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Fairies & Fairy Houses

Updated on September 18, 2016

Woodland and Urban Fairies

Creating whimsical fairy houses in the woods is somewhat of a tradition in the Northeast, especially Maine and Vermont. Using tree stumps, mosses, twigs, acorns and other natural materials, children (and adults, too) fashion little dwellings, hoping the fairies will appreciate and use their gift to them. Learn a bit about these fairy houses and more as you explore this lens about fairies.

This fairy door is at Musterfield Farm in New Hampshire.

Why Do We Love Fairies So Much?

Is it the innocence and magic of childhood? Is it the desire to escape from the worries of our own world with all it's complications? Or, is it simply because they are so lovable?

Where the Fairies Live in Maine - Mackworth Island

On Mackworth Island in Maine, there is long-held tradition of building fairy houses in the woods and along the trails. It is truly THE fairy house island and known for its impromptu and fanciful fairy houses fashioned by visitors, or are some of them real fairy houses?

Where The Fairies Might Play - Along the Coast of Maine

Ogunquit, Maine
Ogunquit, Maine | Source

Flower Fairies - From Cicely Mary Barker

Here are two very special websites, one animated, which are showcasing Cicely Mary Baker, a children's book author and flower fairy artist who began her writing career in the 1920s. She gave us the whimsical and now iconic images of garden fairies dressed in flowers. Even if you don't know of Baker, you will probably recognize these fairy images. SCROLL DOWN to see two of her lovely books.

By Cicely Mary Baker

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies
The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies

Here is the definitive Cicely Mary Baker book with her sweet illustrations of flower fairies.

 

Foxglove - Surely the Fairies Love These

Make Your Own Fairy House

Here are some suggestions for natural materials to use in making your fairy house. I'm sure you can think of many more things to use. Gather them up and begin. Use your imagination. There is no right or wrong.

  • an old hollow tree: the bones of a house
  • acorn caps: dishes, finials & handles
  • milkweed fluff: pillows & beds
  • feathers: beds and decoration
  • empty walnut shells: sinks & bowls
  • Reeds and grasses: weave mats, rugs & blankets
  • mosses: cushions, chairs & footstools

Dandelion Fluff - Perfect for Soft Fairy Beds

Furniture For Your Fairy House - Sources of delightful pre-made tiny furniture

Why not also add furniture to your fairy house? Here are some sources and ideas for you.

What Do You Think Fairies do at Night? - Leave some lights on for your fairies

Fairy Habitats

Fairies so like to live near lovely, secluded flower beds. Maybe they feel like flowers themselves. Can they talk to the flowers? Are they, perhaps, half flower and half little person?

Fairy House Doors - Urban and Rural

Are there fairies in the city? Sometimes you can only see the little doors leading to who-knows-where.

Fairy Doll - With Her Flower Hat

I made this!

Tracy Kane, Author of the Fairy House Books

Tracy Kane is a New England author and illustrator of a series of books and DVDs on building fairy houses. She participates in and holds special events for children around New England. Click through her site to see photos of fairy houses built by children and a listing of up-coming events.

All Things Fairy at "Fairy Woodland" - A fantastic website about fairies

This is a beautiful website about fairies and is full of so much including: how to encourage fairies to use the fairy house you have built for them; how to see, hear and talk to fairies and oh so much more. There is also an e-shop with fairy houses and accessories.

Fairy Dances

Do you think that fairies are dancing with the flowers as they blow in the wind? Do they move so lightly that we cannot often see them?

Do You Believe in Fairies?

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Fairies? What Do You Think? - Share with all of us your own thoughts on fairies.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am making a fairy garden in the spring it will add so much whimsy to my flower garden ,can't wait to see if the fairies come to visit.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Woderful lens! They are also said to be fond of offerings of acorn caps or a saucer of milk. Blessed! :)

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      minemyown 5 years ago

      @angelsigh: thumbs up!

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      minemyown 5 years ago

      Hi! I have made a few fairy houses from woods, twigs and leaves. I play irish fairy songs. I also have a a tree and a play house and it could be a real sanctuary for fairies. Thank you for making other fairylovingsquids happy like me.

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      Gayle B Olson 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

      Happy Lost Sock Memorial Day - you and I know the fairies collect them for sleeping bags during woodland camping trips!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes they are real

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      What a charming lens. I have fallen in love with fairies all over again :D Thank you

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I love the idea of them. I love them in art and stories. I wonder if my daughter would agree to a fairy birthday party for her Seventeenth? hmmm... wish me luck!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Thank you for such an informative lens.

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens! I've always been fascinated with fairies and fairy houses.:)

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Back again to bless this lens since I became a Squid Angel.. love this lens.. oh the little doors.. so dear!!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      I used to make tiny little houses under trees just in case

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yay! What a great site! Please check out my radio show about faeries and the world of Fae! My show is Elemental Wisdom on RealmsRadio.net.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      loved the lens photo of the tree with the little door. Liked what I read and haven't seen a lens quite like this. Liked it so much that I gave you a 'thumbs up' for ya!

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens on the fairy world, love it!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Sooo nice - and blessed! :)

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      The fairies prefer northern New England because it's safer, cleaner and purer ... I'm getting my fairy homes and garden spaces organized in Vermont. I know they're around because the deer, chipmunks, hummingbirds and butterflies are all about the place.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love it! the fay folk are real and at such a higher being. they are the spirits and mistic beings who guide and prank (:

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      Jenny18 6 years ago

      Superb lens with useful information, thanks for sharing your ideas with us, keep writing on such a good topics :)

      Thanks

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      MoonlakeDesigns 6 years ago

      Fantastic Lense :) and lots of information, I just adore fairy folk so this is gem

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      I ADORE it!

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      KatrinaJames 6 years ago

      fab love fairies!:-)

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      Great lens.. Im going to make a fairy house with my little girl she loves these kinds of ideas thank you!

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      tealmermaid 6 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens!

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      wildewoodwitch lm 6 years ago

      Great blog i love fairies they are my passion !

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      MeredithCavanes 6 years ago

      I love your lens! Come check out mine here: https://hubpages.com/education/meredithsfairies

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      aquariann 6 years ago

      Lovely, 5 star lens! Have you heard of The Fairy Sand Project? Five fairy houses are being built to help heal the Gulf.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      yesterday me and my cousins made a fairy house. we told the fairy(s) to eat any of the six cookie bits i put in the house. a few min. later i came back and there were only four cookie bits left!!then we told the fairy to move the cookies a little. we came back later and she (or he) did!!i moved the house much later and we left for a snack we then came back aand the rest of the cookies were gone!!THEY ARE REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      fairy's are real i sall it on youtube

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      clemency lm 7 years ago

      Absolutely lovely lens. My daughter and I love making fairy houses. 5* and lensrolled to my fairy gifts lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Please check out the site for the Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm. It has been held on May Day every year for 17 or 18 years. Ther are musicians, crafts, children's activities and of course fairire houses. It should definitely be on your list. (check out Habitat pictures)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well done, always wanted to come in contact with a fairy, but so far no luck. Thanks for the lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great read!

      Thank you! 5*& Fav.

      Best wishes.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: what kind of fairie houses do you make? I've never had one, I would like to see them. Do you have a website where you sell them ever? thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love to build a fairy house.It is so so so so so so so so so so much fun.

      Bye

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I once saw the tooth fairy when she was looking under my pillow a she went as quick as

      a flash she went out the window and I never saw her again and I definitely believe in

      Fairy.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Nina] I make faerie houses. I'm 23 and I believe in faeries too. In fact I know they live all around me. If You would like, I would like to send you one of my faerie houses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love faries it a long story i am going to bulid a fariy house so that is why i am on this website and i am finding things out iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii aaaaammammmmmmamammmammamamamma rrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddddddddddddddddddyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi. i was looking for derections to build a fairy house and i stumbled across here. i read a few of these and disided if i didn't have to give my real name or age i would tell you guys some of my expereses too. this happened just today! not but less then a half hour ago! i live in the middle of the wood so it's plain and simple to hear and see things that seem like fairys. i'm always coutious and make sure they are actulal fairys. ok so here it gose and sorry for any mis-spells. i was in the kitchen washing some grapes. i put them in a bag with water and shook them up. i spun around and sung like a crazy person. it was fun. when i spining around i saw this little thing. it was gray and brown. it had wings that fluttered and a dress. it had hair down to it's shoulder blades. when i say it i mean she. sorry if that offendse people. i stopped spining and twirling and looked again. nothing! i dumped the water and put the grapes in the freezer then stepped outside ....too be continuded...

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      Nancy Graham 8 years ago

      [in reply to Nina] Nina: What lovely writing. How sweet. Don't you know, you can find any woods and make a fairy house there then go back and visit. They will have fun with it just like you will. Even if you never see them, it is fun to make the houses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am 11 and I actually felt and heard a fairy. She pulled my hair (For some reason) and my friend Hannah too (Which is 2 years younger). My friend Alex believes in fairies too. I love em! I want to make a fairy house! Except that I don't have a garden. And there is no way I can leave out chocolate because my puppy Hobbit (German Shep, Lab, Shar Pei) is huge and can reach the tables.

      Nina.. Who also felt or heard a fairy?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I heard a tingly whisper and I straightaway knew that it was a fairy. I am 11 years old and believed all my life! It's real. But the only 2 of my friends believe me. The fairy even pulled some of my hair out, just a tiny bit, but it stings. Do you know that in Autumn, you kind find Leaf Fairies easily? When the leaf swirls. I really want to make a Fairy House to actually see that fairy.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i believe in fairies well i am eight but i still believe! and i will forever on! i am so happy! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I live in Ann Arbor and have gone on a tour of all the fairy doors! They are amazing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe. I'm 31 and I made a fairy garden yesterday with mosses and a house out of sticks, it's beautiful, I can't wait to keep adding and making furniture for my little friend. I saw one in the house once I was finished for the day.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe in fairies! I want to make a fairy house so that I can see one!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I do believe in fairies. If you can keep this a secret I have seen

      a fairy before in my back yard, but no one believed me.

      Can you help people to believe? I am 9 yrs old. I am building a fairy house today.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      fairy are real I have a lot of pictures of them and evean have one!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to starchild] How did you get pictures? and do they mind having their pictures taken?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes they are real I have some pictures of them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I DO BELIEVE IDO[in reply to Roshan]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Alex]I know what your problem is.I can help you with it.Your growing to tall and big.Your voice is to loud.I have never seen a fairy before though.Can you keep a secret?I have been getting letters from the fairys.Ive been writing to them.My advice,go outside and crouch down as small as posible.Don't make a sound.Wait for a while,then start wispering to the fairys.

      Tell them your name.Do all this at sunset,night,or very early morning around 5:00 in the morning.

      If they doint come,don't let your hopes down.I hope this helps.Good-luck.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Alex] The reson is simple.Fairys only like to play with little kids as they grow.As they grow biger,you get taller and louder.It scares them.To see them again,you must go outside and crouch down.Be as quiet as possible.I hope my advice helps you.Good-luck.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      we think that fairys are totally real!! we'v actually seen one before!! it might sound crazy but have you seen the movie called FAIRY TALE witch is actually a true story!!! believe us it's really really true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BELIEVE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe in fairies and i've seen lots of them!!!

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      coopd 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I am fascinated with fairies, angels... If you have a moment, please check out my very first blog post, Mystical Butterfly. I took this picture and was informed an air spirit and fairy orbs are present. 5*

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      How appropriate,- fairy houses and Angel blessings!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :)

      Colleen ~ www.squidoo.com/squid-angel

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      well i think i have a problem, because i always used to see fairies sense i was like 15, they were small, like a fist and look like lil human beings with wings and they glow, some glowed blue,yellows and a mixture with white and blue, only one i saw a small fairie really close and it looked like us it even laughed, and my things used to disappear to be found in odd places, and once when i was 7 i saw a fairie or maybe it was something else but it was a creature bigger than me at the age of 7, when i was like 12 i could see auras naturally, then like at 14 i starter seen shadows following me or just standing and i would close my eyes and open them and they were still there jaja, it creeped me out, i lived in peru for 3 years and there i always used to see a little girl crying in my room, i heard voices and felt things but now that im 19 i can't feel or see them anymore and i miss the fairies, why can't i see them or hear them anymore? if anyone has an answer my email is hexter_17@hotmail

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Oh yes, there are fairies alright. So special and sweet and sometimes devious. My family and I love them to pieces and honor their existence. They are my muse.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i love fairys i just never got to see one

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      faires exist because it says when your feeling sad they will show there self and my great grandma just past away and i started ro cry on i saw something flying around my head and when my sister came outside if flew off. My and my grandparents were sitting on the porch and in my nieghbors yard there was something glowing in the bushes and you could see wings and the next night in was gone and its winkg were flatering.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      we saw something floating in the air so we caught it and looked at it closely. Then it started to glow!! we even have a picture of it!! ( we can't send you our picture, we don't know how because its on a cellphone) and we've heard fairies laughing, giggling, and whispering!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I live with about maybe 100 fairies! Most fairies have a spell on them that only let's the human beings to see them in their head, but still they let certain people see them in person like me. I love my fairies, I really care about them!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I haven't seen any fairies since moving to South Carolina. I don't think they like the heat.

      Great lens

      5*

      Lizzy

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      Partybluprints 9 years ago

      Come see the Enchanted Party Plan we have created for a twist on a baby shower. If you go to Partybluprints.com and then click on the baby fairy on the home page you can learn more - we have a beautiful fairy house we recommend as part of the party décor!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I also believe in the fae. I work for them making Fairy Doors and posting them all over the world.

      http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5562274

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      UMT 9 years ago

      Fairy houses? Who will live in those? I mean has anyone here ever seen a fairy before? Just curious.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Although I have never had the privilege of actually seeing one of the faerie folk, I have absolutely experienced the wonderful intensity of a pixie's laughter. There's nothing like it in the human realm! I would love to hear your stories, or see your pictures. Please e-mail me at moonfaerie.avalon@gmail.co.za

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Have you ever wanted to go to the Land of Fae? I can take you there. Check out my travel guide, filled with information about the culture, currency, how to get there, how to get around, where to stay, eat and visit. From archeological digs, pirate ships, amusement parks to faerie castles, check out the site and see for yourself. You too can visit the Land of Fae. Visit www.faeriefactory.com for photos of amazing faerie homes and furnishings by Tatiana Katara and go to the Land of Fae by reading the blog at www.landoffae.blogspot.com.

      It's amazing and there's nothing else like it.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I believe in fairies. I think they live in my house,actually. They are good people. Although some are evil, the good fairies are like family to me. I give them respect. Fairies are us,just minniture.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I grew up in Vermont making fairy houses with my grandmother. 5 stars. If you'd like, come visit my lens Woodlands where I lensrolled this site.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have always loved fairies and miniatures. You have fantastic links here! Isn't TwigWizardry's site amazing? I sell fairy houses and their furniture on Etsy! I have quite a different style...Come check out my shop at www.songbird1.etsy.com. :-) Thanks!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have always loved fairies and miniatures. You have fantastic links here! Isn't TwigWizardry's site amazing? I sell fairy houses and their furniture on Etsy! I have quite a different style...Come check out my shop at www.songbird1.etsy.com. :-) Thanks!!

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      flicker lm 9 years ago

      From a fellow New Englander, thanks for creating such a beautiful lens. 5 stars. If you'd like, come visit my new lens with pictures of baby animals.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      faeries are all around us, but secretive and shy and often helpful to us. loved your Fairy House Lens in my cyberspace surfing. also just bought the cutest, dreamiest little faerie house for myself and another for my sister from the website i found from the link on yours. awesome creations.

      www.twig

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      AnnaleeBlysse 9 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens. Great links to find.

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      zandaloo 9 years ago

      I became so interested from your reference to Ann Arbor, that I created my own lens on fairy doors.

      http://www.squidoo.com/fairydoor/

      Please visit!

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      The_Kats_meow 9 years ago

      Loved your lens when I was a kid I would make little fairy house at recess. Now I write stories about the fairies in the garden see my lens: http://www.squidoo.com/The_Garden_A_fairy_story/ hope you come and see. I am adding your lens my link list.

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      wren8 9 years ago

      I Believe in faries! i saw one in my lamp at night last year! And we migh be going to scotland to discover some! :) :) :)

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      Suzann 10 years ago

      Loved my romp through your Fairy House Lens! I had a fairy house as a kid, and have been obsessed with story-book style cottages as an adult. I'm putting you on my list of faves!

      Best,

      ~ Suzann from InsideTheTarot

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Your lens is delightful, tickled me when I read it! I know they are here, somewhere, just waiting for me to build them a place to rest for a while.

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      Enchanted_Ways 10 years ago

      Thanks so much for dedicating a module to my fairy art lens! I've lensrolled you and dedicated a lens module to your Fairy Homes lens. I hope you'll come back

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      quippingqueen lm 10 years ago

      Being a Queen of Quippery, I enjoy all things magical and munchkin. Your fairy houses and decorating tips certainly complement my own keen interest in tiddlywinks, titillating place names and tree houses!

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      Nicegoogoo 10 years ago

      Great lens to see about the fairy things.You can see my breakups lens too.

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      kathysart 10 years ago

      OHHHH... I LOVE THIS!

      I just ADORE it.

      Kathy

      https://hubpages.com/art/kathysart

      ~

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      Lady-Ellen 10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Great links..one of the main characters in my first book is a fairy..I love all things fairy!

      Cheers,

      LE

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      ArtfulThoughts 10 years ago

      What an enchanting lens! You've done a wonderful job on it.

      My twins made a fairy house for their little brother a couple of weeks ago...It turned out so cute that I blogged about it. If you want to take a peek, it's here...

      http://dani3d.com/blog/2007/05/05/fairy-houses/

      Take care. Dani

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      Christene-S 10 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      ANY LITTLE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MAGIC AND FAIRIES AND WHO GROWS UP TO CREATE MAGIC IN THE LIVES OF HER CHILDREN AND OTHERS, BECOMES,QUITE BY ACCIDENT A FAIRY HERSELF. (she just doesn't fly, because those wings make her butt look big!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Nice page I'm not much on fairies but do surf on TrafficFair to get traffic. Looking at this page looks like I could learn a little more about them.

      Check out TrafficFair at may lens Traffic Exchange Promoting.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I love the land of faery and am now quite enchanted. life is seen through gossamar these days ..........read about the journey that brought me here at www.twigwizardry.com

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Greetings! The wee ones are constantly with us. Enchantment rules our lives now;leased we are too, with their lightness and mysterious ways of approaching this life ..... and then when they guide us through the land of faerie on occasion, well ....