My pride and joy.
As you know from this post, I am venturing into the world of fairy houses. Since this is my first time, I have been experimenting with some ideas and failing at quite a few of them, which has been incredibly frustrating. I've found that it helps if I envision a pissed off little fairy bossing me around, at which point I obviously sass back, and this turns into a full blown confrontation and the only benefactor of this is my cat, who no longer has to deal with me yammering away at him all day.
Anyhoo, progress is moving along on the fairy houses, and I no longer feel like throwing them at the wall. Not to brag or anything, but I think the boy fairy house (above) is looking somewhat decent. Last I checked in, the house was a cream colored mess and kinda lumpy. I decided to smooth over some bumps and add texture with some papier mache:
I kinda mashed it around with my finger to make it look like tree bark, and to my shock and wonder, this actually kinda worked.
Then I needed to stain it to look like wood, and I decided on a nice caramel color to contrast with the darker wood door and window frames, which was a terrible idea, because the entire house looked like ass.
Here's where I wanted to throw it at the wall.
But then I found a darker mahogany stain, and I swear I hear birds chirping when I took my first stroke because it was so damn perfect. I was also outside, which could be the cause for the chirping, but I still refuse to believe that I'm not secretly Snow White. From there I sealed it and made a cone-shaped moss ceiling for the main house and turret and forgot to take pictures of the process, and it is so frickin adorable that later on, when the zombies come and everyone is so depressed about everything, I'll reminisce about my very successful fairy house and people will be like, dude, you're supposed to be patrolling the campground and I'll be like, this is not a task I'm suited for, how about if I make you a fairy house? And then they will be like, get out, and I will get cast into the dangerous outdoors where I am promptly devoured by bears, because they get just as hungry as zombies.
Here are some more of the pics - I just need to decorate the inside (possibly a chimney in the works?) and add some more moss to hang down over the side:
OK, in real life and up close, it really does look like tree bark, but in these picture it doesn't.
And now for my little niece house. It...is not turning out how I envisioned, but all is not lost. I made one section of it, and decided to embellish it with some clay:
One quick bake, another layer of papier mache, some ombre paint to match the lilies, and then a quick addition of some interior vines:
It kinda looks like a weird Greenman face, which I didn't intend, but I kinda dig it.
Oh, did I mention I made a fairy bed? I made a fairy bed out of a seashell, floral wire, feathers and an old earring for the headboard and I want a human sized one.
The problem is, I had planned on something a little more intricate, so I made another little hut with a proper door and window, but now I am a bit at a loss for how to arrange them because I am a little bit OCD about arranging in threes, and also I am trying to establish a purpose for the rooms, and also I don't wanna make another because what is it used for? Her hookah lounge?
Clearly not finished.
My idea is that the main house will be where the fairy cooks, and the Greenman hut is where she sleeps, and maybe putting the main house up on a riser and creating a spiral staircase out of seashells but is that crazy? It seems crazy. Like, if you are a little kid, are you like, this fairy is certainly high maintenance. I don't know, I need to think about it.
On a side note, during this post, I had run out of wine (I had a stressful day, ok?), and I just looked over and it had refilled, so either I had refilled my wine on autopilot whilst thinking about Greenman, who is awesome, or the fairy is trying to make nice with me to get me to build her a hookah lounge. Well played, fairy, alcoholic bribes are definitely the way to go.
Update: you can see the completed fairy houses here.