hallowe’en faerie cottage (yes, really)

In case anyone ever wondered where I got my planty obsessions, for better or worse, we don’t have to look far. The, er, pumpkin, doesn’t grow far from the vine.  My interests in all things garden, plant, art and craft–and cottagey–can be traced right to my mom. And the good news is, she’s got SKILLS!

As a hallow’s eve treat, I’m sharing photos that appeared in my inbox this week, documenting her latest project.  She is like Martha Stewart to the fae! Who wouldn’t want to live in this pepo palace?!




























Extra points to those who can spot the many herbs she’s included (where’s the poke?) and extra-extra points for those who can ID the types of acorns involved. She’s not just crafty, that mama, she’s clever, too.




























































At this time of year when many honor the ancestors, I’ll take this opportunity to send a shout-out to my mom, for passing on how to make a decent faerie house (essential skill in any gardener’s tool box!), but also for just being her magically excellent self.

Happy Hallowe’en everyone!





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  1. Camille October 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM #

    Larken, these pictures are incredible. I am not surprised at all to find that you’re related. xo

  2. Lucinda November 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

    This is wonderful! 🙂

  3. fearn November 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM #

    she is soo good! love it.

  4. Sharon November 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM #

    So inviting! I want to knock on the door, walk in, & have tea with the fairies!

  5. Desi October 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

    Thank you for sharing this. What a lovely whimsical change from the usual boring Jack O’Lanterns. Your mum has a wonderful imagination and magickal fingers. Happy Hallowe’en 🙂

    • admin October 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM #

      Thanks, Desi! Magickal fingers, indeed!

  6. Linda Reitzell October 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM #

    Loved this darling rendering of a faerie house, actually a neighborhood of them. Keep me posted on more, love the plants being used for such charming and magical creation. Thanks for sharing.

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