It is a fairy tree stump house in 1:12 scale but fits into an a life size ivy covered 'tree trunk'.
I got a lot of inspiration from Rik Pierce, especially for the tiles on the roof and chimney stones, but the structure is very much my own creation and because of this took a long time to design and build.
The reason I built this was very personal. As a child I loved fairy stories and had one particular book full of wonderfully romantic illustrations of fairyland, including magical toadstool and fairy houses. In fairyland the evil people were easy to spot - they were either wicked witches or nasty goblins. Sadly I have had too many experiences in my adult life of cruel people who look - not like big bad wolves - but like everyone else. This fairy house is a form of therapy for me to rid my life of these toxic creatures.
So although it was designed and built for a little fairy called Celandine, it is really built for me to escape to!!
Now it is finished it looks like a simple structure, but it was a real challenge to build. It was nearly dumped on two occasions when things just got too difficult but I am glad I kept going. It was built from the inside out. Once the wooden internal walls and roof were finished the whole tree trunk shape was formed using papier mâché. I wanted the internal walls to be mainly straight so that furniture would 'sit' well, but also wanted it to echo the external tree trunk shape. It was also imperative that the roof have a curved pitch - that was a particularly difficult thing to build. I also wanted to have the inside easy to view, so had to incorporate a front opening wall. Because of the curved roof, this was not easy, but it works well now and is held closed by small magnets. Let me show you around....
This is the front door with steps going to to it. The little lamp is battery operated and can be easily taken in and out of position as it is fixed with a magnet. Under the light is a string a little bells which visitors ring when they arrive. The door and windows are all handmade and slightly quirky as a result.
On the steps are little 'pots' of flowers and toadstools. The pots are made from real acorn cups.
To view the inside of the house you open the front wall.....
There are two main rooms connected by a semi-cantilevered staircase. This was time consuming and took about two weeks to finish. Although it is not possible to see from the front, there is another little door tucked away under the stairs which leads to an underground cellar.
The inside is completely unfinished at the moment, except for a bookcase sunk into one of the walls downstairs,
and another alcove where the kitchen will be. In the kitchen there will be a little flickering fire.
The whole fairy house is on a turntable so it can be viewed from all sides. This meant that I could not have any electrics that required external cables as they would get tangled up. Instead I chose an LED battery operated circuit from Evans Designs in the US. They make lights for railway diaramas as well as miniatures. They are very very helpful when it comes to giving advice. I have two different wiring circuits which will currently gives me 3 different lighting options. I made the light fittings myself from buttons, bead caps, rubber tubing stripped from electrical wire and Evan's little LED bulbs.
Again, these are slightly quirky being handmade! The electrics are turned on by little button switches hidden under the outside log 'shed'.
This is a flap that lifts up for turning the lights on and off and replacing the coin batteries when they run out. The bulbs themselves last for something like 10,000 hours!
I got help with the tiling technique from the talented Janice from onbeingaminimum.
They took a long time and are made from Creative Paperclay which Rik Pierce uses a lot. I also used Creative Paperclay for the stones on the chimney. The chimney will be linked to the fire in the kitchen stove.
There are four main windows in the house and another tiny one for the attic.
I only finished painting the roof tiles today, I will probably add some dried moss in places soon. Under the main windows are some window boxes with tiny woodland flowers.
Here is a view from inside looking out....
The outside of the fairy house is more or less completed and now I have the fun of starting work on the inside. I much prefer this part!!
I hope you have enjoyed the mini-tour and look forward to welcoming you back to see the progress inside.