By now, you know that solitary fairies have no interest in cavorting with other members of their troop; nor do they want any human attention.
Here is a little scene set in Merryspring Nature Garden by a natural spring. Tea for one, at a tiny handcrafted mossy table with chair, a vase of flowers and an oversized cup of nectar.
This fairy furniture has been set inside a shadow box measuring 6 x6 inches.
Inside the shadow box, the fairy furniture is set in the woods on a mossy floor with tiny mushrooms spouting up.
This one of a kind fairy shadowbox will be available soon. Stay tuned for more like it!
Seen in late afternoon just off the coast of Maine, a fairy rath, an ancient fort of the Wee Folk. All winter they've held their dances and revelries underground. But now that it is spring time, they have moved above ground.
Look closer among the hillock of wildflowers. There--
Little People have brought the Fairy Queen's throne above, so that she may sit and watch the sun arc down.
This throne was hand made, adorned with peacock feathers and red birch armrests. A chair fit for a pagan Irish queen.
In a meadow in Tanglewood, a lone Tulip Tree blooms in May......I came up to one just to touch the petals.
I shouldn't have been surprised for this is their time to emerge from their underground labyrinth...
While many of The Wee Folk like to live in a troop, there are some solitary fairies who prefer to live alone. They don't have elaborate dresses or finery (like those who serve the fairy queen), but instead, their rural garb helps them blend in.
This one is made with white and red birch bark and an underskirt of plain brambles with just a hint of white reindeer moss and fluff for a corsage. These fairies do not like it when humans come near them or spy on them, so I backed away and left her alone sunning in the Tulip Tree.
Related: The Solitary Fairy found in an apple tree last May.
It's spring cleaning for the Wee Folk, a time for cleansing and purification; a time for growth and renewal.
These three fairy dresses represent the pagan trinity of The Maiden (youthful enchantment), The Mother (the green and fertile Earth) and The Crone (the wise woman).
All fairies are from the elemental property of air and lightness, represented by plants, herbs, flowers, trees. Both The Maiden and The Mother are made with birch bodices (which is believed in Celtic magic to ward off evil) and dried tulips for dresses (which has properties of prosperity and protection). The Maiden is sweeter and lighter in coloring, whereas The Mother is more sophisticated, containing an underskirt of bramble. The Crone is made from dried grasses for a bodice, a dark bramble skirt and a sash made from the natural lichen-covered ring of tree bark.
Here they are through a special lens, floating among the mossy forest floor. All three will soon be sold together. Stay tuned for more announcements.
The Wee Folk are mostly gentle and beautiful creatures.
This one was found on the side of a road by wild white daffodils. It is made from dried grass, birch and Hydrangea.
When the angels were cast out, some fell to Earth. Those who fell into the forests became the wood-spirits who live there: the hey-men, the wild-men, the forest-men, the wild-women, and the forest-women.
May 1 is a special day, the start of a new season. It's May Day and the powers of The Wee Folk are growing to reach their peak at the summer solstice.
This is the beginning of the passive, feminine side of Nature.
This dress was made from the gift of a rose from a friend. I dried the petals and they came out beautifully as the skirt, matching natural bands of peach in the birch bark. Orange has the power to draw good things and this Lady of the Greenwood is a symbol to offer a gift today, even if it is anonymous.
If you take a walk in the woods today and hear a cluster of birds in the trees; they might be fae. Listen closely. Happy Beltane.
My latest Flapper Dress made from the pages of The Great Gatsby (a marked up book I'd saved from the thrift shop.) has the zigzag pattern of a vintage dropped waist dress with real fringe, beads and a bow.
What's cool about each one-of-a-kind dress is that it represents a certain scene in the book. On this altered book page, you can see bits of type where Fitzgerald describes Tom Buchanan. He's a sturdy, straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face, and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward … you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage—a cruel body.
The back of the bodice is laced up with black thread and each one comes with its own custom hanger.
It's the beautiful time of year when The Spring Maiden comes up from the forts and basks among the budding flowers.
The Spring Maiden serves the Queen in her dress and care. She is adorned in dried tulips with birch bodice, a lichen cummerbund and a tulip rose for decoration.
I also made another one, which is a little more elaborate.
We're working on making custom shadowboxes for these pretty ones. Hope you enjoy this blast of color.
Three dresses for my Flapper Series, with F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories and novels. Note: the older short stories have a yellowed patina due to the age of the book.
This one, a shorty, is experimenting with fringe and feather and silver bling.
This one, I just love. It's a sleeved dress with pearls and feathers from an unmarred page in a heavily marked up copy of The Great Gatsby, which I saved from the thrift bin. It is a beautiful book and deserves a beautiful tribute.
This one is from the post below.
These dresses and more like them will be for sale at Beyond The Sea in Lincolnville Beach. Custom dresses can be made and shipped throughout the U.S.: please contact me. All concepts, designs and photos are © Kay Stephens
I'm creating a new Flapper miniature dress series based on short stories from the 1920s. This one is made from my favorite author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair.
I like making these literary one-of-a-kind miniature art pieces to "Make America Read Again." Here is the original short story when it was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1920.
Each one comes with its own custom hanger. I'm going to be selling these through Beyond The Sea bookstore in Lincolnville, but if you have a store you'd like to consign these mini literary and fairy dresses through this summer contact me.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations