Please meet HONEYDEW, the newest Blossom Fairy! She is 3 3/4″ tall, with crimped blond hair, spiky acorn cap hat, embroidered wool felt tunic and petal skirt. I don’t sell one-of-a-kind dolls, but every once in a while I offer a ltd. edition of 25 dolls similar to the ones in my how-to book, Felt Wee Folk. You see, I only work on them outside of my studio, while traveling, so there’s no predicting when a set will be finished. This is my way of controlling the urge to make them all the time. As some of you’ve discovered, making wee folk can become addictive! That isn’t such a bad thing, but if I succumbed to the impulse, I would be less inclined to commit to long term projects like our animation Liberty and Justice or the children’s book I’m working on right now. To see previous ltd. editions in the archives, click here. Information about purchasing HONEYDEW is at the end of this post.
When painting their heads, I slide the wooden beads onto a pipe cleaner, so they won’t roll around.
Their felt tunics are small and portable, which makes them easy to work on while traveling. Airplane stewardesses are always curious about them!
Wrapping their pipe cleaner bodies is another portable activity.
I usually dress them in their petticoats at home because it requires room to spread out the petals.
Their wings are sewn onto the back.
HONEYDEW has a different variety of acorn cap than previous fairies. This collection of spiky burr oak caps were sent by a fan in Georgia. Of course, she will be getting a fairy as a thank you gift.
Each fairy will have a signed and numbered tag.
In an effort to be fair to everyone, the sale of 25 HONEYDEW dolls will be announced on this blog, Facebook and Instagram. They will be listed for $75.00 each in my Etsy Shop on Sunday, June 17th at 10 AM, eastern US time. That gives more of you a chance to read about it in advance, so you can plan on being ready to shop. I’m sorry if this hour isn’t convenient for other time zones around the globe, but I can’t figure out how to accommodate everyone. The last edition sold out very quickly, so if you really want one, act fast! Sorry, no reservations ahead of time. The dolls will be sold on a first come first served basis.
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These are so adorable! I hovered over my iPad and at 10am today I ordered one. Cant wait to get her. You are so talented, Salley!
Thanks Karen, she’ll be flying your way tomorrow!
I so much value your explanations of how you choose which projects to put your time into and when as I struggle with these issues constantly. Recently I have been so caught up in production, I have left myself little to no time for new creations. And as always, thanks for sharing so much of your process.
I’m glad that my words are helpful, Noel. Every artist needs an R & D department.