Updated August 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ Fairies ~
~ ~From Johnny Gruelle's Fairyland and Beyond... ~ ~
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
(Special Order Only)
Here are four of my VERY OWN Original Design "cloth" version of
Johnny Gruelle's little Fairies
Watch for MORE of my future versions of these wonderful fairies....
~Marcella with her four little Fairy Friends ! ! ~
Almost everyone has heard the word 'fairy' used in day-to-day conversations.
For example, every little girl dreams of someday having a 'fairytale' wedding.
And of-course, the tooth fairy, as told by many children,
says that if we tuck a lost tooth under our pillow,
it would get secretly exchanged in the night for a coin or dollar.
From time immemorial, fairies have existed in the beliefs of various cultures.
Some of the most intriguing and intricate fairy tales come from the ancient Celts.
Although each culture had their own definition of how fairies looked and what their temperament was,
the fairies always were considered magical, winged creatures
with one tiny foot in the spirit realm and another in our earthly realm.
Flower Fairies look like beautiful human children,
but with pointy, elfin ears, dreamy eyes and wings like that of a butterfly.
Fairies come in all shapes and sizes,
but the Flower Fairies are amongst the smallest of all fairies,
ranging in height from 10 to 15 cm.
Flower Fairies are nature spirits who care for flowers, plants and trees.
Each Flower Fairy has a distinctive personality derived from her plant, which defines her aesthetic, mood and character.
The evocative 'song' each Flower Fairy sings, helps convey the 'spirit' of her flower.
The renowned British artist Cicely Mary Barker created more than 150 Flower Fairies and poems,
each a brilliantly conceived tableau combining fantasy with plant lore,
drawing the reader into a peaceful secret world,
where invisible Flower Fairies busily work and play in the flower beds, meadows and forests.
Botanically accurate, her delicate watercolors and evocative poems are not only visually stunning and charming, they are informative too.
Other contributors to the art of flower fairy include Amy Brown, Jessica Galbreth, Linda Biggs, Myrea Pettit, Jacqueline Collen-Tarrolly, Sue Miller, James Browne, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Marc Potts, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Beth Hansen, Paulina Stuckey and Suzanne Hyland.
It is my desire to add my own name to this wonderful list of artists....
Fairies hold certain values in high esteem, & these attributes comprise
The Fairy Code
Even the naughtiest fairies abide by these rules in their dealings with other fairies,
though not necessarily when interacting with humans.
The fairy code goes as follows-
Always try to...
I was recently commissioned by a new customer in Pennsylvania...............to create four fairies to go with her Marcella doll .
I plan to create a variety of fairies and fairy related items as time permits!
Johnny Gruelle intertwined fairies and elfs into his magical wonderland of Raggedies,
and I plan to continue in that tradition.....giving a little history as time allows.
Just one more addition to the many Character Dolls that I create!....WHY NOT COLLECT THEM ALL???...... Have a question? Just E-mail "Gayle" ......"Click Here"
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters......
Click on their Link in the left-hand column.
Click on each picture to ENLARGE !!