September 30, 2019
No matter the season, our mythical creatures figurines and statues are always one of our most popular products. From dainty figures that can perch on your bookshelf, to large looming statues that take pride of place in your garden, we’ve got creatures of every size and shape. Many collectors visit the store looking for a new unique piece to add to their growing treasure trove of fairies or dragons, and we’re always more than happy to help!
We recently received a new shipment of stunning fairy figurines and statues that we’re particularly enamoured with. The most spell-binding thing about these pieces is that they all have distinctive personalities and seem to tell a deeper story - the more you look at the details, the more your imagination starts to whir!
In this month’s blog, we shine a spotlight on a few of our most unique fairies. All our statues are cold-cast in polyresin and are individually painted.
This gorgeous statue is the perfect adornment for the approaching winter months. Like many of our fairies, Mirtesse has an animal companion alongside her - a formidable snow leopard. We think that the intriguing thing about this piece is the contrast between the snow leopard’s snarl and Mirtesse’s serene expression, which seems to beautifully capture the contrasts of winter itself. Hand-painted details like the fur texture and tattooed curlicues on Mirtesse’s arms all add to the charm and realism of the statue.
Measurements: 16" tall to wing; 16" base
This elegant piece is definitely an eye-catcher, and is perfect for all the unicorn lovers out there. The beautiful lavender-clad fairy and her unicorn companion seem to mirror each other - both have their eyes cast down to the ground, and the fairy’s gown drapes onto the grass in an identical fashion to the unicorn’s tail. This careful design implies that the fairy and her unicorn are reflections of each other. More intriguing still are their sombre expressions - are they sad, thoughtful, remorseful? Like all the pieces in our collection, there’s a deeper story to be found here.
Measurements: 14" tall; 13" wide
We can just imagine this dreamy piece perched by someone’s bedside table! This celestial star fairy looks like she’s come straight from the heavens or the world of dreams, draped in midnight blue with moonlight-gold adornments. The gold star she sits on gives the impression it can grant wishes or bring good luck. This piece would definitely evoke an atmosphere of peace and positivity to any space it’s placed in, and could serve as a good luck charm or summoner of sweet dreams.
Measurements: 15" tall, 9" across the base
This is the perfect piece for those who like their fairies a little more Gothic. This fairy’s dragon companion is no ordinary dragon - it’s been resurrected from the depths of the underworld! Skilled hand-painted detail has brought this spooky dragon skeleton to life, and you can almost hear its mighty roar as it opens its jaws. In contrast, the elegant fairy is clad in delicate wispy blues and casts her eyes upwards, which suggests an interesting link between the underworld and the heavens. If you can’t decide where your allegiance lies - in the world of fairy or the world of dragons - then this piece lets you have both.
Measurements: 10.5" tall
While we often see Celtic animal symbols in our fairy pieces, this gorgeous fairy is a special embodiment of North American spirituality. Kateri’s animal companions are a wolf and an eagle, proud symbols of North America and its ancestors. Kateri is carefully dressed in earthy autumnal colours, looking as if she’s sprung from the ground herself. This piece would speak to people with a connection to animals, nature and the legacy of the land, and would look gorgeous on a mantlepiece or seasonal altar.
Measurements: 12.5" tall, 10.5" wide
This sweet piece is the perfect gift for expectant mothers. It’s quite rare and special to find pregnant fairy statues, and this one perfectly encapsulates the joy and anticipation of new life. The fairy mother-to-be appears to be contemplating something serenely, perhaps imagining the beautiful future she’s going to have with her little one. The accompanying baby animals, green grass, flowers and bright purple details are all symbols of spring, a season connected with birth and new beginnings.Measurements: 6" tall
These are just a few of the distinctive pieces we've got in our Fairy collection, and we truly believe there's a perfect statue for every personality - summery or wintery, ethereal or Gothic, joyful or fierce. We've also got fairy trinket boxes, bubble riders, and more. You can take a look at our full collection below, and please get in touch if there's a particular type of fairy you're looking for that might not be in stock.
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July 23, 2018 1 Comment
We’ve still got over a month of summer ahead of us, so why not celebrate the warm weather by throwing a fairy garden party? Whether you’ve got a big backyard or a leafy balcony, you can definitely find ways to create a fantastic fairyland for guests of all ages.
A fairy garden party is a magical twist on a traditional garden party or barbecue get-together. You can ask your guests to dress up as their favourite fairyland characters, from fay queens to elegant elves and all in-between. Get creative with your garden decorations, serve up an enchanted feast, and host activities like tarot reading and crystal meditation. The possibilities are endless, but we’ve helped you out with a few of our favourite suggestions below:
This is your perfect chance to create a magical fairy garden in your outdoor space. All you really need to get started is some kind of greenery, whether that’s a few pot-plants or a huge flowering garden. What would your fairyland look like? If you like the whimsical woodland style fairyland, you’ll love our range of miniature fairy doors, woodland critters and flower fairy statues, perfect for creating a magical miniature world among the plants. Or if you’re going for a more grown-up fairy vibe, impress your guests with some of our larger fairy statues to greet them when they arrive. You can also let nature inspire you, making decorations from flowers, tree branches, vines and more. And don't forget fairy lights, of course.
FOOD AND DRINK
They say you have to be careful about what you eat and drink in fairyland, for fairy fruit is enchanted and can cause you to fall under mysterious spells! We think that makes it all the more fun. For fairy party food, try serving up flower lollipops, butterfly cupcakes, strawberry toadstools, or what Australians affectionately call fairy bread. For drinks, how about hibiscus rose tea, pink lemonade or even bubbling potions? For the final touch, serve up your creations in some of our magical drinking vessels, like our unicorn mugs, magical goblets and fun bottle holders.
It’s not really a fairy party unless everyone’s dressed up, right? When coming up with costume ideas for a fairy party, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A pair of fairy wings will definitely do the trick, but the fay folk come in all shapes and sizes. At any good fairy party, you could expect to see elves and dryads, water sprites and gnomes, not to mention friends of the fairies, like centaurs, unicorns, dragons and more. You could even make your own creative twist on the traditional fairy image, by getting artistic with flowers, seashells, glitter and more. Or if you’re not really the dressing up type, you could always just settle for a good themed t-shirt - we’ve got plenty!
The world of fairy is all about magic and connecting with the natural world, so if you theme your party activities around this, you’re sure to entertain everyone! You could do something crafty, like getting everyone to make their own flower garlands, magic wands and fairy wings. Group art activities can also be a hit, like coloring in, or sketching and poetry. Going down the more esoteric route, you could also do tarot, oracle, pendulum or rune readings. Crystals could also play a big part in your fairy party, starting out as decorations, and then becoming tools for crystal healing sessions or even gifts to give your guests when they leave.
And speaking of party favors, it’s always a wonderful final touch to give your guests a small token to leave the party with! You could buy a few bouquets of flowers and gift one to each guest as a goodbye token, along with a little chocolate or candy. If you've got an older crowd, you could package up some incense sticks or cones to send your guests away with. Or, depending on your budget, our mini activity kits and Flower Fairies activity books and are all around $10 - $15 each. It doesn’t have to be huge - just something to keep the magic going, even after the party ends!
Whether you decide to throw a magical bash fit for faerie kings and queens, a fun garden party for the kids, or a whimsical get-together for a few friends, hopefully our suggestions have helped get the ideas flowing! Have a magical time in whatever fairyland you choose to create, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.
February 11, 2018 1 Comment
Our Mythical Creatures Spotlight is a new blog feature that will take a deep-dive into mythical creatures, from dragons to mermaids and all in-between. This week’s spotlight is on: Fairies.
Ah, the beautiful enigmatic fairy. A creature that has sparked human imaginations for centuries. It’s hard to not picture a Tinkerbell-esque figure when hearing the word ‘fairy’, normally clad in human clothing with butterfly wings and a magical wand. But fairies are so much more than that.
We touched on the origins of fairies in our previous blog post, A Dragonspace Bestiary. They’re such an integral part of European myth and fantasy, it does make you wonder if they’re even a ‘myth’ at all...or perhaps a mystical part of reality. While we can’t provide a definitive answer as to ‘what is a fairy?’, ‘where did they come from?’ or ‘are they real?’ we’ll explore a few different versions of the fantastic fairy legacy below.
The Tuatha Dé Danann
The Tuatha Dé Danann are often considered the ‘first’ fairies. In Gaelic legend, this ancient supernatural tribe came to Ireland on flying ships and won the right to rule the land. Over time, and many battles, the Tuatha Dé Danann were eventually driven underground, where they became the mysterious ‘aos sí’ or ‘People of the Ground’ that appear in later folklore. Their land underground is parallel to our own, and reveals itself in mysterious ways...like the Fairyland we often see in stories.
The ‘Good People’
The concept of the ‘Little Folk’ or the ‘Good People’ isn’t necessarily separate from the legends of the Tuatha Dé Danann. In fact, they could be one and the same. The ‘Good People’ is one of the names given to the fairy folk who are said to still live in the shadowy landscapes of Ireland and parts of Britain. These invisible folk are generally benevolent, but can be spiteful, and care should be taken not to upset them. There are many tales of terrible luck befalling anyone who damages or obstructs mystical sites like fairy rings, fairy paths, hillforts and fairy trees. But leaving offerings like milk, butter or wine for the Folk is traditionally said to win over their favour.
Seelie and Unseelie Courts
The Seelie and Unseelie Courts are two 'groupings' of fairies in Scottish folklore. This classification divides fairies into ‘light/good’ (Seelie) and ‘dark/bad’ (Unseelie). Benevolent fairies - like the ‘Good People’, pixies and nature elementals - are considered part of the Seelie court. While malevolent fairies - like boggarts and redcaps - are part of the Unseelie court. While both Courts must be treated with caution, you’d much rather encounter a Seelie fairy on a deserted country lane than an Unseelie one.
Elementals are nature spirits who guard and embody the natural world. In some belief systems they take a physical form. Classically, gnomes are the earth elementals, undines are the water elementals, sylphs are the air elementals, and salamanders are the fire elementals. These figures can be worshipped as deities, to connect with the natural world and ask for its favour. While they don’t take the traditional form of ‘fairies’ as we know them, they’re all intrinsically linked.
Pixies, Knockers, Brownies and Leprechauns
All of these figures are benevolent, mischievous forms of fairies. Pixies and knockers are prevalent in Cornish and Welsh folklore, while leprechauns are Irish, and brownies are Scottish. Ultimately, they’re all a part of the same family and share a few things in common. They’re typically humanoid yet miniature in appearance, love dancing and playing tricks, and are normally connected to the domestic or working sphere. They can be useful companions if treated well, but will cause quite a mess if they feel mistreated...or just want a bit of fun.
The archetypal ‘wise woman’, ‘witch’ or ‘sorceress’ often found in literature may have her origins in the world of fairy. A prime example is Morgan le Fay from Arthurian legend. Morgan le Fay - whose very name has connections with the fairy world - is a complex character in the vast myriad of Arthurian tales. Some paint her as a wicked femme fatale, others as a powerful wise woman and healer. But it’s commonly accepted that Morgana had fairy blood, which was where her magic and wisdom came from. Another Arthurian figure closely linked with the world of fairy is The Lady of the Lake (also known as Nimue or Viviane), the mysterious sorceress who gave Arthur his sword Excalibur and enchanted the great Merlin. The Lady's close connected with water and magic has similarities with Elemental lore.
Some stories say that fairies will present themselves in the guise of an animal. Deer, mice, cats, wolves and birds are favoured forms amongst the fairies. In fact, if you find a fallen bird feather while walking in nature, it's considered a gift from the fairies. Animals that are coloured red-and-white are considered most strongly connected to the fairy world, including the Fairy Cow. This speckled hornless cow might appear amongst a regular herd of cattle and and cause trouble, sometimes leading the herd into the misted world of the fairies never to be seen again.
It's no wonder fairies inspire such fascination. Their mystical world has been explored in story, song, art and spirituality for centuries, and there still remain shadowy corners left to discover. If you want to delve further into this magical land, take a look at our fairy collections below. And let us know your favourite fairy stories in the comments!