Friday, August 6, 2010

Woodland Fairy Folk



I have been imagining this family of fairies...just awaiting all the pieces...and they found me ~  pine cones at my favorite beach, acorns at a park in Montreal and these lovely pink maple keys on a tree at the zoo. I gathered and stored...with people wondering why I had pine cones tumbling out of my beach bag, acorns living in my purse and  maple keys in the coffee holder in my car?! ~ for woodland fairy folk of course!


 So simple ~  no need for a tutorial here! Basically a just pine cone body, an acorn head, maple key wings,  dried grass arms and a stone to glue it all on to ~ fire up your glue gun  and off you go!  I love crafts that can be created, more often than not, with nature from your own back yard (or other's back yards ; ) !


As I brought these wee fae folk into existence and felt their spritely nature come to life...I knew they  each needed a name. (I must confess...creating fairies has that effect on me!)
  
Here is the Queen mama Caelia and her babe Mab...


The king of the fairies...Oberon.


the mystical daughter...Nyx


and the regal son Elden



These magical fairies made themselves right at home in our backyard...

 

Creating these after my girls hit the hay was such a wonderful way to soak up the quiet and let my imagination take over...lost in another world...reminding myself of the gift it is to take time out in solo stillness.

After I finished these fairies, I placed them atop of our piano for the girls to discover when they awoke ~ their delight was delicious.

In the spirit of sprites 
~Shanti

31 comments:

  1. Lovely! Now all you need is a fairy ring in the garden and your all set.

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  2. They're adorable!
    Now I'll be on the lookout everytime I'm out and about for materials
    Have a great weekend
    :)
    Kim
    www.pathtolivingsimply.blogspot.com

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  3. They are so beautiful! I wouldn't want my little one's grubby little hands on them as he'd probably ruin them in two seconds. But i am sure your girls are a bit older and gentler! xo m.

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  4. Oh my goodness! These are *fabulous!*

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  5. So adorable! Saw you featured on The Crafty Crow...those dragonflies are adorable!

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  6. So sweet! I will definatly be collecting supplies for these - they'd look so cute on our nature tray. :)

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  7. Wow! These are so...evocative...they remind me of being a child, in the depths of imaginative play on a forest floor...you're a whiz with a glue gun, woman! Now, they just need to invent a cordless one that you can take with you so you can create on the fly!

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  8. Those are so wonderful! We have done something similar in the past but much more simple, yours are adorable!

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  9. Oh my goodness, you are amazing Maureen, these little woodland people are truly gorgeous!
    Inspirational!
    xo
    Linda

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  10. So, so sweet. Totally agree with you about using nature bits from the garden. I love the children to play with the things we make. Somehow it is easier to accept when they pull them to bits to see how they work. We all appreciate nature and art in our own way.

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  11. I just love these! Particularly the one holding the baby. Photos are fantastic!

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  12. I am SO loving your choice of names for these beautiful creations! I am SO trying my hand at this!
    "so I see queen mab hath been with you..."
    -shakespeare, of course:)
    you girls are fantastic!
    http://bendingbirches2010.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-am-thankful-for.html

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  13. I love that Nyx's skirt and her sweet flower acorn cap. Beautiful work, as always, Shanti!

    And, you did it! You got the camera, didn't you?!?!

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  14. Maureen how very creative you..
    Those are some sweet fairy folk, I wish I could find some descent size acorn, but as of yet I have not found any...
    very inspiring...

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  15. so cute!!! great blog...I just became your 300th follower!!!!

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  16. They are totally adorable!!!! You are so creative. From one weirdo to another, I don't think pine cones in your beach bag, acorns in your purse nor fairies wings in your coffee carrier sounds at all out of place :-)
    Blessing and magic,
    Donni

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  17. these are just wonderful, so magical, love them xx

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  18. so wonderful. I must get a glue gun. Love your names for them and the characters just come alive

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  19. My goodness you are one crafty mama! I so enjoy all the eye candy and inspiration :D
    These fairies are simply amazing!!

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  20. How cleaver! what a magical way to usher in fall!

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  21. These are lovely! And I love your header too. So many great things here.

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  22. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open when we are out because these fairy folk are awesome!

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  23. Gorgeous - thanks for sharing. I am gonna try and find some of those maple keys.

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  24. they are so adorable!! i am cracking up because my daughter has some of those pink maple keys in the cup holder of her booster seat....she found them at the zoo!! ;)

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  25. Charming, delightful, simple and oh so cute to look at! What a fun addition to any nature table.

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  26. i googled all sorts of things in the hope of finding some usefull ideas for my sister who in June2011 is having a woodland wedding, a real woodland wedding as yet there is nothing there at all, its a real wild wood and will be onthe day, with the axeption of lights toadstools fairies guests etc. As i seem to be the one with the task of creating stuff, i am thrilled to have come across your fab ideas and will DEFINATLEY be using them! Many many thanks, Jo.

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  27. They are so adorable! My daughter and I had to make some of our own, what a fun project :D We had a great time. Maple keys aren't in season for us right now, so we used leaves for wings. Here they are if you would like to see them...

    http://thejuicery.blogspot.com/2010/09/making-of-faerie-family.html

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  28. soooo very nice my daughter will love to make theese thank you

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  29. Very sweet! Can't wait to do this in my little flower garden.

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  30. Really lovely - I am making a flower fairies book bag for kindergarten, I will be adding this idea for sure - thank you!

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