Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | February 27, 2014

Fairy Houses …

sunshinebigAs you all must know by now… I am the one and only TreeQueen and I make fairy houses!

I take old cast off chunks of wood from trees, and give them new life.  Pretty cool, even if I do say so myself.

Some of the wee homes start with an idea, and others are born at first sight of the piece of wood. What they all have in common is the magic… and seeing is truly believing.

If you have one of my homes… you know this is a fact. NO photo does my work justice, although the photographer who accompanied Jason Davis did a wonderful job capturing the magic on film. sunnysidein

AND my homes are totally touchable! What fun would it be if they were ‘look but don’t touch?’ As a matter of fact… with each touch the magic rubs off and blesses you!

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Run your finger over the hand carved (by me) furniture… and imagine the wee folk who call this tiny cottage home.

Bend down and look deep inside… breathe in the scent of lavender from my garden. I sprinkle a bit in each home as a blessing for the inhabitants.


Dare to Dream my friends!

Dream of tiny handmade candles on the window sill…

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pinkcottagebrOr a princess bed with pink ruffles, a handmade quilt, soft fluffy mattress and lots and lots of pillows!

Jump up and down and send the pillows flying in every direction!

Yes, this is the stuff dreams are made of… and I put those dreams in every home I make.

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Take a minute my friends to visit the home of the treequeen…

and dare to imagine.

If you do not see your dream home on my website… please, feel free to contact me. No dream is too big or too small!

Have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with love…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | February 18, 2014

When time zooms by…

Since I  retired, weeks zoom by. Seriously.

On a daily basis I stop to wonder… when exactly, did I get this old? Where did all the time go?

Today is Tuesday… but tomorrow will be Friday in the blink of an eye! When I worked full time, the weeks would drag and the weekends would zoom by.

Raise your hand if you agree!

I was told when I retired… be sure to keep busy. Find a hobby, volunteer or get a part time job. The truth is, I went a little overboard on that bit of advice, and now I would LOVE a day off!

I’ve written 2 novels & working on the 3rd in the series, created 11 fairy homes (3 lost in the fire – another story), rewriting an 80,000+ snow2-14word young adult novel, and I care for my husband.

On top of that … it’s winter and we are buried in snow. In summer we have a spectacular garden and I miss the magic.

But, our home is cozy. Even if the snow and sub-zero cold  forces us indoors… we have plenty to keep us busy!

hdchbig4I believe my latest treehouse HICKORY DICKORY CLOCK HOUSE is a work of art. It took well over 120 hours to create and that doesn’t include the hours spent pondering all the possibilities for this piece. It began last summer and grew. As an idea was born and a twig or branch found… it was carefully added. I’ve had countless folks admire my work, and in the next breath tell me they will make their own for a beloved child or friend. Good luck… is all I have to say to them.

My first complete treehouse took forever to make and the first two carving attempts ended up in the woodpile. Now, after 7 years of trial and error and 90+ fairy houses… I’m good at what I do.

Our retirement is more than just passing time… it’s together time. Don and I do everything together. I may do the actual ‘creating’ but nothing is possible without him. He cuts out the wood pieces and beams with pride at what I make from a chuck of wood, and he feeds me ideas for the books. Every word I write is bounced between us and read out loud.

The minutes, hours and days may zoom by… and the years have not been kind.

But we’re together.

Have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with love…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | February 7, 2014

Not perfect… but totally OKAY!

WOW! There’s nothing like seeing yourself on television to open your eyes!

Does the camera add 10 pounds? Oh yeah, and then some.

Does the camera find every flaw and highlight it? Oh yeah, and then some. (However, my sweet husband Don looked wonderful!)fairyvillage

It took a note from my granddaughter Mady to truly reveal the message conveyed by the TV debut. Who cares what the camera shows…  I should be proud of me! She is!

My work has evolved over the years, and after the workshop was destroyed by fire in 2012 it took 16 months to get back on track. I LOST everything… years of gathering pieces for fairy homes… gone.  Three beautiful fairy houses… gone. I still look for items I knew I had… but are gone forever – up in smoke. A collection of ‘junk’ jewelry, miniatures found at sales, tubs of fabric, ribbons and wonderful fairy figurines I’ll never find again. My heart cried over the loss for months.

But, I’m okay. I”m back to work and Mady says my work is better than ever! She’s 15 now, but she still touches each piece like a small child filled with wonder at the magic before her.

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That’s what my work does… it brings out the inner child. And, it doesn’t matter who you are, my tiny homes will work their magic on you! You too will dare to dream and touch each piece. Because ~ seeing is believing.

The years have not been kind. I’m not a kid anymore, LIFE has taken a toll on my body… but I still have the HEART & IMAGINATION of a child.

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Have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with LOVE…




If you’ve ever wondered who builds the homes for the little people we think we have the answer. Marilyn Dieckmann of Bagley, Minn., is a contractor to elves, fairies, trolls, goblins and any other fanciful being that exists, at least in our imaginations. Working with old tree stumps her husband Don excavates with a chain saw, Marilyn decorates and furnishes the inside with amazing precision and artistic skill…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | February 1, 2014

I’m back!

Truer words were never spoken.  The day after Christmas I twisted my back and have relapsed 4 times since. To those of you who have experienced back pain you know… it will put you down!

On good days (when my back isn’t giving me fits) I’m in my cozy fairy treehouse workshop. Why? Because it’s a place of PEACE & JOY & LOVE for me. It’s a place where dreams come true & magic prevails because I believe.

As a matter of fact, a dream came true recently.  At Christmas, my friend’s son WHIMSYMANOR2suggested I get in touch with Jason Davis who produces a TV show entitled ON THE ROAD. He travels around the state of Minnesota featuring people with unique & unusual talent & events.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would consider my work… but he did.

So, on Sunday February 2nd, at 10:30pm on channel 5 KSTP in Minneapolis, the show will feature the Dieckmann’s and their miniature tree homes in Bagley, Minnesota.

No one makes fairy houses like mine… it’s my own style that has evolved over the years.  Each OOAK (one of a kind) work is carved-out by my husband Don and then the fun begins… adding a touch of magic.

So… if you get a chance, check out my miniature fairy homes and dare to dream!

Have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with love…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | December 12, 2013

Wishes and dreams…

I personally live on wishes and dreams… with a hearty helping of hope.

There is no perfect world… and anyone who says their world is, I would call a fool. We are all faced with issues, situations, dilemmas and LIFE that can kick the snot out of us and drop us on purple benchthe ground. That’s when someone usually tosses out the ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ saying and I want to punch them in the face. And then… I’ll paint them purple.

I LOVE the color purple! However, I can’t wear purple or even lavender clothes because my skin tone makes the color look hideous on me. But, I can surround myself with purple wishes and dreams. There’s something about the color purple that makes you want to give it a BIG HUG and hang on forever.

This purple bench is my favorite place to hide when I’m feeling down. I can breathe in the scent of lavender and sip grape soda while I dream of solutions.

I look up and see life through a purple mist and it washes away the gloom.

Christmas is nearly here… my favorite time of year. I’m blessed to have a husband who feels the same and our home is decorated all year with festive garland of the season. We tuck away the Santas and snowmen… but the joy of the holiday remains.

Currently, there are 5 new homes in the fairy house workshop (for sale) and one of them is a Christmas house. VISIONS of SUGAR PLUMS is a lovely festive miniature fairy house… and all who gaze at it feel the PEACE of the season. My granddaughter Mady says I’ve achieved a new level of vspincreativity and it truly is a magical house.

I have to agree.

The spirit of Christmas is HOPE,  and a belief that PEACE and LOVE shall prevail on earth.

So, as we enter this season… may the true spirit of Christmas surround you and keep you.

Have a wonderful day…

From Marilyn with LOVE.

Please visit my miniature fairy workshop at…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | November 7, 2013



I know I haven’t written a post in weeks… I’ve been intent on other pursuits.

E2cover3800EVERWUD book two is finished!

CASTLES, CLOWNS & POTIONS is a new adventure for Joey and the gang, and I guarantee unexpected surprises that will delight all readers!

I have a story to tell, and the only way it works is from two points of view. I tried writing the whole kit-n-caboodle in third person… but it lacked the emotional element I needed.  Joey is a kid/character with some amazing attributes and he needs to have his own voice!

CASTLES, CLOWNS & POTIONS is an awakening for Joey and his friends, and the magic will convince even the staunchest unbeliever that anything is possible. I know, I believe.

As for the rest of my time… I’ve also finished 2 fairy houses which are for sale on my website and a fairy village (special order) which is currently at fairyvillagehome in Wisconsin.

Forms are cut and ready for 6 more homes, and the new VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS Christmas house is  finished as well. A jolly, festive and positively enchanting holiday house.

Currently on the workbench is a new PINK LACE & STRAWBERRIES cottage. A dainty house with a lovely garden in front, and ideal for any princess. Then the HICKORY DICKORY CLOCK vspinhouse which will be my first attempt at steampunk. My version, that is, and I’m working on it a little bit at a time to create what I hope will be a masterpiece.

So my friends… I have a full plate.

As for EVERWUD… the story isn’t finished.  Book three REVOLUTION~THE Green Mist Brigade, is the final book in the series and a fitting conclusion to Joey’s story.

No spoilers here… but Joey and the gang will come of age and deal with a deadly foe that is not a typical villain. It will take the combined effort of the gang to defeat… enough said.

Back to work, and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with love…E3coverfull


‘We are the music makers & the dreamers of dreams…’ WW

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | August 17, 2013

Life is just…


This is a favorite illustration of mine by the talented Mary Engelbreit. I buy her calendars every year, and I’m never ever disappointed. It’s like she ‘knows’ what I need at precisely the time I need it.

The truth is… I’ve stacked way too many bowls in my chair! There is more ‘to do’ and not enough of ‘me’ to do it.  Add my sweetie’s health and care to this, and I’m ready to shove the bowls off the chair and collapse. Don comes first, always!!! The rest is just my over-creative self screaming for expression.

Where is the balance?

Don is my LOVE, my best friend and my soul-mate.  We think alike, and usually at the same time! The problem is… my creative expressions don’t include him and that’s just not fair. Hence, the gift shop idea.

We are slowly, (as we can afford it) setting up a gift shop in our greenhouse. The fire that destroyed our garage/greenhouse/porch and stole spring/summer/fall from us last year, also destroyed us financially. But, we keep moving forward. Miracles do happen and I believe ours is on the way!

new workbenchThe best part of all this?

We’re doing the whole thing… TOGETHER!

He’s proud of my fairy houses and shares my vision for them! I mix and pour soap and candles and he’s my ‘sniff’ tester. We rebuilt the workshop to include a cozy corner for him…  he’s right there alongside me.

I design and WE build… he’s my inspiration.

Yes, I believe in miracles… Don is still with me after 2 strokes and look what we can don on patioaccomplish!

So my friends…

Dream BIG!

NEVER let HOPE fade!


And LOVE with all your HEART!

Balance is there.

Have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with love…

Coming soon! TreeQueen Tea & Gifts with online sales at…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | July 15, 2013


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Because… today it’s my turn!

Frederick Lee Brooke has designed an amazing INTERNATIONAL BLOG TOUR to introduce his new novel in the Annie Ogden series, COLLATERAL DAMAGE!

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Chapter 23 comes to you today from the beautiful north woods of Minnesota!

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Chapter 23—Annie

“Two hours ago we were in a private dining room,” I told June. “Candlelight. Champagne. Filet mignon. He was practically down on one knee. Not that I was going to listen to that crap.”

We sat in June’s car with the doors open, letting the cool humid night air settle in on our laps. It reminded me of the sky in northern Iraq, away from city light. It was that time of night just before the first graying of the sky. The police had taken Michael away. The ambulance had taken away Husker’s body. Most of the police were gone, but one pair of cops was checking yellow tapes around the property. Another pair sat in their car with donuts and coffee. The police were going to stay here 24/7 for the next day or so.

“I can’t believe they think Michael would do it. I can’t believe Husker was murdered,” June said.

“I have to get him a lawyer. How am I going to find a good lawyer?”

“There are plenty of lawyers around. The question is how are you going to pay for it?”

“Michael didn’t do it. He’s getting a good lawyer if it costs my last dollar.”

“Husker was Senator Mathers’s nephew. Not every lawyer will want to get involved in a case like that. Tell you what, I’ll ask my dad. He’s in Rotary. Let me send you a text later this morning.”

I saw Todd walking across the lawn. “Here’s comes trouble.”

“Why do you say that? He’s got great legs,” June said. I let that go without further comment, especially since Todd was now leaning in at my door.

“Wanna dance?” Neither of us laughed. Our old army friend had been stabbed to death. Todd switched to a neutral tone. “Annie, I’m headed back to get some sleep. I can give you a lift.”

I looked at June. “Are you going to the bakery?”

She nodded. “Go with him. I’m going in a different direction. We’ll talk later, after I’ve talked to my dad. Maybe I can bring you downtown to the lawyer’s office.”

“What lawyer?” Todd said.

“No lawyer,” I said.

“She just said you’re going to see a lawyer. Would that be for your lover?”

“He’s not my lover, asshole.”

“He’s just teasing, Annie. Lighten up,” June said.

“It’s all right,” Todd said. “She’s tired. We all are. See you tomorrow?” I saw June flash him a smile.

I was revolted at Todd’s insensitivity. He was still married to my sister. I wondered how much of the story June already knew. Was it my job to warn her?

When we reached the motel, I nearly stumbled getting out of the car. Residual exhaustion making me unsteady. I needed rest. I stretched out on my bed with only the sheet covering me, curtains shut tight against the sunshine. The clattering air conditioning invaded my consciousness and then I was in some rainy village in Iraq, hunkering under the cover of an old crumbling stone wall. Trucks rolled by on the road 250 meters from us, their engines droning complaint as they struggled up the long incline.

Walls like this stopped bullets, but chips of stone or mortar could kill you just as dead. Eight of us were spread out along a two hundred-meter section of the wall, which curved around the rear perimeter of a farmhouse property. Our mission was to clear the farmhouse. The road ran north and south fifty meters beyond the house, relative to our position. Some bastard had been harassing vehicles with small arms fire out of this house for the last two days.

The next thing we knew we were being fired on from behind. To our rear was a field we had traversed in the pouring rain during the night, a rocky outcropping along one side, and two kilometers beyond it the next village. Someone had us in their sights from up high in the rocks. They were a bad shot, because by the time we all got our asses over the wall and returned fire, not one of us had been hit. Now half of us took aim at the shooter in the rocks, while the rest kept an eye on the house, watching for movement.

The house turned out to be empty. When we searched it later, we found a tunnel leading out back that went right under our position at the wall. The insurgent had snuck out through the tunnel behind our line, taken refuge on the outcropping, and tried to pick us off. When we recovered the body, we discovered he was a sixty-year-old man.

When my phone alarm went off, I had no idea where I was. Flat on my back under a sheet, soaked in my own sweat, still dressed in my bra and underwear from last night, I stared at the white stucco ceiling…then I remembered.

Husker was dead.

Michael was in jail.

I had to get him a lawyer.

When I got out of the shower, I checked my phone. Sure enough, there was a text from June with the name of a lawyer and the suggestion that she pick me up at eleven o’clock. That was twenty minutes from now.

That’s it… now, check out the other blogs & enter this fabulous contest!

Thank you!

COLLATERAL DAMAGE excerpt tour – draft June 22, 2013

Monday, June 24 – Shannon Mayer Ch. 1
Tuesday, June 25 – Scott Bury Ch. 2
Wednesday, June 26 – Raine Thomas Ch. 3
Thursday, June 27 – Emily Walker Ch. 4
Friday, June 28 – Simon Jenner Ch. 5
Saturday, June 29 – Amberr Meadows Ch. 6
Sunday, June 30 – Anne Chaconas Ch. 7
Monday, July 1 – BestsellingReads Ch. 8
Tuesday, July 2 – Tyler-Rose Neath Ch. 9
Wednesday, July 3 – Naomi Leadbeater Ch. 10
Thursday, July 4 – Mohana Rajakumar Ch. 11
Friday, July 5 – Helen Hanson Ch. 12
Saturday, July 6 – Marilou George Ch. 13
Sunday, July 7 – J.C. Martin Ch. 14
Monday, July 8 – Corinne O’Flynn Ch. 15
Tuesday, July 9 – Tawdra Kandle Ch. 16
Wednesday, July 10 – Martha Bourke Ch. 17
Thursday, July 11 Connie M. Chyle Ch. 18
Friday, July 12 – Cyndi Ch. 19 
Saturday, July 13 – Kenneth Hoss Ch. 20
Sunday, July 14 – Andrea Kurian  Ch. 21
Monday, July 15 Andy Holloman Ch. 22
Tuesday, July 16 Marilyn Diekman Ch. 23
Wednesday, July 17 Christine Nolfi Ch. 24
Thursday, July 18 Jennifer Chase Ch. 25
Friday, July 19 Patricia Sands Ch. 26


 From Marilyn with love…

Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | June 25, 2013

Tattered red robe and broken… !

I’m writing in my tattered red robe, with a headache, sitting in my broken chair, trying to see through the broken screen on my laptop. Yep, tattered and broken… that’s me!

Minnesota weather is living up to it’s fickle and untrustworthy reputation! My body literally purple benchscreams when the barometer whips and spins about.

HELP! I need purple wishes and dreams to come true! A miracle would be nice… but what I truly need is good news.

The list of broken ‘things’ grows. One of the brand new roof panels put up by the ‘crooked’ contractor popped and broke. I told him what to watch for… but hey, I’m just a woman. I don’t know about such things.

Although, I can build a fairy cottage playhouse…

An author friend of mine (Dionne Lister) wrote a post about ‘stingy’ people who disregard hard work to save a bit of change. That’s basically what it amounts to! In today’s economy, the cost of an e-book is inexpensive when compared to a latte!

Here’s a link to her book… SHADOWS OF THE REALM check it out!

I’m currently reading Shadows of the Realm… along with 4 other books. (THE PRIEST by Monica LaPorta, CURBCHEK by ZachFortier,  BONE DRESSING – DREAMING by Michelle I. Brooks, WICKED SINNERS by Charity Parkerson). I’m a multi-task aficionado and reader, and would NEVER consider returning an e-book. (I will say, I’ve read some books that should be thoroughly re-done. But no list will be given.) I read multiple genres at a time… because my life is complicated. I also have a ton of reviews to write and 400 books on my Kindle! Sheesh!

The fact that someone can return a book AFTER they’ve read it is so totally broken, it makes me want to scream! Would you return a pizza after you ate it? What fools!

As for our greenhouse roof… I’d love to take that panel and shove it… along with all the shoddy workmanship, up his you-know-what!

Take a deep breath Marilyn and keep moving forward. *sigh* My wonderful husband just told me he LOVES me!  ❤❤❤

So where is the good news going to come from? I don’t know.

Book sales are dismal… but I keep writing.

Bills pile in and suffocate us… I pay the best I can.

I need a significant amount to help my son… I’m trying and I pray for a miracle. EVERWUD3

The weight of LIFE is heavy and there are days I want to stay in my tattered red robe and hide. But I don’t! I get up and keep moving forward…

That’s all any of us can do.

Have a wonderful day!

From Marilyn with love…

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Posted by: Marilyn Dieckmann | June 18, 2013

Zombified Release Party!!

Zombified Release Party!!

Join us on Friday, June 21, for the release of Zombie War: Zombified, the final in the Zombie War Trilogy by Jean Booth!


Zombie War: Zombified

Supporting her brother during his experimental treatments, Jessica finds herself betrayed by the one person she loves more than anything. Now she’s forced to either give up, or find a way to survive with what he’s done to her. Craving things she never imagined, her body has transformed into a killing machine, bent on consuming the one thing she can’t live without – brains.

After months of killing, Jessica searches for a way to either end her existence or continue on without having to constantly kill others. She hears of a group of survivors and knows this is her chance. Now she’ll either live or die. The choice would be Sarah’s, the leader of this band of survivors.

Wounded from the fighting, infected blood mixing with hers from the slaughter, Sarah finds herself fighting for her life. Will her boyfriend, Matt, help her end it all, or will she become the monster they’ve been fighting against and devour all those she’d come to protect?

While watching Sarah struggle with the infection, Matt wonders, “Could I kill the one I love, to survive?”

On Friday, June 21, there’ll be a crazy fun blog party going on – The Zombified Release Party! Jean will be hosting on her blog that day and is inviting anyone who’d like to participate, to join.

Here’s all you need to do –

Stop by Jean’s blog on Friday, June 21 and leave a comment – this’ll enter you in the drawing for signed copies of any two of Jean’s books – your choice!

Post a picture on your blog of you dressed up for Halloween and tell us a little about that fun time in your life, link it to Jean’s blog and you’ll be entered into the drawing for signed copies of any three of Jean’s books – your choice!

On Friday, June 21 post a review of any of the Zombie War books (Zombie War: The Beginning, Zombie War: Little Apocalypse on the Prairie, or Zombie War: Zombified) or an interview of Jean on your blog and get entered into the grand prize drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!


As a nurse in the genetics department, Sarah witnessed firsthand the mutation of the AIDS vaccine. The affected patients attacked other people, craving the power of the human brain. The vaccine turned viral, spreading quickly. Sarah was among the few survivors of the initial attack, quickly learning how to defend against the undead horde. Would she make it in time to save those she loved? Even if she did, how would they survive in this horrific new world?


It’s been six months since the vaccine went bad and introduced zombies into the world. Matt and Sarah have gathered all the survivors they could find, protecting and teaching them how to survive in this post-infected world. They’ve arranged for one last raid into town to try and survive through the oncoming winter. Trouble is, no one could truly prepare them for what they encounter once they arrive.

Those remaining on the farm have been trained and organized into a cohesive unit. Would they be strong enough together when it really matters? Would any of them survive the Little Apocalypse on the Prairie?


Jean Booth was born in the sweltering Vegas desert. She moved about during her childhood until returning to her roots in Northern Nevada. She’s happily married with 9 cats as her children. For the entirety of her adult life, she’s worked in healthcare, battling insurances and poor staffing to provide great care to those who need it. Her greatest escapes are the stories found in books and in her head that she’s finally decided to share. She can be found at

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From Marilyn with love…

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