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All the houses are carved out of cottonwood bark, the thicker the bark the more detail I can put into a carving. The tree itself has to be dead for a few years before the bark can be pulled off, It is then pressure washed, dried and the lose bark removed. And now the lay out and carving process begins!

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The Lesidhe - Guardian of the Forests Forest Dwellers without Fairy Stamp by MistRaven
Every country on earth has wee folk in Slavic lands they are know as Leshes in Russia as Zubotchniks, in Ireland they are the Sidhe (pronounced as Shee) but no matter what their name this distinct race inhabits the world of Middle Earth. Folklore for centuries has recorded their encounters with humans. It is believed that they are fallen angels who were not good enough to be saved, nor bad enough to be lost! Their glamour – a form of the Gaelic word for fairy power is great. They are able to move quickly, change shape, be a breeze that rises on a calm day, a scent of flowers where no flowers grow.

Each element of our earth is directly under the influence of a band of wee folk. The Lesidhe (pronounced Lay-Shee), govern the forests. They are most active at dawn and dusk. Though no Lesidhe has ever harmed a mortal, their pranks are nasty and usually involving trying to lose people in the deep woods! They like to mimic mockingbirds to confuse hikers and travelers and have learned to even make human sounds. Lesidhe inhabit the trees using their magic and rituals to repair the damage done by humans to the environment!

As the keepers of the forest, the Lesidhe are always disguised in the foliage. Unless a Lesidhe gets up and walks about it is hard to distinguish them from the trees they protect. Caution is advised when attempting to approach a Lesidhe. Contacting them is not a wise practice - as they hate to be distracted from their duty to aid the planet and the environment. Proceed with great care as you enter the forest and wait until you sense their movement in the trees. If you see foliage that seems to be moving when all around it is still - you are probably seeing a Lesidhe. Don't speak his name, but be courteous, bid him good day and move on.

Throughout the centuries the Sidhe have always celebrated three great festivals May Eve, Midsummer Eve and November Eve. On these days the wee folk party day and night as no mere mortal can - feasting, fighting and making love. They love to dance and make the most beautiful music - a woman who lived among them for seven years returned to her family and she had no toes- she said she had danced them off! In the months following each festival many more fairies are born so the wee folk must move on to larger homes. Being most generous the Lesidhe happily abandon their forest castles to whoever finds them.

Only after many difficult and often dangerous days walking among the deepest forest have we been so fortunate to find some of the Lesidhe castles. While we can't predict how they will behave, as all wee folk are staunchly independent, if you share your home with them, are kind and respectful, we find the Lesidhe to be welcomed house guests.

No matter how long abandoned, these homes still hold much glamour, so listen for the music and dance with them whenever you have the chance, the Lesidhe love to party!

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Forest Dwellers Stamp by MistRaven If you want to add this stamp to your collection, feel free just let me know because I don't know how to get them off! Thanks Forest Dwellers without Fairy Stamp by MistRaven


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I am so sorry to tell you my husband, John passed away in his sleep on December 21st.

John loved to talk to you all and share his love for art.
To all of you - thank you for being his friend.
Carolyn and family


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I will soon be giving these points to friends on DA - thank you all so much for donating.

First off, THANK YOU for your visit! All points donated will be given away to artists who are in need, so please hand over some points or I will send the wee folk to kidnap your animals and first born!.... OK, I am sorry, they won't take your first born or your second or even your third, and forget about the animals, how about giving up some points if you like my art, how does that sound? PLEASE!!!!!!! And besides, I got little wee's to put through school, and one in Day Care, I am under a wee bit of stress, but if any of you lady's would donate some points I will send the wee folk over to give you a small kiss on your cheek while you are catching zzzzzzzzz! so hows that? PLEASE HELP!

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marti-c 5 days ago   General Artist
I just saw John's work for the first time and I must say I was amazed, I always loved miniature houses and his are beautiful. It saddens me that he's gone but I see many people here who were very fond of him and I can tell he was a beautiful human being. I wish his family the best.
WolfLinkByDarkEco Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no...

This guy, when I first talked with him on here, was so lovely and kind to me. <3 his beliefs were beautiful and my heart hurts to suddenly find out he passed away.

My condolences to you all <3 <3
MeFlyingFree Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I could use some wisdom right about now, m'dear. :(
snazzie-designz Mar 24, 2014   General Artist
:iconbrandojones:  This is an absolutely beautiful woodburning in John's memory that the wonderful pyrographer brandojones volunteered to do free of charge as a a gift to Carolyn and John's family.

Please check out this lovely tribute to our dearest friend.
In Memory of John - Woodburning by brandojones

You outdid yourself on this one Brando :hug:
BleedingAngel18 Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss you so much John. Thanks for all the advice and the friendship.
Rest in peace my dear friend.
Mun-Hee Mar 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing such great art and love John!
I didn't get to know you but I can tell I missed out on a great guy!
Rest in peace Friend!
MeFlyingFree Mar 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Missing you much, my friend :iconkissmote:
snazzie-designz Mar 17, 2014   General Artist
St. Patrick's Day isn't the same without you, but I bet you're causing all sorts of mischief with the Wee folk and leprechauns today :shamrock:    
Gislaadt Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Reposez en Paix John.
Sasa-Van-Goth Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
RIP John, you will be missed but never forgotten Really Sad 
Hope the wee folks are taking care of you :heart:
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