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Fairy Houses on Tour

September 22, 2014

The 10th annual Fairy House Tour in Portsmouth, NH, was held this past weekend with over 200 hand-crafted fairy houses on tour at Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park, Peirce Island, and the Governor John Langdon House.

Over 5,000 children and their parents attended the two-day event and more than $175,000 has been raised over the years for a variety of area non-profits.

My grandchildren have aged out of building fairy houses, but they still fascinate me.

Bree, granddaughter of my friend, Joyce, at What Happens at Grandmas just recently had a wonderful Fairy Lovely Affair birthday celebration so I felt she really needed a fairy house on this year’s tour. :-)


  • A portable fairy house built in a wooden basket that I purchased at Goodwill for $.99
  • Lined with a coco plant liner I had on hand
  • Planted with moss and thyme from the garden and two terrarium plants I moved
  • Used a small fairy sitting on the edge of a bowl blowing flower petals, repainted it and added marigold leaves to the bowl
  • Inserted a bench for the fairies to rest
  • Painted acorns to look like bird houses and hung them front painted branches
  • Created and painted a small hobbit type house out of a small flower pot and saucer turned on end

Fairy houses are intended to be created in the woods out of available supplies. I wanted to show that whether you live on a farm, in a subdivision or an apartment, you can create a fairy house with your child or grandchild and enjoy the process together.

Every garden needs a fairy house just like they need an insect hotel so happy fairy gardening to all regardless of age. :-)



Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

December 28, 2012


Linked to Mockingbird Hill Cottage


Fairy House Tour 2012

September 17, 2012

This weekend we went to the 8th Annual Fairy House Tour in Portsmouth, NH, held on the beautiful grounds of Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park and the Governor John Langdon House. Proceeds from the tour are donated to area nonprofit organizations, schools and civic groups that participate in the Tour.

It was a beautiful fall day, sun shining and temperature in the upper 60′s. Families were out and about – boys exploring and girls all dressed up. There were miles of tulle and fairy wings in every color.

This was, without a doubt, the biggest crowd we’d ever seen. So, with a crowd you need a crossing guard…

Crossing Guard

Crossing Guard with pith helmet, tutu and wings – what a hoot.

These pictures can’t do justice to the creativity because it just has to be seen in person, up close, and personal. But there were so many fairy houses, you couldn’t have counted them, and I couldn’t have photographed them all because I couldn’t get close enough to even see them all.

They were tall, short, big, and small. They were decorated with flowers, acorns, feathers, leaves, shells, rocks, moss of all kinds, and everything else you might find in a yard or barn. We hope you enjoy our photos because we sure enjoyed the Tour.

Acorn Fairy Garden - 1840 Farm

Granddaughter’s Acorn Fairy Garden in a drawer – 1840 Farm

Fairy Teepee Village - 1840 Farm

Grandson’s Fairy Teepee Village in a box – 1840 Farm

Fairy House School

Fairy House School with desks and chairs

Fairy Tree House

Fairy Tree House

Fairy House Observatory

Fairy House Observatory with small mirrors surrounding the top

Coppal Farm Pumpkin Fairy House

Coppal Farm Pumpkin Fairy House

Fairy Yarn Shop

Fairy Yarn Shop – apologies to the lady in the background for clicking the picture when I did.

Tall Fairy House

Tall Fairy House


Fairy Herb Shop

Fairy Herb Shop with herbs in baskets and hanging

Thyme for Tea Shop

Thyme for Tea Shop with tables and chairs

Fairy Dress Shop

Fairy Dress Shop

Fairy House Theatre

Fairy House Theatre with shells for seats and Lambs Ear for curtains

Fairy House Trellis

Fairy House built inside a trellis that supports flowers

Limb Fairy House

Limb Fairy House - I need to find one of these limbs

Tracy Kane's Fairy House

Tracy Kane’s Fairy House

Linked to Grandparents’ Say It Saturday.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

September 15, 2012
Fairy House Tour

Fairy House Tour Portsmouth NH

Everyday life yesterday meant checking in our fairy houses at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH,  for the 2012 Fairy House Tour.

My six-year old grandson made his first (and possibly last according to him) fairy house. It was a Native American Teepee Village. While my eleven-year old granddaughter made an Acorn Fairy Garden in a drawer.

Tracy Kane (center in blue shirt), author of several books and the person who started our Fairy House Tour, was on hand to personally check in builders and direct them where to place their houses.

Tomorrow we’ll be on the tour, and after five years, we know we will be totally amazed at the creativity everywhere we look.


Fairy House Tour

August 21, 2012
September 15 & 16
Saturday – 9am till 1pm
Sunday – 11am till 3pm
Fairy houses are a small delight that can be created in your garden or made and exhibited on a local tour. Portsmouth, NH, sponsors an annual Fairy House Tour, and it is a fall highlight not be missed.
Fairy houses and fairy princesses – what a magical combination.
During the Fairy House Tour you will find fairy houses interspersed in the wonderful Victorian gardens of Strawbery Banke where history of the first settlers in the Portsmouth area has been preserved by creating and maintaining an actual community.
Fairy houses will also be found in the gardens, under the trees and displayed in some of the out buildings of Prescott Park.  Located on the banks of the Piscataqua River a few blocks from Market Square, Prescott Park offers over ten acres of gardens, fountains, lawns, walkways, and piers and is open free of charge year-round to the public.
The only thing that compares to the fun of building a fairy house is creating the outfit to wear to the Fairy House Tour. We’ve sewn fancy dresses, bought ones, pulled things from the closet – it doesn’t matter, just be creative and have fun. Wings and wands are welcome accessories.
Tracy Kane started this magic years ago with her DVDs and books, and it has grown ever since. Do you have or want a tour in your community? Check out how to set up a tour.
Tracy Kane and my granddaughter.
Little girls all dressed up with grandparents, parents, and little brothers in tow are everywhere. It is a wonderful sight.
To add to the day, even the crossing guards get into the spirit of the event and wear hysterical costumes that cause you to laugh out loud – a grown man with a tutu and wand will do that to you. I have to take a picture of him this year.
My granddaughter and I have gone to the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour for the past five years. We have made and submitted fairy houses for the last four.
Building a fairy house is letting your imagination go wild while you walk around your yard looking for natural materials. You can use a variety of things – branches, bark, pine cones, feathers, flowers, weeds, ornamental grasses, moss, pebbles, acorns – whatever you have. Glue guns are allowed as long as it is hidden by the natural materials.
To build an Eiffel Tower one year, we picked up and cut branches from all over the yard binding them together with twine. Grass plumes were cut and used for the top, and on the base we used moss for grass and broken tile for a road. We also made a car out of a pine cone and a driver was made from acorns. Pine boughs, hydrangeas,  and other flowers and seeds were used as decoration.
Because we love camping, last year we decided to make a campground with landscaping, camp sites, clam shell pool, and twig swings.
Pixie Hollow Campground
We also made a ballet studio with dance bar for the girls, and a juice bar with table and shell seats for the boys.
Ballet Studio and Juice Shop
A Fairy House Tour is such a lovely way to spend time with your children or grandchildren. We love checking out all the wonderful creations as we walk through the beautiful gardens of Prescott Park and the lovely historical homes and gardens at Strawbery Banke.
We haven’t decided what our theme will be this year, but we’ll submit a fairy house for the tour, enjoy our time walking through the historical gardens, and I have some lovely lavender material and tulle for a frilly outfit.
Life can be wonderful, natural, and include simple magic if we just allow it. Try it – build a fairy house and put magic in your garden or maybe on a tour.
Granddaughter (11) comments: The tour is so organized, and the fairy houses are all so interesting. Love it.

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