I found the perfect shadowbox while out hunting vintage stores for materials.
Inside it sits the Beach Rose Red fairy, made from birch and dried beach roses for a skirt. I then affixed mounting hardware to the back so it can hang on the wall.
These are sociable fairies and they hide in the beach roses lining the ocean during the day. On a full moon, during the summer solstice, they come out to watch the seals in the cove as they dart around and flank the translucent squid for their evening meal. The Beach Rose Red fairies then sit "in the grove of great rose-trees, with the moon shining on it as bright as day, and thousands of nightingales singing in the branches."
This one-of-a-kind shadowbox is only available in our newest location, Herbal Revolution, a tonic-and-elixir store in Rockport, Maine on Route 90. $50. Grand Opening is June 22.
Today, when the sun rises, it is the longest day of the year. And tonight, according to Celtic lore, elves and fairies abound in great numbers. Here is a little gallery of who is out today.
The Reindeer Muse is out collecting flowering sage, a powerful herb on this day.
Two of the Queen's Handmaidens lay amongst the wildflowers.
The Queen Anne's Lace fairy is a sociable fairy, whose amusements--dance, music and games--entertain the Queen on these summer days.
The bodice is made from birch and the skirt is made from a dried curled bell of Queen Anne's Lace and some dried purple flowers I got from a farm in Maine.
It is laced up the back with purple thread and adorned on the front with more dried purple flowers.
There are two apple trees in a meadow I go to every spring...
I make it a point to get done with work early, around noon and take the afternoon off by myself.
I get a bottle of champagne (in this case prosecco) and a picnic lunch and just hang out under this apple tree for several hours.
In the meadow, there is view of a small mountain range. I just look and listen for awhile....to the birds and crickets.
Bring some books.....some snacks.
Pop open the bubbly...and climb the apple tree.
Joseph Campbell: "You must have a room or certain hour for so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something will eventually happen."
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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