Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Shining A Spotlight On BC Fairies

FAIRIES HAVE CAPTURED the imagination of kids and grownups throughout the ages and I am no exception, particularly since it is time to find a word that begins with the letter "F" for ABC Wednesday.

One rainy day I took another look at the drawings of fairies my daughter did years ago.

It's easy to become enchanted with the idea of tiny winged creatures mysteriously flitting about barely seen, spreading goodwill and magic into the harsh realities of life.

In addition to Penelope Puddle drawings, my daughter created an abundance of fairy drawings which we eventually copyrighted as BC Fairies. Some found their way into my art cards. Some of the fairies have names rooted in the fictional origins I created for them.

At a glance the fairies are easily mistaken for miniature birds, dragonflies or butterflies. They have flown from all parts of the globe, risking the ravages of weather and distance, to settle in the rainforests of coastal British Columbia. The little litterbugs love to scribble notes that they usually scatter outdoors. Some fairies have narrowly missed being seen inside the homes of unsuspecting humans in need of an uplifting message.

BC Fairies might look small and frail but their individual traits make them largely invincible. The names, interpretations and origins of seven fairies are: Elsa, Noble, Germany; Muriel, Shining Sea, Ireland; Abril, Open, France; Halla, Unexpected Gift, Africa; Alegria, Cheerful, Spain; Tori, Bird, Japan; Zola, Peace On Earth, Italy

I like how some dictionaries mention a goddess/fairy connection:

Main Entry: Fairy
Pronunciation: 'far-E, 'fer-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural fair·ies
Etymology: from Latin Fata, goddess of fate

My brand of fairies have unique characteristics of their own. In addition to the name BC Fairies being suggestive of the large coastal transportation fleet known as BC Ferries, here are a few key points:

1 a : BC Fairies believe humans possess inner wings which when tapped into enables them to do surprising things of magical proportions b : notable BC Fairies are seven mystic creatures from different parts of the globe who settled in the enchanted West Coast rainforests of British Columbia c : each fairy has a unique characteristic that humans also possess d: the fairies scatter messages to awaken people to their own gifts and powers ready to be unfurled

BC Fairies don’t stay still for long and I confess I need to incorporate some of their motivation into my creative life. All rights are reserved for BC Fairies but future projects will fly only as MY own wings become unfurled.

BC Fairies All Rights Reserved

Fairies and ferries showcase the letter "F" If you think words are fun and enjoy playing with the alphabet, visit ABC Wednesday at the sidebar.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms


  1. Oh, I'd totally forgotten about these little sweeties (sorry 'bout that) so it's great to see some and read about them.
    I just love the name. Non-British-Columbians might wonder, however. LOL
    I am going to have to give some thought to the letter F today. Time flies, so to speak.
    Luv, K

  2. Oh, Kay, thank you so much for pointing that out so I could add that information to my post. Of course, people not familiar with our local transportation system would not catch the connection!

  3. What a great post. I have always loved fairies. As a matter of fact when I was a child I believed that a witch has changed me from a fairy into a human being. I believed that for a long time. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

  4. So delightful and so creative.
    I think these fairies are so whimsical.

  5. Your daughter is truly gifted to create such a beautiful ferries.

  6. My daughter loves the fairies.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  7. Love the connection to the "ferries." I must come down your way and see some of your work.

    abcw team

  8. You and your daughter make a great team!

  9. Great illustration and information. Have a great week.

  10. This is a wonderful post. I have a couple of books on fairies, and tarot cards on fairies. Your daughter is so very talented.

  11. I have never seen these before Penelope and they are wonderful. I like the personalities you have created for them and calling them BC Fairies - what a hoot!

  12. Cute! I used to love fairies as a child, and it's interesting to see the different ways they are portrayed today.

  13. Hard to believe, but until I read Kay's comment, I missed the connection to BC Ferries. I guess I need to connect with those inner wings and wake up :) This was another beautiful (and witty) post, Penelope. Even when you believe your creative life could use some unfurling of wings, your blog is testament to the fact that it is alive and very well indeed :)

  14. what a talent The fairies are magnificent, have great names and an amazing purpose "to let people awaken to their own gifs and powers" Love it

  15. Oh my goodness..these are fabulous and I love the thought behind them..I lost a friend last summer who was a wildlife rehabber..she told me to look for fireflies and think of her..and the night after she passed, I was surrounded by them.. a bit of magic..Michelle

  16. I love fairies, I have a wonderful collection of porcelain fairies that make me smile whenever I pass them by in my curio cabinet. I think there is something so magical about them. I could definitely live in that world hehehe. So glad I am back to looking at blogging. I have been gone for a little while. Taking a break and a deep breath. Working on a book. My dream is to write also.....someday when I am old and it doesn't matter anymore my words will hopefully be published. :)


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