Fairy Day is Two Days Away!

So let's get in the mood!

First of all, Herself the Elf says hi.

Now some books...

Once Upon A Time Tales, stories retold by Wallace Wadsworth, illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.  New York: Barnes & Noble, 2007.  How To Find Flower Fairies, "Research conducted by" Cicely Mary Barker.  London: Penguin Books, 2007.  Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, retold and illustrated by Val Biro. Algood, TN: MJF Media, 2010.  Little Red Riding Hood, The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Bernadette Watts.  New York: North-South Books, 2009.  The Giant Book of Elves & Fairiesstories & poems selected by Jane Werner, illustrated by Garth Williams.  New York: Random House, 2008.  (Originally published by Golden Books, 1951.)  Shirley Temple's Storybook, selected by Shirley Temple, edited by Josette Frank.  New York: Random House, 1958.  (This illustration is from "The Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Grace Clarke.)  Favorite Tales from Grimm, retold by Nancy Garden, illustrated by Mercer Mayer.  New York: Four Winds Press, 1982.
Perhaps a few crafts...

Clothespin fairy dolls.

Flower fairy craft.  Instructions can be found here.

Make a fairy house.

This is last year's fairy house.  This year, my hubby took over and made it much prettier.  Alas, chiggers liked his building materials.  It needs a lot of fixing.

Visit someplace full of flowers, like a park or botanical gardens.  Or a forest.  (I live in Kansas.  Forests are not an option.)

Our local botanical gardens has fairy houses in the children's area!  This one was filled with tulip petals.

Visit a cool fairy-related website!  To see more fairy houses, made entirely of things found in nature, visit Tracy Kane's Fairy House website.  Or to brighten your day completely, pay a visit to Twig the Fairy.  You can also "like" her on Facebook  or follow her on Pinterest.

Watch a fairy movie or show!  Fairytale: A True Story, Shelley Duvall's Fairytale Theatre (also on Hulu, for those who stream), Legend (for those who like darker fare), or any of several versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

And last, I leave you with some YouTube finds.

The Cabbage Fairy, 1896.

                                                  Princess Nicotine, or The Smoke Fairy, 1909.

                                                                       The Kingdom of Fairies, 1903.


  1. So MUCH goodness here -- Herself the Elf? Oh my goodness she is cutey cute cute. Look at all your books. Girl, you and I are so on the same page! And that is a way cool fairy house! I'd love to try and make something with J this weekend but the sky has decided to UNLOAD buckets of water on us...sigh. Are you taking your girls to see 'Brave'? They're right around J's age right? Wild horses could not keep J away from this movie but I've read that the bear scenes are a bit intense.

    1. We have plans to see it Monday with my sister. I'm not too worried, since the girls' tastes (especially the younger one's) tend to run a bit dark. I'm hoping it lives up to expectations. I adore Pixar. (We did see Mirror, Mirror at the second-run theater yesterday. That was fun.)

      We're bracing ourselves: it's back in the nineties here, then all next week it's supposed to surge into the 100s. Ugh. And the fairy house won't be ready for Sunday. The hubby says he wants to dismantle it. (He used old Christmas tree branches to shape it. It looks cool, but chiggers LOVE evergreens. We're afraid to let the girls touch it again.)

  2. I want to see more of 'favorite tales from Grimm' illustrated by Mercer Mayer. I adore anything Mayer- especially his early stuff- is this early?

    I don't think I even know what a chigger is- our insect experiences are so different :)

    I love everything you've done fairy- such wonderful magic!

    1. Hi, Robyn! According to Mercer Mayer's Wikipedia bibliography, his fairy tale books began with Beauty and the Beast in 1978. So, after his earliest work, and even after the first Little Critter books. The girls and I checked out Beauty and the Beast from the library a couple years ago, and it was lovely. This one is heavier on text, but with some sumptuous color illustrations scattered throughout the book. I will post more pictures from it this week!

      I am a firm believer in whimsy. Fairies are cool. ;o)

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    Anyway, can you send me an email on vined(at)ymail(dot)com with your contact details and I'll forward them on to Sarah.
    Thanks so much for taking part. Yay again.
    Blessings and magic,

  4. I am skimming through your blog and loving it! First of all - Herself the Elf!!! Aaaahhh! :) And fairy parties and Little House on the Prairie... love it! And your Pinterest page is a goldmine!!! :)

    1. Thank you, Leanne! I've been enjoying yours, too - I've just been slow to comment. Pinterest is a bad addiction. I think I'm finally slowing down, though. Thank you for reading. :o)


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