Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How Cute is This??

 Some seriously cute baking products from http://www.bakeitpretty.com/ !
In the UK they actually call cupcake wrappers "Fairy Cake Cases" - how cute is that?

Who doesn't need mushroom doileys?!
The "Mini Gnome" cutter is the cutest.

This kit could make the most awesome cake ever or you could use the pieces in a terrarium!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Check us Out!

If you are in the Annapolis area and are looking for an awesome place for a great breakfast or lunch, check out the B.B. Bistro. They are one of the first restaurants in Annapolis to receive the Environmental Stewardship Certification. Their food is made fresh every day (they don't even own a freezer)! 
Each month a new artist is featured in their restaurant, for the month of July we will have our Little Magic Doors on display and for sale. We are very excited to show off our doors in such a fantastic place. 
For their hours and location check out their website: http://www.bbbistroannapolis.com/


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tips and Tricks Thursday!

Happy Thursday to All!

Most of the time on Tips and Tricks day we offer suggestions for you 'fairy' door owners, but there are mermaids, pixies, gnomes, trolls and pirates out there too.

So we thought we would give you some ideas of things you might want to leave at your pirate fairy door!

gold coins
pirate flags
old maps
scrolls of parchment
mini sword toothpicks
citrus fruits (noone wants scurvy!)
little toy pirate ships
treasure chests
a pirate dictionary

There are tons more, but that's some place to start!

Have a great day!  Avast!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How Cute Is This? Maybe not?

Today's how cute is this is not really that cute in the rubber duckie and baby pj's kind of way. But more in a clever, funny and weird kind of way. 

We know you know what pirates look like but what do they smell like? Well, seaweed and rum right? So if you want to smell like a pirate what do you do?  Here is the answer:

Seaweed and Rum Soap

it can be found here:

Arrgh Maties!  Scrub up me hearties, Yo Ho!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Avast! Create Ye Own Pirate Booty!

Here's what you need:
metallic gold and silver paint
black embossing powder
heat tool
pirate rubber stamps
slow drying ink pad, black or clear (I used Stampin Up Craft ink)
wooden discs

Here's what you do:

 Step 1: 
Paint the discs gold and let dry. Use the silver paint too paint around the edges of each coin.

Step 2:
Stamp the pirate image on to the coin. I used the following stamps: Pirate Skull by The Cat's Pajamas and pirate ship by A Muse Artstamps.

 Step 3:
Sprinkle embossing powder over the wet image

Step 4:
Gently tap off the excess powder

Step 5:
Apply the heat to until the powder melts (do NOT use a hair dryer!) Repeat the process for the other side of the coin!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

~*~ Fairy Kabobs ~*~

These mini Fairy Kabobs are the perfect way to appreciate the last of the summer berry crop. We dipped blueberries, strawberries, mint leaves and lemon balm leaves into chocolate and chilled them in the fridge for 30 minutes. While they were chilling we took a few tooth picks and decorated the tops with mini Prima flowers and fancy paper strips. Once the chocolate on the fruit was firm we skewered them up and had the perfect fairy desert! Of course you don't have to dip the fruit in chocolate first but we can't comprehend why you wouldn't ;)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Craftyness without the mess!

So generally speaking we are pretty crafty around here...we bet lots of you are too! So we wanted to show you a cool outlet for your craftiness that makes no mess to clean up after!!

Check out this website where you can be your own fabric designer! Its called Spoonflower. ( http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome ) There are some super cute designs already there or you can upload your own design and get the designer discount!! Can't you just see tons of ideas swimming around in your head right now? There is a lot of mushroomy and gnomey deliciousness to be had there!!!

I especially love this one:

It's called 'Gnome, Alaska"   ( Hee hee!)

So go and check it out and start dreaming up your own fabric designs, I know we will be!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How Cute Is This??

Family Fun has the Fairy Village cake on their website. This is one seriously cute cake. It even has little mushrooms! We LOVE this idea.
Find the instructions here:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Make Your Own Pirate Map

No true Swashbuckler would be caught with out their trusty treasure map. You can make your own authentic looking map in no time at all.

Here's what you need:
-White canvas (in whatever size you want your map to be)
-paint brushes
-5-6 tea bags
-acrylic paint
-black Sumi Ink or a good black journaling marker

Step 1:
Cut your canvas to the size you'd like your map to be. Also cut a smaller sample swatch to test your paints on.

Step 2:
Fill a large sauce pan with water and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and add tea bags. Once the tea has steeped add the canvas, let soak 15 minutes or longer (if needed). Remove the canvas from the tea and rinse in cold water.

 Step 3:
Let the canvas dry completely - you can put it in the dryer if needed but it dries best in the sun. Don't iron it before painting, the wrinkles add to the old look and do not make it any harder to paint.

Step 4:
It's a good idea to draw a rough draft of your map on paper first. Start by using the black ink on the canvas first. The Sumi ink works great and does not run but you have to apply it with a paint brush. I found that my Stampin' Write Journaler maker works great and didn't run. If you have a black or dark brown marker to use try it on your test canvas first. Once all of your outline work is finished it's time to paint. Use a small dollop of acrylic paint with water added to it to give it a more watercolor look as well as make it easier to paint. I tried each color on the test canvas before I added it to my maps. FYI, metallic paint dilutes well and looks awesome.

AAAARG! Here be my map!

I couldn't resist the urge to make a map of Fairyland while I was working...

Your map doesn't need to be this detailed, this would be a great project for the kids too! You could draw a map of your own neighborhood - Pirate style!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tips and Tricks Thursday!

Getting little treasures from the fairy that lives behind your door is one of the best things about owning a door. Whether it be an end of the school year gift, a birthday treat or just something that lets the owner of the door feel special, there are so many things the Fairies can leave. A pretty shell, a pine cone or even a little fairy dust all make great gifts.
We stumbled across these adorable little jars of  "Fairy Candy"and thought they would be a perfect fairy gift. The jar is 4 inches tall and filled with candied violet or rose flower bits. You can find them at http://www.petaliteas.com/.

We took off the manufacturers tag and added our own sparkly tag and are ready to go. Just imagine how happy your special someone will feel when they find this sweet treat!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fairy Candy

Now that our fairy garden is in full swing we harvested a few of our herbs and edible flowers and decided to make some tasty "fairy candy". These sweet little treats look great on top of ice cream, garnishing iced tea or lemonade or just in a pretty dish. The best part is - they taste great too!!

Here's what you need:
fresh herbs - mint, lemon balm scented geraniums, etc
edible flowers - rose petals, pansies, lavender flowers, etc
egg whites
fine sugar
**ALWAYS check to be sure your chosen flowers/herbs are actually edible, here's a great resource:

 Wash your flowers/herbs and let them dry well. Place 2 egg whites in a dish and lightly beat them. Dip each petal/leaf in one a time, using your fingers to make sure they are completely coated. Then dip into the sugar and place on wax paper to dry. Drying will take around 12 hours - you may need to flip your petal/leaf once during drying.

If you want to make a garnish for your favorite beverage lay dip the petal/leaf as described above but place around the rim of a glass to dry.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How Cute Is This?

Really do I have to say it?

How cute is this?

Get it here:


Monday, June 7, 2010

Local Show This Weekend!

If you live in the Annapolis, MD area, we will be exhibiting at the Cape Saint Claire Strawberry Festival this Saturday from 10-7pm.  It will be a fun, sunny day and we would love for you to stop by say Hi and check out all the cool new items. 

The festival features food vendors, live music, crafters and a bay front activity area.  We have done this festival many years and everyone seems to be having a great time!  Our favorite part is the non-stop parade of dogs joining in the fun...

So bring your fuzzy friend and come down for a visit!  See ya Saturday!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mini Clay Mushrooms

These little cuties can be made in any size/color/thickness you can dream up. They can be used for scrapbooks,tags, journals, little magnets, brads, Valentine's.... anything you can think of! We like to leave them as gifts to our fairies.

They're quick and easy to make. Start by grabbing your favorite clay - Fimo, Sculpey, etc.

Next make all of your mushroom "parts' - be sure to wash your hands after using the red or the red residue will turn your white into pink!

Assemble the mushroom carefully.
Cut your mushroom down the middle. I bought this clay cutter at the craft store. It was right next to all of the clay and it works beautifully.  You can also use a very sharp knife.

You can add little holes to make buttons if you wish. Finally, bake according to the directions on your clay packaging.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tips and Tricks Thursday!

Hi All! A quick tips and tricks today, the evil trolls have been reeking havoc on us today so we wanted to sneak this one in really quick while everything is working!

Tonight...move your door to a completely different place and leave a note from your fairy, pirate, gnome or pixie saying that they want to play a game! Tell them if they want to play along just to leave them a note saying so.  Then each night for a week or so (or until they tire of it) move the door to a different spot and leave an other note. 

You could leave clues each day to a special prize or clues to where the door might go next!!

Just have some fun with it!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fairies In the Garden

These are a Fairy Garden favorite of ours so we had to share. These cute little fairy shadows are so subtle they have most everyone doing a double take. They stick right into the ground or a flower pot. They are called The Toadstool Fairies of Bluebell Woods. Their website is almost as cute as they are and worth checking out:


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How Cute Is This??

Did you know mermaids are considered fairies? How cute would this be to take tot the beach or pool?????

We LOVE it!! You can buy it here:
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