Indoor Fairy Gardens: Honouring The Earth Fey in Cold Weather

Dear Fairy Friends,

In the last post with the short story of The Root Vegetable Babes, Children of the Earth, I started to touch on something greater. Earth Fey are around us all the time.They care for the grass, the soil, the very earth we walk on. I know that at this time of the year, when the bright greenery of the spring and summer start to turn golden and then are covered by the snow, we may get the false impression that the earth is sleeping and not paying attention to us. Yet the earth and the Fair Folk that tend to everything, from changing leaves to tucking hibernating animals into their winter beds, are always about and not at all turning a blind eye to us.

While it was much easier to let them know they were welcome in the summer by planting and tending to garden beds, putting fresh water in bird baths, admiring the beauty of the butterfly, it gets decidedly more difficult in cold weather. However, we tend to let a little bit of the wild into our home at Dragon Dell for all our Earth spirit visitors.

One of the things we do at this time of the year is to start an indoor Fairy Garden. In past years, these have been in large pots, so big the children could sit in them. This year, we have a crawling baby about to walk and I don’t believe that the Fey consider eating the garden we plant for them quite the compliment my son would think it is! In order to keep him and the garden safe, we have made a smaller one this year. It makes a lovely centrepiece on our kitchen table!

We found the perfect size of garden when we spotted the Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden Kit by Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids.  My daughters just celebrated birthdays and they chose this to spend some of their birthday treasure on, the retail cost was $39.99. Naturally, I agreed!


It is a lovely kit that comes with everything needed: decorations, paints, soil, pebbles for the pathway, stepping stones, seeds and my favourite: glitter! This glitter even had little stars in it.

The kit states that it is intedended for ages 7-97. This did make me laugh because I am well past 97 years old, having lived as a fairy most of my life! My children are aged 6 and 3, and they did an incredible job with my help.

I am very fond of mushrooms and I was delighted that they were in the kit. These are excellent additions to any Fairy Garden, whether you buy a kit or make one yourself. If you are ever walking in the woods and see a ring of mushrooms, you are actually looking at a Fairy Ring. It is best not to disturb these by picking the mushrooms or stepping into it. The Good Neighbours treat these spaces as scared and will often dance around the rings during festivals. Great misfortune may follow anyone who destroys or damages them! Please, I ask you to admire them from afar! That said, adding mushrooms to a Fairy Garden is a nod to their customs and one way in which to let them know that this space has been specially created for them.


This particular kit came with a charming house that appears to be made out of a flower. You can pick anything for a little home, it can be a painted milk carton, box you decorate, or of course, a store bought house. As long as you pick it with care for the Fey, they will appreciate it! Earth Fairies are partial to browns, greens, and they love flowers. You can use their favourite shades to inspire you and you can never go wrong with flowers.

We painted all of our pieces, making an afternoon of the activity on a rainy day.  We also painted the planter. You can absolutely do the same if you are using a clay pot, plastic container – really, almost anything! We dedicated our Fairy Garden to Earth Spirits on the grounds, so that even when we must be inside, so are they and they know we have not forgotten them.


We let the pieces dry while we took out Dragon Dell’s helpers (it is a VERY lose term in this case), Rosie and Ludo. They kept us quite busy and we let the pieces dry for a little over one hour.


With Rosie and Ludo fast asleep, we got to move on to adding the potting soil. We took out an antique tea pot to add a sense of ceremony to the occasion and moistened the soil. Once this was done, we planed the garden layout and put the house at the forefront. You may wish to create a little walkway to the home with pebbles, found stones, vibrant aquarium stones (that can be found at pet stores and places with pet supplies – ours came from Walmart in the past). Our kit supplied a very pretty shade of purple pebbles we used to create a walkway going two ways because, as my eldest daughter pointed out, in a fairy emergency there should be an alternate route.

Once the pieces of the garden were in place, we got to plant the seeds. The kit comes with so many seeds and recommended reserving some for future planting. I thought this was brilliant because you can stretch the life of your Fairy Garden out so that you have new growth all throughout the winter. We put aside both bean and wheatgrass seeds for future planting, buried some for now and then watered the seeds with the tea pot. Both bean and wheatgrass seeds are easy to find at local stores, we have even spotted them at our local Peavey Mart and Walmart. Garden centres will also have them as well as great advice on what kind of plants do well indoors. During past years, we went to Fern’s Greenhouse and have used gorgeous little succulents.

Lastly,  so as not to get them wet, we added the artificial flowers, the glittery butterflies and the fairy. We have found many pretty things to add over the years at the Dollar Store, The Dollar Tree, Michael’s and Walmart. Once you set your mind to making one of these gardens, I find you tend to see things you might like to add everywhere. I have also raided the basement and found bits of toys that we used, giving the toy a purpose and life once more and adding something unique to our arrangement. We were all holding our breath for the last thing we had to do: add some pixie dust! We opened the little vial, we each put some in our palms and made a wish with our eyes closed, our hands over our heart’s. I know many people think this is silly and will skip this step, but the Fey know which gardens grow wishes and which do not. It is also what turns any glitter into pixie dust; the wishes add the magic. This is why I always added wishes to our Fairy Gardens and pull these wishes up from the very depths of my heart.

In the end, we had a shimmery garden for our GoodNeighbours.

We enjoyed this birthday gift so much and watering the garden draws our attention daily to the earth, to caring for it, fostering its growth and nurturing it. I cannot wait to see the beginnings of new life when the sprouts start to push through the soil! I know the children will be so excited.

I would very much love to see any Fairy Gardens you have made, indoor or out, and any stories you might have that go with them!

Love,

Your Lady Star

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The Root Vegetable Babes, Children of the Earth

Dear Fairy Friends,

As the seasons begin to shift (in Canada anyway!), and the flowers tuck themselves into their beds, we sometimes pay less attention to the earth as it is quitter after Fall harvests and hushed at the onset of winter. It is still there however and still in tune with the beings that walk it, burrow in it, hibernate and store their energies for a new season.

Come closer, I would like to tell you the strange and wonderful tale of The Root Vegetable Babes, Children of the Earth.

There was once a couple who wished for a child. Their farm had turned into a wasteland of weeds, they had no livestock and the shingles on the roof were a patchwork of disaster held together by sheer luck. The couple was not lazy, as one might assume. They were merely always so caught up in their thoughts that the everyday and the earth calling for their aid escaped them.

The husband had the brain of an innovator, and although he meant wholeheartedly to weed the garden beds, he got lost in sketches of contraptions he wished to build that could weed a garden at twice the speed of a person.

The wife spent her days burning her baking in the oven and forgetting the soup hung up by the fire as she created the most spectacular patterns for children’s garments. Nothing like her creations were to be seen in all the land. She sacrificed pieces of their best clothing, her wedding dress and his wedding clothes, to bring some of these pieces to life. She absentmindedly salted the cake and sugared the vegetables between her stitches, dreaming of dressing her own children in the clothes.

One night, as the wife swept cobwebs from her bedroom window, she opened the shutters to let the cool air blow away the dust that had gathered as well. She looked up at the round, rosy moon. It seemed so quiet then, as if there very air were listening. She looked up and whispered “I promise, I would nurture any child I would be blessed to have. I promise.”

The wind picked up suddenly and with such vigour that it slammed the shutters, narrowly missing the wistful wife’s finger tips as she yanked them off of the sill.

She fell into a deep sleep, the first in a long time that did not tease and torment her heart with dreams of her own children. In the morning, nothing – not the neighbour’s rooster, nor her husband’s gentle nudging nor the sun warming her skin – woke her. Her slumber was finally broken by a knock at the door.

Rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she was startled to see it was already late morning. Hurriedly, she slipped on her dressing gown and slippers and opened the door.

On the doorstep, there stood a stranger. The stranger was a woman with a slightly bent back, smelling as though her clothing had been through many rains and had travelled many roads. Her hair was long and strewn with love knots. Her lined face was aged but there was such a loveliness to her large, brown eyes. She carried a frayed basket covered in a travel-worn handkerchief that must have been quite handsome once.

Not one to be rude, the wife said to the woman “good morning, is there anything I can help you with?”

The woman smiled, showing a mouth full of white, pearly teeth. She replied in a cracked voice “would you have room in your home for a little one?” As she said this, she nodded towards the basket.

The wife could not believe it! She said right away “oh yes, yes I do!”

The woman began to lift the handkerchief and the wife strained to see the baby that must be in the basket. A large rutabaga in a bonnet was cushioned within.

The wife did not know if she should laugh or cry at this cruel joke. She was about to tell the woman that this jest was unkind to a childless wife, but the wind rustled the leaves outside and shook the door slightly. The woman remembered her promise the night before and resolved to take the rutabaga in. The woman went away.

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Her husband laughed but the wife took the rutabaga in the bonnet and made it a small cradle out of a drawer. She lay one of her exquisite baby gowns over the root, making the rutabaga appear to be the head and the gown the body. During the day, she moved the cradle to the kitchen where she worked. As she spoke to the root vegetable, practicing what she would say to a real child, she began to be more present. The bread was not burnt that week.

The next week, the woman appeared once more as loaves were coming out of the oven. The wife invited her in and broke bread with her. The woman saw the rutabaga tucked into the cradle and asked once more “would you have room in your home for a little one?”

The wife saw the fire in the hearth flicker as the wind picked up outside. She remembered her promise and was tucking in two babies that night, the rutabaga and a large, heart-shaped potato.

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Her husband shook his head and laughed again but figured the root vegetables were doing his wife some good as that week she baked the most delicious bread and cakes he had ever eaten. She was able to sell some in the village and they were able, after 2 weeks, to buy laying hens.

To make the grounds habitable for the hens, the husband had to prepare a coop and weed some of the gardens.

Three weeks after the heart-shaped potato made it’s home with the couple, the woman appeared once more. Once thy were finished their meal, the woman asked “would you have room in your home for a little one?”

A branch from outside beat against the shutters in the kitchen. The woman remembered her promise and this time, dressed a little parsnip as a babe.

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Her husband found this oddly endearing and did not mock his wife for that week, her baking was heavenly, her soups divine, new pieces were sewn and the home felt warmer.

Her baby clothes were admired by the wealthy and they soon commissioned the wife to make some for their children. The husband had enough money to make his weeding invention and soon, their farm was one of the most well-tended. They now had a goat for cheese making and a cow for milk and a couple of pigs for meat.

Four weeks later, the woman returned.  She stayed the night and the wife washed the rain and road dust from the woman’s clothing.The wife served her freshly scrambled eggs on hot bread.  She was treated to milk, goat cheese, bacon, soup, and cakes. When she had eaten her fill, the woman asked a different question “what names have you given the children?”

After so many weeks of talking to the vegetables, it was odd but the wife had come to believe that they each had different personalities and had, in fact, named them. She brought the cradle over, stuffed full now with the rutabaga, the heart-shaped potato and the parsnip. The woman saw that they were each beautifully clothed, freshly scrubbed and covered in warm blankets. The rutabaga and parsnip in boy’s clothing and the heart-shaped potato in a little gown for a girl. The wife pointed to the rutabaga and said “this is Rupert”. Next she pointed to the heart-shaped potato and said “this is Faith”. Lastly, she pointed to the turnip and said “This is Peter”.

The woman smiled and the wind picked up once more, but this time blowing open the door, blowing out the fire and shaking the shutters in their posts. In a glimmer, the woman shifted shapes into a short, stout, lovely woman with skin the colour of an acorn yet the same beautiful brown eyes were the same. She waved her hand over the cradle and the sound of babies laughing filled the room. The wife was astonished and saw there were three babes much too big to fit comfortably in the cradle, wearing the clothing she had dressed the vegetables in. The woman had vanished, the fire came to life once more.

She never knocked on the door again.

That night, the woman gave thanks in the light of the moon as three babes slept in their bed. By respecting the earth, caring for the grounds, the livestock, the woman at her door and the root vegetables, the couple had shown themselves worthy to provide a home for the Children of the Earth.The farm was never neglected again and the children kept the prosperous couple very busy!

Fairy Predators and How to Keep them Away

 

Dearest Fairy Friends,

Due to recent Disney films regarding fairies, there seems to be great concern that hawks eat fairies.

I am a fan of the Disney fairy films and I believe the lessons they impart demonstrate many of the valued virtues of The Gentry.

With that said, please do not hold any ill-will towards hawks. They do not eat fairies. Reactions to the notion that hawks fancy fairy feasts among the Fey that visit Dragon Dell have ranged between laughter and outright insult. I’ll explain.

While the Fair Folk are not immortal, they do live an exceptionally long lifespan and have many powers. There are different types of these beings and their abilities vary from type to type, yet they all possess strong magical abilities. For example, do you think an air fairy that can help the snows move across the globe would be afraid of a hawk? Not likely. I can guarantee you that birds of prey know very well that fairies are not appetizers.

This does however bring about the question whether or not other beings are a threat to the Good Neighbours. Yes. Sadly, we created them.

Beyond the Veil there exists a dark creature that can never be full. These creatures hunt the Fey because they are in constant agony, their hunger twisting their bellies. They may be cruel and bloodthirsty, but they do deserve our pity for their pain can never be alleviated. They were never given an official name by their creator, but among many of the Fey, they are called the Iron Hounds.

Their origin goes back many hundreds of years ago. There had been a wealthy man who had a fairy wife. He was unkind to her and when she became ill and lost the slightest bit of her youthful fairy beauty, he turned her out of his house and sought a new bride. The wealth had been a wedding gift and the moment the heartless man took a new wife, the fairy gold disappeared.  Vengeance filled the man’s heart even though he had brought his plight upon himself. He spent years cultivating knowledge on fairy lore and magic until he fancied himself a wizard. There was some truth to his claim and success in his dark sorcery. He poisoned every tree, one by one, in a small glade by nailing their roots with iron nails. Iron is one of the few metals that may harm the Gentry (and other magical creatures). The nails drove the woodland spirits out and in their place, the twisted wizard grew the essence of the Iron Hounds out of the sick and dying trees. The rotting, knotted and twisted trunks of these trees formed the bodies of the hounds. The sole purpose of these poor, sick and hungry beasts is to hunt and feast off the Fey. With every bite, their hunger deepens so that they can never ignore it, nor can they ever sate it.

Iron Hounds are much larger than worldly hounds, running on legs of twisted tree roots. Their eyes are empty except for dark pools. They are imbued with some very ugly magic and have the speed to hunt the nimble Fey. Their bodies often remain beyond the Veil while their essence takes on a ghostly hound form in our world. The body and essence must be one for the beings to be destroyed completely, putting the poor creatures out of the misery that they are cursed with.

Luckily, there are things that ward off the Iron Hounds. They are not rare nor enchanted objects, some of them can even be found at the grocery store!

Onions may look humble and we are used to chopping them up for soups, salads or fried in batter for a treat. However, the onion has a long history as a protective plant, dating back to ancient Egypt.

There are a few ways to use the onion. To guard against anything wicked entering your home, an onion with pins in it on the windowsill will do the trick. Alternately, you can place a cut onion in a room as a ward against malevolent beings. If you have onions in your garden, they will protect your house and property.

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There are also certain flowers that the Iron Hounds will avoid at all costs. Flowers are healthy, happy flora and these creatures were breed out of sickness. They cannot stand certain flowers with protective properties. Lilac is such a plant. Dragon Dell is always bursting with lilac blooms when the weather is warm! If you have some lilac bushes around your home, Iron Hounds will not dare attempt to enter.

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Another major deterrent for the hounds is lavender. Dragon Dell does not have access to wild lavender year-long, instead we have begun trying to grow some indoors. We also found Magic Monster Spray made by  The Green Goddess. Would you care to guess what one of the ingredients might be? The lavender floral water in the Magic Monster Spray is indeed magic! This spray is safe to use on pillows, stuffed animals that you might tuck into your bed with you, sheets and it also helps encourage our dreams to be soft and peaceful. We use it often since our discovery and since we are rather slow to grow our lavender (the cats of Dragon Dell take great delight in upsetting plants).

There is no way to undo the great evil that created the Iron Hounds. As much as I prefer to keep them away from Dragon Dell, since it would be like a fairy buffet for them, I do pity the poor things. In my search for ways to guard the Gentry from them, I have not come across a way to heal them nor to feed them so that they may rest. I hope to one day.

You can keep your fairies safe by placing an onion on your window sill, in your room overnight,  lilac bushes, dried lavender or Magic Monster Spray! Use whatever you may have at hand and rest assured, you can protect your friends. The power to do so is in your hands and maybe even your kitchen.

Love,

Your Lady Star

 

Fairy potions!

Dear Fairy Friends,

If you are looking for a little magic today, why not brew your own fairy potion? While magic may be a little rarer these days than it used to be, the ingredients you will need for this brew are most likely already in your home or very easy to find. This is one way to find magic in the everyday, even in your kitchen cupboards!

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You will need these key ingredients to brew your potions

You will need to have:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Food dye
  • Sparkles
  • A jar, cup or mug
  • A pot or bowl
  • A magic wand, enchanted cauldron stick, spoon, spatula – something to stir with

At Dragon Dell, we like to set everything up so that the ingredients are ready for action!

The first step is to fill your jar, cup or mug half-way with white vinegar. This next step will save you a great deal of cleaning up: put your jar, cup or mug in a bigger pot or bowl. Now, the magic starts!

From a plain kitchen staple, the vinegar is about to become so much more! You add the food dye, whatever colour calls to you.  You can make pink if you are feeling glum and need a little bubbliness, red is wonderful if you are feeling inspired, blue will calm an anxious heart, green is great if you want to grow new friendships, purple is help you be true to yourself, orange is to chase away doubt for example.

IMG_5834.JPGMy favourite part comes right after you are happy with the colour of your potion. With this step, you enchant the ingredients: you add sparkles and make a wish with every colour you add.

Are you ready to see the potion brew? All you need to do is spoon baking soda in and stir! Don’t forget to activate your wishes here by saying “bubble, bubble, little wishes twinkle and double!”

It is so fun to watch the potion bubble over, releasing your wishes. You can then always add more sparkles and baking soda to keep the potion bubbling a little longer.

My daughters, Garnet and Minka, look forward to rainy days because that is when we practice potion making the most!

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Did you have fun making a fairy potion? Would you like to share with me what colour you made and why?

Have a wonderful day and may your wishes come true!

With love,

Your Lady Star

 

Q & A with Lady Star

Dear Fairy Friends,

I receive many questions on Lady Starling’s Fairy Lore Facebook page and they surprise and delight me. You can always comment here on the blog as well or Contact Lady Star through email. Today, I will be sharing some questions and answers received throughout the month. Here we go!

Question:

Do fairies have friends?

Answer:

They most certainly do! While it may take years to bond, fairies do have friends that they dance with and feast with. Many of their friends aren’t other fairies, but creatures of the land, sea and air and other magical beings. They also do form bonds with some special humans

Question:

What is it like in Fairy land? Where is it?

Answer:

It’s just beyond a thin veil that is invisible to the naked human eye. It keeps their world and ours apart. There are times of the year, such as Halloween, when the veils thins considerably. At this time, you might hear or see the Fair Folk with much more ease!
What is it like there? It’s a wild and free land with seasons, as we have here. Time moves very differently there so one hour here could be years there, or 1 hour there a lifetime here! A beautiful thing about Faerie (their world) is that it is inhabited by so many magical creatures! Imagine breakfast with a dragon!

Question:

How can one know if fairies truly are in their home?

Answer:

The answer doesn’t always thrill the asker!
Ever lose something that was right in front of you and have it unexpectedly appear where you are sure there is no way you could have left it there? You don’t have to shake it off and wonder if your imagination is playing tricks on you…the Fair Folk are! They don’t really see a difference between your belongings and theirs, so they may “borrow” things only to return them later.

Question:

What does the Tooth fairy do with the teeth?

Answer:

She collects them to build houses or insulate existing ones for smaller beings during the cold  Sometimes, she will give them to animals that have lost teeth as well. She can also turn them into dust and use it in the earth to help plants sink their “teeth”, their roots, into the soil.

Question:

Can fairies fly in space? And, if so, what kind of fairies?

Answer:

Fairies are traditionally known by your people as beings that are between man and angel. They are a very different nature from you or even I, as I am no longer one of them completely. While they can and do take on physical bodies, they are capable of traveling through spirit. In this manner, yes, they can fly through space. Even time is different for them, they do not adhere to the laws that govern our world. So will astronauts see fairies? Probably not in their form that resembles humans, but they may appear shooting stars as they travel through space.

Question:

Is Peter Pan real and as cool as they portray him in the movies?

Answer:

Way cooler, if you can believe it! A little naughtier too. Pan does have a guardianship role, similar to mine as he carries Lost Boys over. He is wiser than he pretends or is portrayed but a trickster. He enjoys pranks in our world! Ever find green milk in the fridge? You could have been visited by him.

Question:

How do you know so much about fairies?

Answer:

Once, when I was a few hundred years younger, I was a fairy. I’ll tell you what kind, as we can be grouped into 4 basic groups: fire, water, air and earth. I took care of wild herbs, and was part of the earth fairy grouping as such. I would glide quietly into your world at night and under the light of a moonbeam in my fairy lamp, I worked to grow herbs to help people near their homes.
For example, angelica is a very powerful protective plant. If I saw people were in need of it to get rid of negative emotions or hurtful thoughts, I left it all around them. That’s how I got my first name.

One night, I fell in love with a human. While it’s not exactly favoured by fairy-kind, it’s not why I lost my wings.

I didn’t make it back to the Land of the Fae when I had a child. So my child, a little one named Garnet, would never be able to come into my land. Being born here, her human side took over.

So, I had a choice. To go back to my home as a fairy, or give up my wings to stay here with Garnet.

Now, I am a special kind of Guardian, helping the otherworldly beings that cross into our world back home, keeping humans who mean harm away from the openings between the two worlds and aiding magical creatures in distress. I still work with herbs to help lift sadness, protect, heal and I love my human life.

I also pass letters back and forth from children to their fairy friends

 

Question:

Can you do magic?

Answer:

Yes, but mine now is mostly used as a guide for beings to cross over. The rest, sadly, is mostly plant lore! But a fairy, even a now-human one, can never lose all his or her magic or they will disappear.

Thank you for stopping in today and joining me! Please feel free to ask questions of your own!

Love,

Your Lady Star

The Fading Woman, Ruby and Miss K

There was once a magical Guardian with a dilemma; she was losing her magic and had no idea what was causing this unusual ailment. She became sad and looked back on her choices, the difficult ones, such as leaving her fairy life behind to live a mortal one here, with her children.

She began to miss the wonder in the incredible things that surrounded her. She lost so much of this joy, that one day, she was no longer able to see the fairies and other magical beings that needed her help crossing where the Veil is thin, back to their world. She could, however, hear them.

She was bombarded by roars, grumbles, chanting and some not-so-nice language in various tongues. She did her very best and asked them all to line up and hold a crab apple from the tree that grew there so that she might  have an idea where each being was. A line of floating crab apples formed and one by one, the apples disappeared as she managed to cross the crowd over.

Shaken, she went into the cottage and into the washroom. She filled the water basin and splashed some cold water on her face. When she went to dry her skin, she looked into the mirror. More shocking than the invisible hoard needing to cross was her reflection. It was so faded, it had become translucent.

As the days passed, she became more see-through, almost misty. Her children had difficulty hearing her and this became very upsetting. She had no idea what to do.

She carried a mirror out into the moonlight and sat by a tree. As she sat there, she caught a gleam in the mirror. There was a little fairy flying with her harvest of gemstones and a gem had caught the moonlight, causing the shimmer in the mirror. The fairy and woman stopped in the starlight to speak to one another. The woman had no idea if the gemstones had made it possible to see the fairy or the kindness of the Moon. She was so happy to see this fairy that she cried and explained her plight.

The little fairy listened without interrupting once. She knew what ailed the woman and why she was disappearing. It was evident to her because she had loved a little girl once who slowly stopped being able to perceive her or hear her as she grew and stopped believing. This woman was losing her belief in magic and herself. That would never do, because the woman was once a fairy but had turned mortal, the loss of belief would make the woman disappear completely soon.

This fairy’s name was Ruby. Ruby was very close to a little girl named Miss K. It was by observing Miss K wonder daily about fairies and her kind demeanor and vivid imagination that made Ruby fall in love with humans all over again. Miss K was irresistible. Ruby had yet to let Miss K know that she had a fairy friend, but she figured that if ever there was a time to be brave, it was now.

While Miss K slept, Ruby whispered in her ear how to get in touch with the fading woman. Miss K had her mother write to the wisp of a woman.

The questions that Miss K asked called upon the woman to look deep into her heart and remember her fairy past. With each question from Miss K, the woman grew more solid. Her children could see and hear her and soon, she no longer needed beings to carry crab apples!

Her confidence grew as she knew in her heart that her belief had been true. As magic came back to her, her reflection returned. She saw herself as a capable Guardian once more.

The fading woman was once a very sad version of myself, of Lady Star. I had let too many worries and obstacles keep me from happiness and it took one fairy and one special girl to bring me back.

Ruby and Miss K have grown close and their friendship is a reminder of all that is beautiful in this world and others!

Miss K, thank you for your true heart and for brining a little magic to me when I needed it most. I am forever grateful to you and to Ruby!

With love,

Your Lady Star