I started building this in January, after being inspired by a site I stumbled on while researching the wee folk...........
I liked the rules which mainly was you cannot harm a tree or plant, and all the material used to build a fairy home must be collected, gathered, or made.
I found that once I had this little project in my mind, a walk in the yard picking up sticks, bark, rocks, and any potential building material became quite enjoyable. It was stimulating to the creative side, and often felt like the wee folk were guiding me at times.
I did not rush through this, and worked on it when I had a little time, or needed a break from the world...........
Some of the big parts of the framing were pieces of interesting wood I had had around for years. I even incorporated an old bonsai tree that died, and I didn't have the heart to toss it out thinking I would try to use it for "something", someday. I built the doors and two windows out of clay. I may yet paint those as the color seems a bit strong, and a softer grey-tone would fit better I think.
Once I had a pretty good gathering of materials, I started with the frame. I had no plans, and the house shape was determined by how the bigger wood pieces fit together.
This is the framework.
(I had to really alter the contrast and light because of the poor picture quality)
I used a piece of thin plywood to make the solid walls, and had to use a jig saw to cut the odd shapes. The fun came with making the wall coverings and window framing. Finding sticks to fit the shapes, and bark to make a side shingle of sorts was kind of like a jigsaw puzzle.
The front and one side were like a mini -masonry job.
The entire build felt like it was taking on its own life and personality............
I did want this completed before the spring equinox, as I plan to place it in the yard in a natural setting (somewhat). Hopefully it will attract a few inhabitants....
So here it is after completion. This was quite fun to make.
And this is after I set it on the wood base under the tree where it will be.