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do you believe in fairies ...

I would like you to meet 'Amy in the pale pink dress' and 'Wine in the dark pink dress'. These two lovely fairies were made by my very talented sister-in-law Stella, and I was given these accompanied by other goodies for Christmas, along with the message that their hairdos reminded her and my niece of Amy Winehouse. Now you see where I got their names from!

There has been talk of fairies in two other blogs I have visited recently, first Lucy Bloom was blessed with the power of a thrift fairy, who has been hovering close to Marlborough in Wiltshire, and Shadows and Clouds who recently revisited a local haunt from her childhood, where she believed fairies may have been taking up residence. Do visit both of these blogs, who knows that special fairy dust might just settle over you?

I have always been captivated by fairies and I wonder when this fascination would have started. Maybe from my early years of having been visited by the tooth fairy, can't remember what she would have left, possible an old penny, thruppence or even sixpence?

by Cicely Mary Barker ... her first book Flower Fairies of the Spring was published in 1923 bringing her international acclaim, and her many beautifully illustrated books which followed have become classics with children and adults alike.

Click on Flower Fairies to visit the official website, for lots of fairy fun.

I recently discovered that Cicely Mary Barker first found inspiration for her Flower Fairies Journal whilst staying in Storrington in West Sussex, a village we know very well, as J and his family were brought up and still live there to this day. Click on Flower Fairy Journal for a more in-depth account.

by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite ... was the first children's book illustrator in Australia to have her work printed in lavish full-colour editions and to establish an international career. She was hailed as one of the most significant new illustrators in England post World War One. She wrote and illustrated more than sixty children's books, most of which were published by Angus & Robertson in Australia and A & C Black in the United Kingdom.

Ida's exquisite watercolours and fine pen and ink drawings have recently enjoyed a widespread revival of interest.


Ragged Roses said...

We love fairies in this house. My eldest daughter is named shares her name with the author of the Flower Fairies. We all need fairies!!! (if you have time take a peek at my midsummer post to see what my two get up to!). Wishing you a happy weekend and lots of that fairy dust

Amongst The Oaks said...

I have Barker's Flower Fairies book. I've had it for ages and Yes! I do believe in fairies. I'm enjoying your blog. Thanks,
Laura from Amongst The Oaks

Anonymous said...

Oh Louise, I love fairies too, and love both those artists, having prints by both in my house. Thank you for the link to the flower fairies website too, isn't it lovely? Have a good weekend, Jackie Mx

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

Oh I love fairies, as a child I had a friend with a HUGE garden with a stream at the bottom of it and we would spend hours looking for them, I want to make a little fairy doorway for my home...I saw them on a blog and fell in love with them.
Suzie Sews

Chelle said...

I do love fairies too! I had actually envisioned making my desk at my last job fairy-esq. I've always wanted my own little fairy, but for some reason have never purchased one. I guess I'm still looking for the perfect fairy.

What a fun post.


Anonymous said...

fairies are lovely.
I remember telling my daughter a 'fairy' story each night before bed when she was very small. I used to make them up as I went along and she would ask me to tell the same story another night. Of course I couldn't remember it word for word so I used to change it slightly and she always noticed. :o)
I found this site and thought you might like to take a look at it.


Anonymous said...

Hi Louise, when we were children my sister had a book with stories about flower fairies and I absolutely loved it. It had wonderful colour plates. I'll have to ask if she's still got it...I'd love to see it again.
Margaret and Noreen

Rabbits' Guy said...

Cicely Mary Barker ... our favorite fairy author! Those are forever books!

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Louise, thanks for the mention, your fairies are delightful! Yes, I love fairies too, though stangely don't have many in the house - not that I know of anyway, unless you count angels, are they they same? I've seen some beautiful ones made by fellow bloggers, think I'll have to start saving my pennies for a very special one.
have a good weekend,
best wishes,
Lucy x

Carol said...

I love fairies and like many a little spent many happy hours looking for them.
By the way I adore Raymond Briggs too. I made my children watch the Snowman every year. All three of them find the story errie and so not like it. I have to watch every Christmas. I loved David Bowie too!
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Very nice fairies! I received a calendar with CMB fairies last year and have saved it for the beautiful drawings.

Cowboys and Custard said...

When I was a wee lass.. I firmly believed in fairies and my elder brother reinforced this belief my leaving tiny little bouquets of flowers and letters to me in the garden under a certain hedge... I was convinced that we had these magical folk living in our garden and still like to believe in them.. but of course I rumbled my brother's interventions when I discovered that he had used a Smarties tube lid as a fairy plate....
I will always love him for that gesture alone!

Olivia Kroth said...

A lovely post about fairies.
I love Barker's fairy books and also had a post about the phlox fairy this past summer.