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GT Challenges #1: The Fairest of the Fairy Doors - A Challenge

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1/23/12

Last fall we had the “Thinking Outside the Inside of Your Window Box” Challenge and now…. well, we move from windows to doors!

 

The Fairest of Fairy Doors

What is a fairy door? It is an entryway into the world of possibilities. Gardeners are natural gatekeepers as we envision the possibilities, nurturing the seeds of what might come, trusting that nature will weave its magic through our gardens and they will flourish, filling our environment with gorgeous colours, aromas, textures and flavours.

What does a fairy door look like? Well, unless you have actually seen one then you can only imagine and there lies our latest GT Challenge: put your creativity skills to work and create what you think a fairy door looks like. It may be made of natural materials, items found throughout the gardens, or perhaps fairies use found treasures that the two-legged humans have dropped.

I would guess that the fairy door is rather small but then that is just an assumption. Perhaps they are huge and just invisible to the human eye. Some people think the doors open, and perhaps they do, but others believe that in the magical world of the fairies that the doorway does not rely on hinges.

Or perhaps it looks like this, as imagined by LumberJock BowenBirdhouses
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Oh the possibilities…..

 
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PRIZE RULES
  • Deadline – February 29, 2012
  • Tag It – tag your project entry as “challenge-10”
  • Prize – donated by Karson (THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE DONATION)
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  • Secondary Prize – one random winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for Amazon.com, thanks to Escalate Media!

Voting
Voting will take place during the week of March 1 – March 7th.
To vote: send a private message to me with your choice of “The Fairest of Fairy Doors”.
On March 8th, I’ll announce the lucky winner.

The Entries
Projects tagged as challenge-10 can be found here.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 01-23-2012 05:11 PM

Sounds like fun. I look forward to seeing what my fellow Tenders create!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

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posted 01-23-2012 05:49 PM

Now you can add to your fairy door collection Debbie.I will have to see what I can come up with for the challenge.I was just wondering why we never have any prize contests or challenges anymore.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 01-24-2012 03:24 AM

With the end of the world imminent, shouldn’t there be a deadline? and gosh, not even a GT t-shirt in the offing?

I’d like to think that we do not have to imagine what fairy doors look like – but we have to train ourselves to be able to see them. I’d like to see some postings of some fairy doors which can be found in your gardens – winter or summer. You know they are there – find them and show them to us!

I can recall having seen a few already and I will make an effort to bring my camera next time I go by them assuming they show up on a camera.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 01-24-2012 05:23 AM

re: prizes
Since this challenge was my own little brain child and not from Escalate Media, no prizes are offered.

but….... guess what ….. ((drum roll please))

Our dear Karson has volunteered a prize. Not just any little prize. no no no… something big… something that has been seen elsewhere with a price tag of $400. Yes, indeed. We are talking A BIG PRIZE.

Karson has offered to make one of his Shaker Candle Boxes for the winner.
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So:
1. a big thank-you to Karson for such a gracious offer.
2. we now need a deadline. A big prize deserved a big date—February 29th isn’t seen very often so that’s pretty big. You have a month to put your challenge entry together.
3. winner selection: I’ll get back to you on that. I have to speak with Martin on this
4. Prize arrangement. When the winner is announced, we will set up delivery arrangements with Karson.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-24-2012 07:20 AM

Nice! Thanks to Karson. Those look awesome. I think maybe more fairies might show up now!

Be sure to get the challenge up on the contests tab!

Thanks MsDeb and Karson!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 01-24-2012 03:04 PM

rules have been updated

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-24-2012 03:14 PM

Fantastic looking Candle Boxes, Karson. That should keep the candles dry and the mice away. :)

I’ll have to see whether I can reach my fairy door down in the bush. Hopefully the coyotes haven’t got to it already.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 01-24-2012 04:29 PM

definitely worth the effort!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-24-2012 04:39 PM

Wow that’s awesome Karson thank you for offering such a great prize.Thanks Debbie for arranging it.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 01-24-2012 04:53 PM

I can take no credit on this one .. other than having the idea for the challenge.
This is ALL Karson!!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-24-2012 04:53 PM

Karson, those boxes are very beautiful. Thank you for your generosity. Maybe my children can show me where there are some fairy doors. I know they can often see things I cannot.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 01-24-2012 07:12 PM

things keep getting better …
Escalate Media is providing a $25 gift certificate for Amazon.com for a random winner. Pretty cool.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-25-2012 08:40 AM

Fantastic box Karson and admire your generosity to give one as a prize to the winner of the contest. Let us see who is the lucky winner.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 01-25-2012 11:21 AM

Sharad … make a fairy door and if you win you can pick up the prize here in September!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-25-2012 06:18 PM

That’s a good suggestion. I will ponder over it.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 02-02-2012 01:14 AM

A new challenge? Where the “H”-”e”-double toothpicks have I been? Windows to doors, love it. Excellent prizes to boot!

Like our FarmerGal friend, I think I might enlist the help of my garden helper, Sofie. Only hope that when it comes to judging, the voters keep in mind who can grow things this time of year and who can’t!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 02-02-2012 01:54 AM

Joel – unless you can grow a fairy door, I don’t think anyone has any advantage here. The fairy doors are there already – you just have to find them…
I’ve found one already and I will hopefully be posting a collection, not just one.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 02-02-2012 02:05 AM

Excellent point, Daltxguy – really must have Sofie’s help then. And as my son did a project on “The Spiderwick Chronicles” last year, we must have a seeing stone lying around the house somewhere.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 02-02-2012 12:02 PM

I wondered why you hadn’t commented. :)

Happy Fairy Door hunting/creating!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-18-2012 02:39 PM

This challenge just gets better and better. The candle boxes are absolutely beautiful…..a wonderful addition to someone’s home. Thank you, Karson, for your generosity.

And thanks too, to Escalate Media for the $25 gift cert. offered.

I have been watching the fairies roam around my gardens for years. I will need to get a couple pics to share after I return to Ontario in March. I know, I know, too late for the challenge. Darn it! I would love to win the candle box.

Well, this way I can sincerely wish everyone who enters the challenge ‘Good Luck’ . I look forward to seeing some very interesting entries.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 02-18-2012 03:20 PM

you don’t see any fairies where you are now, Iris?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-28-2012 11:49 PM

Make sure you have the correct tags on your entry.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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posted 02-29-2012 09:39 AM

yes—TODAY is the last day to enter!!!

We currently have 5 entries.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 03-07-2012 12:54 PM

last day to vote!! (March 7th)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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