Mossy Manor

Fairy House

Mossy Manor Fairy House

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This is my dollhouse for which I created most of the miniatures featured on my Northwest Naturals pages. It won Third Place at the Fall 1996 Seattle Dollhouse and Miniatures Show. I call it "Mossy Manor." The house is a little house in the real, big world -- hence no miniature trees or flowers; a cradle made out of a real walnut shell; and a real bird's nest wedged between the chimney and roof, nestled in the full-sized ivy. I shingled the twig gazebo's roof with "petals" I cut from pine cones. The rocks on the foundation, chimney and fireplace came from a beach in my area. The stucco is spackle. The roof of the dollhouse and well are covered in "sheet moss" purchased from a craft store, and sprayed with moss colored florists' spray paint (much finer than regular spray paint).

There are fairies and baby fairies everywhere... sleeping, flying, and watching over each other.

I made the house from a Corona Kit named "The Aster Cottage." 

The fairy on the swing, tea set, fairy next to the tea set, on the barrel rim, left side of the step, and in the walnut shell stroller were all made by Sammy Smith of Happiness Is...

I did some "kit bashing" by eliminating the access opening to the loft (to make more room for the bed), and moving the ladder to the front (I didn't use their stairs), thereby freeing up wall space on the main level. I didn't use their detail for the top of the chimney, preferring to make my own out of rocks. I didn't use the provided interior beams or rails, but made my own out of more substantial lumber (1" x 1" molding) which I notched on the edges.

The "light" hanging above the bed is a dried seed pod with lichen embellishments.

These fairies read nice, old books, and gather and dry seed pods and rose buds in front of the chimney. I sculpted the shy little sitting baby, made the walnut shell cradle, and painted the beams. I also made the twig bed, which is covered in antique fabric. You can get a closer look at the gazebo, swing, cradle, bed, and well at my Northwest Naturals page. The little waif on the right side of step is by Kathie's Kuties (Kathryn Aydelott Force). Another of Judy Orr's babies is in the walnut basket. The natural wreath on the door was from a swap online.
Another Kathie's Kutie is sleeping next to the twig bench I made, with it's own snail-like shell. The baby fairy sleeping in a walnut shell (on main floor, under ladder) was sculpted by Judy Orr. I have a lot of Judy's fairy dolls. Love her faces :) My son Ian made the ladder. He was 11 at the time.

I made a plate rail for the back and side walls out of scraps from the house kit. The pewter mugs are actually beads. I made the wooden goblets (on the far right) in this shot with bell shaped beads, toothpick stems, and a flat round wooden bead as the base.

Various fairy dolls... by Judy Orr, Sue Ann Thwaite (LadyBug), and Sammy Smith (in the cage). The wooden goblets with the blue bases are older German miniatures. The wooden goblets on the table are also older and German. I made the oil lamp on the table out of beads. Can you guess what I made the door handles (and hinges) from? Black construction paper, painted with pewter paint that I dappled on for a hammered texture! I "kit bashed" a corner hutch kit - making it shorter on the top portion, so it would fit in the space. The elf with the maple seed pod wings was sculpted by me. The little guy standing next to him is another of Kathie's Kuties.

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