Saturday, October 17, 2009

Salt Lake Magazine Writeup

Salt Lake Magazine came to the Fairy Festival, and they published a few photographs on their "Party People" blog. Check it out here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fairy Festival 2009

After the success of the First Fairy Festival, additional people became involved with Willa's Workshop and more children were able to make handicrafts, fairies and other preparations during the Summer of 2009.

On September 9, 2009, the Second Annual Fairy Festival was held, with an expanded Secret Garden, a real-life fairy storyteller, and more arts and crafts.




All the proceeds from the event, approximately $10,000, were raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Relief Foundation.

More 2009 photos by Molly Jones and Bus Couch here.

Origins of Willa's Workshop--2008


Inspired by the Fairy Tree, Willa's family and friends wanted to continue to celebrate Willa through fairies, handicrafts and service. They decided to do this by organizing a Fairy Festival.
A nonprofit corporation, Willa's Workshop, was formed, and groups of young girls began meeting weekly during the summer months to create handicrafts and artwork to sell at the Fairy Festival. The girls also made additional fairies to add to the collection started with the Fairy Tree.



The First Annual Fairy Festival was held on September 9, 2008 and all proceeds benefitted Rising Star Outreach. The wares created by the children all summer were sold at the event, as well as artwork created by the leprosy-affected artists trained through Rising Star Outreach in India.


Children were encouraged to dress as fairies and gnomes and enjoy the celebration.

Approximately of $5,000 was raised for the Rising Star Outreach.




To see more pictures of the 2008 Fairy Festival, please click here. Check out the photographer's website here.

Origins of Willa's Workshop - 2007

Willa Tempest Jones was born on September 9, 2007. She was 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 20 inches long.


Photo by Miyo Strong

Unexpectedly, Willa was born with an intracranial teratoma, a large brain tumor. She lived for four spectacular days, and was surrounded only with love during her short life.


During Willa's stay in the NICU, her parents read her the book Willa the Wonderful by Susan Milord. In the book, Willa dreamed of becoming a fairy when she grew up. The theme of fairies continued to surface during and after Willa's life.


To honor Willa, Willa's grannie decided to donate a Christmas tree in her honor to the Festival of Trees. She began making handcrafted fairies out of pipe cleaners, embroidery floss, silk flowers, felt and many natural products such as acorns, twigs, moss and chestnuts. She invited friends and family to join her, and each week the group got together to create the fairies for the tree.


In addition to the fairies, the tree also included handcrafted fairy homes, wands and envelopes filled with the wishes of the fairy makers.


The Fairy Tree was displayed at the 2007 Festival of Trees, and all proceeds from the purchase were donated to Primary Children's Medical Center.