What’s Your Favorite Fairytale?

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When I was little, one of my absolute favorite stories was the 12 Dancing Princesses, and it is something that will always bring to mind the holiday season.  The fairytale told the story of 12 beautiful princesses who were drawn from their beds each night by the desire to dance. They would sneak out of their castle and travel through three magical forests, which was always my favorite part of the story. The first forest was shining silver, the second a glowing gold, and the third was the most magical of all, full of shimmering diamonds. The imagery was gorgeous and I dreamed of one day finding these enchanted forests.

12 dancing princesses

12 dancing princesses

12 dancing princesses

12 dancing princesses

The princesses would reach a lake where they each met a prince who would row them to a castle in the middle of the lake, where they would dance the night away until they wore out their shoes.  Come the morning, the king would find them sleeping in their beds, but with a pile of worn out slippers that were a mystery to him.  He would recruit princes to watch over the princesses and see where they went at night, but the princesses would trick them by bringing them along and at the end of the night, offering them a special drink that would make them fall asleep and forget everything. I always found it to be such an intriguing tale and it has stuck with me ever since. I love that it was the inspiration behind one section of our November catalog!

12 dancing princesses

What is your favorite fairytale? Tell us in the comments!

 

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Sarah -November 12, 2012, 11:12AM

I’ve always been fascinated by Little Red Riding Hood.

Brianna -November 12, 2012, 11:17AM

Swan Lake!! You forgot the most beautiful fairytale!

Jennifer -November 12, 2012, 11:43AM

Sleeping Beauty

Lorin -November 12, 2012, 1:41PM

Snow White

Nika -November 12, 2012, 1:49PM

Thumbelina!

M -November 12, 2012, 3:01PM

Cinderella (a classic)

Anna -November 12, 2012, 3:30PM

The Seven Ravens

Brenna Tuel -November 12, 2012, 3:57PM

I remember that version of the 12 Dancing Princesses! Gorgeous Illustrations! I’ve always loved Peter Pan & the Nightingale

Isabel -November 12, 2012, 7:24PM

I always loved the Princess and the Pea. My mom would tell it to me when i was little

Emma -November 12, 2012, 7:30PM

The 12 Dancing Princesses was always one of my favorites and I was actually just thinking of that story. I love how it was used as inspiration for this collection.

Laura -November 12, 2012, 9:43PM

The Wild Swans is a beautiful story, about the love and dedication of one strong girl. It is a wonderful fairytale where the hero of the tale is a young girl, who saves the lives of her 11 older brothers. Truly beautiful.

Morgan -November 12, 2012, 11:15PM

My favorite was always King Thrushbeard. I always loved that no man was good enough for the princess. I was such a rebel as a child.

Sarah -November 13, 2012, 1:23AM

I’m definitely a snow white girl. That first picture is inspiring me to make some hair falls.

Alexis -November 13, 2012, 8:22PM

An old folk tale/fairytale called The Rose Tree, it’s not a happy fairytale. But its a beautiful story.

Claire -November 16, 2012, 4:43AM

Peter Pan for sure

javid -November 17, 2012, 10:03PM

very Acceptable

EmilyAustin -November 19, 2012, 12:27AM

i’ve always thought i was a fairy in a past life, delicately fluttering and flapping noiselessly though dimly lit forest trails, following the tail end of a firefly out to a pond, where i have made a home at the tops of ginormous trees with my fairy friends

Lia -November 20, 2012, 6:36AM

Snow white.

Alessandra -January 22, 2013, 11:22AM

I’ve always loved grimms’ fairy tales. We had some older versions of the stories so they were more violent and scary but I loved them so much.

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