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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Let the Fairy Dust Fly - a whimsy study of things Faerie!

WHIMSY - extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression; an odd or fanciful notion. [Whimsy Week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

Today's post is dedicated to my daughter who loves everything fairy and is accomplished enough in the art of whimsy to see the dust on blinds as fairy dust. Squeals of "Look Mommy we have fairy dust at our house too!"  and "Wow so beautiful!" as she blows the dust into the late afternoon sunlight. OK, my housekeeping shortcomings aside, this scene which makes me so happy, has been repeated dozens of times when the sunlight is at the right angle in our family room and the plantation shutters are open at an angle that reveals their dusty bounty.  After the fairy dust flies, my Fairy herself usually takes flight, donning wings and tutus (and often not much else) and the fantastic leaping and talk of flying adventures is on... 


In today's whimsy study I bring you the world of fairies...

My dear bloggy friend Theresa of Faerie Moon Creations, who you may remember shared this wonderful guest post on whimsy last whimsy week, has become my whimsy mentor! In addition to creating gorgeous wearable whimsy which you can find in her Etsy shop, every photo she takes and posts on her blog evokes whimsical inspiration. Her perspective is truly magical. All of this makes her work a complete study of whimsy in itself but now she has added fairies to her repertoire and is the the first stop on my fairy tour!

Theresa had this to say about this lovely, "Here is a rough - and please note that it is indeed rough - stage of my newest faerie painting.  She'll be transferred onto a collaged plaque and painted.  I am still working out the ideas for the background.  I see some glitter involved in this piece."

For those of you new to Fairy love it might be useful for you to begin by inviting the flying folk to your home. They appreciate a nice invitation and this crafty project to make a fairy door, which my sweets and I have planned but not yet complete, might be just the ticket for you! Nikki over at WhiMSy Love has this little tutorial.  


For more Fairy door fun you must check out the Fairy doors of Ann Arbor or perhaps even have one made in wood to your specifications over at Fairydoor.com  (Note: they also make items for Sprites, Hobbits and other small creatures you might enjoy inviting to your garden.)

For those interested in providing a full house, instead of just a door, these whimsical Fairy houses are a delight.

From Whimsical Fairy Garden



Faery Bedroom by TwigWizardry




From Forest Whimsy
Now that we have provided some magical housing and entry to our home, here are some enchanting folk to invite. From Krista of The Little Blue Raven Studio come these heart melting little darlings. I was easily lost for an hour on her blog, where she shares her creative process and even tutorials, and in her shop where dozens of her darling friends call to come home. My girl and I will be narrowing down and choosing one soon for the fairy shelf we are making in our living room. 


I just love the artist fairy!

Sharing the fairy love is Kat over at Kat's Musings who did her own Fairy Study in a post called Tuesday's Talent: Fairies. From that post:
Revive your inner child with a sense of magic.
Let awe and wonder stroke the flame of curiosity.
Feel the flutter of light breezes that flow across your skin with the flapping of fairies wings.
Experience the magic entwined in every moment of our lives.
Be inspired by the beauty..
.

To Love a Frog
  by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
 

BUBBLES IN THE GRASS -Creatures by Chelsea



Yes, the enchantment never stops! I could go on and on and on... so let's! In a celebration of Fairy Whimsy I invite you to share your and other's fairy art work. Know of fairy folk I just need to meet? Please go ahead and link up here:





I'll be reposting the linky in my Whimsy wrap-up on Sunday so you have a little time to get your fairy inspirations included. You are most welcome to link up multiple items, if you share someone else's work please let me know that in the comments.


Do fairies also enchant you?


Next Post: Living Whimsy
My 13 bliss virtues are 
joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, 
romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.



This week we are exploring  Whimsy. 
Next week is all about Serenity.

3 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! This IS an AMAZING surprise! :) Thank you so very much. Perhaps some more faeries and lovely ladies will be flitting about soon. This was such a magical post. If dust is actually faerie dust, then I am rich with visitors here! LOL What a delightful ending to a great day...thank you again, friend. Theresa

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  2. How lovely -- please tell Jessie that we have fairy dust on our blinds, too! (and if you look under our furniture and in the corners of our closets you will find "bunny-dust" -- a term coined by Sammy at the age of 3...)

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  3. I love fairy houses! :-) We usually only make them in the woods, but we need some around here.

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