There once was a fairy called Mary…

There once was a fairy called Mary…

Hi there.
Thanks for dropping in.
Where did the day go?
One minute I was engrossed in prep for the TV on Sunday,
the next it was pitch black outside.
So before I call it a day,
here’s a little card I made to showcase 
some new and rather special little stamps 
which are coming up on the Sunday Show:
Our new 
Wee Folk Fairies, Elves & Whimsy.
When the first Wee Folk landed, 
there was much excitement,
and thousands of them went to happy homes all over the country.
Then our friends and fairies in Never never land 
said they would like to play too, get arty, help.
So on Sunday, they are joining me on the telly bright and early for their first airing. 
I managed to talk a few of them into popping on here tonight, 
to say hi.
They’re quite shy, 
so don’t make any sudden movements…
Let’s take a look at the background…
The circles were made with the moon masks,
stencils brushes and various ink pads:
Spun Sugar
Tattered Rose
Tumbled Glass
Stream
Shabby Shutter

Just move the moons around the Gelli Card, 
brushing colour through the holes,

 until the card is full of colourful circles.
Cut a panel.
The Rooftops mask reminds me so much of Peter Pan!
So let’s get it out…
Colourful bunting. 
Wild Plum Adirondack certainly packs a punch!

Two rows if you please.
Rooftops required. 
Black Soot Distress or Pitch Black Adirondack 
with a make-up sponge.

Outline the bunting with a fineline Micron Pen.

Add a little fairy dust with a clear Sakura Gel Pen

London smog round the edges, 
and now the scene is set for our new visitors.

Here’s one!
She is so pretty!
Aha! And here are the boys!
We decided to invited the boys to the party, too.
Well actually, the girls insisted.
Said they were fed up dancing round their handbags.
Amazing little sets – 
you’ll see the tiny bluebells and toadstools on Sunday too.
Amazing here is from Word Chain No. 9
Time to lighten up!
Add a light layer of Moonlight white Brilliance to the whole piece, by lightly tapping the ink pad all over the card.
Go easy though ; don’t want to startle the wee fairies…
Yes, they look like they’re having fun now!

It’s a busy piece,
but they say your artwork reflects your mood, don’t they!
Oh no!
I can feel a limerick coming on…
There once was a fairy called Mary,
whose legs were frightfully hairy!
lalalalala
lalalalala
lalalalalalalalala
over to you !
Let’s have some fun.
Finish the limerick below
and then tomorrow we will pick a winner
and send that poet a £20 gift voucher.
hahaha – I can’t wait to read these…
much love,

113 thoughts on “There once was a fairy called Mary…

  1. Hi Barb,
    Fantastic artwork, such pretty colours and wonderful new little fairies.
    I can't believe that you're on C&C on Sunday – it can't be nearly March already.
    Now for the limerick :-
    She shaved them quite often,
    And hoped they would soften,
    Then she'd be happy and quivery, not scary.

  2. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    Hairy but light
    Didn't slow down her flight
    Just earned her the nickname Scary!!

    Nothing wrong with a bit of leg hair !!
    Looking forward to the shows Barbara
    XxxRuth

  3. There once was a fairy called Mary,
    whose legs were frightfully hairy!

    She dropped leg wax in her melt pot
    But it sizzled over and was red pepper hot

    Her little face went moonlight white and was now a very Wary Fairy

  4. There once was a fairy called Mary,
    whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    She had to stay inside,
    her legs in order to hide,
    She loved to paint and craft,
    but ended up becoming quite daft!

    ROFL!! How fun! Love your new stamps! You did a great job showcasing them.

  5. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    Try as she might
    There wasn't a shaver in sight
    It's ok, the elves liked her legs all hairy!

    These look gorgeous stamps can't wait to see them all on the show x

  6. Hi Barbara,

    beautiful new stamps and card.
    Happy to see you on C&C on sunday and here is my try:

    There once was a fairy called Mary,
    whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    An elf walks with her in the snow
    unfriendly saying: you´ve legs like a doe
    not as slim but as hairy and that´s scary!

    hope you like it
    Rolf xxx

  7. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She gave them a shave
    So she could go to a rave
    For she wasn't your average fairy.

    Just my simple offering I hope it raises a smile.

    Jan

  8. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    She went to the pool
    and looked quite the fool
    cos the children all thought she was scary!

    that's my best effort at this time of night!
    Maggie 🙂

  9. Ooooooooooo..……………. calm down!……..breath…………. LOVE fairy stamps so these are going to my house as soon as they are available! Anyway on to my try at the Limerick
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She lived in the dell
    Which was really quite well
    Cos her face was just as scary!

  10. These are fab, so cute, and I thought up a rhyme inspired by your artwork

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She had so much fun
    Flying over London
    Who cares if her legs were thought scary

  11. There was going to be good looks like fairies want to come to mine they look wonderful . There was a fairy could Mary. Who's legs were frightfully hairy She was rather contrary. But thought if I shave I'll be less hairy …..

  12. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were frightfully hairy
    Oh what shall I do
    But Just make do
    As don't want to miss the crafting party
    (First time with a limerick carnt you tell )

  13. Hi, this is my first comment but have been following a while. Love your work and these cutie little fairies.
    Here's my attempt at the limerick…

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    When she thought it was fashion
    She lifted her skirt to flash 'em
    And not a care in the land did she have

    Take care, Nellie

  14. Hi Barbara oh what lovely fairies and artwork too. I love how you have used the moon mask for the background. I've just finished reading my daughters extended project paper – 21 pages on bio printing (proof reading time!) so I'm a bit mind blown at the moment but here goes!
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were incredibly hairy
    She fell to her knees
    Crying 'wax please'
    As shaving would be just to scary!

    Well, I tried! Have a good chuckle.
    Love Diane xxx

  15. Love the fairies! and great tutorial, thank you. Now for some poetry………………….
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    Home to several nests
    and armies of pests.
    A true scary Mary the fairy!

  16. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    So shaving them she tried
    Then went for a ride
    And came back ever so wary!

    Just love these stamps Barbara!! Could you tell?

  17. What lovely fairies stolen from the bottom of my garden! I will have to buy them back!
    Sorry too late and too tired to think of a limerick I have been battling finished my end of year PMR, (work that rubbish out!) but enjoyed the comments. If I lived near Kent I would work my b…………….. off for you and not worry about PMR's . Apologies for the unPC words.
    Looking forward to Sunday – peace and tranquility
    Best wishes
    Anne (Reading)

  18. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    When she flew through the air,
    The wind fluffed her hair
    And she looked more like a monkey than a fairy.

    Can't wait to see these stamps on Sunday

  19. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were freightfully hairy
    She put up her feet
    Said no thank you to Veet
    Because frankly she just did not carey!

    Love the cicrcle background technique, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  20. Great card, very atmospheric.

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully scary!
    With her silver bells
    And then cockleshells
    on each toe, in a row -how contrary.
    x

  21. Looking forward to seeing more of these stamps – oh no more must haves!! Who doesn't love a fairy?

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She thought I must shave
    Before joining the rave
    And went out all light and aerie.

    Hugs xx

  22. There once was a fairy called Mary
    whose legs were frightfully hairy
    she got in a right lather
    when she went to the barber
    and her legs are now even more scary!

    Great card can't wait to see all the fairies. Jacqui

  23. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    They made so much static,
    Made flying erratic
    Not a good thing for the unwary fairy.

    Looking forward to the show on Sunday. Thank you, Jan

  24. Hello Barb – love the fairies so roll on Sunday. Here goes …
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    She gave them a perm
    Which made the elves squirm
    As now Hairy Mary was scary!

  25. Love these new stamps!
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She tried to use an e-pil-a-tor
    So the boys wouldn't all hate her
    And instead would ask to date her!

    1. Oh! Melanie, that took me back a bit. What a big grin you brought to my face. Hairy Maclary, Bottomly Potts, Muffin McLay and the gang. One of my daughters favourite books….she was 29 this month!! Anyway, back to the present and I've forgotton what I was going to write for Barbara! To late now….must turn off the light and try to remember who was the one with a very low tum!!!

    2. Yes Donna …. and a great one about chaos at the vets. What a fun set of stamps they would make!!…. (Barbara?!!!)
      I'm off for a rummage in the attic to see what I can find. Melanie you have taken me back 25 years! And I still can't remember my rhyme for Barbara…..sometthing about going home for the shaving foam….never mind, what fun images in my mind from reading everyone else's replies.

    3. Donna and Chum, I've never heard of those books but they sound fun. What were they called? I'm from the US and maybe they are from the UK but would like to look them up. I just love childrens books.

    4. Hello! Ronny. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy was the first I think. Slinky Malinky was a gem as was Hairy Maclary's Rumpus At The Vet. I found out today that there are several I missed, written after my daughter outgrew them….maybe now I'll remind her and she will grow back into them! The author is Lynley Dodd from New Zealand.

  26. Looking forward to meeting these new wee folk !

    there was once a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She got fed up with waxing
    Cos she found it too taxing
    So now she just doesn't carey

  27. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    But she didn't cry
    She just narrowed her eyes
    And wore plaits at her ankles. So there! 🙂

    p.s. fab stamps. Look forward to seeing more on Sunday.

  28. There once was a fairy called Mary.
    Whose legs where incredibly hairy.
    An elf called Vic said he'd lend her a BIC
    But the hairs on her legs were too thick for the BIC and poor Mary couldn't feel any lower.
    The BIC broke and Vic was quite choked, he said what you really need is a mower!"
    By now, she'd had enough of Vic and his BIC! In fact, she thought him a bit of a "d…k!
    After all, what any girl wants is some warm wax and a stick! Ta Dah! Love the stamps. Xxxxx

  29. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were frightfully hairy
    She flew through the sky
    With her skirts held high and
    Frightened all the cows in the dairy !

    What do you expect for just after midnight! Lovely card -and looking forward to Subday! Xx

  30. Whoa more great stamps. There really is something about the sillouette stamps that I really love. Especially these wee folk and fairies. As for the limerick, here goes

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She stayed up late at night
    Got into a fight
    And now she's a fairy who's lairy.

  31. There once was a fairy called Mary,
    whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    You have to congratulate her,
    For she looked like a tarantula,
    Poor Mary is now quite contrary!

    Loving the wee fairies and elves, and looking forward to the show. Xx

  32. Oh dear Barbara, I just love fairies. This will probably break the bank. I already have loads. How will I resist? Lovely card, really like the circles & how you've built up from them to a fairy tale scene. Truly. AMAZING!! xx

    Here's my attempt at your limerick.

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She discovered her fairy dust
    Now the pixies all lust
    After the incredibly smooth leggedl Mary.

  33. Love this piece of art work yes very busy but so are you.
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy.
    How dare she think she could get away.
    Till one day she came across the dairy.
    Where the cows bathed her in milk.
    And then all the hairs were like silk.
    And she flew away all scary.

    I love these new stamps look forward to Sunday xx

  34. Wow I love love love these new stamps!!!!!
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    In her dismay
    She flew to Barbara Gray
    She said "what can you do"?
    BG said " my Wee Folk can help you"
    "They will bring you luck"
    The Wee Folk began a magical pluck
    Now Mary is no longer a hairy fairy! YAY 🙂

    I can't wait until Sunday, I will be watching as usual with my partners PayPal account password 🙂
    I'm also looking forward to trying the project above with the pebble stencil I received as my club stencil this month…… I absolutely adore everything Clarity x

  35. I am very late commenting tonight. I love the wee folk and I will love the wee fairies just as much.
    I am not a poet but here goes!
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She dyed them pea green
    And danced like a queen
    A sight that is seen very rarely.
    X Chris

  36. Love the card Barbara and everything Clarity, looking forward to your show on Sunday as always.
    Here goes my poem.

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    A disguise she tried
    "This doesn't work" she cried
    "Cos my beard is just as scary"

    Best wishes Karen

  37. Hi Barbara, you're sooo funny, and what a bright, fun, lovely piece of artwork this is. As you know – me no good at anything poem /limerick, couldn't even make an attempt if my life depended on it!!! But I have enjoyed reading everyone's attempts. Guess what, I've just realised I don't own any fairy stamps, better put that one to rights, eh!!! But I do have real fairy friends, will that do? I've got garden fairies, that from time to time give me a new bulb or new bit of plant that I've never ever seen come up before, stuff that doesn't grow anywhere else in my garden, just suddenly some random new thing that I've then got to look up to work out what it is! ;-). And a couple of years ago I had a gate fairy too! Folk, especially the postie leave my front gate wide open a lot, which obviously I can't go out to close and I don't have anyone come that often so it would just have to get left until a worker did come. But then it started being shut again when no one had been to my door, it must be a gate fairy. One day I was looking out the window and a mum and wee toddler are walking past, the mum carrying on up the hill while her wee boy is quietly and thoughtfully closing all the gates as he went past :-). My window was open and I wanted to shout thank you to him but didn't want to startle him so just had to watch in silence with a smile on my face and a warm feeling inside. I wish I'd known which cottage he lived in as I wanted to put a wee present through his letterbox to thank my wee gate fairy, but I had no way of finding out, unfortunately. No matter how bad things get, if you look, you can always find something to make you see that there's still some good in humanity, in the world out there 🙂

    Love Brenda xx

    1. Hi Brenda. What a lovely kind gate fairy you have, what a cute little lad : ) We can forget that we usually only get to hear and see about the bad people in this world but there are far and away many many more good kind ones out there, if only we take the time to look : ) Take care, Mrs B

  38. I adore fairies, even the hairy ones, I'm looking forward to Sunday to what gems you come up with, here is my effort to your ditty

    there once was a fairy called Mary
    who's legs were frightfully hairy
    she had hairs on her toes
    and up her nose
    an incredibly hairy fairy

  39. Love these little people I know what's going on my birthday wish list!
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    who's legs were frightfully hairy
    along came our Dave
    and gave her a shave
    So now she's the prettiest fairy!

  40. Hello Barb, what great stamps, I still have the original wee folk on my wish list, and have just added these. Love the colourful card, perfect to brighten a dull day. Reading some of the limericks is just making me laugh so much. Here is my attempt.
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were frightfully hairy
    So she got out the strimmer
    And in just a glimmer
    Her legs were once more light and airy.
    Have a great day everyone and thanks for the laugh. Bx

  41. Hi Barbara. Love the new Wee Folk Fairies, Elves & Whimsy stamps, and the card too.
    I started smiling as soon as I read the title on your blog as I knew we were going to be in for a giggle, thanks Barbara : )
    There are some seriously clever people on here, the limericks are brilliant. My feeble attempt is

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were frightfully hairy
    the longer it grew, right over her shoes
    getting down the stairs was quite scary.

    Thanks for a great post. Take care.

  42. Hi Barb,
    The new Wee Folk are really cute! The card you've created is just lovely. I'll have an attempt at the Limerick, although I'm really out of my comfort zone here!
    There once was a fairy called Mary,
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy,
    To preserve her sanity,
    Had a moment of Clarity
    On with the sticky sheets and a loud Hail Mary!

    Best I can do I'm afraid – but I tried!!
    Love Alison xx

  43. There once was a fairy called Mary,
    whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    Try to stop them she might
    They still poked through her tights
    But Mary could never be scary

    okay ~ so I won't be giving up the day job any time soon to become Poet Laureate

  44. Hi Barbara. Not the easiest of tasks but here goes!

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were terribly hairy.
    She learned to do yoga
    And lift her legs over,
    And now her hair looks airy-fairy!

    bo-boom!

    Love, Ann xx

  45. Dear Barb, Mr Grays has been on the case again –

    There once was a fairy called Mary,
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    I know what to do………
    I'll brayer them blue
    … then they won't look half as scary!
    love
    Maggie
    xx

  46. I love these little wee folks, so,fun and so,clever can't wait to get me some…. A hairy fairy named Mary, you are too funny this is delightful… Thanks and the work about was fun to read…Murray way to begin a Thursday morning!

  47. There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy.
    'Shave them!' her friends cried
    And although Mary tried
    The razors made her terribly wary.

    Love the colours you have used on the card. Looking forward to Sunday's show! Mx

  48. I love these fairies,I can't wait to see them on Sunday, they look brilliant. Well lets have a go at this poem!!

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    In a moment of clarity
    She shaved them for charity
    then Mary didn't feel so contrary….

  49. Love the card Barbara, as always. Can't wait for Sunday, Barbara in the morning and then rugby in the afternoon. What a treat! As for limerick, here goes…
    There was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She dyed them bright blue,
    Plaited and beaded them too.
    See, not nearly so scary!?
    x

  50. Barb I do hope you have a lot of stock as I can see these wee fairies being a winner!

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She sat full of woe
    With hair from knee to toe
    A flash of a wand and suddenly they were no longer hairy x

  51. Oh I just love fairies and your card is so cute. I must have those stamps. Will you be bringing them to the USA soon?

    I may be out of time , but here is my rhyme—-

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were frightfully hairy
    So she made a Spa call
    Had them remove it all
    Well wasn't that witty
    To make herself pretty
    Now she's the fairy they say
    That's on a stamp by Miz Gray
    And all fans of fairy
    Want that picture of Mary!

  52. love these stamps Barbara and what you did with them is gorgeous. As for the limerick

    She slapped the cream on
    soon the hairs were all gone
    Now she's silky and smooth-legged Mary
    x

  53. So sorry, only just got the chance to read yesterday's blog -it's all systems go here presently! Can't wait for the new 'Wee Folk' or for tuning in on Sunday!
    And now for the limerick – apologies, no time to give much thought:-

    There once was a fairy called Mary,
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy.
    She weaved and she plaited
    'Til all hairs were matted
    Now daily her hose patterns vary!

    Apologies etc……

  54. There once was a fairy called Mary,
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy,
    A quick dip in the ocean,
    Sprinkle on the magic potion,
    Now her legs are quite extraordinary!

    Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday's show x

  55. There once was a fairy called Mary,
    whose legs were frightfully hairy!
    So oft to the shops she did a go-go
    Cream? Razor? No, she wanted a NoNo!
    Once home, all Mary wanted was a Blood Mary!

  56. Must have these I love fairy s.
    there once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    She went to a knave
    And asked for a shave
    He ran off cos she was so scary
    Xxx

  57. I'm a tad late but here's my offering anyway, hope it gives you and Dave a giggle.

    There once was a Fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were frightfully hairy
    After a night on the town
    She flew home upside down
    But no-one noticed
    As her legs really were that hairy and scary

    Apologies x

  58. gorgeous work Barb – here's a silly rhyme –

    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were incredible hairy
    she tied bells at her knees
    as she flew through the trees
    Making a sound that was awfully eerie!!!!

    Hugs Rachel xx

  59. This card looks gorgeous Barbara – this would have made a good demo too. ?
    There once was a Fairy called Mary
    Whose legs were incredibly hairy
    So she pulled and she plucked
    Because her Razor was "Broken"!!!!
    And became known as Hairy Fairy Mary!! (With the red blotch legs)! Xxxx

  60. Love, love love the fairies must have them to keep my other wee folk company. This design is amazing don't know where you get all your inspiration from. Looking forward to your demos on TV this coming weekend. xx

  61. Sorry to be so late reading these, but what a talented bunch of poets you have amongst your followers! Love the little fairy stamps, and the background is really great.
    Couldn't resist a try with the limerick…
    There once was a fairy called Mary
    Who's legs were incredibly hairy
    She searched for her foam
    Which had gone for a roam
    Ah, a new technique from Clarity!!!

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