I have always loved myths and legends – and folklore. I am a rational being but it pleases me to think that there are nature spirits living in trees and plants, streams and rocks. I know, I know… some of you may think I’ve lost the plot but I suppose that it appeals to the childlike part of me that lives in my heart. Life can be such a nasty or ugly place at times – I think you need a little bit of magic. A sparkle of fairy dust.
Some years ago I had the idea to make a ‘fairy house’. I think it originally came to me after watching the film Fairy Tale: A True Story based on the fairy photographs taken by two little girls that became a sensation all over the world until they were found to be a hoax. In the film the two girls build houses and furniture for fairies out of moss and twigs; I loved those houses so much that I always wanted to make something similar.
However I found my original idea far too ambitious so my prototype house was very, very basic indeed. It consisted of one of those balls woven of wood through which I twisted sparkly yarns until it glinted in the sunlight. I then hung it up in a tree and it looked really pretty for a couple of years. After that the colours started to fade and lichen grew on the side (which I actually thought was quite a nice natural touch). It is still in the tree today, a bit the worse for wear, but I think I’ll keep it.
My next idea was to make some fairy door sand place them anonymously at the base of trees in a local park for the children to find. And then I found out that someone had already beaten me to that idea – and others too had run with it until there seemed to be lots of mini-doors for sale popping up all over E-bay and Etsy! Even worse, I read recently that in some places they have turned up in parks in such great numbers that they have become a menace! However I still think it’s a nice idea if done tastefully and placed in the right location.
I haven’t given up on fairy houses though. I have a new idea for making them for sale at craft fairs. It involves mini birdhouses, a jig saw, some plywood and paint. I haven’t any photos to show yet as they are in the planning stage – but watch this space!