Archive for November, 2011

The Flowers

All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse,
Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames–
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people’s trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.


Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish author who lived from 1850-1894 and is best known for his novels Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

This site here has a list of the different illustrators chosen to illustrate the book over time so feel free to check that out. It’s interesting to see the different styles used http://flutterbypatch.blogspot.com/2011/07/flower-filled-days.html


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If the characters from our fairy tales came to life, and had to live day to day side-by-side us, who would they be? How would Snow White or Geppetto make a living? What would Little Red Riding Hood be doing? What would Jiminy Cricket look like? Well to find out, why not check out the new show on ABC, Once Upon A Time. From the creators of Lost, the show brings classic fairy tales into the modern day- to- day world.


The story begins with the waking of Snow White by Prince Charming, the end of the tale as we know it, and carries over to their wedding. Unfortunately, the wedding is interrupted by the evil queen who swears to destroy Snow White’s happiness, and the happiness of all who attended the wedding. Naturally there is a bit of an uproar at this news and Snow White is concerned for the future of her child. She asks to speak with Rumpelstiltskin, who is something of a prophet in this show, one with ‘the sight’, and he tells her that the kingdom is doomed, and only her unborn child can save them.


In another time and place, we meet a young woman named Emma whose job is to find people, and the day we meet her just so happens to be her birthday. Just as she’s about to dig into a lone celebratory cupcake, there’s a knock at her door and in comes a kid named Henry. Henry is the product of a teen pregnancy Emma had long since forgot about, and he’s come to take her back to the town he’s from, Storybrooke. He tells her that time has stopped in this town, and the inhabitants may never leave without something bad happening. He also tells her that all of the citizens of this town are fairy tale characters, but they can’t remember who they are. And craziest of all, he tells her that she’s Snow White’s daughter. Of course she thinks this kid is crazy, but after returning him to his home, she decides to stay for a spell. And here begins the story.

The series has just begun, so I feel like I can’t really say whether or not it’s good… but so far it’s good. The show aired a few weeks ago, and to be honest I avoided it. I have loved fairy tales all of my life, and know several of them very well. I read countless adaptations, seen various different representations on film, have more than one copy of the originals in compilation books I have been and continue to collect over the years. Needless to say there is a huge margin for error here… but so far I’m really enjoying it!


The plot thus far is as was previously stated: a curse by the evil witch has uprooted the characters of our favourite fairy tales from their happily ever afters and has deposited them in small town America. The characters apparently have not aged prior to Emma’s arrival and are living out their lives unhappily, oblivious of their true identity and what will bring them true happiness. The only one who seems to know everything from the outset is Henry, though we aren’t told what role, if any, he played in the fairy tale world. Mr. Gold may also be aware, but we aren’t given much information on him yet, aside from the fact that he owns the town. The plot switches back and forth from past events in the fairy tale world to the events happening in Storybrooke and together the two tales tell a story.

I’ve only seen 4 of the supposed 22 episodes in the first season, but I can already see the buds of some of the potential intricacies in play. I also like how they interpreted the characters they’ve presented so far. Snow White is a school teacher, the evil queen is the mayor, Jiminy Cricket is a shrink, Red Riding Hood is a suggestively clad waitress, etc. I thought they really made the characters come to life by placing them in a position that might allow people who don’t understand fairy tales to understand the story, and for those who do to gain a new perspective (without loosing the old of course). When I initially heard of the series I thought it would be more of a Faerie Tale Theater idea with each episode featuring a different fairy tale. It is that, but all of the fairy tales tie into a greater story, and some of the stories have been blended together, as well as set in the modern day. One of the things I feared the most was that it would take on a false, sexy/ romantic, overly dramatic without any substance, twilight spin that seems to be so popular as of late. The creators have thankfully refrained. These fairies do not sparkle. … well they do, but fairies are supposed to sparkle 😉 You get what I mean. I think that, so far, this show has done a really good job creating a serious drama about fairy tales.

Here is a trailer for the show

And here is an interview with the actors with clips from the pilot

And finally here’s the page on ABC. There is a fairy tale quiz on there, see how you do! http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time

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For all of you knitters out there, you can now knit your very own fairy friend!!

The creator states on the instructional page that this pattern should be easy enough for beginners, both adults and children. I don’t know all that much about knitting or sewing, but the pictures she put up look relatively easy to follow and the results are cute enough to make a few mistakes trying!!

If you have knitting needles, or know someone who does, why not give the wooly fairy a go! http://flutterbypatch.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-knitted-fairy-pattern.html

If you scroll down on the side bar to the section that is headed by ‘Free Knitting Patterns’, you’ll see some more of her doll designs.

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Glow In The Dark Fairies

Here are some little plastic fairies that glow in the dark! Decent toys for kids, or just little decorations to make a room a little more interesting.


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Medical Pixie Dust!!

While watching tv I saw a show that featured this little boy whose finger was chopped off by a door, and when he was taken to the hospital the doctor used a drug called pixie dust to grow his finger back! There was a bit of a debate as to whether or not the powder actually grew back the boy’s finger, but there is a powder out there and it’s being used to grow tissue back!

I did some looking on the internet after hearing this and found this article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-563099/The-amazing-pixie-dust-pigs-bladder-regrew-severed-finger-FOUR-weeks.html that talks about a man whose finger was cut off in a model airplane accident, but was then regrown with this pixie dust. Pixie dust is made out of pig bladders, and was actually used to regrow human bladders at one point. Check out the article for more info. This is a picture from the website.

Apparently Pixie Dust is also being used on some of the soldiers in Afghanistan as well article here.

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Redragon (Addy Rose)

Addy Rose if a computer graphics artist.  She work in CG primarily but she does have some photography up http://redragon.deviantart.com/

And here is her own site http://addyart.daportfolio.com/

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La Corda d’Oro

This is an anime about a girl who is entered into a music contest because she can see a fairy on the first day of school. The plot is a little bit like A Little Snow Fairy: Sugar, but unlike that one, La Corda is aimed at more of an adolescent audience whereas Sugar is more juvenile in its execution. Meaning that there wasn’t as much angst or as many love triangles. Sugar was much more effective than this one in terms of story line and progression, but this one did an alright job in conveying the love of music and the time that goes into nurturing your talent.

The story begins with the protagonist, Kahoko Hino, who is running late for the first day of class. All of sudden she hears someone calling out to her and discovers a small fairy flying toward her, very excited that she can hear him. The fairy’s name is Lili and lives at the school due to past events. Every year he finds a student that can hear him, he rings a bell, which signifies a school-wide music competition. Kahoko is chosen for the competition, which shocks the rest of the school because in a school is split into two sections, the students that specialize in music and the student who are in the general study program, and Kahoko is in the latter and knows nothing about music. To solve this, Lili gives her a magical violin that will allow her to play as long as she feels the music. As the competition progresses, Kahoko learns more about music and grows more and more self-conscious about the fact that she actually knows nothing about music.

In addition to the whole ‘finding yourself’ plot line, there is the romance part which is also central to this story. Besides Kohoko, there is one other girl (who is very shy) and 5 guys, all of which develop sort of a thing for Kohoko. Typical high school/ romance/ drama/ comedy anime.

Here’s the intro song to the show

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