Happy Halloween! Pumpkin coach and needle felted rabbit sculpture

Halloween is almost here, and so I thought I’d modify a project I’ve been working on to show some holiday spirit! This pumpkin carriage is ready to find Cinderella for her ball, but will happily transport you as well…

Cinderella pumpkin carriage miniature halloween sculpture by beneaththeferns

I made the entire thing from scratch (except the body of the pumpkin and frame around the door, so I’m excited to see it done. I have the complete explanation of how I made it on my site, which you can find HERE.

Needle felted rabbit with pumpkin carriage sculpture from Beneaththeferns

The colors look different with different backgrounds…

Fairy miniature pumpkin carriage sculpture by Beneath the Ferns

Cinderella pumpkin carriage needle felted rabbit by Beneaththeferns

I love the little light inside!

Needle felted rabbit pumpkin carriage sculpture by beneaththeferns

Visit more of my creations HERE, and have a safe and happy Halloween!

~Jessi

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Small fairy house finished!

I’m excited to be done with another paper mache fairy house! The inside will be left empty, since this fairy house belongs to my daughter (at least that’s what she believes, and I’m not going to try and convince a 2 year old that it doesn’t!). She loves to play in it, and in the past it has made a great “barn” for Sven and Christoph when she gets her Frozen dolls out!

Fairy house miniature fantasy dollhouse by beneath the ferns

 

I went with a grey color for the roof, since the other houses in the village have had a lot of warm brown tones.

Fairy house fairy gardens miniature elf house by beneath the ferns

Fairy door miniature dollhouse polymer clay

 

The small accents around the fairy house windows are remnants from another project for my book, a laser-cut spiral staircase. I’m glad to put them to good use!

Fairy door for miniature fairy house by beneaththeferns

 

Fairy garden accessory elf boot with mushroom

 

Miniature fairy house dollhouse fairy door from polymer clay

 

This year has been busy (having a baby!), so I’m glad I got a project done that I started a while back. If you want to visit the other fairy houses I’ve made so far, click HERE.

And if you’d like to see how the roof is built, click HERE.

Thanks for visiting!
~Jessi

Halloween in the fairy garden!

Halloween pumpkin cat from Cup O Cat on Etsy

 

The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting crisp, it must mean that Halloween is one the way! To celebrate this spooky time of year, I’ve found the best Halloween themed listings for fairy gardens on Etsy, and put them together here. Come on in and see what’s brewing! (And don’t forget to click on each picture to be taken to the Etsy listing!)

First off are two adorable little kitties created by Alison at CupOCats! The kitties (both above and below) are so cute, and I can just see them lazing about in a miniature garden (waiting for miniature mice, no doubt).

 

Halloween black cat sculpture by Cup o cat

 

Next is another character for your garden, an adorable little gnome sculpted from polymer clay by Michelle at Creative Cottage. This sweet gnome will keep your garden safe from Muggles and ghosts, and maybe even do some weeding!

Halloween garden gnome found on Etsy by Creative Cottage

While the gnome might keep the ghosts away,  he has welcomed in this baby troll artfully created by Amber at Trollflings. Who wouldn’t want those big brown eyes hanging around their garden?

Baby troll sculpture in polymer clay by trollflings

 

On to the decorations! Of course we need lots of orange pumpkins in our fairy gardens, and Jessi at JessisArtStudio makes pumpkins that I just adore! Look at those swirly tendrils and the beads on each pumpkin…genius!

Miniature pumpkins in polymer clay by Jessis art studio

Jennifer at Gnome Woods knows how to make polymer clay behave, and here are two excellent specimens of Halloween themed mushrooms ready to join your fairy garden. They are too cute!

Miniature fairy garden mushrooms by Gnome Woods

Speaking of cute, how about a spot of tea from these miniature teapot and cups in the shape of Halloween pumpkins?  Steph from StephtheFairyMaker has created the sweetest little set that will look great with all these autumn accessories!

Pumpkin miniature tea set by Steph the fairy maker found on Etsy

 

And of course, we have to have snacks to go with that tea! Take a bite out of this yummy cake that Caylie from StudioPasat has made. I really want to make a full sized cake like this one now! Mmmm….I can just taste it!

Pumpkin miniature tea set by Steph the fairy maker found on Etsy

 

And where will our little Halloween fairies live! In a pumpkin shaped house, of course! This beauty was created by ArtisticSpirit, and is so detailed for the size that it is!

Miniature fairy house in pumpkin by Artistic Spirit

 

Fairy house door with owl for Halloween by Clay by Kim

 

And finally, two amazing doors handcrafted by Kim at ClaybyKim. I love all her doors, but these capture the character of Halloween so well!

Fairy gardens miniature door decoration from Clay by Kim on Etsy

 

Remember to click on the pictures above to be taken to the item listing to learn more about it, and Happy Halloween!

~Jessi

 

 

Gnome home fairy garden, entry #2 for contest from Fairygardens.com

With fall quickly approaching, my summer fairy gardening is coming to a close. What better time to look through what has been created this summer than a cold, rainy day such as today? To make the walk down memory lane even more fun, the folks over at Fairygardens.com are holding their annual fairy garden contest, which is a great way for everyone to come together and share their creations over the past summer. It’s sort of a “harvest” of great fairy garden ideas!

Here is my entry #2, which I made in April of this year. I had a rare span of time where my toddler was staying with her grandparents, which allowed me to create this mosaic garden path (and before baby #2 got here!). The entire path is made from little polymer clay rocks I made by hand, and glued one piece at a time to a piece of wood. The gnome home is also a project I made last year from polymer clay and wood. It was nice to see both projects finally done! (To see how the path was made, click HERE).

Fairy garden house by beneaththeferns

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I rolled hundreds of little “rocks” from polymer clay to get the color variation I wanted in the swirls.

 

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Acorn caps make great flower pots!

 

 

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A chair for mom, dad, and baby fairy!

 

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A sundial to tell when it is lunch.

 

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Tools nicely stored.

 

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A basket of seeds waiting to be planted.

 

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Home sweet home.

 

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Detail of the garden path.

 

Fairy garden house by beneaththeferns
As most mums know, finishing our own projects takes second seat to raising our kiddos. Every once in a while it’s nice to see something get finished though, and I think that re-ignites our creative “spark” so we can pass it on to our special little ones!

Want to see more fairy gardens, or enter your own in the contest? (Come on, it’ll be fun!) Visit www.fairygardens.com/contest/ or click the picture below to see what others have created!

Fairygardens.com fairy garden contest

 

 

 

 

Fairy garden accessories from fresh shops on Etsy

Fairy gardens are one of the hottest new trends in gardening! A quick search on sites like Pinterest will show how many amazing artists are creating adorable treasures for the fairy folk. Among these talented artists are a few I found on Etsy with original ideas for creating fairy garden accessories and supplies. In such a big marketplace, these artisans have found their own niche. Check out these fresh shops and see if there isn’t something that you need in your own fairy garden! (Click each picture to go to their shops)

I’m in love with this fairy house! Look at all the details carefully carved into the side of the stump (RooPottery also offers all the other accessories you see in the picture in their shop)

Fairy house miniature gnome home by Roo Pottery

These miniature fairy house windows will turn any regular stump into a home for our little friends! The color on each window seems to blend perfectly with the garden foliage around them. (By TGO2014)

Fairy gardens supplies miniature windows by TGO2014

This hobbit house is soooo cute, I can imagine creating a whole hillside full of them! (Aka, The Shire!) Kara does an amazing job, and sells the hobbit house as a kit, allowing the customer to personalize each fairy garden as they create it. (By Mossy Pocketss)

Hobbit house fairy gardens supplies by Mossy Pocketss

Next is an elegant little chair, fit for fairy royalty! I love the way the jewels sparkle and accent the purple flowers in the background. What color flowers would you plant next to this adorable fairy chair? (By Fairy Fountain Minis)

Fairy gardens supplies miniature chair by Fairy Fountain Minis

I’m blown away at all the detail that Michelle from Fairy Creek Lane has put into this little clothesline! Each heart is hand-crocheted, and attached with a miniature clothespin. Sooo cute!

Fairy gardens supplies miniature clothesline by Fairy Creek Lane

This little hummingbird feeder looks so real, I wouldn’t be surprised if real hummingbirds stop by to check it out! The Enchanted Acorn makes these miniature feeders in different colors and styles to match the look of your unique fairy garden.

Fairy garden accessories miniature hummingbird feeder by The Enchanted Acorn

This miniature fence and gate are a perfect way to separate different sections of your fairy garden (I can imagine rich, green moss on the outside, and a miniature vegetable garden on the inside!) Cammy from the Misty Hollow Pixie has lots of other fairy garden supplies in her shop to go with this sweet little fence!

Fairy garden fence supplies by Misty Hollow Pixie

And finally, a fairy house so detailed and intricate, I want to move right in! Molly from Smoky Mountain Follies has an incredible eye, and has left nothing out on this magical house that started out as a garden gourd!

Fairy house miniature garden accessory by Smoky Mountain Follies

I have a feeling we’ll see lots of amazing creations from these fresh shops, and can’t wait to see what they add to their shops next!

~Jessi

Fairy house pictures: The Fairy Tower

I started this three story fairy house in December, so I’m sooo excited to see some real progress! As a full-time teacher and a full-time mom of a toddler, I don’t always have time to spend on my own hobbies. Maybe that’s why this feels like I really got something accomplished! Plus, I’m due with our second baby (a boy!) in early June, so getting this roof done was the last thing on my to-do list before he gets here! I guess I feel like I’m ready to dive into that crazy bleary-eyed-up-all-night-and-day mommy mode, but I really hope I can get more done on this house this summer…

The fairy house is made from stacking cardboard boxes together, then putting paper mache over the entire house. After many coats of paper mache and paint, I’ve finally started adding some details…

Fairy gardens house miniature scale tower by beneath the ferns close up

 

The miniature shake shingles are cardboard that I’ve painted, then cut apart. The windows are a design that I drew up, and my Dad kindly cut out of wood with his laser cutter (Thanks Dad!). Here are more pictures of the process…

Fairy house in progress by Beneath the Ferns stave house

 

Getting all the shingles glued on took much longer than I anticipated!
Fairy house miniature shake roof fantasy beneath the ferns

 

But I got them done!
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I found the finial on the top on clearance last year at Hobby Lobby… I thought it gave the fairy house a nice, stately look.

Fairy gardens house miniature scale tower by beneath the ferns

 

The “door” on the left side of the picture below is going to be attached to a bridge that the fairies can walk across to another building.

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Fairy gardens house miniature scale tower by beneath the ferns four

 

I need to create some doors for the balcony porch…

Fairy gardens house miniature scale tower by beneath the ferns close up front

I really want to live inside! Now I have to paint the underside of the shingles, add more doors and windows, and decorate the inside. I won’t be done for a while, but at least it gives me something to plan when I’m up for a midnight feeding!

Those are the most recent pictures, but if you want to see the whole process, check out this page here: Fairy Tower Page

Thanks for looking, and if you want to see the next photos of the process, feel free to subscribe and visit again ♥

~Jessi