🌟 Pixie Poetry Challenge *Update* 🌟

🌟 Pixie Poetry Challenge *Update* 🌟

**Update**
I am extending the deadline of my Pixie Poetry Challenge until Sunday, August 13th. I did not receive any entries by the July 27th date. Thank you to everyone who has promoted my Poetry Challenge on your personal blogs. I wish you all a lovely start to your weekend 🌷 🧚 🌷.

~ Yours in Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust ~
❤ Faith Fancypuff

Secrets of a Garden Pixie

Good afternoon pixies!

I’m back with my ~3rd Pixie Poetry Challenge~ 😀 

For this challenge you have the option to write a poem for 1 or 2 photographs. I hope you like the selections I made. All participants will earn a hand-made badge.

It’s time to set your creative spirit free & have fun!!! 

Here are the rules for the challenge:

🌿 Write a poem for one or both of the pictures below.

🌿 Email your poetry to me at: snowflakefancypuff@gmail.com.

🌿 Poetry must be submitted by July 27, 2017.

🌿 Anyone can participate

Photo 1:

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Best of luck to you all & happy writing

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DIY French Braiding 💞

DIY French Braiding 💞

Hello pixies,

As promised, I’m continuing my Introduction to DIY Braiding series.  As you may recall, I shared in my last DIY braiding post a tutorial on how to fishtail braid.  For this post I will be helping you learn how to french braid ❤

To begin, let’s go over some basics about french braiding. The french braid is considered the “basic” or “classic” braid because it is the braid on which many other braiding techniques build. What this means is that if you learn how to french braid you can easily progress to dutch braiding, waterfall braiding, and lace braiding from there, as well as to french and dutch fishtail braiding. It may all sound complicated or overwhelming now, but I promise, once you learn how make a french braid yourself all the other styles will come naturally.

I’ve selected two DIY tutorials on french braiding. From personal experience I know that it is easier to learn how to french braid if you first practice on the front of your head so that you can see what you’re doing. In this 1st tutorial you will learn every step of the french braid and will be able to look in the mirror as you do it.

~*~ (Melissa is one of my favorite hair bloggers. In this video she shows you the basic three strand, french, and dutch braids. Skip to 1:12 for the french braiding section.) How to Braid for Beginners ~*~

~*~ In this 2nd tutorial you will be guided step-by-step in creating the french braid down the back of your head. This style is a little trickier only because you can’t see what you’re doing. As you continue practicing, though, you will learn the feel of the braid & become confident [I promise!]. Honestly, in all of braiding, this is probably the most difficult challenge you will face. Once you can do this, you can do anything!! How to French Braid for Beginners ~*~

 ✨ Tips ✨

  • When practicing french braiding, it can be a tremendous help to you if you are able to practice on another person, rather than just yourself. You will gain a much better visual of what you are doing and for how to pick up and add in the sections of hair. Ask your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, or friend if you can practice french-braiding their hair. It will probably feel very relaxing to them, as well!
  • Always brush your hair well before braiding.
  • The sections that you add into your braid can be as small or as big as you want. The bigger the section of hair you add in, the softer and more romantic the braid will look.
  • If you lose track of which strand is which and get stuck, that’s okay. It’s part of the learning process (or was for me at least! :P) You can try to keep going, or undo the braid and start over, or undo it and practice again later.
  • Be kind & patient with yourself. Your mind is learning something completely new and it just needs a little time to catch on. 
  • You can do it!! ❤ 

✨  Tips for once your braid is complete ✨ 

  • To enhance the look of your french braid, gently tug on the main portion of your braid (the part that runs down the middle, not the added-in strands) to fluff it up. This adds a bit of volume and creates a softer look.

 Please feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.

Happy braiding ❤ 

 

My Poem for the Pixie Poetry Challenge

Hi fairies, I’ve decided to participate in my 3rd Pixie Poetry Challenge. I have written this poem for the photograph of Lily in her garden:

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Sparkling raindrops

under starlight shine.

In misty twilight,

demure dandelions droop and sigh.

A gentle downpour, garden fairy’s delight.

Raindrops on poppies’ petals

clear and cool on clovers’ leaves

plip-plop in shallow pools,

placid and peaceful.

Blushing peonies and succulent blackberries, a midsummer promise

Sweetly scented posies glisten pristine as jewels.

~*~

Faith Fancypuff

 

🌟 Pixie Poetry Challenge (July 2017) 🌟

🌟 Pixie Poetry Challenge (July 2017) 🌟

Good afternoon pixies!

I’m back with my ~3rd Pixie Poetry Challenge~ 😀 

For this challenge you have the option to write a poem for 1 or 2 photographs. I hope you like the selections I made. All participants will earn a hand-made badge.

It’s time to set your creative spirit free & have fun!!! 

Here are the rules for the challenge:

🌿 Write a poem for one or both of the pictures below.

🌿 Email your poetry to me at: snowflakefancypuff@gmail.com.

🌿 Poetry must be submitted by July 27, 2017.

🌿 Anyone can participate

Photo 1:

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Photo 2:

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Best of luck to you all & happy writing

A Quick Note

Good morning pixies,

I’m fluttering in for a quick note about my recent inactivity. I have been more inactive on my blog in recent history than I ever have been. It’s only because of some changes happening in my life at the moment. I am finishing up a summer intensive course, packing, cleaning the house, making arrangements for things, and flying back home.

I haven’t forgotten about you guys! (Never 😉 ) I have really enjoyed reading all of your recent blog posts. I will be back to posting on my blog sometime in the near future. I have plans to host another Pixie Poetry Challenge 😀

So in all, I just wanted to let you all know that everything is okay, and no need to worry. 

I hope you all are having a lovely start to your summer or winter. I personally love both seasons. Each is full of its own unique magic. 

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Wishing you all a sparkletastic week,

Faith Fancypuff 

Journal Entry ~ June 18, 2017 + Blog Updates

It is a lovely summer evening. There is a breeze blowing and we are having a light rain shower, and our wind chimes are gently ringing. 

Some big changes will be happening this summer. Two weeks from now Kevin and I will be flying back home to visit family and to find ourselves a car! We have been without a car for so long. Then we are taking a road trip back to where we currently live. Kevin’s parents will be traveling with us, too, and then flying back home themselves. We haven’t seen our family in two years. We are going to take our time driving back so that we can enjoy the time with them and see the country. We have been working so hard these past few years, it will be amazingly wonderful to go on this adventure together and have many new exciting opportunities available to us.

I find it hard to actually sit down and write my thoughts, so here I am making myself do it. 

I have been waiting for this moment for so long. Patience is not my forte, but Kevin is steadfast in patience, a master in the art. I am so very thankful for it because he keeps me grounded. I find that these types of things are worth waiting for, too. Something can be said for perseverance, despite the fact that it is so hard to do. . .

(As I was writing this a female ruby-throated hummingbird flew up to me, only inches away from my face, having a curious look around. I could hear her hum, see her eyes, her wingbeats, and all of her silky soft feathers. ❤ ).

. . . I have been learning the lesson of not only trusting in, but being able to see and identify, God’s goodness and loving care. There’s more I wish I could say but I don’t yet have the words for it. But with every day healing happens in my soul, and my eyes become more awake to it.

I am grateful for the misty rain showers, the cool breeze, Kevin, and all the beauty of nature that surrounds me. I have been given so much.

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These are a few pixie perfect pictures I’ve taken recently.

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Changing topic, I’ve been working to tidy up my blog as of late. Just a little pixie dusting and polishing here and there. Most notably, I have my new & improved “About Me” section completed! My “About Me” section has been “under construction” for ages upon ages, with no information in it whatsoever. Of course I will continue to tinker with it a little, I always tinker with things around my blog 😉.

I have also been playing around with blending images together. I made this photo using two images for the quotes section of my About Me page. You can see that it is a combination of a canvas background and the image of Tinker Bell from my first Pixie Poetry Challenge:

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This is another try at image blending, this time using a photo of the Pixie Dust Tree and Disney’s Cinderella Castle:

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Wishing you all a glowtastic day/night,

Faith Fancypuff