I often wonder who enjoys our woodland fairy houses more, my nearly four year old daughter and her friends… or me!
These tiny creations dotted around our woodland were created for my little girl when she was a baby; I wanted to create an ‘enchanted woodland’ based on my own childhood memories of a very special place I used to visit in Cornwall as a child.
You can read about how we made them and the inspiration in my original post back in February 2014, ‘Woodland Fairy Doors‘.
Every year, these tiny fairy houses get tidied up, leaves cleared from tiny steps and pathways and the fairy doors dusted off.
This year, unfortunately, they have started to loose some of their door furniture and the paintwork is looking pretty tatty as we left them out over the Winter. I can’t decide whether the tattiness adds to their charm or not; I will certainly fix up the door furniture over the coming months, but I’m undecided on the paint, so welcome your feedback.
This year I have added little windows. Absolutely nothing is nailed to the trees; the doors, windows and stick chimneys simply sit in holes that are already formed, so as not to damage or disturb the trees growth in any way. Once I had fitted them all, I took my daughter on a walk and her face when it dawned on her, that something had changed overnight was a picture, as she loudly and excitedly exclaimed:
“Mummy!! The Fairies have moved back in!! Mummy!! MUMMY!! LOOK!!”
So, I think it is safe to say, that something that I created for my darling girl, to spark her imagination when she was just a ‘babe in arms’ has worked it’s magic over the years… here’s hoping we have many more years of her believing in the magic of the fairies that live in our woods!