Last April at this very time there was a foot of snow still on the ground and it was sleeting. Today on a walk, I came upon skunk cabbage, and upon the spathe was a beautiful fairy of the same maroon color. So crafty was she, I nearly missed her.
Now blooms the lily on the bank,
the primrose down the brad;
The hawthorne’s budding in the glen
And milk-white is the slae
The fairy’s dress is made from various bits from a dried rose bouquet and sewn up the back with magenta thread.
And still, another one was found only steps further. Her sister?
This lovely fairy had on a dress of dried magenta tulip petals and was adorned in lichen across the bodice. Spring came early this year, so the Wee Folk have come above ground sooner than usual.
Justin is the painter here over at Tonic of the Woods. He created these moody scapes upon basswood, which are so thin that they can be affixed to postcards.
This one is called Islesboro in night fog.
This one is waves and wind.
The best part is you can send these little art pieces to someone and they can frame it when they get the postcard.
Note: We are actively looking for a space to consign some of our unique folkloric items this summer. If you have space and like what you see feel free to contact us.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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