Fairy gardens and houses have long been popular and I seem to be seeing more on Pinterest boards. Here a few charming houses from an exhibt of “Tinkerbell’s Garden” from the talented gardeners at Walt Disney World Epcot from 2009.

 Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom  Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom
Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom  Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom
 Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom  Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom
 Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom  Tinkerbell's Garden- Walt Disney World Epcot 2009 - Photo by Norah Hogoboom

 

Chymera Costume NWCVII by Norah Hogoboom If you notice my stream of Pinterest pins on the right, you will see many of them are of historical costume. I loved dress-up as most children, and as I learned to sew at a very young age from my mother, I made lovely clothes for my dolls. I also created paper dolls of many eras.I started attending NorWesCon in the early 1980’s. I was thrilled by the costume contest and the talented people who participated. This was the pre-dawn of the CosPlay era.One year, I was inspired to create a costume. I headed to my mother’s house and over a weekend at a cost of less than $5 dollars, I created what I called “Chymera” from old curtains, scraps, feathers and dye that my mother. When I need wire for the wings, I found some bailing wire in the cow pasture. Perfect!
 Chymera Costume NWCVII by Norah Hogoboom Award  Chymera Costume NWCVII by Norah Hogoboom
 My friend Don has been posting the past costume contests on YouTube, and the one of my effort can be found mislabeled as “Tamera.” I had such terrible stage-fright, I barely remember any of it, but I actually won “Best Fantasy Costume” in the end.