Steampunk Fairy

We’ll be crafting and showing at the World of Faeries Fairy Festival in South Elgin, IL on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday, August 4th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The theme of this years’ festival is Airship Cloud 9 Steampunk, and though steampunk isn’t really our thing, it’s been fun to think outside of our usual mossy fairy ring (aka out of the box) and has gotten our creative juices flowing. While sourcing some metal parts to mix in with our usual natural materials, I ran across this amazing steampunk fairy designed by Sue Beatrice of All Natural Arts.

steampunk fairy by Sue Beatrice at All Natural Arts

To say that steampunk is Sue Beatrice’s thing is an understatement. While looking through the watch sculptures and steampunk portion of her All Natural Arts site, I was blown away by the complex detail in her art. Check out her Steampunk bunny and carousel horse while you’re there!

– Laura

Arrival of Baby “Squishy” Tillandsia

Baby "Squishy" TillandsiaWe are proud to announce the arrival of a new baby tillandsia! The fairies have named this little cutie “Squishy” and both Mama and baby are doing great.

Baby Tillandsia - Air Plant

Tillandsia are are epiphytes (also called aerophytes or air plants) and need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. The roots are used as anchors only. Reproduction is by seeds or by offsets called “pups”. A single plant could have up to a dozen pups.

Fairy Bird - artist unknown

The Song Bird and the Fairy

THE SONG-BIRD AND THE FAIRY

There’s been a lone bird all the day,
The long May-day;
Singing a song on a beechen-spray
For love of a fay:
A tender, plaintive song, and so sweet,
For the heart that under its plumage beat
Has measured the beat and swell of the lay.
O fay! O Sweet!

How shall it be, my fairy fay,
When to-morrow we greet?
Will you wave white flowers and smile to meet,
And vanish away?

Will you sing me a song all golden-gay
And dance with your feet?
With never a thought of love, my Sweet,
With never a glance at my beechen-spray?
O sweet, fair fay!

I will woo you not in this month of May.
My beautiful fay,
I will only sing, and sing you my song,
I will only love you, and long, and long

For a mellower day,
When the autumn’s here, and the corn is strong,
And the fair white flowers have perished away
That you love far better than love’s own lay
O Sweet! my fay.

Will you hear me then, my fay, my fay?
Will you love my song?

When the flowers are faded upon your way,
And your golden head is all silver grey,
And memories throng?

Will you reach your hand to the beechen-spray,
Will you cherish your bird in that autumn-day,
That sang so long?

Sang all for love of you, fair fay,
Sang, till it sang its youth away!

I can stay my heart, I can stay my lay,
And live, and live, and live for the day
When the dancing and weaving of flowers is done
And your gold is grey:
Till clouds move thicklier over the sun
I can stay my song:

Till you turn with a sigh to the beechen-spray,
And see it all lit with an evening ray
I can live:–for the love at my heart is strong
But oh! my darling, my Sweet, my fay,
‘Tis long: ’tis long.

–Louisa Sarah Bevington

Happy Mother’s Day

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To all of the wonderful mothers, moms, mamas, mommies, mamacitas, step-mothers (wicked or otherwise), mother-in-laws, mothers-to-be, birth mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, grannies, grans, grammas, nanas, nans, nannies nonnies, omas, yayas, abuelas, godmothers, fairy godmothers, aunts, sisters, single dads, sisters & brothers raising their younger siblings, doctors, nurses, teachers, aides, babysitters, nannys, daycare workers and any other patient and kind soul that cares for and nurtures others and those that have whom we’ve lost…

We wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for all that you do for us – bandaids for our booboos; our favorite home cooked meal; reassuring hugs that makes everything ok; unwaivering loyalty and support; teaching us even when we may not always seem to be listening; being both a ferocious mother tiger and gentle lamb depending on our needs; listening, understanding, accepting, forgiving and for your endless love… we hope we will all grow up to be like you one day.

xoxo

Fairy Festival at Pilcher Park, Joliet

Come join us at Fairy Fest on Saturday, May 2, 2013 at Pilcher Park in Joliet, IL for a fun day of fairy frolicking!

We will have a tent set up with all of our wonderful fairy garden accessories and garden crafts.

There is the fairy flight simulator, learn fairy secrets (like invisible lessons), and take the fairy pledge in fairy school. You can also ride in Cinderella’s carriage and have breakfast with the fairies.

Fairy Festival at Pilcher Park in Joliet, IL
Fairy Festival at Pilcher Park in Joliet, IL

Birdwatching

Spotted this morning at our feeders: male Cardinal feeding safflower to his sweetheart mate, Downy Woodpecker eating shelled peanuts and our very first spotting of a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak munching on safflower seeds.

Putting out our hummingbird feeders today!

Male Cardinal