Sunday, February 28, 2010


First, let me say I am SOOOO excited about March's theme................mushrooms and toadstools - so cute!!!

Here are the fairies I sent to Kim.........I really hope she liked them. They were my 2 favorites out of all the ideas I saw, and I couldn't decide which I liked best - thus there are 2 of them:-) I also thought they could keep each other company in that deep, dark packing box during their journey..........dark places can be quite scary when you're that small!!!!

My fairy house is a WIP, but I will be sharing it as soon as it is done:-)
I am having a blast with this swap - thanks Val for all your hard work, it's very appreciated:-)

March's theme!!

March's ornament: toadstool/mushroom

March's challenge:
create yourself a toadstool home using this tutorial from The Little House By The Sea. Then upload photos to share with us!

March's activity: create a St. Paddy's decoration for yourself and post the photos on the blog.

Now, here are this month's partners:

Val and Anna
Sandy and Missy
Ramie and Sherry
Melinda and Robin
Kerry and Natalie
Jeanne and Kim
Courtney and Jenny
Nikki and Gin

I'll also be sending out emails so check your SPAM folder if you don't see it.
used with permission by dottysdesigns
" When the winds of March are wakening the crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy near some budding little thickets,
And when she sees you creeping up to get a closer peek
She tumbles through the daffodils, a playing hide and seek."
~Marjorie Barrows

February's Fairy

Here is a pic of the Fairy I made for Jenny for February.

Her name is Blu.  And she stands about 2" tall. With lots of glitter on her wings.

The Fairy House is still a WIP.......

Saturday, February 27, 2010


This is going to be a great year if we all keep getting spoiled each month!!


This is the fabulous package that arrived on my doorstep from Ramie. Ramie managed to fit lots of goodies into a small package.


Ramie made me the cutest little fairy.

I put up a bunch of pictures over on my blog if you want to see closeups of everything.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I'll grant you 3 wishes.....

This fairy pillow was given to me BEFORE my kids were born.

A dear friend of my mom' s made it for me. I just adore it. It was never used as a tooth fairy pillow but was on Curly Girl's bed for years....until she barfed on it!
After cleaning it up I put it somewhere out of the danger zone!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Down for the count...

Just wanted to let you know, Natalie and Val, that I have the nastiest stomach flu....Planned on having my swap ready to go by may be a few more days...melinda

A fairy house...

Here is our Fairy House! Curly Girl was the architect, while her friend and I put everything together. I grouted it Friday and finished the roof Saturday...

See the little shell portico? Curly Girl has such good ideas!

and at night....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Enchanting weekend...

Soon my little fairy ornament and I will be enjoying this view from our hotel room! This weekend is my yearly craft retreat with my mom, aunt, grandma and my two boys. As soon as I am able to stuff some Leavenworth, Washington goodness into my package (then track down a post office), it will be on it's way to Robin, fairy and all!
Have a great weekend!

Thank-you Val!!!

Wanna talk about being spoiled?!
just look what came in my package from Val!
fairy wings, birds, bookmark, recipe (see post below this one), beads, buttons, snowflakes, shells for my nature table, flower seeds and a fairy fireplace (shell with candle in it) for my fairy house...
Here's my adorable fairy ornie "Holly" along with a sweet felt mushroom and crocheted acorns with a fairy charm hanging on it.

I absolutely LOVE everything!

Fairy Cake recipe

Picture of Lemon Blossoms Recipe

This is Paula Deen's famous Lemon Blossom cake recipe.....but I call them Fairy Cakes because they are made with a mini muffin tin.

These are AWESOME and easy to make. I thought you'd like to sample them while building your fairy houses!


18 1/2-ounce package yellow cake mix
3 1/2-ounce package instant lemon pudding mix
4 large eggs
3/4 c veg. oil

4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
the zest of 1 lemon
3 Tbls veg. oil
3 Tbls. water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray miniature muffin tins with vegetable oil cooking spray. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and oil and blend well with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Fill each muffin tin half way. Bake for 12 minutes. Turn out onto a tea towel.

To make the glaze, sift the sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, oil, and water. Mix with a spoon until smooth.

Dip the cupcakes into the glaze while they're still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible. I do this by sticking a fork in the bottom of the cupcake and dipping it into the glaze....or I just put them into the glaze a few at a time, turning them to completely coat.

Place on wire racks with waxed paper underneath to catch any drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly, about 1 hour, before storing in containers with tight-fitting lids.

"Buttercups in the sunshine look like little cups of gold.
Perhaps the Faeries come to drink the raindrops that they hold."
~Elizabeth T. Dillingham, "A Faery Song"

January's Enchantment

Oh, I know... this post is a couple weeks late. (sorry!) I just really wanted to show you what Niki and I exchanged with each other.
Niki sent three cute Christmas picks, tissues, and two golden pinecones along with the beautiful ornament that she made.

I'm not sure what this technique is called but it is very pretty! Niki did a great job! Thank you Niki!!! Here's what I sent...
Arizona dirt, candy, and the ornament in the handstamped & glittered box

I used a small pastry tin and glued a glittered pinecone from Arizona in it, moss, and an acorn charm hanging from it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

February Prize Winner!!

Happy YOE to Jenny S as the winner of the February prize.
It's a crafting kit with stickers, patterned paper sheets,die cut shapes, chipboard shapes,  3-d embellishments, and 192 stickers.

I hope you enjoy it, Jenny. Please get your address to me and and I will get it in the mail!!


Friday, February 12, 2010

To Missy

"With fabric and yarn and beads and such
I created a fairy, I like her so much!
I gave her a name, one that would fit her
Then added a touch of magical glitter.
I packed her up with some things you should like
And mailed her today for an afternoon flight
She is now on her way, across the land
But I won't be happy 'til she's in your hands!"

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Tu Tu Fairy Diva

You are gonna love her!!

Excuse the interruption!

Okay ladies....ALL January swaps have been received so the sidebar is empty again. Remember to email me when you start shipping out your February swaps, okay!

Because of the possibility of my emails going into a SPAM folder, I am going post partners here at the beginning of each month...just to be safe!

For February:

Val swaps with Missy
Sandy swaps with Sherry
Ramie swaps with Robin
Melinda swaps with Natalie
Kerry swaps with Kim
Jeanne swaps with Jenny
Courtney swaps with Gin
Niki swaps with Anna

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Piece of Home

So, last week I went to the post office to open my PO Box and find a key! You know what that means, right?! A package!? I opened to find TWO boxes! One from my swap buddy and one for my swap buddy.  LOL hers got returned...It went back out, though..Anyway, it was awesome! For those who don't know Im from AZ..I'm home sick...My swap buddy Missy (Hey, Missy!!) is from AZ and I asked her for a "piece" of it...She sent me some of the sand...I swear the smell after the rain in AZ is one like no other...(I wonder if I wet it, it will smell the same? lol)Ok... Enough about my dirt....I got an absolutely adorable little pinecone ornie in a cute little box and some Ferrer Rocher chocolates. Can't ever go wrong with that! I was VERY pleased. This is so much fun!! <3
Thanks, Val for hosting this for us!
Can't wait for the year to go on!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February prize

A Page Kit Provincial Fare ... what is that you ask?
It's a crafting kit for maybe scrapbooking, or Tags, or whatever your busy head and hands can imagine and create!
This kit includes:
  •  6 sheets of patterned paper
  • 24 die cut shapes
  • 192 stickers
  • 10 chipboard shapes
  • 6 3-d embellishments
It has colors of browns, beige, creams; alpha letter; numerals; leaves, birds, and flowers. And matches the YOE theme of the enchanted forest.

Here is a close up of a few of the items.

It should surely bring out the crafter in you!!

I will draw the lucky winner in one week on Monday, February 15th. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

fairy house.....

Look what Olivia and Andrew and I found at the base of our big Elm tree..Andrew says a "fairy tale" lives there...Olivia found a walnut shell and lined it with a feather to make a fairy bed...There is a tiny little sign that says "wish"...We think if you look at the sign and make one, it might come true...

February's Picture of Love!

Here is February's Calendar Shot!