Just being curious… Fairy Doors

Inspiration for our “Just being curious” posts comes in many ways. My Mom rang me last week, she was almost breathless with excitement telling me about a girl that was on the radio talking about her business.

This girls name is Ailbhe Murray and she is an extremely accomplished entrepreneur running not one but several successful businesses. Mom’s frantic phone call just about covered the main details of Ailbhe’s newest creation, just enough info for me to stretch my googling fingers and find out all about her fairy doors.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Ailbhe from Mudpies and Rainbows about her winged friends and how she became the official fairy ambassador…

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
Well I’m 32 years old and I had been working in travel and tourism for many years before deciding to venture out on my own. The travel industry allowed me to see lots of the world and I decided that I would like to live in another of the corner of the world for a while. I moved to Canada with my partner and while there I studied Make-Up.

When we returned home after a year, the downturn had badly affected the travel industry so I decided to focus on Make-Up artistry. I really enjoyed being a Make-Up artist and decided to write a book called “Eye catching Eye candy” about Make-Up for an Irish audience. This opened a lot of doors within the Make-Up world for me. I began sourcing clever beauty products and distributing them through my website. One of my products, a compact mirror with lights has been so successful it was featured in London Fashion week and I was commissioned to create a custom mirror for a celebrity client!

2. What gave you the idea to create fairy doors?
The first door I made was for my sister’s house. My Sister’s daughter, my Niece had lost her tooth so I made a little door to let the tooth fairy in to collect it. My Sister’s kids were obsessed with the door! We moved it around to different places in the house and they couldn’t contain their excitement looking for the door and reading the little letters that the fairies left for them!

It was down to the kids reaction that I decided to start making the doors for other people to bring a little fairy magic into other homes.


One of Ailbhe’s Nephew’s opening a fairy door

3. Where do you find inspiration?
My Granny Hughes brought magic and excitement into my life and was a great source of inspiration. I’m now bringing the magic she shared with me to my niece and nephews and anyone that receives a fairy door!

4. What advice or words of wisdom would you give from your experience?
Don’t focus too much on the financial side of working for yourself, you will always get by, and if you have a clear vision and are passionate you will make it work!

5. What are your 5 favourite things to do/foods to eat/books or blogs to read?
I love to cook and bake, I particularly love watching Lorraine Pascale, her recipes are amazing! I also love old fashioned children’s books and films like Eloise, Madeline and anything by Roald Dahl.

You can order your very own fairy door through Ailbhe’s website or by visiting her facebook page. Ailbhe also hopes to retail her fairy doors in toy and gift shops in the near future.

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