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PODCAST ~ Flowers & Faeries & a Visit To Mermaids Garden!








To find out more about Trish and Mermaids Garden: 



Shared with Permission from the Wonderful Eco Faeries! (I love them!).....
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I am busy RIGHT now this week creating a Faery Garden afterbeing inspired by my friends The Eco Faeries...  
I have an old sad Bird Bath and an old Shadow Box.... here is my beginning.... 

As well as cuttings and collecting I've found...
I DID find a bunch of plants I think may suit at my Nursery.....
You can see I'm on a Roll
as these will do MUCH more than just ONE Faery Garden! 


I shall keep you posted as to my PROGRESS!!!!! 
Are YOU going to make one?? 

The Flower Fairies of Cicely Mary Barker

A favourite Artist of mine mentioned in this week's video......

My childhood and I'm guessing many of you share these memories, was filled with the images of  CICELY MARY BARKER. There are many Flower Faery Artists but I would go right out on a limb here I say that she is perhaps the most recognised......


Flower Fairies of the Flowers and TreesCicely was born in 1895 in Croydon, London, and spent most of her life there. Because of ill health she was educated at home and, encouraged by a supportive family and assisted by membership of the Croydon Art Society, largely taught herself to draw and paint. She was only sixteen when she had her first work, A Set of Postcards , accepted for publication and from that time she devoted her career to painting.


The first flower fairies book to be published was Flower Fairies of the Spring which appeared in 1923, published by Blackie who was to publish all of the flower fairies books. At the time fairies were the height of fashion with the publication the previous year of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book, The Coming of Fairies , which gave an enormous boost to a belief in their existence. Interestingly, all the fairies in Cicely's first book were based on children she knew.


Cicely's artwork is characterised by the grace and delicacy of her line and colour work in the portrayal of both child fairies and flowers, with the outline pen work so fine and the pose so natural. In Flower Fairies of the Summer, 1925, and Flower Fairies of the Autumn, 1926, her fairies had begun to play a more active role in the paintings, with additional human traits being invested in them, really making them part of the plant. One of my favourite illustrations is 'Apple Blossom' from theFlower Fairy Alphabet . The blossom baby in the picture looks to be, at first glance, a part of the plant. With a little study the image reveals itself, becoming more enjoyable the more one looks at it. Somehow the fairy looking after the baby blossom idealizes the perfect fairy who is always there to look after every child.Apple Blossom Fairy




In 1927 the three seasonal flower fairy books were published in a single volume entitled The Book of the Flower Fairies . This marks the end of the first set of flower fairy books and it was not until 1985, twelve years after Cicely Mary Barker's death that the final seasonFlower Fairies of the Winter was published. The publisher compiled this last book by extracting the appropriate flower fairies from the seven existing books.


After a short break Cicely Mary Barker revisited the fairies with A Flower Fairy Alphabet published in 1934. This book shows and describes a fairyland where the fundamental beliefs are Kindness and Passion. These virtues are shown by the Vetch Fairy who rests a hand on the soldier of the "U" fairy who 'hasn't a flower: not one' and offers to share all the "V" flowers with him.Vetch fairy








The final set of three flower fairies books were not completed until the 1940's. During a time of upheaval and war, people once again found solace in an idyllic fairyland. Indeed if it had not been for the war we may never have seen Flower Fairies of the Garden , as at the time Cicely wrote in her work book in December 1940 "This has been a disgraceful year, with the small amount of work done, the only excuse is war and air raids." No doubt it was thinking about the "Digging For Victory" campaign that caused the fairies of the vegetable garden to be born.


Flower fairies of the Trees Flower Fairies of the Garden , andFlower Fairies of the Wayside were republished in 1950 in a single volume entitled Fairies of the Flowers and Trees .


The complete set of eight titles of the Flower Fairy series were reissued in 1985 with a new format and remain extremely popular, with children and adults alike, to this day

I have lost complete count of the amount of these I've made over the years. 
So easy to create out out fresh or fabric flowers. 
If you are looking for fabric flowers, try the charity shops, I have found
LOADS of bouquets that have been wonderful after a wash and airing in the garden. 

Old photo ALERT!

Yes years ago I decided to explore my DARK SIDE... lol... 


Looking for fabric Flowers?
Australia based?... I found the best flowers for this at Lincraft and check out Charity shops!

Everyone else... bigger craft stores and online. Seriously you can use ANY flowers you like, silk, cotton, velvet, mesh, bedazzled, flock, feather flowers... ANYTHING! 



*flowers! fresh or fabric
*leaves... fresh or fabric
*wire for head piece: a thick gauge floral wire ~you can double it up if its too thin OR head to a hearwear store and buy some fencing wire! Its cheap, it works and you can get it in small amounts. Its in the fencing section on the shelf. 
*a glue gun & glue sticks (if you have very fragile items, perhaps a low temp one, but save your money!~ you can use a high heat one for these items by first squirting the glue on some baking paper to cool down for about 5 seconds, then dip your fragile item into the glue)
*baking paper 
*ribbon/yarn in a base colour... I use greens/browns to emulate branches, some have a tiny bit of       metalic thread through them which can be very pretty. You can use floral tape, but I just love the softness and prettiness of fabrics and textiles. 

OPTIONAL: wire for beading and swirly features: this thickness is up to you. Head to the jewellery section of a craft store, check out what will fit through th beads you intend to use. 
OPTIONAL: GLITZ!! beads, crystals, glitter, feathers, little birds... anything! 
*these are silk! see you could easily use something like THIS! 




A Flower for Every Faery

Here are a few Flowers and their Fae connections.... 

Bluebells create a blanket that almost sparkles in the sunbeams that pass through the branches of forests. The Fae love to dance upon such a blanket as it is the aura of the Forest to them. 

The Fae are healed by drinking water from Buttercups.

The Fae use the trumpets of Daffoldils to herald in the coming of Spring, Renewal and New Beginnings! 

Heather provides vibrational energy to the Fae, they are recharged through absorbing it's essence. 

Iris connects the Fae with other Realms. 

Lavender is loved by the Fae as it calms down and softens the temper of those who may want to do harm to them. 

Lilac helps humans remember childhood encounters with the Fae.   

Marigold are the sun on Earth to the Fae, they warm them, protect them and bring happiness top them. If you feel you are on the 'wrong side' of a Faery, plant some Marigolds! 

Primroses guard the doorways to the Faery Realms! 

Roses are beloved by the Fae just because they are vibrational energy holders and those who tend them well are favoured by Faeries. 

Snapdragon protects the Fae from negativity and misunderstanding. 

Tulip. If you are invited to drink from the Chalice of a Tulip by a Faery then you have been granted a great honour to step as friend in their world. 

Violets promote dreams of Faeries and these hold messages from their Realm. 

I can't say it enough! 

Go track down your local Resources and BE A MODERN EARTH FAERY! 
in the west, you can join the Eco Faeries....


Your local Environment Centre: 

Google to find yours or ask your local Council
They have the most amazing inititives both big and small that you can get involved with. 

Join me NEXT WEEK.... 
the Wildflower Oracle Weekly Podcast "Sacred Flowering Trees"

Happiest Flower Filled Blessings,
Cheralyn xx