Quote of the Day:  “Faërie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories

Fairy Houses by Joy Ciaffoni, at The Shante in Pillager

“For it is a true fact that faeries, just like people, very often find that a full belly and a good friend are all that they need to be happy.”  ― C.S. EinfeldNeverdark

Fairy Houses by Joy Ciaffoni at The Shante in Pillager
“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.”  ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens   

Swedish Fairy House by Joy Ciaffoni, at The Shante in Pillager
Joy is building up her inventory of Fairy Houses, literally. She hand builds the houses, fires them, then glazes them, and fires them again. Some houses have little flags to link you to another country, or your heritage. Some have place names, like The Shante or Stonehouse Coffee Shop. Some will have fairy dust and other embellishments that will be a draw at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN, Fairy weekend, August 31, September 1 & 2, Labor Day Weekend.
Anna, owner of The Shante, hugs Joy, crafter of Fairy Houses.
Anna, admiring The Shante fairy house.
It was a big day when Joy brought her houses to The Shante, a coffee shop/restaurant in Pillager, MN. She had built up her inventory and taken the risk to put them out into the world. Anna was excited to welcome another artist to her shop. She sells a variety of items on consignment there, and gave Joy and her houses a prime spot.
Joy with her Fairy House display at The Shante
Other offerings at The Shante, include handmade aprons and the book The Apron by Guy Kelm.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt:  Describe a time you have, or would like to, put your work out for the public to buy and enjoy!