Pixies, Fairies, Elves .. Oh My.
The fairy figurine first made it into the homes of little girls everywhere following the release of Walt Disney’s Peter Pan.
Tinkerbelle was sweet, light, beautiful, a little jealous, and in love with Peter Pan. Before that, fairies were a part of lore and legend and were depicted largely through paintings and illustrations.
The typical fairy looks much like the Disney version. They are small, brightly clothed, and have long flowing hair which they often wear up around their pointed ears.
Placements for Figurines
Figurines and porcelain fairy dolls are collected by girls of all ages. They sit on the mantles of our homes and live as statues in our gardens, watching over the flowers and us as we tinker in our yard and garden.
Miniature fairy figurines live on the dashboards of our cars as little protectors and can be found hanging from our baby’s crib to watch over them while they are sleeping.
In a nutshell, humans of all ages are collectors. But did you know that not all fairies are small or cute? The Sidhe of Ireland is known for its tiny fairies, but they also have some as large as humans! The banshee is from the fairy family, and I doubt anyone wants one sitting on the dashboard their car!
And so alas, it is only the pretty little fairies that are the most popular collectibles. The closest we get to the more unpopular fairies are garden gnomes. Now a gnome who would be very insulted to have anyone refer to them as fairies even though they may share some similar habitats.
The smallest of the various clans are the friendly-looking fairies known as the pixies. Now don’t be fooled by their smiles and delicate wings. This is the fairy who is the most likely to come alive at night and throw your mending around the house while tipping over your garbage (and you thought it was the dog; the pixie was probably riding on your pet’s back and made the poor dog do it).
Elves typically do not have wings but are capable of climbing and make great additions to rock gardens. They like to sit at the edge of fish ponds and are avid fishermen who always practice catch and release.
If you have a water fountain feature in your yard or at the front entrance of your home ceramic elves nearby will ensure that your family always has enough to eat.