My initial plan was to make everything myself, but I fell in love with the Succulent roof birdhouse and I knew that had to be our fairy house.
I was lucky to find a big rubber tub to borrow from our friends and also to come across some sweet little neighbors who were selling colorful rocks and little houses and who gave us all the cute little creatures (they will soon receive a surprise letter with pictures of our Fairyland).
A little fairy mirror reads: 'Believe in yourself and all your dreams will come true' (in spanish) and it is from a card that a friend had given me when we finished elementary school and that I found while looking for treasures for our garden (such a sweet memory). I made the 'Stop and look for fairies' sign out of polymer clay using Sophie's 4 month old hand cast (and I almost burned down the house by forgetting it in the toaster oven).
I also used the copper sheet to make the little pinwheels.
I had made the toadstools for Sophie's first birthday with paper mache paste but had never managed to paint them until now. I covered some old bangles with ribbon to make the fairy hula hoops. The little bike was inspired by this. I used a wooden skewer for the body, some buttons for the wheels, beads for the handle and a fake leather heart for the seat.
And finally, we put all the little creatures in their places and had a blast.
PS: I have entered the 2011 Fairy Garden Competition hosted by The Magic Onions