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Sunday, August 31 2014

So my daughter doesn't actually need an invitation to jump in muddy puddles, but having the fairies suggest it on a rainy day added extra magic to an already fun activity.

Like many 3 year olds, Miss C is a huge Peppa Pig fan and thanks to Peppa I'm often quoting Mummy Pig on a rainy day - "If you jump in muddy puddles you must wear your boots"! So that inspired me to incorporate Peppa and puddle jumping into our latest fairy visit. 

This scene was created by laying a sheet of green felt down for grass and cut out brown felt 'muddy puddles'. I had a little toy Peppa figurine but if you don't have one a picture of Peppa stuck to the wall would work just as well. Peppa has a red bucket filled with 'water' and by the door is her red bike (bike riding is another one of Peppa's favourite activities). To complete the scene I cut cloud shapes out of dark grey card and stuck them to the wall. Lastly, I included Miss C's well used gumboots and a note from the fairies.

I had this one prepped for a while just waiting for the perfect rainy day, which finally came last week. I was even lucky enough to catch her reaction in the morning as I was leaving her baby brother's bedroom. It was still dark outside but with her (rather bright) nightlight, Miss C could see from her bed that something had been left outside her fairy door. At first it was confusion as she lay in bed looking at the scene, until I asked what was up, then her face changed to a huge smile. "Mum the fairies left something" she wispered. As I looked in she hopped out of bed for a closer look. First she noticed her Peppa Pig toy and the little bike, that probably would have been good enough, but then she asked about her boots and the little note which was laying over them. It simply read - Have fun jumping up and down in muddy puddles. Love from your fairies xxx.  Something this simple gave her so much joy and made jumping in muddy puddles even more fun! 

It doesn't have to take much effort to keep up with fairy visits. I find things from around the home that maybe haven't been played with or used for a while and add a sprinkling of fairy dust for extra magic. Sometimes those cheeky fairies 'borrow' favourite foods out of the fridge to put by the door, like strawberries or bananas. They may leave colouring pages or make a fresh batch of playdough. We do put the occasional sweet treat or newly purchased items to reward good behaviour, but mostly we just leave things from around the house to prompt play. Activities are far more exciting if the fairies have suggested it, rather than when Mum puts it out when she just needs some quiet time!

We'd love to hear what the fairies have left at your loved one's door.

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Tuesday, August 12 2014

Now that my daughter is older (3 1/2) the magic of her fairy garden is really coming to life and her fairy stories are becoming more creative and detailed. She is a true believer and loves the idea that fairies come to visit and play in the garden at night. This new enthusiasm has prompted me to encourage her to add personal touches to her garden.

Over the past few months we've been working on some projects together. For her first project, gave her one of our clay doors and a mushroom to paint in her favourite colours. 

We used acrylic paints, available at any craft store. She is loving pink and purple at the moment so insisted on these colours for her accessories.

First she painted the door and mushroom pink.

Next she added magenta and purple circles. She dipped straws into the paint then dotted the colour onto her accessories. She didn't really have the fine motor control to paint pictures at this stage, so using straws was a simple way for her to add a fun pattern.

I painted some gold detail on the hinges and door knob for her.

The final step was to paint a couple of coats of water based varnish for protection and a gloss finish. I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process between each step.

Once they were dry it was time to put them into the garden.

Miss C was very excited to add her own painted door and mushroom to her garden.

At the time, her garden was growing very well and the fern was taking over so there wasn't any bare wall to place the door against, but that didn't bother her. She positioned the door under the arbour then propped it up against a bridge. Apparently it makes a great bed head too because she ripped up the ground cover (babies tears) and piled it in front of the door to make a bed for her fairy statues!

We've since given the garden a makeover and taken out most of the fern. The door now has a slightly secretive position against the wall, behind a new fuchsia plant. Miss C is delighted with her door and has offered to paint a door for all her friends so the fairies can visit them too!

If you've added any DIY accents or personalised any of our products in your fairy garden, we'd love to hear about it. Or share a photo via our Facebook page or email, to inspire other fairy gardeners.

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Monday, August 11 2014

Every year The Magic Onions hold a fairy garden competition. As I was looking through this year's entries, one fairy garden caught my eye.

'...there in the community of Apple Grove, right by the only peach tree in our Orchid - 'Peach Blossom Cottage' was named by a little girl and born with great love, excitement, imagination and wonderment.'

This charming fairy garden was created by one of our customers, Elke. We've featured a selection of her photos here but you can see many more and read all about Peach Blossom Cottage and Gardens on Elke's blog, Another Day.  A heartwarming story of the fairy garden where father and daughter create, magic visits and children play.

Antiqued Lantern

Elf Fairy

Red Bike and Lavender Fairy

Light Garland

Elke writes '...I always enjoy to stop, be marvelled by and smile at the sweet little creations that have sprung up through my children’s play; acorn tea cups filled with pansy pudding, a clothes line pegged with leaf towels and beds made snuggly soft by petals of sweetly scented rose blooms. I love to see where the bike has been ‘ridden’ to, who has ‘stopped in for tea’ that day and which little folk are currently ‘at the park’.

I love how they have used elements from nature to create their own accessories and that the garden has been raised, making it the perfect height for little ones to reach in and play. Thank you Elke for allowing us to share these photos on our blog. I'm sure this will inspire many more fairy gardeners out there.

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