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Demelza Law (left) and Amy-Rose Beale (right) tell us that glitter is made of frozen dewdrops and smiles are full of magic.
One day, when Amy-Rose Beale and Demelza Law grow up, they want to be full-time fairies.
At the moment, the two free spirits are only part-time fairies. Fairy Amy Rose is a beauty therapist by profession, and Fairy Demelza is a hairdresser by day.
But when they’re not making people feel extra cute, the pair pull out their wings, gather sparkles, and entertain endlessly at children’s birthday parties, markets, galas, and even the occasional wedding.
Sometimes it’s as simple as handing out ice blocks, blowing soap bubbles, and taking pictures with excited kids and equally enthralled adults.
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Also, the sparkling pair will host an entire birthday party, bringing a pack of prizes and a giant box of dress ups for the kids.
Our Taranaki friends have been dressing up together for years and enjoy the fun the costumes provide.
It was only a little over a year ago that they decided to share the fun of fairies and created a business called Away With the Fairy.
They believe they were destined to become fairies from an early age, and are destined to share magic, wonder, and fun.
Fairy Demelza, 22, says spreading childlike joy has brought real happiness into her life.
“Parents want their children to have these experiences just like we did when we were kids,” she said.
“I will never forget how special it felt when my mother took me to this fairy lady for my fifth birthday, even though she looked like Princess Diana.” , had fairy wings.
“She was so charming and I always wanted to give it back to my children. It’s just another fantasy world, a magical world.
25-year-old Fairy Amy Rose agrees, but says the idea that some children have lost their imagination can be overwhelming.
“Everything is about acting older than you are, dressing older than you look,” she said.
She draws on her experience at the three-day music and dance festival Womad to highlight how the imagination can never be sparked.
At the festival, they dressed up as fairies and played with young children. A little girl asked her father if her fairies were real fairies, and her father said no.
“I was so disappointed. Childhood is the only time you have to be magical and believe in what you want before you go to school. It’s conditioned from you.”
The Fairy Demelza just wants to think she has enchanted the Womad girl.
“I still gave her a little wink, but she was smiling.”
It’s that kind of cheeky magic that the pair try to keep in mind when creating so many outfits.
There are glittering costumes, velvet pieces, costumes that look like butterfly fairies, and costumes that look like fairies just emerged straight out of the forest.
“I love collecting old wedding dresses,” says fairy Amy Rose.
“Cut it, dye it, add something to it. Make a crown. It would be great if your everyday uniform was a fairy costume.”
The next step in their quest to become full-time fairies is for the pair to finish transforming an inner-city space into a fairy wonderland.
The space is already reserved, with glittery clouds hanging from the ceiling, fairy lights waiting to be turned on, and the fairy craft room beginning to be created.
The pair want to use the space not only for birthday parties, but also for an afternoon “Fairy Craft Noon” where they craft with the fairies.
They imagine kids coming over for a few hours on weekends to make fairy crowns, skirts, sparkly wings and magic wands.
They also play with the idea of holding occasional fairy parties for adults who need to inject some magic into their lives.
“It’s uplifting. If you make us happy, why don’t you make others happy too?” said Fairy Demelza.