I was reading Janet Snowden McDonald's blog earlier today. She's had a lovely little fairy door appear in her fireplace - here's a photo of it. It made me think of the Urban Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Above is a photo of one of the original ones, which resides in the side of the fireplace of the home of Jonathan Wright, who documents the comings and goings of these wee folk in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is apparently a very inviting place for urban fairies, as they seem to have taken up residence in about nine commercial properties and at least one private home. Please go to Urban Fairies to see more charming photos and read about them.
I love the concept of urban fairies. These doors actually exist in various stores in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, they suffer from vandalism from time to time by people of less perfect imagination, but it seems that Mr. Wright is keeping up with the dream of the wee folk inhabiting his home town.
My father built me a doll house when I was a child from one of those extravagant kits where you have to glue the wooden roof tiles on individually, and I really loved miniatures for a number of years (I still do, really, when I come across them). I sometimes think that my obsession with making lampwork ice cream and banana split beads is a holdover from the time I used to make tiny food out of Sculpey for the doll house. I even still have a set of really beautifully rendered 1/12 scale copper kitchen pots and a kettle that I found in Paris many years ago, during a family trip.
Anyway, here's to childhood imagination and those who strive to preserve and encourage our sense of wonder. And do take a look at Janet's blog and the Urban Fairy Door photos. Regardless of what you think of fairies, they really are charming!
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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