This wee fairy only comes out in the fall, when the rath is preparing to harvest before they go underground for the winter. She likes to hide in the damp forests and forest edges.
The bodice is made from dried grass and birchand the lovely variagated skirt is the natural changing colors of the high cranberry bush in Autumn. She is one of a kind and I think, one of the prettiest fairies I can make this time of year.
Here is some up close detail of the bodice and skirt.
I will have this fairy and other handcrafted ones for sale for Maine Craft Weekend Oct. 2-3. Stay tuned for details.
This is for my $5 and under basket. Tiny handmade fairy portraits.
And a little fairy lamp.
And some antique bottles....
Coming up Sunday, Sept. 20, Tonic of The Woods is going to be at the Vista of Maine vineyard and cider tasting room, outdoors--in Greene, Maine. Here's the event. So, we've been busy making Wee Folk fairy dresses, handmade fairy furniture and fairy wreaths.
And here's a little handmade wire chair I found at an antique store that I've made into a Fairy Throne for the Queen
With a soft cushion of moss. So sweet. More to come!
This fairy, found in the Tanglewood troop, is a valuable member of the rath, for she wears a dress of Usnea, an antibiotic and antifungal lichen.
As the troop's Hunters and Gathers prepare for the autumn Equinox, The Fairy Healer is on stand by with the little cuts and injuries they receive in a day's work. She uses her powers for pain relief, fever control and and wound healing.
She's not only wise, but beautiful, with her bodice tinged with the last green of summer and adorned with purple wildflowers.
Oh look what else I discovered. Just like last year, the Wee Folk have been busy planting their rows and pots for a bountiful summer.
This sweet miniature fairy potting bench was made by hand. The top shelf was carved and faux painted; the sides are covered in birch and tiny dots of moss and fungi adorn the bench.
Like this one? See the one I made last year. I can custom make one of these for the gardener in your life.
A wee bench was spotted in the woods.
Upon closer look, it had been sitting there for quite some time, for moss and fungus had grown in lovely little clumps around it.
Stained by the weather, mold and overwintering, it had sort of a greenish hue to it.
Count Dracula had his Brides, and the Ferrishyn (fairy tribe of Tanglewood) have theirs.
This is the Reindeer Muse, the Queen's own poet. Every day, she alights to a sunny spot to collect the sun and her thoughts for a new verse she'll take back to the Queen and court for the evening.
This is Lady of The White Thorn. This tiny fairy is the protector of the white thorn, a special tree in County Clare that sat alone in a vast meadow of green. Workers refused to cut it down, for it was the site of a fairy dwelling.
This is Beach Rose White Fairy. Her skirt is perfumed by the rose petals gathered by the sea and the adornments are wildflowers; she is the sweetest smelling fairy, long after the flowers have gone by. She is a close ally to the Merrow, the sea fairies who communicate with their counterparts on land.
Here are custom fairy wreaths, made from circles of red birch and decorated with wildflowers I've collected ($15). Each comes with a fiddlehead bejeweled hanger.
Justin, the other half of Tonic of the Woods, crafted this simple vase from a chunk of driftwood he found nearby on the beach.
The slim vase can be removed from the wood for ease of filling up with water.
Each comes with hand-picked Maine beach pebbles stacked at the base. He will be making more, similar to this. Contact if interested.
And here's another one.
I'm excited to unveil my new fairy sculptures. Each one is mounted on a disc of Maine birch and can stand on a shelf. They are $25 each and I'm actively looking for boutique shops that would like to carry these creations.
Shop owners, if you are interested in seeing these in person, please email me for more info.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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