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16 December 2016

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen 


 'The Snow Queen' by Hans Christian Anderson.

Like many of the original fairy tales, it has a slightly dark side but I can't resist reading a classic tale and for those who have never read it, here is a link to the text, it's a very short story. 



If I were a good Snow Queen and could live anywhere I would choose to live in castle NEUSCHWANSTEIN in Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.  I might be biased because I'm partly Bavarian too and perhaps that's why I love fairy tales so much.


Castle Neuschwanstein was featured in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', remember when the car flew over the fairy tale castle?


Gosh he was scary!!


It's also the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.


MISS CLARA is a wonderfully creative French illustrator and uses three dimensional figures blended with superior photo editing to create delightful little scenes...

She created images for 'The Snow Queen' in a most enchanting manner.

Do take a look at her work:



Another storybook illustrator using three dimensional figures for The Snow Queen was Tadasu Izawa. I love the puppet doll's sweet smiles and expressive eyes.  He did a whole series of storybooks back in the 70s.



Here are some little Snow Princess Christmas decorations I made a few years ago. 


 I have one left and she has made friends with my other fairy dolls so is staying put on the fairy tree...


 Each little face has tiny embroidered features.



I used a slightly different body construction to the wire armature bodies used in the DOLL KITS.
These Fairy Princess bodies are much finer and simpler and are wrapped in embroidery silk to give a touch of sparkle.  I used to make all my dolls with this body construction but now much prefer the sturdier style of MADELEINE, VERITY HOPE and AUDREY dolls but it works for the fairy princesses.





HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Susannah x

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