Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Angel v's Fairy

I found myself in a bit of a dilemma at the weekend, a quandary brought about by a new Christmas decoration I had made for a local craft fair.  
This is the culprit.

Yes, she's cute, yes, she's sweet and yes, she's pretty, but what is she?I hadn't really thought about it until I had to make a label for her and her companions. Is she an angel or a fairy? How can you tell the difference?
I looked to the dictionary for guidance.

fairy |ˈfe(ə)rē|
noun ( pl. fairies)
1 a small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, esp. a female one.

angel |ˈānjəl|
1 a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe

Hmm... no real help there then, those definitions could equally apply. What about her purpose, as a Christmas decoration would she be more likely to be a celestial being or a seasonal sprite? I felt a straw poll coming on. Leaving her label blank for the moment I consulted those attending the event at Hightae, sure of obtaining an answer by the end of the day. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, both angels and fairies can be found at the top of a Christmas tree, no particular preference given to either.

So for the moment she is without a label, uncategorised, refusing to be pigeonholed, free to be whatever she wants to be. Who would have thought a vintage doily and some lace could produce something so liberated?


Anonymous said...

The pretty paper worked well as the backdrop , very elegant :0)

Linnhe Mara said...

Thanks, just following and experts lead : )

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