Thursday, 20 June 2013

For Kiki The Bluebell Fairy

























My hundred thousand bells of blue,
The splendour of the spring,
They carpet all the woods anew
With royalty of sapphire hue;
The Primrose is the Queen ’tis true
But surely I am King.
Ah yes,
The peerless woodland King.
 
The Song Of The Bluebell Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker, via 1
 (Barker's illustration is that of Granny Kiki as a young girl) 


 
 
 














 
 
 

 
 
 



 
The Outfit:
 
Kiki's Vintage 1930s Pale Gold Tapestry Silk Satin Wedding Dress: made by late granny Kiki for her own wedding day!
Inspired by her love of Medieval gowns.
 
 
 
The Soundtrack
 
Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony
 
 
Photographs taken by me, self portraits using the timer on my little digital camera, often by propping the camera between tree branches as I don't have a tripod. 
Strange over exposed light effects created by my camera, for no apparent reason. I like them!
 
 
I'm delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
 
Also linking up with Jane 's great new Shiny T Tuesday link up, where the theme is When Patterns Speak, click on the link http://textgeorge.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/shiny-t-tuesday-when-pattern-seduces.html to see her outfit and others.
 

45 comments:

  1. this was a wedding dress? how lovely...lovely, lovely.

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  2. ohh your photos are always so heavenly! I love the milieu in the background, all the flowers and trees, they are perfect with your amazing gown! You are definitely like the prettiest fairy!

    Yours sincerely,
    Sara from Ladylike Delicacy

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  3. You're looking so lovely amongst the bluebells. And the dresses pattern is great and fairytale-like with those deers and plants on it. Love the idea of that medieval wedding dress by your grandma. She must have been a very clever girls. BTW the sun-drenched setting in the photos is heavenly.

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  4. The no-apparent-reason photo is wonderful - spooky in the sense that it's just right. Gorgeous, gorgeous dress, so happy you are giving life to it again in this heaven of bluebells. Your Granny Kiki was clearly a great lady.

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  5. Oh bluebell woods are just the best, aren't they? Seeing a carpet of that glorious blue makes even an old cynic like me feel a smidge of romance! And you are looking perfectly romantic and beautiful in Kiki's wedding dress, what amazing fabric. I like the over-exposed pics too! xxxx

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  6. Oh just beautiful. Bluebell meadows are one of my favourite things ever. That dress is stunning xxx

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  7. The forest, flowers and your dress hues are dreamlike.
    What a joy to own and to be able to fit into your granny's Kiki beautiful wedding dress while listening to Beethoven Pastoral Symphony!!!!

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  8. Oh my are you really truely in a blue bell wood? This is one of my dreams to stroll in a blue bell woods. So magical! I immediately think of fairies when I think of blue bells...and my mother too as these are her favorite flower:)
    Just lovely!

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  9. My goodness, you could fill a museum with Kiki's treasures!!! Each post, you just pull out more and more exquisite pieces. What a unique and truly splendid wedding gown; I love the tapestry-like print! Those woods filled with bluebells are equally stunning <3

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  10. As always, such beautiful photos! And the dress is amazing though I would not guess it was a wedding dress of your Granny.

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  11. That dress is stunning, wow! Two of my late mother's favourite things, the flowers and the flower fairies.

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  12. Such spritely, magnificent beauty and wonderment flows through these enchanting images. You seem the very incarnation of summer's jubilant, gorgeous return.

    ♥ Jessica

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  13. I'm so thrilled to learn that Granny Kiki was the Flower Fairy model, I grew up with my Mum reading her childhood copies to me! That dress is exquisite, I know that like Curtise and I that you aren't a wedding person either but that is one stunningly beautiful gown (modelled to perfection). xxxx

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  14. You are like a true vision in the wild.
    I love the shape of the dress, the print and fabric. You wearing it just enhances it.
    I love each and every pic, my deares Emalina.
    I would like nothing better than sharing post with you.
    I cannot find your email anywhere.
    Could you send it to me, please?
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  15. Oh wow Emalina, Kiki's wedding dress could have been made for you! What an amazing woman she was to kick the "white wedding" theme well and truly out of the way in favour of her own beautiful design. The fabric is completely incredible, so much lovely texture, it's completely glorious! Whenever I see you wading through those beautiful bluebells I have to pinch myself as it seems just a few weeks ago you were frolicking in snow drifts. Have a glorious weekend my lovely xoxoxoxo

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  16. Wherever you are looks like a fairy land... I think bluebells always look like something out of a fantasy. Such a beautiful dress, amazing work for her own wedding dress! You are lucky.

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  17. Dreamy, evocative, and lush. Your expression is sweet and knowing, and learning that you're wearing Kiki's wedding dress was so very poignant. As always, a beautiful tribute.

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  18. I love the overexposed effect! It looks intentional and lends a sort of ethereal quality to your post! ANd aren't th bluebells late this year!? I am used to seeing them in Apri land May up here in Scotland, and here we are more than halfway through June!

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  19. The blogosphere's fairy tale Lady!

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  20. wooooow astonishing beautiful! this is the perfect wedding dress for a medieval fairy! you look out of world, so beautiful! i think those light effects came because you can´t take a simple photography of a fairy, no she turns everything into gold;)
    hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    love and kiss,mary

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  21. how wonderful to read this is a wedding dress! I was thinking "this dress has magic", and indeed it does. You look beautiful, and thanks for sharing the joy with Vis Monday xoxo

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  22. Beautiful dress. All these pictures are lovely.

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  23. My dear I do believe this is one of my favorites yet! you look absolutely enchanting... and then to find out the history of this perfect dress! I so love visiting your magical world!!

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  24. I adore your grandmother's wedding gown!

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  25. Wow - your grandmother's wedding dress is beautiful! Love these pretty forest photos.

    Sarah xxx

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  26. Such a pretty dress. I love the stags! They seem so suited to medieval times. You do have some fairies helping with your photographs; so magical!

    Sue xo

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  27. The wedding dress is amazing, your granny was so talented and it suits you like a dream. I can't believe she made all those wonderful dresses you're wearing in your posts!!!

    Thanks for your comment my dear, i know primark is unethical :( but guess so are all other cheap brands too...Our renovation costs are bursting and at least it's cheaper than 2nd hand shopping :( i normally support "buy 2nd hand 1st" but here the prices are higher than new stuff.

    Have a fabby time! xx Tani

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  28. reminded me of the famous art paintings of the mid. century, so beautiful pics ! I'll be happy if you have a look into my blog too=)

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  29. Dear Emalina, you, my dear, look like a beautiful garden faerie in that MAGNIFICENT gown! Your Granny was quite the seamstress!! It is beautiful indeed!! And I know I have already said this (when I first read about your Granny posing for that illustration), but I love Barker's illustrations.

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  30. The gown's fabric is so incredibly gorgeous...and your venue of bluebells couldn't have been more apropos! Loved your beautiful story and picture journal today!

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  31. Aaaaah, a little trip down an alley of beautiful bluebells. You look a princess in your grandmother's gown and flower crown!

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  32. Heloooo fairy princess Flora!! I mean Emalina ;)

    Always up to such beautiful goodness, you are!

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  33. What a breathtakingly beautiful post! Simply magical! Are there still bluebells where you are? I always feel they are around for too short a time, they are such a gorgeous flower. I'm enchanted by this little mix of poetry and personal history. Your grandmother's wedding gown and floral head dress and the illustration of her, and you looking so ethereal and fairy like.

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  34. Your grandmother's wedding gown is a piece of art and you wear it beautifully. It fits you like a glove and I love how your hair frames your face. The goddess of the bluebells! How extraordinary that your camera surprised you with the striking over exposed light effects. Gorgeous!

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  35. Oh I was so hoping you would do a Blue Bell post after discoveirng your Kiki was the fairy! You look so beautiful (as always) and I have to tell you that I am just a little in love with your dress, the Deer fabric... oh my goodnes! You lucky thing. xxx

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  36. Really a magical post, that dress is so wonderful and you look like a doll!

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  37. Lovely to have your own grandmother's wedding dress, made with her own hands. Imagine that! You look lovely in it ... pretty post all around.

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  38. oh wow you look divine and thank you so much for linking! xxxx

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  39. Love love your dresses and magical forest.

    Cielo

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  40. What a perfect setting for your granny Kiki's wedding dress! She must be so happy to see you as the fairy queen in a bluebell wood. (I wish we had bluebells here. It's always been a part of my poetic vocabulary as a child!) I am awed that was your grandmother's likeness in Barker's illustration. Have you kept originals that might have been given to your granny? You must have one of the most interesting attics to dig through. I think it's so lovely that you bring your grandmother's creations back to life, infusing your own character into them. - J xxx

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  41. I still have all my Cicely Mary Barker flower fairy books - I used to scrutinise them intensely when I was little - and the Bluebell fairy was a particular favourite!
    There's something really moving and beautiful about seeing you wearing your granny Kiki's wedding dress. Do you have photos of her wedding day too? I constantly marvel at the delights your house contains in the contents of your amazing grandmother's wardrobe. And what a wonderful way of continuing to celebrate and honour her.

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  42. I recently went to a Pre Raphaelite art exhibit and you and these photos look like a real, live version of the beautiful paintings I saw! With your hair and that dress you look like a Pre Raphaelite goddess :)

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  43. Such beautiful photos- like images from a fairy tale book.

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