Friday, May 8, 2009

Do Fairy Tales Inspire You?

CreatAThought – is this month’s Featured Etsy Blogger’s blogger!  I love the quote from her etsy shop banner: “Life is too short to have boring things in your life, welcome to my shop full of color and things for you to enjoy, and make your life bright!”  Well, right away I spotted this ring and thought it was so precious.  Why?  Because I love trees. (It sold before I even got this post finished!)


Here’s where we segue into the Fairy Tale part of this post.  Every two weeks the Etsy Bloggers team puts up a blog post suggestion and for the May 8th deadline the question was: “What is your favorite fairy tale? Any parallels to real life?” Now, another thing I love are fairy tales.  As I looked at the ring, I realized that if it’s not a castle, then fairy tales are usually revolving around trees, forests… there’s usually the mystery of nature.

As far as parallels to real life – I’m thinking as I write this – maybe it’s the allure of nature that a Brooklyn girl might have growing up surrounded by concrete.  Or maybe it’s the fantasy of magic and handsome princes.  I like to think there’s magic everywhere if you look close enough.  Or don’t look…. you might just see it in the corner of your eye.

I’m not 100% sure I have a favorite fairy tale.  What I do love are to read the original translated stories instead of the watered-down animated versions.  I love modern re-tellings of fairy tales, with a twist.  Yesterday I was talking about the beans in my garden and naturally, Jack & The Beanstalk came to mind.  One of the best movies I’ve seen – and enjoyed again and again is Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story, a 2001 movie, starring Matthew Modine as Jack’s descendant.  Over 3 hours long & worth every minute.

Here’s a fairy tale that translated into art for me – It started out when I read the book Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.  I passed it onto my mother who mentioned that she’d heard of the character Baba Yaga when she was a little girl.   That same week my kids brought home a book from the library, Vasilisa the Beautiful, where the Russian girl meets… Baba Yaga.  The icing on the cake was when I came across a pattern to make a Vasilisa/Baba Yaga topsy-turvy doll.  I bought the pattern without a second thought and it took me 6 months to complete the doll – take a look at some pictures here.

Just one more book – Sheri Tepper’s Beauty.  It was a little creepy and sad, but I love how it ties together Sleeping Beauty with other fairy tales (& I won’t say anymore about it in case you’re going to read it!)

 my read shelfI really, really love reading these books, do you have any to suggest or share? Leave a comment here or visit me at! 

Another favorite from CreatAThought’s shop – I can see a princess wearing this one:

Classy Lady Ring 

Want to read all the Etsy Blogger’s response to this week’s question? Visit the blog carnival!  I have a link in the right sidebar at the bottom, or you can click here:

 Blog Carnival archive - etsybloggers


  1. They don't really inspire my artwork, but I enjoyed reading Women Who Run With The Wolves. I loved reading about fairytales from a feminist perspective.

  2. I love fairytales and they do inspire me tho! Thank you for sharing this...i love reading this post lots! Hope your having a wonderful weekend! Love to you!

  3. Yes, fairy tales, mythological stories, stories of people I know...they all are an inspiration to me when I design.

  4. Interesting post. I'm not sure I'm directly inspired by fairy tales, but I think they inspire us all indirectly.


  5. Thank you all for your comments! I'm thinking about this some more and maybe it's that some fairy tales are like our reality - with some magic thrown in. How nice it would be to imagine that bean thrown into a garden could lead to a magical place, or that we're all princesses in disguise.

  6. Thanks for the feature, and if there is anything you want you get a special etsybloggers discount!

  7. isn't it amazing how things tie together. And of course there were 3 events! What a wild looking topsy tursy doll! Fun posts and a lot of neat links!


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