What would you wish for if you were stood under the boughs of a Fairy Tree? Only one wish. That’s the question I asked myself as I was in the middle of making this card. I still haven’t actually come up with an answer that I’m happy with.
I have to admit, that this card was one of those cards where I liked the idea of what I’d planned … then began to make it, and found that I fell out of love with it. So I put it on one side and began something else. Then, a few days later I told myself that I’d ‘made it that far, so you might as well get on with it’ … so I picked up where I’d left off and continued with the plan.
Three times I fell out of love and three times I tried again, and again, and again … until I’d finished it. And I’m SO glad that I did because now … I love it.
The little Fairy sat under the tree, is a very lightweight material – almost like a paper/wood mix. I was making an order, on-line, and added her into my basket simply because I liked her. I had no plans about what I’d do with her at the time.
The tree is a Tattered Lace die (I don’t own too many of that range of dies as I find them a little too fussy). Cut out of white card and coloured by me. Once I’d had the idea of putting her beneath a Fairy Wishing Tree, my next decision was that I wanted the card to have two ‘looks’. One for day, and one for evening …. so I ‘built’ the card with a window, then put a little piece of shimmery stuff – I think it may be a plastic type of thing – which I bought years ago from Hobbycraft, in one of their sales. I’ve used bits of it every now and again until I now only have a teeny piece of it left. But it worked so well for the magical shimmery look I wanted to the opening (see photograph above) and for hiding a battery operated T-light inside the card.
The card is a 6″ x 6″ plain white card, which I die-cut to the size of the Fairy sat in the oval.
I’ve left the front without any sentiment so that I can be creative with the card and use it for any occasion what-so-ever. Birthday, Anniversary, Thank you, Cheer you up, Hello, …. all sorts of things. The design is such that it will ‘fit’ many occasion.
Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee moment with me. I love to see you and chat with you.
I make a wish that your day goes well – or went well for those of you who live on the opposite side of the world, and will go well for those of you who are just waking up and about to go out into the world.
What ever you’re going to do today, do it with joy. Even if you’re not really enjoying it, find the joy – and then the task will be much sweeter … and will be over with a lot sooner than it would if you did it in a grump.
Go bravely into the world and smile. For the World becomes so much easier to deal with if you’re in a smiley mood. May your God go with you.
To capture a Fairy in a Jar ... you simply have to be gentle and kind, and want to capture her (or him) with all your heart.
I originally found a photograph of a fairy in a jar on Pinterest. I fell in love with it instantly and literally stopped everything I was doing and got all the supplies out on my desk and began to make my own jar ready to capture my fairy, right there and then.
I’ll warn you now that this blog post is photo heavy. I totally forgot to take pictures at each stage of the make, simply because I was SO into making it. But I’ve taken a photograph from all angles of the finished fairy in my jar, so that you can see it all around and even on top, and I’ve taken photo’s in sunlight from the window in my craft room, at dusk in my craftroom and even in the house in the darkness – at night-time, with all the lights off. So here goes, dear reader. Get ready for lots of photos ….
I chose to keep the lid of the jar, as I wanted to have a choice of how it was displayed (lid on/lid off). My original idea was to have the lid on during the daytime when the Tea lights weren’t alight, and leave the lid off at night when the lights were switched on. But I actually love it both ways.
I did, at first,decorate the glass lid with white cotton fabric (like shirt fabric), which I tied on with string around the knob on the top. (It was glued in place). I decorated it with buttons and flowers. However, when I stood back to look at it, I wondered if I’d like it better if I’d have done the same thing on the lid as I’d done to the jar itself. I lived with it for a couple of days, then stripped the cotton off, scrubbed it clean again and decorated it to match the jar. And …. I love it like that!
You should only use battery operated Tea Lights inside a Fairy Jar. That’s soimportant that I’m going to say it again: YOU SHOULD ONLY USE BATTERY OPERATED TEA LIGHTS IN A FAIRY JAR! This is because you’ve glued paper and or card to the inside of the jar. Paper/Card and Candles DON’TMIXWELL – unless you want to start a FIRE! We don’t want any accidents … so please don’t even try out a candle inside the jar. Please, please buy battery operated Tea Lights for your version of a Fairy Jar. You don’t have to put three in if you don’t want to. One works … Two makes things twinkle brighter, and three, for some reason, makes Fairy Wings seem to flutter just a little. Why is that, I wonder? It must be Fairy magic!
My wonderful little Grandson comes to visit at the weekend and we have him for about 5/6 hours to give mum and dad a little free time to do stuff. When he came last weekend, I introduced him to the “Fairy Shadow I caught in a Jar!” … I didn’t want him to hear me say I actually caught a Fairy in a jar, because … well, he knows me to be kind and loving, and anyone who’s kind and loving most certainly doesn’t catch a Fairy and stuff them into a jar! So I explained that I’d caught a Fairy’s shadow. That sounded much nicer, more gentle, more kind and loving.
I didn’t think he’d be over-impressed, after all it was just a Fairy, and the big thing in his life was CARS! – however he was awestruck! I came in from my craft room, carrying the already lit and lidded jar really carefully, and I whispered to him that he had to: “be very quiet and careful because I’ve captured a Fairy Shadow in a Jar!” …. I placed the jar down on the coffee table so that he could see it. His little face was a picture. He got down on the floor and perched his chin on the coffee table and gazed, . . . and his eyes grew to the size of saucers! There was so much magic showing on his face and in his eyes. So much ‘awesomeness’ (I don’t think that’s a word, I think I made it up for the purpose of explaining – lol). He looked at it for ages. Then, moving quietly around the coffee table – he examined it carefully from all angles. All of a sudden … he slowly lifted his arm, and with one finger he delicately reached out and v.e.r.y. gently touched the side of the Fairy Jar, almost as if he wasn’t sure if what he thought he was looking at, was actuall really, really there! Thankfully… I managed to capture that very moment on my camera . . .
I was totally thrilled to pieces that he liked it. Everybody else could hate it if they wanted to, but the fact that he liked it, was so impressed and so awestruck by it meant the absolute world to me.
I was so engrossed in the making of this Fairy Jar that, as I said previously, I totally forgot to take photographs of each step of the making. However … I’ve got something better than my explanations. A video, which you’ll find at the end of this post.
I enjoyed making this so so much. It was fun from the start to the end. I was going to give it away, but, once it was made … I fell head over heels in love with it and couldn’t part with it.
In the video which you’re about to watch … White tissue is used in the making. I however used a VERY PALE pink tissue in this project (above) and as you can see, it worked perfectly – as you can see from the photos. But it was simply a matter of choice. I have a selection of tissue colours. Something about the pale pink called to me, and I found my hands reaching for it. So … don’t feel you have to follow the instructions to the letter. If there’s something you want to do which will make a fairy jar yours and yours alone, then do it! If you want to use …red tissue then do so! Blue tissue to make it look icy? Go ahead! Oh – and do post some photo’s on your blog, and then come back here and let me know so that I don’t miss your fairy, because I’d love to see more of these. I’m already planning another one and I’ve just today found a wonderful jar in the shed which will work brilliantly!
If, after watching the video, there’s anything that you want to ask about the Fairy Jar In the photographs above, which I may have forgotten to mention, then please feel free to ask in a comment here and I’ll answer you within 24 hours. One thing I think I haven’t mentioned is that the glitter I used on the outside of the jar was a chunky glitter, not the fine stuff, which I mixed a little card makers ‘snow’ into it, just to add that ‘frosted’ look to the whole thing.
So, that’s me done and dusted for another beautiful day. It’s been a little windy around here the last few days. But thankfully we were not ‘hit’, other than a few branches in our garden came tumbling down – but nothing structurally was hit, so I’d call that blessed.
I hope you too have a truly blessed day. Remember to stop and enjoy life – even for just a moment, and in that moment be thankful for all you too are blessed with.