Scary Masks Garden

There is something so terrifying about masks, don’t you think? Not knowing who is behind them, whether the person hiding their face is smiling, laughing or looking sad.

I find that which is hidden to be more scary than that which is right in front of you. No matter how horrible the mask might look. It is that which you can’t see that is truly frightening.

Who knows who is lurking in the shadows? Maybe it is not even a human…

For all we know, All Hallows’ Eve is the night when those who wish to stay in the dark can come out in the open hiding behind a mask…

So be careful…you never know who you will meet when you can’t really see behind the mask..

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Advent Calendars

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Did you have an Advent Calendar growing up? Maybe you still have one! 😊
I love Advent Calendars! I had even more than one growing up, and I still make sure I open those same magical picture-doors every day throughout December.

Since Advent is just around the corner, I thought I’d do this little post about Advent Calendars.

My favorite Advent Calendar must be my “Nutcracker Calendar”. The Calendar has 24 little books telling the tale of the famous Nutcracker Prince. But I also love the Calendars with little pictures inside, the best thing about them is that you can use them again every year!

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If you ask my mother, who grew up in the 60s and early 70s, what her favorite Advent Calendar was, she will tell you it was the Calendar with little colorful plastic animals inside! Sadly these Calendars are not available anymore, but I would have loved to see one!

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In Norway, the most popular Calendars are the ones with chocolate or candy inside. But we also have TV Calendars accompanying an Advent TV show spread out over 24 episodes. The Advent TV Shows are often Christmas mysteries or Fairy Tales.

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My grandmother always have the Lottery Advent Calendar. These are Calendars sold by different organizations in order to make money for their cause. Each door of the Calendar will hold a code, and a winning code is announced every day. The prizes can be food items or even trips!

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My brother has always been a huge Walt Disney fan ( his favorites are the Carl Barks and Don Rosa Donald Duck comic books), so his Advent Calendars were the Disney ones.

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Of course there are more simple Advent Calendars as well. The favorite one in Norway is an orange with 24 whole cloves pierced into it. You pull out one Clove for each day. These Calendars smell heavenly, and my granny still hangs them in her windows first December, with a red silk bow tied around them.

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There are even books written as an Advent Calendar! The most well known in Norway is Jostein Gaarder’s “The Christmas Mystery” ( Which is also available in English). It’s a beautiful philosophical story for kids and adults alike.

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No matter what Christmas Calendar you choose, I think it’s always so lovely to have one, it makes each day a little magical!

And if you can’t find Advent Calendars where you live, you can always make one!
I have done that myself many many times 😊.

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Happy Advent to you, your family and friends with lots of love from “Tales from the Fairies”.

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❤️🕯❤️🕯❤️🕯❤️🕯

Creating your own Troll forest

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Real trolls are hard to come by, doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but they are shy things preferring to stay out of sight and far away from humans.

So what do you do then when you want a proper Troll forest, perhaps for a photo shoot or for a Safari for your friends, or just for plain fun! You make your own!

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I did exactly that! I might even use these photos to illustrate a book or a story!

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It’s pretty simple to do, you just find some figurines or toys in your attic or someone in your family’s or friends’ attic, then you go on an excursion to search for the perfect forest!

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Try to find a forest with lots of little holes or caves in it, somewhere with dense tree population and lots of shrubs and bushes. That’s a perfect place for trolls to live!

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Then you just position them where you want them to, and click away! It’s fun for younger kids to go on a safari and try to spot the trolls!

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And to all you teachers out there, this is such a fun school project! The kids get to go outside and use their creativity and imagination! Especially for younger kids, this will be such a fun thing to do! Perhaps they can even write a story about the troll(s) afterwards!

Have fun! 😊

Making your own Miniature Fairy Garden

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Have you ever seen those gorgeous miniature fairy gardens on blogs or YouTube, and thought to yourself: Oh, I wish I could do that too!

I have too, but then, when I saw how much I needed of material and figurines to do it, and how much they cost, I sighed and put the whole project on ice.

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But then one day, my cousin Cecily and I were sitting chatting in our granny’s garden, when Cecily came up with the brilliant idea: Let’s use granny’s display figurines and stuff from the old toy box. I’m sure there must be something we can use there!

So we went through granny’s whole house with gusto and childlike enthusiasm, and boy did we find a lot of stuff!

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These are old furniture from a doll’s house. Doesn’t it just look like the perfect setup for a fairy tea party?

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These beautiful figurines are actually cake decoration! But to us, they looked like perfect ballerina fairies. And oh, do you see the boy lurking at them? He is a cake decoration item too!

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This is my brother’s old tin soldier. Does this scene remind you of a certain fairy tale?

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This is my cousin’s old Barbie doll baby, but doesn’t he just make the perfect flower baby?

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This is granny’s homemade Christmas Angel, but we thought she looked like a lovely fairy godmother! Oh, and do you spot the gold slipper next to her? It’s an old Barbie shoe!

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This is perhaps my favorite scene of all! A beautiful delicate tiny fairy dancing in the purple flowers!

I hope this has inspired you to create your own miniature fairy garden! As you can see, it doesn’t have to cost a thing! And finding the items to use is just so much fun!

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Have fun!