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Fairy Gardens, Mystery, Magic and Imagination

Updated on June 6, 2012

A Touch of Magic in My Fairy Garden Fantasy

A late planting of snow peas for my winter food supply is Mother Nature's gift and comes with the magical touch of wee folks living in my garden plot
A late planting of snow peas for my winter food supply is Mother Nature's gift and comes with the magical touch of wee folks living in my garden plot | Source

Wee Folks and A History of Hope

Fairies, pixies, elves and wee folks, have spawned mystery, magic and imagination throughout the history of mankind. This idea of miniature people with magical powers is prevalent in cultures across the globe. They call them gnomes, goblins and fay, people of peace with supernatural powers. Okay, now being an aging, adult, artist with time on my hands to spend growing a vegetable garden maybe I find myself reverting to the so called "second childhood". Ah Ha! I can relate to that in more ways than one.

The economy has gone to hell in the USA and many other places across this old Earth. I too am growing older. Not to mind any of it. I have a very positive outlook on life. It keeps me spirits up and me garden a growing. I planted a very late crop of beans and peas with that positive attitude of faith in Mother Nature. My late plantings are looking real good with a ton of blooms slowly turning into my winter food supply.

Yes I did call on the magical powers of the Fairy Folks to help me through this rough spot in the economy. I called out loud and strong. My call came with a spirit that is much needed at this time of uncertainty. Fairy gardens I say. They are good for the soul. They lend a bit of fantasy to an otherwise bleak situation. They call for HOPE and FAITH and a certain POSITIVE IMAGINATION. That is what I feel I must do as an artist. Seek out that which is good and hopeful. It is my responsibility.

A Natural Creative Progression

Wishing wells go hand in hand with the fantasy of magic in miniature. Here is a sample of mixed media artwork from my wee folk designs. Driftwood, acrylic paint,wood burning and assemblage are combined to create this one of a kind collectible.
Wishing wells go hand in hand with the fantasy of magic in miniature. Here is a sample of mixed media artwork from my wee folk designs. Driftwood, acrylic paint,wood burning and assemblage are combined to create this one of a kind collectible. | Source
Mixed media artwork shows in this miniature Fairy Door from Adrift Art Studio shop Walk Softly13. A combination of wood burning, acrylic paint, graphic art, driftwood, jewelry findings and magical powers are found in this wonderful piece.
Mixed media artwork shows in this miniature Fairy Door from Adrift Art Studio shop Walk Softly13. A combination of wood burning, acrylic paint, graphic art, driftwood, jewelry findings and magical powers are found in this wonderful piece. | Source

Hooked By The Miniature Fantasy World

You know it never hurts to have a little hope, a little faith and a BIG IMAGINATION. I actually have found myself making a living from these very attributes and it has been a marvelous manifestation for my spiritual connection. I am motivated more than I have ever been before. There is a driving force within that keeps me pushing just a little harder, a little longer and I am doing it with a smile in my heart. The miniature artwork I am pursuing has me in a whirl of joy filled emotion.

This goodness is contagious and that is my blessing. As I work in my art studio I find myself engulfed in a feeling that is like no other I have felt before. I am driven, surprised, impressed and elated at what seems to be making a very natural progression in my creative productions. Mother Nature is my mentor. She offers me one of a kind materials that only she can provide. Driftwood and bark, Spanish Moss and stones for the taking have my creative nature on fire. The truth is I could work 24/7 if my body could hold up to it, but that is not the case. I do have to pace myself.

Fantasy and magic flow freely in this new found love for miniature crafting. Tiny pieces of furniture, mystical monsters and magical manifestations keep my heart in a smile and bring happiness to the hearts of so many others. The escape from a real world filled with heartache and sorrow makes my new found addiction my calling.

Working with Natural Materials for Fairy Garden Miniature Collectibles

One of my favorite materials of all time is driftwood. I love the feel of it, the way it looks and the fact that every single piece is unique. No two pieces are ever alike. Driftwood makes me happy. There is something about the survival of each piece, the wear and tear from the elements and the time involved in Mother Nature creating the driftwood that keeps me always hunting for more. I just simply love driftwood.

I like to wood burn on it and design with it.I like painting it and decorating it and I honestly have to say I think it is the best thing that ever happened to this artist. I like the way it looks but more often I like the way it flows with a primitive grace. It is magical and mysterious and it is the perfect material for making miniature Fairy Garden Collectibles. Driftwood carried me to the miniature art world in an evolutionary stride. The driftwood is a natural and the wee folk artwork just seems to go right along the way.

Fantasy, imagination, and a promise of hope and supernatural powers are just part of the natural progression. My Adrift Art Studio was wiped out by Mother Nature just three years ago, I lost almost everything to a serious flood. Yet my good Earth Mother has so kindly granted me a path to follow and the path is filled with magic and the magic is the gift of the Fairy Garden Peace Folks. God Bless Each and every one of them!

Thumb Sized Fairy Garden Accessories

No bigger than the size of your thumb, one of a collection of handcrafted miniature birdhouses. Each birdhouse is made from recycled materials that would most likely end up in the trash. Conservation is of utmost importance in the Kingdom of Fairies.
No bigger than the size of your thumb, one of a collection of handcrafted miniature birdhouses. Each birdhouse is made from recycled materials that would most likely end up in the trash. Conservation is of utmost importance in the Kingdom of Fairies. | Source
ICE is a one of a kind sculpture. Mixed media miniature fantasy artwork I call The Hail Maker
ICE is a one of a kind sculpture. Mixed media miniature fantasy artwork I call The Hail Maker | Source

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      rcorcutt 4 years ago

      I would love to find something like this to put in my hedgehog Rupert's cage. I don't know what he would think about it but it would be pretty entertaining to see.

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      Jose Velasquez 6 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      These are some very creative arts and crafts projects. I especially like the little fairy house.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's so very creative!! lovely!! as a kid i used to love and adore fairys and even today i love watching the disney fairy movies!! tinker bells is my favourite!! this hub is fun, artistic and very interesting!! voted up!!

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      C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

      carcro thanks so much for your sweet applauds. I am working on another hub but have been sidetracked by circumstance. Hope to have it published soon. I am so interested and engaged by the miniatures. Thanks for reading.

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      This is so cool, I would love to do something like this in my spare time, you are definitely blessed with talent! I have always been facinated with miniatures, looks amazing.

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      C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

      If I brought as much as a simple smile to your face when you read this hub then the magic is working for me alekhouse!

      Alastar, thanks for reading my hub and adding a positive comment.

      Beata you are so kind to add the upbeat notation.

      Eiddwen, Thank You for the up vote.

      Jama, a transformation of the smallest kind is a grand gift in these trying times. It's all good. Thanks for visiting.

      Sweetie Pie, my studio seems to just keep growing and has me very busy. I am really having a good time with it. Thanks!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Although I'm very much a realist and not too much into fairies, fantasies, and spirits, I did enjoy your hub.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      The wee folk bring luck to those they like. Lovingly crafted fairy gardens should bring their favor on you C.S.~:)

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      You are very, very skill full indeed, beautiful hub:)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I really enjoyed this one and vote up without a doubt.

      Here's to many more to share on here.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I used to make miniature furniture and accessories for doll houses and found while working on them, I'd be transported into another, much tinier dimension. I'm guessing it was similar to what you experience when fashioning your enchanting creations.

      P.S. I love driftwood, too, not as a craft medium but as wall decoration. Used to have one magnificent piece and two smaller ones over the sofa.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am amazed how your creativity is constantly finding new markets. The fairy gardens are quite whimsical and attractive.

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      C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

      tsmog, I agree and hope that you might lend your expertise to such a challenge. I am afraid writing about history even in the realm of fantasy is not my strength. I will have to stick to physical and graphic design. Keep telling the children it stimulates imagination. I would love to read a hub on the lore of Fairy Circles. Thanks for commenting and sharing.

      Dzy,

      You are quite the talent and especially grand at complimenting others. Thanks so kindly.

      tillsontitan,

      thanks for the Up and for taking time to read and comment.

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ah, for true artistic talent....my artistry lies more in my writing an my photography than in sculpture or making things from found materials.

      I salute your talent, and voted up, beautiful, interesting and awesome!

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      'Tis a lovely thing you've done. I'm sure the wee folk are proud! I too think driftwood is amazing. It goes through so much but weathers all storms! Great hub. Voted up.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Up, Up and away I say. Interesting and awesome. I collect fairy art, figurines & fairy tales. Dear to my heart. I tell stories of fairies to little ones. Don't know if that be good or bad. Do you know about mushrooms and fairies? That would make a great hub the lore of fairy circles.

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