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Thursday, August 13 2015

Recently I was checking in on my favourite fairy gardening website (other that ours!) as I'd been waiting for Donni from The Magic Onions to launch her world famous annual fairy garden contest. It seems she's started a new website, Fairy Gardens, which is dedicated solely to fairy gardening and is hosting the contest this year - but more on that later.

On her blog, Donni has shared this enchanting fairy home her family discovered while planting irises at the bottom of her garden.

      

"There was moss and magic everywhere... sparkles and fairy dust" she writes. She also tells how the tiny book had minute writing in fairy language and they wondered if it told of magical fairy spells and potions, and how they heard a faint giggle as they gasped in amazement watching the acorn chandelier turn on and off. I was intrigued by the fairy food that popped in their mouths when they tried it. Our fairies often gift human food, usually taken from our fridge. How wonderful this fairy food must be.

I must have left the computer open on the blog overnight, because the next morning we woke to find the fairies had gathered many bits and pieces including moss, gold mirrors, large leaves, dried paper daisies and a gooseberry pod skeleton. We could only assume they wanted us to create something so delightful for them too. 

 

Gold Bench, Straw Basket & Toadstools
 

 

Gold Mirror & Butterflies
 

 

Chandelier & Preserved Moss

Here's what we made - and they seemed to approve! The next morning, the whole room was covered with a gold sparkle and the straw basket on the log table which held some moss and a toadstool, now also held a tiny key. We are yet to discover what this key opens...

 

Have the fairies prompted you to make something wonderful for them? 
 

Fairy Garden Contest

Enter your garden in Donni's Fairy Garden Contest, just like last year's runner up, Elke, did with her family's wonderful 'Peach Blossom Cottage and Gardens'. You can read all about it here and here. If you don't yet have a fairy garden to enter in this year's contest, be sure to head over to the Fairy Gardens website to check out the wonderful inspiration and tutorials. Then come on back to our website for more inspiration and to choose your favourite fairies and accessories. 

Click the image below to view details on how to enter the contest. Entries close 15 September 2015.

We'd love to see more of our customers enter this year. Please let us know if you do so we can share your gardens here and on our social pages.
 
Good luck!

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Saturday, August 08 2015

 

The Iron FairiesTM were created by West Australian artist and designer Ashley Sutton. He once worked deep in a mine and "longed to escape the monotony, tedium and gloom, so I created this fairy tale in my mind to help set my spirit free". The range includes enchanting cast iron statues and a series of three books.

"Many years ago, as children played in a secret garden in the remote outback of Western Australia, they stumbled across three little rusty books, no bigger than a matchbox in size. All had solid iron covers and were said to be found whilst the children climbed on an old gum tree."

Inside were drawings and stories of an underground world of hidden tunnels full of grumpy little old miners who have been living in a world of darkness for hundreds of years. Using a precious red ore, the miners created an exquisite range of little iron fairies to represent areas of the garden above. Fairies with a green tone are well behaved, however if the ore mixture wasn't quite right a blue fairy was made - they have been known to be cheeky and wreak havoc down in the mines! Once a fairy was made she was wrapped in cloth and taken to the gardens under the cover of darkness where she awaited the sun to rise the next morning and set her free.  ​ 

Fairy Erin

Fairy Chanti

Followers of My Little Fairy Garden may recognise these fairies from images of Miss C's fairy garden. These were the first fairies to arrive in her garden almost four years ago. They have developed a lovely rustic charm over time and have proven extremely durable against rough toddler play in those earlier years. Although fairy legend suggests iron is a fairy repellant, I can assure you that we have had many wonderful fairy visits to our garden. I have seen these fairies in gardens, but also as decorative items in a home. Even indoors, they will develop a lovely rust.

   

Each fairy, made of iron, comes with magical dust and a poem describing her personality. She was made deep beneath the garden's grounds and wrapped in cloth so has never seen sunlight. Follow the enclosed instructions to set your fairy free. 

Fairy Lily

Fairy Tia

Fairy Amy (lying)

If you'd like to learn more about the miners, including how and why they create the fairies, you can read their story in The Iron Fairies Trilogy. The three books are journal entries written by one of the grumpy old miners. The pages contain detailed sketches of the machines used by them and describes their miserable daily lives underground. It tells of the discovery of a gold rock and how it could finally bring happiness to the miners. Originally the books and fairies were created to coincide with an online game, but sadly it appears the game is no longer available. However, the books alone are an intriguing story. 

We have 12 of the well behaved 'green' Iron Fairies from the range, plus all three volumes of the book available to purchase online now.

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