First of all, welcome to my new blog. It will be completely dedicated to my new fairy and mermaid creations. Stay tuned for more posts. Now about flora...
Sometimes you just want to give a gift that is different, original and has meaning. A friend of mine who is creative and artistic had a birthday coming up and I wanted to give her something that would suit her personality; something whimsical, beautiful and magical. I decided that a fairy would be perfect but I hadn't any clue how to make one. I spent the better part of an afternoon searching for ideas online. I never quite found exactly what I wanted to make but was able to combine various elements in my head and thought I would give them a try.
Then it was off to the craft store. The thing about craft stores is that I can spend hours in them, mulling over a 1000 ideas at once. Sometimes it can get so overwhelming I'll leave without buying a thing, but doing the research had benefited me greatly. I knew, approximately, what I needed for my fairy and went about gathering the materials. My 7-year-old daughter had joined me in the venture, determined that she, too, would make a fairy (or 10). I thought, why not, a day of crafting with one's daughter can be very rewarding.
One thing that I had never found satisfactory during my web search was how to make a head and face for my fairy. I decided to try something completely of my own creation. It involved molding the head out of clay...making fine features that could later be painted with detail. The only trouble was that the head needed drying time so I had to be patient and the work on my fairy extended to several days. Not that I minded. I couldn't wait to find some quiet time to get back to her.
So, in the end, after much ado, my first fairy came to be. I was so pleased by the way she turned out, I decided to make some more. But you will see the others another day. For now, let me introduce you to Flora, who now resides in the window of my friend's, Colleen's, bedroom.