Bitty Homes And Gardens

photo-655This Saturday and Sunday, Shake Rag Alley is hosting its 3rd Annual Tour of Fairy Homes. Stop by and check out this curious event, which draws hundreds of people from all over the Midwest.

New this year are fairy gardens, including a zen garden (shown below) created by Shake Rag’s new site manager/resident botanist, Jason Dingeldein.


While pictures really don’t do them justice, here are a few examples of the 20+ fairy homes on the tour.


Note the stained glass window on the one below:


Here’s a a two story fairy home made from a gourd.


This painted fairy home has a sparkly interior containing a painted fairy on a throne.




This self-guided tour is free for children 12 and under.  The price of admission is $5 for everyone else, which includes lemonade and cookies.

You can bid on the homes in a silent auction or build your own!

All the materials will be provided — acorns, leaves, nuts, bark, twigs, sparkle, buttons, pieces of glass, strange doo-dads and all the weird items that a fairy would use in building a home. You know your fairy home is complete when you think to yourself “I wish I could live here.” (That’s also the same moment when you know you’ve lost your mind.)

You can even buy fairy furniture to decorate your new home.


For more information, tune in to NBC 15 Saturday morning at 6:10 a.m. (that’s what time the fairies wake up) to watch Di Sterba and Megan O’Connell (Shake Rag’s new Executive Director) explain this event on TV.

acorn fairyThe Tour of Fairy Homes, is Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Bidding on the silent auction ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

– Contributed by the Hays

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