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!
Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry :)
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Hi, Mary! I just attended a Christmas in July floral design seminar a couple of weeks ago, and I thought how close Christmas is getting…fast! We, too, are starting to unearth Christmas decor in place of pastels and other summer things. You’ve kicked it off nicely! How could we possibly forget that fabulous fairy forest of goodies? Still one of my all-time favorites!
What a sweet and lovely post, Mary! Of course, I believe in Flower Fairies. :)
Oh my, I LOVE those poinsettias atop your cakes. They are magnificent!
– The Tablescaper
I believe in flower fairies after this post. The stump cake is splendid and those mushrooms are too cute.
Oh, I know some little girls who would adore this book, not to mention one of those fairy stump cakes. You come up with the most interesting posts, Mary. Your MIL’s plates are gorgeous! I love it that you use some of her things at times. It must make her feel very special.
Oh my, you never cease amazing me with your creativity…of course I believe in Flower Fairies! Why, just this spring my granddaughter & I made a little fairy garden in an old enamel ware tub complete with tiny clothesline and mailbox. Please throw my name into the stump. Would love to enjoy this book with her while she visits next month Suzi email@example.com
Hi Mary … another wonderful post. I believe in flower fairies … in fact, in all fairies!!! I have to say that I’ve been thinking about Christmas! Been receiving all the catalogs in the mail and they are starting to show Christmas goodies and I was in Tuesday Morning last week and noted they were starting to have Halloween and Christmas items out. None of them as pretty as this post! What fun! Maybe if I think Holidays I’ll cool off in this hot weather???!!!!
Another beautiful post Mary, that’s a lot to pull together in July! Your candy poinsettias are spectacular! My biggest question… how does one go about getting a coupon to Williams-Sonoma???:@)
Lynn~ You sign up online or at WS at checkout at the store when you shop. I got a 15% off entire order plus free shipping (some exclusions apply) offer this morning. Use promo code TRFQ-8NM9-CCGQ, valid thru Sunday, July 29th!
Hi Mary, that is one enchanting post and YES, I believe in Flower Fairies and I’m already a follower. Those poinsettias made out of tootsie rolls are wonderful adornments…but that cake, oh my, it’s perfect for the fairies!!
Fairies, why of course, flower beds and woodsie glens abound with them and a stump in the woods a perfect place for a cosy little home, especially with a wee stump cake on a wee china plate, served with wee tiny goblets of elderflower champagne!
Please throw my name into the Stump de Noel! Of course I believe in Flower Fairies! And I adore your tablescape – your stump cake is elegant and I know that the Fairies will be delighted to explore your forest floor! Thanks for the opportunity!
Just the thought that July is almost over and Christmas is only 5 months away scares me to death! Where does the time go?
How enchanting! Love the Tootsie Roll flowers. I haven’t seen the Midgees but then, I really haven’t been looking. Will have to look into them…
Thank you for such a delightful, enchanting post. I love flower fairies…they dance in my garden!
Thank you for a wonderful post, Kristen and I definitely believe in flower fairies!! Thanks a million for the beautiful ideas!
Love the Holiday Fairy Cake but especially like the midgee flowers… the midgee colors have inspired me to create more flowers (think Spring)…. throw my name into the Stump de Noel…. I believe in fairies!
Wow it is inspiring especially in 100 degree July! beautiful photos and yummy cake! I believe in fairies!
What wonderful ideas! Ibelieve in the Flower Fairies, and have a grand-niece that can show me where they are! I want my name thrown in the Stump de Noël~
I really enjoyed seeing your Fairy Little Christmas post again. It’s so magical. The Tootsie Roll Midgees poinsettias are so pretty. Thanks for the instructions on how to make them.
I really love it when you tie a book in with your post. Your book choices are always interesting, and they seem to genuinely inspire you. What a lovely, imaginative tablescape, and the phototgraphy is quite exceptional. (Now howz about shaing a piece of that amazing cake?) –Lucinda
“I believe, I really believe….” she whispered. Love the cake pan too ;^)
I remember those long ago retail Christmases in July!
Your table is exquisite and oh my the cake!!
Very artistic and I love the look of it. Your table looks amazing.
Love those dishes and the tootsie roll poinsettias. I want to believe the flower fairies will visit me this year.. It must be magical when they do.. xo marlis
Of course we believe in the Flowere Fairies! The candy poinsettias are beautiful. Love your connection to literature in so many of your tablescapes.
Ooooo, I am enchanted with the flower fairies (& loving all of your tablescapes for them–I’m a follower!). I’m sure I need a Stump de Noel pan too, although my fairies will need to gather around a non-chocolate confection. Thanks for the inspiration.
You are an artist and a poet. Lovely tablescape tale. :)
Oh my gosh, Mary!! You’ve done it again, this table is beautiful!! I love the Stump de Noel and Chocorooms! You have such an eye for composition and absolutely no detail is overlooked from colors to accent pieces!! We’re still close to 100 every day and the humidity is 55-75% all the time, so Christmas in July is just what I needed!
Have a great day!
I feel like I just woke up in the middle of a fairy tale! What a charming and enchanting place to be! As always, every detail imaginable at been taken care of including your writing which is like reading poetry!
Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!
What a beautiful and magical post, so charming, we all will love flower fairies after reading your story.
This one of the most charming posts I have ever seen and so beautiful as well!!! I adore fairies and am always on the lookout for signs they have been close by!
You are amazing,your posts just make me swoon,I look so forward to opening my present every time I see your blog name show up.I adore flower fairies,I have decorated a christmas tree with them one year,made a wreath of fairies one year,they are so adorable.They live in my back yard along with my feral cats,the cats protect them.I was blessed to be a winner in your last giveaway(haven”t recieved it yet,but I look daily for it to arrive,can’t wait).I would love to win again,I’m crossing my fingers and fairy wings.
Absoultely enchanting. I love faries also, and I enjoy making fairy gardens. Your woodland floor tablescape is magical. Thanks for sharing your fairy magic.
Wow, what a beautiful post….and are you saying some people don’t believe…well, that is sad….
Simply enchanting! Love the tootsie roll midgie poinsettias!
How stunning. That cake is perfection right down to the little mushrooms. I know I am looking at fall decor online I am so ready for summer to be over. Great time to make plans for holidays. To me you can’t start early enough. I would just love it if you would share this lovely post at Sunny Simple Sundays. http://sunnysimplelife.blogspot.com/2012/07/sunny-simple-sunday-8.html
There is no doubt the world is full of faeries and it is true, they can be seen by those who believe. When I watched the film Pan’s Labyrinth it was amazing to see a filmmaker illustrate how a child was kept safe and safe from fear by a faerie.
Such a beautiful, beautiful tablescape and could your buche de noel look any more luscious!!!
What a spectacular table! The detail is incredible. I had already begun to think about how to decorate my fairy garden outdoors for the holidays, and your post provided much inspiration. Please throw my name in the drawing. Thank you for this beautiful series of pictures.
Stump de Noel! You crack me up! Lovely table and a fine post, but it was the name that caught my attention at first. Very creative. Thanks for sharing this.
Oh my word, this is so fun. Love it all. Your table is wonderful and such fabulous attention to detail. Love the fairy. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty
What a gorgeous table! I love the theme. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
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