Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In the Land of Flowers

Minda came home from an afternoon with Molly awhile back with the cutest, little, wired doll. She had embroidery floss hair, a silk flower petal skirt, and a beaded head. She was all of 3 inches tall and Minda had drawn on the sweetest violet eyes and quirky smile. All I could think about was how cute these would be as fairies flying over my sink while I did dishes. :o)

It has been a long time since I sat down to do any kind of craft other than making cards for J., but Minda was sure she could recreate her tiny friend, so off to Micheal's (craft store) we went armed with coupons! The only thing we couldn't find were wings. I'll be brainstorming as to how we can make some but below are the results of a very fun filled afternoon with my "little" girl. The process is simple. You need covered wire used in making flower arrangements. We wanted hemp colored, but could only find green. Wooden beads for the heads, silk flower petals for the skirts and various colors of Floss for the hair and clothes. We used Tacky glue to attach the hair. You'll also need wire cutters to trim lengths.Simply fold a 6.5" length of wire in half and slip it through the bead. We added antenae, but you don't have to for dollies. Take a 4" length and wrap it around the 'body' where you want the arms to be. Fold each end of the wire up and in, just a bit, for her hands. Then wrap arms, shoulders, & chest with whatever color of floss you want for a shirt. We used 3 flower petal layers for skirts, but you can use whaterver you want. The one Minda brought home from Molly's only had one layer and was very cute still. Fold the ends of the bottom wires up and in just a bit for her feet. Pull out lengths of floss in the color you would like to use for hair, to the length you would like it to be and then loop it back and forth until you have enough to give her a full head of hair. I found 10 loops to be perfect.Cover the area of the bead where you want the hair to be with the tacky glue and lay the loops on it evenly, with each strand touching the glue. We used scissors to snip the loops and even the ends. Then we used colored pencils to draw faces. Minda gave her girls' antenae dye jobs with Sharpies. Mine remained Au Naturale. :o) Aren't they adorable? Their faces are so full of personality we had to name them. Minda's are Tibs (with the electric blue bobbed hair), Topsy (with the lime green hair) and Tabitha (with the royal purple locks). Mine are Pippa (with the pink braids), Piper (with the orange pigtails), and Penelope (with the lavendar dreadies in a braid down her back).
(We added 5 more today! Trixie on the far left is sporting glasses and a flower parasol! Tam is next to her with the emerald green hair and crown. They are Minda's - continuing with her "T" theme. The tall blonde in the middle is Portia, then the raven haired beauty with the starry violet eyes is Persephone, & the one with the bright red pigtails behind her is Poppy. )
J. was surprised I was condoning fairy making. When the kids were little we were very strict about watching, reading, listening to, playing with and creating things that were real and godly. No magic, no sprites or pixies, no pokemon, no dragons... We wanted them to grasp that those were the world's explainations for God's creations because, as humans, we can't understand how God can create something from nothing. For some reason most people would rather believe in tiny little magical beings or big bad dragons than in angels, demons, God, and the devil. So as toddlers and young children we crafted sheep, and barnyards. We made homes for mice families out in the fields. There were elaboarte bird houses and starfish we painted white and added glitter to and hung on walls. We collected feathers and rocks and leaves and pieces of bark; looking for the minute amidst the big picture of woods, and farmland. Still "magical" without taking away from God's wonder. Now they are adults. Now they know the truth, and making tiny people who are nothing but our imaginations creation and have no powers & are inanimate is fun not damaging. I still love to collect flowers and press them and bits of robin eggs and seed pods to clutter my window sill, but now those will have these tiny friends among them made of wire and thread!

7 comments:

Abigail said...

Oh, Deea, these are the most beautiful things. Thank you for posting the instructions (I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader...did you know?)! I can't wait to try these with MY Molly. :)

naomi said...

these are great, thanks for the instructions! we also didn't get to do anything with magic growing up. no smurfs, gummie bears, carebears, etc. thanks for the ideas of different crafts to do!

Aubrey said...

I am so glad you posted instructions! If the kids are ever well again, I think I will have to find the stuffs to make us some fairies.

Deeapaulitan said...

@Abi ~ we were thinking of you both as we made them! We are anxious to see how they'll look in the Fairy houses this summer!

@Naomi ~ How awesome is that? Did you resent it, or appreciate it?

@Aubrey ~ Make sure the wire you get isn't too hard to bend. My fingers were protesting by the time they had made 3! Or get pliers. :o)

Linds said...

Those are seriousely cute!

naomi said...

Now I appreciate it but I just wanted to watch the cartoons back then! I think you have a great philosophy about it!

Heather said...

I LOVE these!! You know I am going to be doing this with my girls! Thank you for the beautiful pictures and instructions!