From the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
“She was quite the loveliest fairy in the whole world. Her dress was of pearl and dew-drops, and there were flowers round her neck and in her hair, and her face was like the most perfect flower of all. And she came close to the little Rabbit and gathered him up in her arms and kissed him on his velveteen nose that was all damp from crying. “Little Rabbit,” she said, “don’t you know who I am?”
“I am the nursery magic Fairy,” she said. “I take care of all the playthings that the children have loved. When they are old and worn out and the children don’t need them any more, then I come and take them away with me and turn them into Real.”
My nursery magic fairy is made of wire, beads, leaf skeletons, seed pods and lichen. She wears tiny slipper shell shoes, an acorn hat, and wings made of blue mussels found on the beach at Quisset Harbor. She can often be found perched on the nose of Falkor the Luck Dragon because he can fly much faster than she can! (more about Falkor here!)
This Flower Fairy is featured on a Fairy Tale Gate: A Wind in the Door. During the day, see her on my storybook inspired gate at the Portals and Passageways exhibit in the gardens at Highfield Hall. But at night, she’ll be busy transforming forgotten toys into the living creatures of Beebe Woods. Exhibit Runs until September 7, 2014.