It’s Christmas in July in Blogland~ not unlike in my retail career when boxes starting arriving with merchandise to be unpacked and priced months in advance of December 25th!
With my encore journey into the Flower Fairies’ Magical Realm, and in the Spirit of Christmas, I’m giving away a copy of Cicely Mary Barker’s beautifully illustrated and magical pop-up book~ How to Find Flower Fairies.
Enter the Flower Fairies’ magical realm and suspend your disbelief. . .
After all, only true believers are able to see the fairies!
With Christmas the Season to Believe in Holiday Magic~
I’m having a Fairy Little Christmas. . .
Enchanted with the Flower Fairies, I created a table~ the Forest Floor~ where they are able to live in harmony with nature, safely hidden from human eyes ~
“Fairies require their homes to be cleverly concealed. A hollow in an old tree stump can be transformed into the perfect abode.”
I fell under the spell of this Stump de Noël Pan at Williams-Sonoma last year~ the fault of the Flower Fairies, I have no doubt as I followed their sparkling trail. . .
“Fairies sometimes sprinkle sparkling fairy dust upon trails to guide others to their home.”
I tried to resist the pull of this pan, since I have a several Nordic Ware pans and didn’t need another Christmas one~ but the enchanting woodland shape was too much to resist, especially when a coupon magically appeared by email :)
So a sculpted cake in the shape of a woodland tree stump it would be for the Flower Fairies~ a version of the French Bûche de Noël, drizzled with chocolate and decorated with Enchanted Forest Confections~ Mushrooms & Acorns I also found at Williams- Sonoma.
Little Chocorooms from World Market this Spring that adorned another Fairy Cake, and Poinsettias sculpted from Tootsie Roll Midgees, embellish the Flower Fairies’ dwelling~
I confess to using a box mix as a short cut with my busy December calendar and found myself reaching for Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes rather following the recipe included with the pan.
The Flower Fairies didn’t mind my time-saving steps~ but are anxious to try the Stump de Noël Cake recipe ~with 1 1/2 cups sour cream and 6 oz. of bittersweet chocolate in the batter along with another 4 oz. of chocolate & 1/2 cup of heavy cream in the glaze!
Microwave your Tootsie Roll Midgees for 10 - 15 seconds and flatten with a rolling pin between two pieces of wax paper. Cut your flattened Tootsie Roll with kitchen shears into leaf shapes and use the heat of your fingers to mold the leaves and score veins with a toothpick.
I borrowed my Mother-in-Law’s Spode Christmas Rose for my table since flower beds are a perfumed paradise for fairies that adore beauty above all else. . .
“Every flower has its own fairy to care for it, which explains why most of my own fairy encounters have taken place in the garden.”
“When you happen across a tree stump, look carefully for any knot holes, which fairies often use as entrances to their home.”
“Some fairies prefer the security of being on the ground and it is here, at the foot of the ancient oak, that I have discovered another favourite dwelling place ~ the forest floor.”
“A fairy ring is a place where fairies meet to dance. To find such a ring, venture into a shady glade in a quiet part of the woods. Look for a circle of fungi growing. But remember that the fairies only dance by moonlight. . .”
“No need for journeying, Seeking afar: Where there are flowers, There fairies are. . .”
“Tread softly and speak quietly when you set foot in the fairies’ world. Who knows—perhaps you too will be allowed a glimpse into their magical kingdom?”
Fairy Little Christmas Table Details:
Dishes/ Spode Christmas Rose – Mother-in-Law’s
Goblets/ Mikasa French Countryside
Chargers/ Round - World Market, Scalloped - Pier 1
Napkins/ Pottery Barn
Napkin Rings/ HomeGoods
Tablecloth/ Matelasse coverlet
Beautifully illustrated, the paper engineering with its lift-the-flaps, booklets, maps, holograms, and other ephemera, hold surprises waiting to be discovered, and are sure to delight both young readers and the young-at-heart alike!
For a chance to win this book, mention in a comment that you believe in the Flower Fairies :) and want your name thrown in the Stump de Noël~
A winner will be chosen August 6th!
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