The Flower Fairies were done as gifts. Using the fabulous art of author and illustrator Cicely Mary Barker, I inserted the heads of some special young people.

This is my niece Caylen as the Queen of the Meadow Fairy.

Queen of the Meadow
where small streams are flowing,
What is your kingdom
and whom do you rule?

"Mine are the places
where wet grass is growing,
Mine are the people
of marshland and pool..."

--Cicely Mary Barker, from A Flower Fairy Alphabet

This is my niece Breehan as the Wayfaring Tree Fairy.

My shoots are tipped with buds as dusty-grey
As ancient pilgrims toiling on their way.

Like Thursday's child with far to go, I stand,
All ready for the road to Fairyland;

With hood, and bag, and shoes, my name to suit,
And in my hand my gorgeous-tinted fruit.

--Cicely Mary Barker, from Flower Fairies of the Autumn

My friend's daughter Chelsea as the Hazelnut Fairy.

Slowly, slowly, growing
While I watched them well,
See, my nuts have ripened;
Now I've news to tell.
I will tell the Squirrel,
"Here's a store for you;
But, kind Sir, remember
The Nuthatch likes them too."

--Cicely Mary Barker, from Flower Fairies of the Autumn

Friend Skye as the Zinnia Fairy

Z for Zinnias, pink or red;
See them in the flower-bed,
Copper, orange, all aglow,
Making such a stately show.

I, their fairy, say Good-bye,
For the last of all am I.
Now the Alphabet is said
All the way from A to Zed.

--Cicely Mary Barker, from A Flower Fairy Alphabet

Little John as the Winter Jasmine Fairy

The swallows have flown beyond the sea,
But friendly Robin, he stays with me;
And little Tom-Tit, so busy and small,
Hops where the jasmine is thick on the wall;
And we say: "Good cheer!
We're here! We're here!"

--Cicely Mary Barker, from Flower Fairies of the Winter

My son Doran as the Dogwood Fairy

...when the Autumn sun
Colours the trees,
Should you come seeking me,
Know me by these:
Bronze leaves and crimson leaves,
Soon to be shed;
Dark little berries,
On stalks turning red.

--Cicely Mary Barker, from Flower Fairies of the Autumn

My daughter Aubeni as the Beechnut Fairy

Lovely in the leafless time,
Lovelier in green;
Loveliest with golden leaves
And the sky between,

When the nuts are falling fast,
Thrown by little me—
Tiny things to patter down
From a forest tree!

--Cicely Mary Barker, from Flower Fairies of the Autumn