Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Precious Teacup Nurseries

While trying to keep organized (might I isn't working!!) at getting ready for 2 more craft fairs and removing all of my holiday items from Etsy....I am coming across beautiful creations that need a bit of attention prior to being sent off to a craft fair and never shared.

This Buttercup and her Teacup Nursery. She we be displayed at the upcoming Fort Smith fair that is being held this weekend. I think she is just beautiful.

And this is Ophelia and her Teacup Nursery.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rolling Up the Carpet

As another holiday season shortly arrives, I must say that I have had a wonderfully success month for sales (insert....MASSIVE hug to all my followers).

This will be the last day that my 2012 Holiday Collection will be available on my website and on Etsy.
I wished I could keep them up longer but due to possible shipping delays, I would be more disappointed if my little creations didn't make it to their new homes in time.

Enchanted Pathways Faerie Nursery website

Faerie Nursery Etsy store front

I have one last craft fair to attend here in town and right now I am busy decorating my first entry for the Festival of Trees (photo will be posted soon).

I will be splitting up the last of my holiday faeries between this craft fair and the one that my daughter has a table at next weekend. Pretty exciting to know that my faeries will be displayed in Calgary, AB.

Over the next month I will be just as busy with the new line of stand-up faeries along with my current selections.

I have already decided on what I will be making for my next free draw that will be held the first week of January....just in time for Valentine's Day (oops, did I just give a hint away??).

Again, thank you for your support of the Enchanted Pathways Faerie Nursery :)


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Special Finds?

After dreaming up making little Faerie Princes and then making them come to life, I can say that they have made a wonderful addition to the Faerie Nursery.

My only issue with them so far is that they seem to be VERY holiday oriented. As I never want my Faeries to be associated with only Christmas...this has become a big dilemma for me. I have been trying to figure out what I could have the little Princes holding in their arms that weren't just acorns and pinecones.

After speaking with my husband on this issue, he reminded me that Faeries love to steal and collect all bits of little goodies. So in my quest for finding wee little things, I managed to save these few items that I can incorporate when making the Princes.

I will be on the lookout for bottle caps, miniatures and lots of shiny things :)


Over the past couple of weeks, I have managed to get out of the north for one reason or another. During these two quick visits back to civilization I came across two amazing finds for the nursery.

We all know the size of a regular porcelain china teacup with the average height being around 3" to 3.5" tall depending on the manufacturer. Well that being said, I was able to purchase 8 more teacups which made me extremely happy.

On that note....while out and husband while snooping around in the stores for me, came across what I thought were the most adorable 'little' teacups I had ever seen!! These little beauties are only 2" tall!! Can you believe that? I have never seen anything like it. So yes, even though they did cost a bit more, how could I refuse? Yeah....of course, I couldn't and didn't.

On this trip out here again just wandering around little tiny shops, this time I was the one to find the treasures. Sitting in the back of a glass cabinet were 4 more 'little' teacups. Okay, so I know...that doesn't sound like anything new!! But, I shall re-phase that last statement....there were 4 'wee little' teacups to be found. Now I is the driving force here and I really have to be careful to not spend more on a product than what I will be able to sell it for, but really.....would you have been able to walk away from teacups that stand less than 1.5"?? Come on now, you can be truthful...of course not and again...either could I.

My only issue now is...I thought that I was going to have a hard time finding any little castles or trees or anything for that matter for the middle size...what on earth am I going to decorate the tiniest ones with??

Saturday, November 17, 2012

PWK Fall Fair & Tea

What a wonderful turnout today. It was so nice seeing returning customers and meeting new ones :)

First of all....a MASSIVE thank you to Georgina for sitting with me today. You made the day perfect.

Second of all....a MASSIVE thank you to my hubby for his help both in the nursery and today (plus having to live me....deserves a wee bit of a mention as well).

After living here now for 2 1/2 years it's amazing how many people I either knew or have seen before (being such the caterpillar type of gal I have become {not so much a social butterfly anymore}) that walked through the doors.

The Faeries were all behaved sitting in the new tree branches and on their platforms on the table. The Seed Pod Babies were happy in their new platter (note to self, Georgina always imagines them swimming, so I think I will pick up some tiny blue marbles or something that they can sit on to give the illusion of floating). The cases for the miniatures worked perfectly and everyone was able to see them and we didn't have to worry about wee little fingers getting ahold of anything (legally, a very important note). I will say though, that the hit of the afternoon was our new line....the Faerie Princes! Everyone had to pick one up and check them out.

We had put out a copy of the new catalogue and people were so impressed with it. Even got a few asking if they could purchase one. As this thought did not quite enter my mind when ordering them, I will make a mental note for next year to perhaps print off a few that can be made available for sale.

A big shout-out goes to Meagan at the Northern Journal for the story she did about me and my little company for Small Business Week in our local newspaper. I must have had a least a dozen people recognize either me or my company name and state that they had read about me and wanted to learn more.

Georgina organized a secret draw for anyone that purchased an item. She even punched out little 3D faerie figures on the ballots for me!! Congratulations Jennifer Hudson, I will be calling you shortly and making arrangements for delivery :)


Sunday, November 4, 2012

My 2012 Christmas Faerie - Caramel Swirl

Well here she is in all of her finery....

This is my 2012 Christmas Faerie that will be given away as a free draw on November 16, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. MDT.

I have even managed to get my very first YouTube video done that you can view at: Faerie Caramel Swirl - YouTube video

I must make a special announcement though....through special permission I was allowed to use part of the track from the song Silent Night performed by Terry McDade and The McDades. This track was taken from their Midwinter album. Please visit their website to learn more at: The McDades - website

Please remember to enter the draw from my Facebook page: Faerie Nursery - Facebook

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Having to Say 'Goodbye'

So, okay....I get the whole big picture thing, really I do. I understand that I make Flower Petals Faeries and that these said Flower Petal Faeries are for sale. I get it!!

But, this past week I made my first sale to someone that I didn't know, or wasn't a friend of a friend, or a family member or or or....this sale was to a complete stranger.

Which remember, I get it. I make Flower Petal Faeries and that they are for sale.

I have a website, Etsy, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest and this blog.....all advertising that I make Flower Petal Faeries and that they are for sale.

So my reading audience....tell me this....why did I go through 3 days of anxiety, withdrawal symptoms and separation issues for 2 wee little faeries that I had to loving fill out their guardianship papers, gently place them on top of the crinkled paper and slowly, ever so slowly close the lid. Then I bawled!

All of the those bad 'what if' questions just started to pour into my head and there was NO stopping them. What if they had a cat that would be allowed to paw at them, knock them over and go hide them under a bed somewhere? What if they had a dog that just ate them? What if they had put them away on the back end of a shelf just to collect dust? What if they didn't like them and they just tossed them into the garbage? What if? What if? What if? What if?

After holding my breath for long I went on Tuesday morning and said my final farewells through a packing box and then into their individual boxes. So long Faerie Jewel. So long Faerie Goldie. I love you with everything that I am. I will miss you. Please take care. Please know that all of the other little Faeries in the nursery will miss you.

Good bye.