When I began this project I had no actual vision in mind, instead I set off to see if I would be able to create a bigger and posable doll. And as she took shape her spirit just started to jump out at me. I kept seeing pictures on the internet of a part beast, part woman, gentle, yet strong, nurturing and oh so protective. Flidais was determined to come to life before my eyes and its going to be hard to part with her too, because I have fallen so in love with her. From her captivating eyes all the way down to the laces in her shoes, no detail was left unnoticed. I’ve combined many of my talents to create her, from needle felting, wet felting, crocheting, knitting and even the photography, my creative mind just couldn’t stop when it came to her.
Flidais stands 16 inches tall, holding her I feel like a little girl again walking around with my new doll. I even had to take her to my son’s house to show them her in person, she’s just that impressive. As I was finishing her up I kept getting visions of her reading a book with her fox friend, so I decided to create a little book and a special little briefcase for her to carry it home in.
Flidais will come her with her beautiful shaw, a fox friend, her little briefcase and book. You will have so much fun placing her in your home in all of her different poses. Of course as with all of my art, she isn’t a toy, she is a collectible, one of kind work of masterpiece. She can be handled, but not played with.
I can’t begin to tell you how many hours I have spent on creating her, she started with a wire armature, then I began to sculpt her body and head. Her hair alone took hours and her face was redone at least three times before I finally felt it was perfect. Her dress is permanently attached to her, but her shawl can be removed and her hair can be untied and restyled slightly if you would like.
Unlike my other spirit dolls she does not have a bundle of herbs in her belly, with the wire armature it just made it too hard, and I wanted to focus on her outside appearance more than her spiritual aspects. However let me just say Flidais’ spirit will bring you joy, her face just draws you in and when you pose her she seems to come to life.
I found a wonderful article about the Goddess Flidais here, and I truly feel what is written is captured in this doll.
This sweet girl is very much a wild child. She plays among the wild flowers, looks for fairy’s under the mushroom caps, talks to the squirrels and rabbits, listens to the trees and kisses a frog! She is a free spirited enthusiastic little girl that jumps in the mud and dances in the ran. You will often see her skipping home excited to tell you all about her incredible adventures. One’s I’m sure she would like to take you on too!!!!
This wild little girl is very dear to my heart, there is something so very special about her. She began with her sacred herb bundle consisting of mistletoe, mint, sage, slippery elm bark, frankincense and ginger root. Mistletoe brings forth its beautiful energy of love, hope and friendships, as you can see The Wildling can make friends with every thing, including a frog. Mint gives this doll personal strength and energy, I believe you can truly feel that in her appearance. Sage connects her to the spiritual realm, which will help her to aid you in your own connection to spirit and your intuition. Slippery elm bark not only is a protective herb it also halts gossip, she wants to teach you to be carefree and not to worry what others may think. Frankincense not only brings healing with its energy, but also dispels negativity, let this little one show you true joy, while also deflecting any negative energy around you. And last is ginger root, which brings strength to the body and mind, so that you will have the energy to embark on many adventures with your Wildling.
It was interesting how this little one came to life. I started with making a head that came out a little smaller than my normal heads and as I looked I it I got this clear vision of a wild little girl holding a frog. Now this imagine was rather intimidating because I wasn’t sure I could actually create a frog. But she guided me the entire time and I think her frog came out perfectly. I fell in love with the green merino wool that I used for her dress, not only is it absolutely beautiful, green itself brings forth the energy of nature, growth, wellbeing and hope, all the things I wanted someone to feel when looking at her. The bottom of her dress has magickal mushrooms, just like the ones she finds in the forest when she’s looking for her fairy friends and purple wild flowers. She holds a rosebud from my own garden dried last month just for her. Her gorgeous hair has beads strung into a strand of it and is tied back to keep it from getting in her face as she explores. And her frog buddy clings to her and looks upon her with complete adoration. (Fun facts frogs are incredible spirit animals because they are walkers between two worlds - water and earth.)
I hope this little one brings you as much joy as she has brought me, I’m so excited to see who will be the one to give her a forever home. It will be hard to see her go, but also so much fun to share her joy.