Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Fairy Door Decor - DIY Autumn Acorn Garland

Hey Fairy Friends,

September has arrived the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, its noticeably cooler and the days are getting shorter. Ti's about that time of the year our Fairy friends return to their cosy Fairy nooks nestled behind our magical Fairy Doors. Here they'll stay sprinkling their wonderful magic about the house all autumn and winter long.

Today we gathered the first few acorns off the acorn trees in our local park! We always make and do something with them, so we decided to make an acorn garland for our Fairy Door to welcome our Fairy back into our house.

On our walk back we came across a Fairy Ring! We dare not disturb it in case their was a Fairy or two taking shelter from the showers under one of the huge toadstools! Molly tiptoed as close as possible and snapped these pics! 

Being Irish it's common knowledge to us of course, that if you happen upon a Fairy ring 
You best leave well alone. Never step inside the ring or disturb it as the Fairy's protect themselves and their Fairy rings with magic and spells. Even farmers here in Ireland will always harvest or cut the grass around these rings protecting the Fairy's within. In the Hope's the Fairy's will bring good look and fortune to both farm and crops!  In case you didn't know and you happen to find one.

Back to our Fairy Door decor, here's how we made our Acorn Garland  so you can make one to.

You'll need everything below, along with an adults help:

- Mini Pom Pom Balls

- A needle and thick thread

- Some self adhesive crystals

- Sequins

- A Drill & a tiny drill bit

- PVA Glue

- Glitter

- Most importantly some tiny Acorns

- Sellotape

We did try to pierce a hole through an acorn using a needle but squished the acorn in the process. The best way was to use an electric drill. It took two seconds and it turned out perfectly!

It's up to you how you want to decorate your garland, we decided to use mini pom POM's and glitter sequence. Put your thread through your needle (double it over) them start adding your acorns and decorations like so:

Continue adding them until your garland is the perfect length. Once complete cut the needle off the thread and secure the end with a knot. It should look something like this!

Then we used some self adhesive crystals to decorate our acorns. You could cover the bottom half of your acorns in PVA glue then dip them in glitter! Or even paint them! What ever you choose to or want to do.

All that's left is to put your acorn garland on top of you Fairy Door for your Fairy to find !O use two tiny pieces of sellotape to secure it into place.

Fairy Adorable!

Such a fun and magical way to spend a wet and wintry September's day.

For more Fairy fun and news check back next week.

We picked up most our supplies from our local stationary store as well as tesco and all very reasonably priced to! 

We'd love to see your Fairy Acorn garlands you make! email us pictures to info@mudpiesandrainbows.com or share your picture or Fairy news via our Facebook Page

Wishing you all a wonderful magical day,

Sparkle Bright,

The Fairy's


Friday, 22 August 2014

Bringing The Magic Of Our Fairy 'Fleur' To Life....

A few weeks back, in our Fairy Mailbox we found a tiny very official looking letter from Petunia Primrose 'Head Of The Department Of Fairy Housing' asking us if we could possibly draw a picture of our Fairy "Fleur" and pop it back inside the Fairy sized mailbox for the Fairy postal service to deliver back to her. What an odd request we thought! Molly said that she had caught a few glimpses of 'Fleur' and she seemed to have quiet a detailed description of exactly what she looked like so we appointed Molly to draw the portrait of our Fairy 'Fleur'.

Golden hair swirled up in a bun atop of her head a pretty blue dress with the sweetest polka dots and of course her beautiful Fairy wings. Pleased as punch Molly folded up the picture and popped it inside our Fairy mailbox. 

Weeks and Weeks had passed and we had all forgotten about Petunia's request for our Fairy's portrait. At the time we had pondered why Petunia wanted a picture of our Fairy we wondered if our Fairy had gone missing!!! or if perhaps we would be getting 'Fleur' in trouble if we admitted that we'd actually seen her :) See our Fairy 'Fleur' is a nature Fairy so she bids us farewell every Spring and heads back into the meadows and fields to help sow seeds, bursting all the beautiful flowers into bloom returning to her warm safe and cosy Fairy nook located on our Fireplace come September where she'll happily stay for the remainder of the winter.

So we had not heard from her for quiet some time, needless to say when we found her standing outside her Fairy door with a special note in hand we were all quiet shocked!  Molly truly did see our Fairy Fleur through her enchanted drawing and a sprinkling of Fairy magic Petunia Primrose made it possible, she brought our Fairy Fleur to life! Here's the very magical moment we found her and read her special letter aloud:

If you too would like to bring the magic of your Fairy to life get in touch Petunia Primrose and her team can absolutely make it happen!

Magical Memories indeed, 'Fleur' is sprinkled daily with Fresh Fairy dust kissed, cuddled and brought everywhere! Molly pops her back beside her Fairy Door eh! most nights 'Fleur' does seem to prefer the bedtime fairytale stories and snuggles in Molly's bed, so Molly says :), We love our Fairy Fleur and all the magic that she has and continues to bring to our house.

                     'Wispering to Fleur some secrets & wishes too'

We look forward to making the magic come to life for you all too, You can order your custom Fairy By clicking the link below: 

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We have some Fairy Fantastic news to tell you all! We are delighted to now work along side a wonderful Irish charity 'Focus Ireland' who share in our belief that everyone has a right to a place to call home. 'Focus Ireland' helps to prevent homelessness across Ireland. Helping children and individuals find a safe place to call home. For every purchase that is made we will intern donate 10% to 'Focus Ireland' helping them to work their magic to prevent homelessness and bring a little happiness, safety and security to peoples lives. You can also make a direct donation to this wonderful charity at any time by simply clicking here 'Focus Ireland'. Last year Focus Ireland provided over E70,000.00 worth of hot meals to those in need. 10,000 people benefited from their incredible services. 1 in 7 of the people using their services is a child! While giving a Fairy a home and bringing a little magic to your lives, you are in turn helping bring a little magic to the lives of those in need. So spread the word and help us spread a whole lot of magic... 

Sparkle & Shine So Bright


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Fairy Food and more Fairy Flower Head Crowns

Day two of the official School Summer holidays here in Dublin, Ireland and like magic yesterday our summer weather finally arrived! It's so amazing blue skies and sunshine long may it last....

All has been very quiet by our Fairy Door this week we've not heard from Fleur our Fairy for a while now, but we're not concerned because we know come September 'Fleur' will return to her cosy Fairy nook behind our tiny Fairy Door. Since last weeks blog we've been obsessed with making Fairy head crowns along with Fairy Flower Mandalas almost everyday. Making the most of this beautiful weather and keeping the kids busy having fun outdoors.

Here's today's Fairy Flower Crown creation, Instead of using leaves as the base we used tall grass. Twisting them to forming a circle for the crown. To secure it in place we used some string. Then we added some flowers to the crown weaving the stems into the tall grass twists. It's so easy, fun and incredibly pretty, no princess Fairy would be complete without one ;),

What a lovely day today to have a picnic so for lunch we had a 'Fairy Picnic' Fairy Bread sandwich peanut butter and honey and Fairy sprinkles. For a treat some Fairy fudge Chocolate we just added the marshmallows and Fairy sprinkles to a regular fudge bar. My kids are fussy when it comes to fruit so I helped Molly make an apple Fairy Fancy hoping it would entice her to eat it! She did, if only the fruit company's would put as much marketing, presentation and packaging into their produce as the sweet companies! we might have half a chance of getting more kids opting for healthier snacks.  

Hope you are all having a wonderful magical day having a little Fairy fun in the sun.

Sparkle Bright,


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

DIY Flower Fairy Head Crowns

Never a truer world has ever been written or said 'Those who don't believe in magic will never find it' Their is magic in everyday! Simple pleasures bring the most magic to life. Yes, I am one of those people who'll ignore the mountain of housework and back log of work to be done, to have fun creating and making magical memories with the kids.

Schools almost out for Summer and long lazy leisurely days are just around the corner woohoo ;)

Tis the season for making Flower Mandala's and all things nature Fairyesque. Yesterday was glorious here in Dublin, Ireland and taking full advantage of the beautiful day myself, the kids and the pooch headed to the park. Yesterday was 'International Fairy Day,' so we decided to pick some wildflowers and leaves and make our first Fairy Floral Crowns of the Summer. I meant to do a how to post on these last summer but didn't get around to it. 

Here's how we made ours, if you fancy taking it up a notch from Daisy chains bracelets and chains and having a go. You can use what ever you have or what ever you can find, I promise you they'll always turn out beautiful.

All you need is some string, a selection of leaves and flowers.

When you pick your leaves and flowers make sure you leave the stalks on and pick the ones with long stalks.

Take two leaves and place one on top of the other, slide the top leaf down until the top leaf stalk meets the end of the bottom leaf stalk, the secure them together with a piece of string. ( If you want a fuller crown only slide the top leaf halfway down The bottom leafs stalk then tie them together with a piece of string.)

Continue adding one leaf at a time, using the same method.

Once you have the length you want, turn your leaves upside down place (as in the right of the image below) a leaf on top of the bottom leaf but in the opposite direction so both ends of the leaf headband have stalks. Then use a piece of string to tie both ends together to make a completed circle of leaves.

Adding the flowers is easy, just place the stalk of the flower under each leaf on top of the leaf stalk and secure with string. 

We kept ours simple today with buttercups and some beautiful pink and blue flowers.

 Molly's noticed that the buds off the pink flower looked like Fairy candles, holders and all! couldn't you just image these lit up by Fairy magic at night perched outside some Fairy nook in a tree! So cute so we popped it outside our Fairydoor along with a buttercup lamp ;),

Here's how our Fairy Floral crown came out! 

Have a little Fairy Fun in pursuit of some Fairy magic this Summer... Have fun making magical memories.

Sparkle Bright,


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Summer Fairydoor Inspiration

Ah, today with a little help from 'Fleur' our resident Fairy friend we decided to revamp her entrance for Summer and gave her a Fairy Garden of her very own indoors ;), 

Last night we painted and placed a white picket Fairy sized fence either side of Fleurs Fairy Door, we lay down some faux grass and hedging. Then we made a little garden path out of tiny pebbles and placed a bench and trellis aside the garden path. It looked adorable!

Clearly our Fairy Fleur Loved her new Garden, she certainly was Fairy busy all night long putting her very own touches to her Fairy front Garden.  Without a doubt our Fairy friend is a nature Fairy, like magic she sowed and grew Fairy cabbages overnight!!! 

 The kids are beyond intrigued with 'Fleurs' amazing Fairy garden and newly decorated entrance. Molly wishes that she was small enough to sit on the bench and open the door and pop inside 'Fleurs' Fairy nook for some Fairy cakes and tea! Don't we all ;) 

We've had every kid off the street into take a peek!

We'll have the white picket Fences, Faux grass, pebbles and hedging up on www.mudpiesandrainbows.com by the weekend, so you can give your Fairy a front garden too. The trellis and bench are part of the Fairy garden set that's also available via our website.

Magical Memories you've gotta Love'em

If you need a little help bringing a little extra Fairy magic your way, please do not hesitate to get in touch drop us an email Fairies@mudpiesandrainbows.com, we also specialise in custom Fairy Doors and products too.

��Sparkle Bright ��

The Fairies


Monday, 9 June 2014

The Fairy's & The Shoemakers.... - Freshly Picked GIVEAWAY-

Today's blog post is as always teaming with magic and a huge sprinkling of inspiration.  Last year I started following a wonderful company on instagram called 'Freshly Picked' It was love at first sight I fell head over heels in love with their beautiful leather Moccasin shoes.  Susan Petersons like me started her company with an Idea and out of nothing created and built on her idea and formed her brand and company from her kitchen table. I've been supporting and following Susan and her wonderful company's on its successful journey since. I love when I see snaps of Celebrities like the Kardashian kids sporting Susan's Moccasins I always smile and think you go girl! Inspiration to me and to many that anything is possible....if you work hard and follow your dreams! So needless to say when the opportunity arose to do a collaboration with Susan and her amazing products I jumped at the chance.

See Susan's designs and styles are delightful, enchanting,  they're darn right magical!

Shoes fit for a Fairy Prince or Princess, with shoes so sparkly and pretty there has to be magic in every step!

Molly my daughter Loves hers so much! She's convinced they came from Fairyland. She has not taken them off since she got them! they look adorable with everything from tutu's to jeans, shorts, skirts and everything in between.

 Molly's wearing a size 10 which is the biggest size these cute moccasins come in approx. size 11/12UK. They're amazing quality each pair is made from real leather, they feel so soft and are wide fitting. A very practical, stylish trendy eye catching alternative to sandals and flip flops for the dry summer months.

A proper little Pixie Princess! Freshly Picked are you sure these Mocc's aren't made in Fairyland? There's certainly a little magic in every step!

Thanks to Susan and her amazing team we have a pair of their Fab Moccasins to GIVEAWAY!!! So many amazing colors to choose from. One of you guys will win a fabulous pair for your little pixie prince or princess. To be in with a chance to win ENTER HERE, giveaway will close on Thursday 12th of June '14 at 8pm and the winner will be announced that evening.

To view the entire Fabulous line of Moccasins click here Freshly Picked to work out your child's correct size click here Size Chart

Wishing you all the very best of luck,

Have a magical day,

Sparkle Bright,


Monday, 26 May 2014

Fairy Findings...

Our dog "Bailey' is always sniffing around our Fairy Door, infact when 'Fleur' our Fairy first came to our house she set up home in our sitting room. There her enchanted little door stayed for about a week, until one morning we noticed it had disappeared! The kids searched everywhere for it but it was no where to be found. As mysteriously as it had appeared it had magically disappeared! That evening Jay noticed a Tiny Fairy mail on the floor where the little Fairy door used to be.  With a lot of excitement we opened and read the tiny letter aloud. It was from 'Fleur' letting us know that she had moved to the Bookshelf, because every time she tried to leave her door 'Bailey' our dog would chase her about. She thought it safer to perch her door upon the wall aside our bookshelf until her and Bailey became better acquainted! LOL

Now however, her magic little door is right beside our fire. From time to time Bailey might wander by for a sniff but generally moves on and leaves our Fairy's be! On Saturday however his nose was firmly sniffing outside the door.  I was busy dusting I noticed him sniffing and whooshed him away from the Fairy's little door.  On the little mat outside our Fairy Door was the tiniest little duck blue egg shell!

I called the kids to come see, there was great excitement wondering what might have hatched out of such a cute tiny little shell. Molly had hoped it was a Fairy sized swan or unicorn and Jay thought it might just be a Fairy sized cat! So straight away they wrote a letter to 'Fleur' asking her to let them know what it was that hatched out of the Fairy sized egg. (So Cute!)

The next morning the kids checked the Fairy mail box and yeah the letter was gone but no letter from 'Fleur' replying back. 

The following morning we found green glittery tiny unicorn hooves dotted all around our sitting room, sprinkles and flecks of fairy glitter everywhere. No reply letter need we had all the confirmation we needed, we now officially have a Fairy and a Unicorn living in our house.... I lOvE it!

I just love 'Fleur' our Fairy and all the magic she brings our way,

Magical memories you've got to love'em I hope you all are making bunches of Magical memories with your Fairy friends too!

Have a magical day,

Sparkle Bright,