Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fairy Door

A couple days ago I came across this post by My Trendy Tykes.

A Fairy Door!

How adorable is that?!

I couldn't wait to gather the supplies and make one too!

I found everything I needed at Hobby Lobby thanks to Nest of Posies' Tooth Fairy Door post.

She made the cutest yellow Tooth Fairy door for her little boy:

How sweet!!

I had to make one for Serenity!
She loves the Tooth Fairy and goes on and on about them.
She can't wait until she's old enough to start losing teeth so the Tooth Fairy can visit.
She's had a tooth that's been "loose" for like a year now!
And we are always watching the Tooth Fairy movie with The Rock in it over and over.
That's one of the best family movies out there - right next to Aliens in the Attic!

While at Hobby Lobby, I found a girly door with a little arched window for $9.99,
Americana acrylic paint on sale for 97¢,
A pack of 2 little door knobs for $2.99, and
A door knocker for $1.99.

Not too bad.
After completing the door, I have plenty of paint leftover and an extra door knob in case I want to paint another one later.

I painted the window a light yellow color that I mixed with Modge Podge.
I wanted the window to have a frosted look and I think I achieved that.
I got the idea from a pretty DIY Beach Glass Tutorial on Krafy Kat.

I made the mixture for the Fairy Door window a little different:
I added a tiny bit of yellow paint to small amount of Modge Podge.
Next, I painted a couple of coats to the window - letting it dry in-between coats.
It was easy and it worked.

I used Epoxy to attach the door knob and knocker.
The door knocker really works too!
I used similar magic strips that Nest of Posies used to "hang" the door on the wall.

Then I got on Word to type up a little note from Serenity's Tooth Fairy:

"Dear Serenity,
I stopped by to check on your teeth while you slept.
They are looking GREAT!
Here's a quarter for taking such good care of them!
I'll be back soon!!
Your Tooth Fairy,
Feather Elfweb"

Feather Elfweb

She is cheerful and friendly.
She lives in high places where the clouds meet the earth.
She is only seen in the mist of an early morning.
She wears pale blue like the sky and has transparent green wings like a cicada.

Isn't that a pretty name for a Fairy?!
She sounds sweet and beautiful too!

I found a Fairy Name Generator online.
Just enter your child's first and last name and the Fairy Name Generator will tell you your child's Fairy's name and a little bit about her.

You can find more Fairy Doors on ohdeedoh and read about the Mythology and History behind the Urban Fairy Tale from Jonathan Wright of Ann Arbor.

If you'd like to paint your own, you can find all the supplies you need at your local Hobby Lobby.
They even had tiny house numbers in case you'd like to add your address number on the door.

Or you can buy your doors and hardware online here and here.

If you rather buy a door that's already been painted, try here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, or here!!

Have Fun!!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Princess Echo

I found a tiny Mediterranean Gecko in our bathtub today.
I quickly plugged the drain so it wouldn't getting away before I could show Serenity.

She was so excited and climbed in the tub with the gecko to gently touched it.
She immediately asked to keep it.
I wasn't expecting that, but I wasn't totally against the idea.

So I got online to find out a little information about them:

They are considered a harmless invasive species that probably originally came from Southern Europe.
They like man-made places to sleep, hide, hunt, and lay their eggs - usually 1 or 2 at a time.

Image from: Journals of an Amateur Naturalist

The eggs are tiny
and similar to birds' eggs, only much smaller:

Image from: DFW Urban Wildlife

The geckos are most active at night, and are attracted to the light around your house where bugs gather.
They feed mainly on small roaches, crickets, flies, mosquitoes, moths and spiders.
I'd like an army of these little critters to keep us pest-free!

Image from: Biological Ramblings

A Mediterranean gecko's tail will detach just like a lizard's tail when it needs to escape a predator.
And also just a like a lizard, it will regenerate a new one after a while.

Image from: Flickr

Unlike most lizards, the Mediterranean gecko will vocalize by squeaking and/or chirping which is probably territorial, fighting, and/or breeding noises.
To hear the sounds they make, click here.

Pretty cool!

During the day and around a light source, they are sorta pinkish-looking, but at night they get darker.


Looks like it would make a good little pet for a 4 year old, but if it's not doing well in the next couple of days I plan to release it.

My hubby took Serenity to Wal-Mart and bought one of those little $5 reptile habitats.
pink habitat!

When they got home we gathered a few things to make a home for it:

Tiny pebbles
Small rocks
PVC elbow
Plastic cap from a jar

First she put the PVC elbow in so it would have somewhere to hide and sleep, then poured in the pebbles.

Then she added the plastic cap and filled it with some pebbles and a rock.

I poured a little water into the cap.

Next she arranged the small rocks around the habitat.

Daddy carefully captured the gecko in a cup and let Serenity put it in the habitat.
She can't quite say "gecko" - it comes out sounding like "echo".
She has also decided it's a girl.


Hello Princess Echo!

Have Fun!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pinterest is addicting!!

I just signed up to Pinterest today!

I've heard about it before today, but didn't really know what it was about.

Last night I stumbled across it and was hooked let me tell you!

One of my followers on Facebook, Lanetta's Creations, sent me an invitation and I've been glued to my computer ever since!!

It's so visual!

I love how the pictures of each interest are so prominent and the titles are itty bitty tiny.
So much easier to cruise through quickly and see as much as possible in a small amount of time.

It helps me to keep track of all my favorite tutorials, kid stuff, recipes - whatever really and access them quickly.

Then you get to flip through everything fast (or slowly) to find what you like best too!

However getting caught my boards caught up with all my favorites might take some time - like I said soooo addicting!!

If you haven't signed up yet, what have you been waiting for?!
Need an invitation? Just email me and I'll send you one!

Don't forget to follow me on Pinterest once you join too:

Follow Me on Pinterest

Have Fun!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful 4th of July with friends and family!

Have fun!

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