The tree peepers were vocal for the first time last night. That led me into the woods to search for any signs of The Wee Folk
I didn't have to walk far in the back of our woods. A miniature potting bench was in plain sight.
The bench itself was flaked with pine bark, a concealing form of craftsmanship.
Complete with tiny tools, clay pots, seeds and a wee watering can.
'Tis one of a kind and will soon be available at Brambles, a home decor shop in Belfast.
See that there? It takes awhile, but I've learned to spot them, the Wee Folk that hide in my back woods.
This is a Dryad, a shape shifting fairy that can take the form of a tree. These are the Watchers of the Forest and they hide in the cover of the woods to search out spots for the troop to inhabit once they come up from the Underground.
Here she is in a better angle.
I made this one specifically from a beautiful old mossy stump I'd seen after hiking in Rangeley last fall and painted the birch bodice with the same kinds of kelly and dark greens.
The upper part of the skirt is adorned with Lobaria pulmonaria, a lichen known as "lung moss" thought to be a medicinal remedy for lung diseases. The underskirt is made from green reindeer moss with tufts of Old Man's Beard for the corsage and pink bud.
Each fairy dress has its own custom bejeweled hanger and is stitched up the back with thread.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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