Monday, November 30, 2009

A Winter Fae and an Okra Digression

Well I managed to get her finished in time for the last day of free shipping in my shop...Whew!

And since I have you here, I thought we might discuss Okra. For those of you wondering what the heck does okra have to do with anything...I'll get to that. Since some might not even know what okra is, let me start there. Okra is widely grown and eaten here in the South. It's used to thicken stews, sauteed and frequently dipped in batter and fried. Frankly I'm not a fan, I think it's slimey and disgusting however you cook it. BUT a dear friend of mine has for years now been making the most incredibly beautiful ornaments out of dried okra ...the best use for it in my humble opinion! Each one takes an incredible amount of time to make, all that hand painting and gluing of individual beads, and they are simply stunning on a Christmas/Solstice tree. I have about 30 on mine that I've acquired over the years so I can attest that they are fantastically durable too. But probably the best thing would be to show you, so check these out.....

Aren't they amazing? I would go blind putting on those beads! She also turns tiny ones into beautiful brooches.
And the best part is that she has now opened a shop on Etsy, Fabricated By Dena, so go right now and take a peek. If you're looking for something truly unique to add to your wishlist this year, I think you may have found it... and you don't even have to eat this okra to love it!


  1. What a fairy! So wonderful!
    She is like ice or snowflake...
    I love this beautiful new doll!
    Greatings - Tinki

  2. Your Winter Fae is beautiful! Love her blue snowflake dress! Those okra ornies are fabulous! :)

  3. the winter fairie is gorgeous! and in my humble opinion, I've never seen a better use for okra...forgive me Grandma, I never liked okra! These ornies are soooo cute!

  4. Beautiful doll and fantastic okra ornaments.

  5. Hello there sweetie!!! Both your Fairie and your friends okra art are beautiful!!!I'm kinda favouring the green one, I'm one of those southerners that LOVES okra!!!

  6. I think this fairy is one of you most beautiful! I love her! Her colors are my fav!
    Thank you for sharing the okra ornaments. They are very unusual and pretty...I LOVE fried okra! LOL.. but then I am from the south so what else can you expect? ;-)

  7. I gasped as soon as I saw those Okra ornaments! They are AMAZING! You have such talented friends ;)
    And I love your fairies as always...this winter one in such an elegant beauty.
    oh and Hello! Long time no see! But I am always keeping an eye on your blog for new dolls...