‘A Fairy Went A-Marketing’ Swap

It’s that time of year when winter is in full force, yet Spring is on our minds.  What better way to chase away those winter blues than to work on some handmade crafts for a swap!  

This  Swap is inspired by the cute poem by Rose FyIeman.


A fairy went a-marketing –
She bought a little fish;
She put it in a crystal bowl
Upon a golden dish.
An hour she sat in wonderment
And watched its silver gleam,
And then she gently took it up
And slipped it in a stream.

A fairy went a-marketing –
She bought a coloured bird;
It sang the sweetest, shrillest song
That ever she had heard.
She sat beside its painted cage
And listened half the day,
And then she opened wide the door
And let it fly away.

A fairy went a-marketing –
She bought a winter gown
All stitched about with gossamer
And lined with thistledown.
She wore it all the afternoon
With prancing and delight,
Then gave it to a little frog
To keep him warm at night.

A fairy went a-marketing –
She bought a gentle mouse
To take her tiny messages,
To keep her tiny house.
All day she kept its busy feet
Pit-patting to and fro,
And then she kissed its silken ears,
Thanked it, and let it go.

Rose FyIeman

Now for the Swap requirements…

If you can get your package mailed to me by March 1st,  you can still join! 

There are two categories for this swap. 

  1. adult
  2. kid

please let me know which category(s) you plan on entering as  I will be giving two prizes for the bags (one prize for adult made, one prize for kid made)

each participant will make and send to me:

  1. a pixie bag using the pattern from my tutorial (found HERE) that will be exchanged for another one that’s sent in. there will be a prize given for the most creative bag. 
  2. 10 (of the same) handmade or altered items that a fairy would like.  ie: 10 pixie dust, 10 felt animals, 10 mushrooms, 10 strawberries, etc… (enlarge the button picture above for more ideas)
  3. $10 per family, to ship back your package. ( international swappers need to send enough to cover the cost of me sending your package back.)

if you have more than one participant from your household, then send accordingly. ie: 2 participants= 2 bags, 20 items (10 of each), still just $10 for shipping. (see the note above for international shippers)

 Package from you needs to be at my house by March 1st.  I will send your package in time for you to have it by St Patrick’s Day (probably before) 

***you will be getting BACK… a bag made by one of the other participants, and 10 assorted items…  this is a group swap!

I would also like to welcome the participants to join the flickr group and post pictures since we will be having a contest for the most creative bags (one adult made, one kid made)

***To join this swap, please send me an email  missy@fairychildheirlooms.com   telling me:

  1. your name
  2. your blog link or flickr page if you have one.  
  3.  email address
  4. mailing address
  5. name of all participant(s) in your household and specify adult swap or child swap.

you are welcome to join if you don’t have a blog or flickr account.  ( BTW… flickr is FREE 🙂

This is NOT a secret swap!  please post pictures of what you make!


About Missy

I'm a wife to an awesome Army vet, and mother to four daughters and three step-sons! I love to sew. I learned to sew in 4H, and from my Oma while staying with her for a week or two in the summers as a young girl. I love to bake desserts. I would love to live on lots of land and own lots of animals. I've always been drawn to nature which has lead me towards a more natural and healthy lifestyle which I'm finally trying to bring back into my life, and those precious lives around me.
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9 Responses to ‘A Fairy Went A-Marketing’ Swap

  1. FawnDear says:

    Too excited for this swap. We need some magic right now and this will be perfect.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Happy New Year Missy & happy swapping.
    Wishing you health and happiness in 2010.

  3. Heather says:

    I would love to join in!

    Emailing you my info 🙂

  4. Liz says:

    I have a picture book of this poem that my Dad got me when I was a kid. Its always been on of my favorites.

  5. Suzanne says:

    I would love to join in too. I follow Beth’s blog.

    Thank you
    Warm regards

  6. Deborah says:

    Love that poem. I hadn’t heard it before. I think it is simply beautiful. I really wish I could join your swap. It sounds like so much fun but I have so much to do it is probably not a good idea right now. I will be checking in to see how it goes though. Happy Belated Pink Saturday.

  7. Kat Fuller says:

    I believe! . . I believe this will be fun, count me in!

    Kat in Florida

  8. AwtemNymf says:

    You know I BELIEVE! I’m in! Now if I can just get my brain to STOP, slow down, and let me pick ONE idea- I’ll be happy. But for now- I’ll get my ticket stub and play along *winks*

    Thanks for inviting me! I’m emailing you now!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I love the toadstool in the picture above! I don’t suppose you have a tutorial about how to make one?

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