabby Art Boutique and  Simple and Sweet Fridays at Rooted in Thyme.  Both are on my blogroll.