Bush Fairy Christmas

Concept & Photography – Kim Selby : : Styling – Megan Spielvogel


A few months ago, a good friend of mine, Kim (from Kim Selby Photography) and I were enjoying a morning coffee and our conversation turned to an idea she had for a photoshoot. I recall the words she used were flowers, fairies, magical, fairy dust, very natural colours and beautiful delicate fairy wings. The concept just grew from there.

Our vision was Christmas flower fairies walking through the bush to a tea party, two little girls and an older girl, dressed as beautiful, bushland fairies – full tutus, fairy wings, halos of flowers. They arrive to find an old weathered table, adorned with a native flower garland. The table is laden with beautiful cakes and goodies as well as vintage items - rusty billycans, silver teapots, fairy dust, Christmas presents wrapped in brown paper.

We live in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, Victoria. It is a gorgeous little pocket of the world; dominated by Mount Macedon and Hanging Rock with a mix of farms, quaint country towns and hamlets, pine forests and

national and state parks. It is also full of amazingly talented people, so we decided to collaborate with a few local businesses to bring the vision to life.


Kylie from Kylie’s Collections handmade the beautiful tutus and tops for our fairies. I had already started making the fairy wings so selecting the colours should have been fairly easy, however Kylie can make her tutus in 30 different colours so it was a little more challenging than we first thought. We took some time to decide on the silver grey and peachy beige that we ended up with but we couldn’t have been happier with how the fairies looked when it all came together.

Sharyn from Blackbird Cakes provided us with the most incredible cakes for the table. The stars of the banquet tea were definitely the Christmas Tree cupcakes. Everyone at the photo shoot were asking Sharyn how she had made them (it turns out to be much easier than you think - check out the tutorial here).


I had met Marnie from epochco at a local business networking night and had completely fallen in love with

her vintage and industrial wares. I knew that she would have a number of items that we could use as props.

Rusty billycans, old saucepans, books, beautiful little glass bottles to hold our fairy dust, the beautiful red and cane basket to hold the Christmas presents and even a very weather beaten ammunition crate.

Arnie from Flowers In A Vase provided us with a stunning garland of native flowers and David Austin ‘Evelyn’

Roses to use along the table. The Flowering Gum, Flannel Flower, Blushing Bride, ‘Pearl’ Wax flower, Grevillia and King Proteas combined to make a stunning palate of colours that reflected the feel of the shoot.

She also made the beautiful flower halos for our fairies.


A special thank you must go to our fairies – Emily, Grace and Nicola. They were true little fairies and really

embodied what we were trying to achieve. (Rumour has it they didn’t take off their outfits for days after the

shoot)


Kim and I were very lucky to have found such a wonderful group of talented people.


A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!

Tho’ not like the fairies you usually see,

For she wears not a gauzy gossamer gown

but gumnut blossoms drifting down.

And there on top of her pine tree tower

she waves a wand of flannel flower.

Flittering and fluttering her eucalyptus wings

‘Neath a halo of golden wattle rings.

What other fairy would be so blessed

Or be, by nature, flora dressed?

What other fairy would look so sweet

With bottle brushes on her feet?

At Christmas she comes come-what-may

Tho’ not to those lands far away,

For only in Australia will you ever see

A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!


Author - unknown.

contributors:

PHOTOGRAPHY – Kim Selby www.kimselbyphotography.com.au

STYLING AND FAIRY WINGS - Megan Spielvogel www.macedonevents.com.au

FLOWERS – Arnie Way www.flowersinavase.com.au

TUTUS – Kylie www.madeit.com.au/KyliesCollections

CAKES – Sharon Frantz www.blackbirdcakes.com.au/cakes/

PROPS – Marnie Hawson www.etsy.com/shop/epochco and stylists own

And of course, our three flowers fairies – Nicola, Grace and Emily


This article originally featured in issue 9 of tickle the imagination

tickle the imagination aims to inspire creativity, showcasing talented designers & makers, discovering emerging talent and sharing real-life stories and diy projects. Be inspired by gorgeous images, take a peek into the lives of designers and makers and discover ways to include creativity & handmade into your everyday living. 

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