Readers of Think.Make.Share know that Hallmark designer, Ashley H., is a regular – and entertaining! – contributor. Remember when she created a gratitude branch? And the time we got to tour her little kids’ rooms? Today, she’s sharing a magical workshop that was inspired by Hallmark’s new Gardenfair offering found at your local Gold Crown store and online here. Enjoy the read and be sure to watch the tip-filled video below!
There’s a lot of preparation that goes into pulling off a successful workshop. Usually when I’m getting ready for one, I daydream about what the time together with other artists will hold. What will the room look like? What awesome detail will a particular artist add to make it extra cool? But this time, as I cut out 12 modern fairy houses the weekend before, I couldn’t imagine anything. I just wasn’t sure how it would go and I was a little nervous.
The morning of the workshop, I snuck into the room early and was totally shocked at what I saw. The room was so beautiful! It took my breath away. I mean, I feel silly for writing that, but it did. Art Director Jay F. and Stylist Zoe K. set up the most amazing buffet of natural elements. The room was filled with everything from Hallmark’s Gardenfair moss and rocks to mini tree stumps, butterflies, dried flowers, and acorns. It was all there and it was displayed in beautiful dishes with antique ice cream scoops. Their attention to detail was an art in itself and offered so much inspiration.
The six of us in the workshop brought a vessel, dish, or vase within which we’d create our modern fairy house environment. Once we chose which shape of fairy house we wanted, we each got to work. Of course there was a lot of contemplating at the beginning, but by an hour in, everyone was deeply into the project.
Artists added details to their houses, making each one unique. Wooden shutters, bark rooftops, hand-painted mushrooms, and flowers were just a few of the special features added to make each house truly one-of-a-kind.
The end results were magical! Each house ended up as a beautiful little creation filled with wonder and radiating creativity. Now I know I don’t have to worry if I can’t imagine how things will go. Everyone ended up having a blast and loved what they created!
Have you created a magical fairy house? We would love for you to share your creations with us on Instagram @Think.Make.Share! Also, be sure to check out Hallmark’s Gardenfair product in stores now and online here!
Photographer: Jake Johnson | Art Director: Jay Fisher | Stylist: Zoe Karro | Video: Kevin Sisemore