fairy house

Stained Glass Window Installation

The flower fairy is so delighted to see the wonderful transformation.

Fairy house window

Fairy House Window

Take a look at the change that took place after the head tinker installed the stained glass flowers on the fairy house window. Finally, after months of Saturdays at Design Lite Studios in Portland Oregon working on the stained glass windows and flowers, the head tinker can see if what he created would live up to what he had envisioned.

Have you ever been working on a project and felt like you are in serious slow motion? Did you ever start doubting your decisions that led you to the point where you are?

The head tinker questioned how much more time and effort it would take to eventually lead to the transformation of the fairy house window. Sometimes even when you’re not sure what’s going to happen next in what you’re doing, you just have to take a leap of faith, and try. That day is here!

The head tinker is determined to install the stained glass flowers around the fairy house window and shock the flower fairy. After much thought on which would be the best way to achieve this task, the head tinker was off to the local hardware store to do some serious repurposing of acquired hardware. Next, it’s time to dive in and make things happen. The head tinker got his wishes granted; the magical power from the flower fairy is bestowed on him and the stained glass flowers bring the enchanted fairy house window to life

Stain Glass Flowers adorn fairy house window.


The particularly elusive, powerful gift of beautiful yet fragile stained glass flowers give a dramatic change from mundane to magical that the head tinker was searching for! The inhabitants who live here will have bright, beautiful flowers year round to enjoy when looking out the window. The flower fairy has indeed granted the magical gift needed to brighten this enchanted fairy house. So much so, that the head tinker now sees the risk was worth the reward and will add even more of these vibrant visual expressions from Mother Nature.


Head Tinker signing off.

Billy Dillard

Horrible Health Scare

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Saves the Life of My “Little Helper”

What do I mean, you ask? Let me explain the events that happened to the Head Tinker’s Little Helper.

My Little Helper (my eldest granddaughter, “Mo”) came down with the ‘flu’ going around. Her mother (my loving daughter) did everything a good mother would know to do to care for Mo.

Mo would get better and then the fever would raise its ugly head again. After a couple of weeks of this, her dad (my fantastic son-in-law and a loving father) said, ‘Lets take Mo to the doctor.’ Thank goodness they did! Mo’s outside appearance didn’t match the severity of what was going on inside. X-rays showed a very ill little girl! Those x-rays showed one of her lungs was almost completely wrapped and obscured by a wall of unwanted fluid and infection.

The doctor immediately arranged for Mo to be admitted to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. A tube was inserted through her side and into the wall of infection to allow the fluid to drain. Mo was in isolation for the first few days of her stay in the hospital room.

Mo spent a week in the hospital with IV liquid vitamins and minerals being given to her along with antibiotics to fight the massive infection. She underwent many tests and was on constant monitoring to bring Mo back to health. She was in a bad way and losing weight. She had no appetite to eat making her recovery additionally tough.

Mo’s mom stayed with Mo night and day at the hospital. What a terrible spot to be in as a mother, helpless to be able to take away the pain from her daughter, no power to heal her, but willing to do everything in her power to get her daughter back. The happy bright spirit that Mo is. I must say when my wife and I visited Mo in the hospital I was indeed concerned. This beautiful little girl was pale and missing that glow she normally has around her. My daughter told me that more than one of the doctors there told her that out of all the children they are seeing really ill with the flu/pneumonia, only the children who did not receive a flu shot were ending up admitted and in need of a chest tube to drain infection from their lungs.

Yes, I am writing about an actual event! I’m writing this for parents to really research this for themselves. Please, don’t think this won’t happen to you or your children. It is our responsibility to do the best we can for the little spirits who depend on us to keep them safe. Make a knowledgeable and wise decision. After seeing what happened to my loving little helper AKA my granddaughter,

I’m sure her mom and dad will make sure my little helper will get her annual flu shots in the future!

P.S. Mo is home now and she is getting better. The road to full recovery will be a long one for her. She is still on an IV machine she has to carry around for now. Her mom is monitoring her meals to make sure she gets over 1850 calories a day along with vitamins and minerals to get her health back. Grandpa is relieved and happy to see his little helper back home and getting better. I’m looking forward to have Mo back on the fairy house project to add her magic. Head Tinker wants to send out a big shout to Doernbecher hospital for taking such fantastic care of his little helper and her mom. Thank you, thank you, and thank you so much. Another big shout out to Mo’s mom and dad, you two are fantastic, loving and caring parents. Thank goodness this loving spirit has the nurturing, caring and protection a child wants and needs while growing up to become a positive energy the world is in dire need of.

At the end of the day its what you are willing to live with. Base your decision on Facts.

My daughter and son-in-law are living with the pain that maybe they should have gotten Mo to the doctors office sooner than they did. All decisions can be second-guessed after the outcome is known. The trick is to make the best decision one can after doing as much research as possible.

Reminder: These are decisions one lives with for the ‘rest of your life’.

Whether or not to get your children flu shots. So, hopefully, if you have children and grandchildren and you are on the fence to get a shot, this message will get you to make a decision you can live with comfortably the rest of your life and theirs!


Head Tinker signing out,

Billy Dillard

Fairy Window Stained Glass Flowers

Designing the look of the fairy window.

Today I’m spending another great deal of time in front of the computer getting the bugs worked out to go live with this wonderful site about the creation of the enchanted fairy house and all it takes to make it come together. The fairy tinkers will be posting regularly about what is going on with the build.

faery flowers

Fairy Flower

At this very moment stain glass flowers to go around the fairy window are in the kiln cooling down. These beauties will brighten the area a bit when the fairies walk or fly up to it. The head tinker has been taking stained glass and fused glass classes from Design Lite Studios in Portland, Oregon.

Dog wood flowers were chosen for the reference model. The light colors and some pretty green leaves will really brighten up the fairy window opening. What do you think? It’s amazing to watch the transformation as this fairy house comes to life.

Time to feed animals that live here. The horse, Kick Start. The dog, Lee Lou. Four cats, Mocha, Burt, Precious and Ky KY. It’s a beautiful sunny day outside.  The head tinker is going to enjoy the sunshine while it’s out. I hope wherever you’re at, that you take time in your busy schedule to enjoy life.

Head Tinker, Billy Dillard signing off for now.