(not our house faery)
Who is this new little member of our family, you ask? Why, she's a House Faery, of course! And she came to live with us just a couple of weeks ago, so I've been scrambling to make her a home fit for a faery within our home fit for humans.
I wasn't sure of house faery etiquette and I didn't want to upset her if she had a very particular way of doing things and what she expected of me, but she assured me she was quite easy going and just about loved anything pretty.
The first thing I did was set about making her a little bed.
I took a small jewelry box that had a sweet curved top to it and cut the corners of one side and brought it up to make the headboard. Then I took fabric paper (adhesive) and covered up the headboard with one pattern and used a rose pattern around the base of the other part of the box.
Then I took some tacky glue and some fresh lambs ear leaves and began gluing them down on the box top to form the mattress. You can do this easily and lambs ear remains fuzzy and soft for a long time, even after it dries. Eventually I will have to make her a new bed, but for the remaining of the summer months, she and I think it will work out beautifully.
Keep layering it and covering it until you have the look you want to achieve. Wipe any excess glue off, but don't worry too much, it will be clear when it dries and you won't notice it.
She definitely needed a little pillow, so I took more of the adhesive fabric paper and a cotton ball, cut out the amount of fabric paper I'd need to tuck around the cotton ball and folded it into the shape of a pillow.
Perfect and comfy.
Finishing touch: Eyelet around the base!
She LOVES it!
The next thing I had to do for her was find her a safe place to have her bedroom all set up in the house. We do have four cats, and while they have been good little boys for the most part with our new family member (thank goodness for Faery Magic and her beautiful lulling voice), we decided that while she is sleeping she should be someplace safe and secure. Too many things can sneak up on you while you're in dreamland.
We decided on an antique metal birdcage that has been sitting around waiting for some good use of it for the past five years. I can't think of anything better than to become the bedroom of a House Faery, and she can open and close the door but the cats can't!
I went to the flea market in search of dollhouse furniture because I only had a wee tiny bit, and nothing suitable for a bedroom. I wondered about for a couple of hours in the heat and the dust and the sun, when suddenly, in the last long row I spied two full boxes of dollhouse furniture going for only 40 dollars! Oh, the treasure trove it was! Jackpot! WOOO HOOO! I brought it home, cleaned it up, and started painting her bedroom furniture white. I also found ceramic thimbles, antique hankies and knitted potholders to make rugs, blankets, curtains and more.
I took some photos for you with the cage part off so you could see it more clearly. Here's a some shots of our House Faery's new bedroom. The dresser drawers pull out the dried flowers are from the garden (where apparently some of her garden faery friends live. I can't wait to meet them!), and there's the bed, on the right near the flowers. I made her a little sheet to cover with out of a vintage hankie, some eyelet and small stitching. It looks perfect with the pillow and the rose that she wanted at the foot of her bed.
How does a House Faery decide on a house to move into? How does she come to the decision on what family she (or he) wants to live with? Well, according to my House Faery, it's a very personal choice, although stories abound amongst humans as to how faeries decide to make their presence known and if they reveal their true names to you, that's even more magical and an incredible honor. Our House Faery has told me her true name, but I cannot share it with anyone and I can only utter it in times of great distress or need. Saying your faery's true name is not something to trifle with, which is why most faeries will only give you their common names. It keeps them and their magic safe from misuse. I'm not even allowed to photograph my faery. She says it's a big no-no unless the faery had decided that it's something she/he feels comfortable with. As most faeries can be very shy about human ways, our house faery has decided to opt out of the photos at this particular time. I won't pester her about it, either. I respect her decision.
Anyway, perhaps I'll tell you all about how our house faery came to decide on our family and why she chose to tell me her true name. And while I cannot tell you her true name, she has just fluttered over and whispered in my ear with a little mischievous giggle, that I can tell you her common name. Our House Faery is called Kettle. She chose it herself.
House Faeries tend to take on the name of a household item or something they particularly feel a fondness for within a home. She loves tea and prefers to sip it out of thimbles. She said that Thimble had been so over-done that she didn't want to take on that one. She, herself, knows three other faeries with the name of Thimble, but Kettle seems to be a bit less common, so for her common name, she chose the road less taken.
I'll have more for you all on Kettle as time goes on. I have designated two shelves on the bookcase in the living room for her and we are turning it into a living room, kitchen and dining room, sewing room (she says that I should not be surprised when needles and thread come up missing, or various other things for that matter, as she has a fondness for household items she can use or decorate with), and a little powder room and magic workshop as well. I hope you will all stay tuned for Kettle updates and adventures!
Brightest Magical Blessings to you all!
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