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« on: August 13, 2013 06:33:34 PM »

To me, Craftster means INSPIRATION!

This is truly a "miscellaneous" entry, because it pulls together SO MANY things and inspirations I have gotten from Craftster over the years.  I've always been interested in doll houses, and the Wee House Craftalong is one of my favorite threads to watch.  But despite my love of all things miniature, I've never attempted a dollhouse (I did once, in pre-Craftster days, but it did not go well).  I kept telling myself I wasn't going to spend the money on a dollhouse, not knowing if I'd ever get to it... I was going to start with a room.  And so many of the things in the craftalong were recycled materials, anyway... I could do that... right?

Well, our local RenFest is having a Fairy House competition, and even though I doubt I will win anything (you get free tickets for entering, wheee!), I felt motivated by all I'd seen and been inspired by to try!

The result?  A not-so-wee and very structurally sound fairy room...



The process... started with the not-so-great-shape tree in the backyard that provided me with all the sticks I could possibly use (after I'd sawed off a few largish branches).  An old plastic serving tray I picked up from I don't know where served as the base.  Hot glue (My nemesis!  Seriously, I burned myself fairly badly... it hates me) tacked the branches in place while I tied them off with twine.



Some Y-shaped branches for the roof and an old garden bag for the walls, and it was starting to look like a structure!



At this point, my husband walked in to the kitchen and said something about worrying about it being sturdy, and I picked it up by the roof truss and shook it.  Apparently, you can't take the engineer out of the crafter, and I had to keep telling myself (especially with the furniture) that NO ONE WAS REALLY GOING TO LIVE IN THIS OR SIT ON THE CHAIR.  IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT STURDY.  But... it is.  Because I couldn't stop myself.

An old fake tree sacrificed as lot of leaves for the roof...



And the only thing I had to buy was moss to cover the outside.



A quick paint job on the inside, some dirt, some rocks, and old aquarium gravel and the structure was DONE (I say that like it didn't take me forever and a day...  :/).



And the part I really liked... the furniture.  I wish I could have done so much more, but time was tight.  Next year! 

Starting with the bed base:



Then I sewed a mattress and pillow, and crocheted a blanket:



And sewed on a canopy:



Then I made a chair:



Added a cushion, and made some knitting needles (and, yes, I actually knitted that little bit of yarn on those toothpicks!), then crocheted a basket and wound tiny balls of yarn and stuck in another set of knitting needles:



...and I thought that would be my favorite part, but... the table:



I made the mini books, and the quill is a small piece of feather with a bead inkwell.  I was going to write in the book, but...  I decided to leave it blank.



Like I said, there was so much more I wanted to do, but I severely underestimated how long even this little was going to take.  At least now I'm somewhat over my fear of Wee House Making, and maybe some day I'll make an entire Wee House!  And, again, I can't thank the people on Craftster enough for being such motivation!
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013 08:31:29 PM »

All the tiny details add to the charm of this fairy house. I really like the knitting basket, it's so cute.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013 09:21:44 PM »

smeddly I love the way you made this! it is truly wonderful
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013 06:53:21 AM »

The furniture is my favorite part!

Books and knitting...life does not get any better than that for the lucky fairy who has this wee room!

Great job, smeddley--thanks for sharing your process...it was a fun read...ha ha...especially about how much time it really takes...Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013 01:52:26 PM »

Wow, so many delightful details! I love the rustic furniture. Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013 02:01:14 PM »

Sooo adorable! Thanks for all the excellent process pics, too! And my fave is definitely the wee knitting bag.
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