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Fairy Garden

Beautiful weather in Eastern Washington has called me outdoors into the vegetable garden and fairy tree.

I added a few more “fairy doors” to the tree and have planted some low growing ground covers around the tree trunk. The old sycamore tree has such great places to place doors and windows!

I contemplated ways to get light into the windows at night. I am using glow-in-the dark polymer clay in the window panes. I am not sure how long the glow effect will last, but hoping at least a few years.

My granddaughters Margo (age 3.5) and Cora (2.5) are still frustrated the fairies won’t open their doors. Margo says she has seen them though. Helen, age 5, isn’t so sure. She is becoming skeptical. She lost her first two teeth recently and the tooth fairy paid up. I asked her why she believed in the tooth fairy, but not my fairies. I didn’t get a good answer lol. “Because” is not an answer. Maybe if she sees lights on in their windows, it will make her wonder if they inhabit my tree.

Helen did come out and constructed a beautiful fairy garden of her own. She is fascinated by the concept of a tiny world and loves the details in my fairy garden. I guess that is really what it is all about.

New Project(s)

I am getting ready to start another miniature project. For play, of course. In fact it think I am starting several simultaneously. A gnome type house as a neighbor for the doll tree house. My granddaughters have Calico Critters that they enjoy playing with, that would make good neighbors for the Waldorf dolls.

The critter home will be in a large tree trunk. I want it to be a moveable house that can be set on a table, or moved to the floor next to the treehouse. I am thinking two floors. A great room downstairs, with a living room and kitchen. Bedrooms upstairs. The interior and the furniture will be very rustic. In this home, I will forego the bathroom. After watching my granddaughters play with the large treehouse, I have found the bathroom gets very little attention. The majority of play is about cooking dinners and putting dolls to bed. The tree will be free form paper mache something like the sketch below…..

My second project is going to be a street of shops. I recently purchased 4 miniature American girl dolls – one for each granddaughter. They stand 6.5” tall and have removable clothes and shoes. They will sit, although with their legs sticking straight out. I will have to work around that, but it is doable. The scale will be determined using them as a measuring stick, as it seems to be a larger scale than 1/12.

This street will find a permanent home in the studio. The girls love being out there and it has more room available than my house. Unlike the doll tree house, I will start recording my process from the start.

The first shop planned for the street is a bakery/cafe. I have already started making baked goods from polymer clay after watching YouTube videos. It is really quite easy to turn out realistic breads and pastries with this stuff. Also, it’s a project I can work on for short spurts of time. With spring here, my garden is calling me and spending full days in the studio is a challenge.

Other shops I am considering – a clothing store, a book store, and/or salon. I want to put a small apartment above one of the shops. This is definitely a long term project. Although, I do need to get it done while the girls are still young enough to enjoy it!

My process can sometimes be rather random, but I do have a rough plan. These buildings will be constructed by recycling cardboard and foamcore as I did with the tree house.

I started the bakery with a floor plan and constructed a base. When I did the tree house, I didn’t do this properly and my floor was a nightmare to get flat. I wound up gluing the living room and kitchen to a plywood board to keep them from warping.

So…right now I have a floor, with a floor plan and some food. It is a start!

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Critters moving in!

When I made a niche for the little owl, I asked my Facebook doll house groups if they had any other ideas for the space. I decided to go with the owl as it won by an overwhelming majority. However several other ideas just couldn’t leave my head. One was a mouse, and the other a fairy door. So, of course, I had to make a place for both. If the little mouse looks worried, it is because two owls live in this structure!

The little owl on the fairy tree is a painted rock, all the others are made from polymer clay.