We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Cash and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by fairies and their world. The idea of tiny homes and furniture blended with nature was a concept I dreamed of often. I was also very artistic starting at a young age, and I decided to pursue art in college. I graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2016 with a BFA and my main focus there was drawing and painting. It wasn’t until after I acquired my degree that I decided to take a risk and try making my fairy sculptures full time. It had been in the back of my mind for many years and I wanted to express that creative side of me and do something I hadn’t seen other artists do before. I wanted to portray the way I imagined the fairy realm would look – their homes, their furniture, the items they would have and what materials they would use. Since my husband had been skilled in woodworking for many years, it only felt natural that he would help me bring this idea to life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our goal with our fairy creations from the very beginning was always to be as realistic as possible. Before starting a project I always asked myself “If I were a fairy, what would this look like? How would I create it, and what materials would I use?”. Those questions really helped steer the direction and process. For bookshelves and most of our other furniture we use real found driftwood, for chairs we use grapevine twigs, cups and bowls are made with acorns, plates and saucers are made with seashells, etc. Every couple of months we make a trip to the beach to gather as many natural materials as we can. Anytime we’re outside we’re looking down at the ground for acorns and twigs or anything else we can use. We always use materials that are fallen on the ground, so everything is ethically sourced and we never harm any form of nature. For everything else we always try to make it by hand. Our little candles and mushrooms are hand sculpted from clay, and even all of our little books are handmade. Since I’ve always had a fascination of fairies, nature, architecture and design, it only felt natural to find a passion that combined all of these elements. It wasn’t easy at the beginning – it was something not many people were doing at the time so there wasn’t exactly a market for it. Over time, however, I did start to establish a small group of clientele and returning customers. I have them to thank for supporting me during that time. Eventually our social media pages began to grow and before I knew it I had more orders than I could keep up with. Through this process I learned to not give up when it feels like it isn’t going anywhere. And, if ever feel myself getting burnt out (which still happens from time to time), try something new. A couple of years ago I had decided to try making more home decor pieces like wall hangings and candle holders. They still had our artistic and fairy touch to them, and it allowed me grow as an artist. I’ve even gone back to my roots of drawing and painting many times and offered prints of my paintings and coloring books of my line drawings. And at the end of the day all of these creative outlets still allowed me to express my passion for fairies and the world they live in.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being an artist some of my favorite places to visit are the museums. MFAH, The Menil, and HMNS are a few of my personal favorites. There are also lots of beautiful parks in the area. For food my favorites are Mexican food and pizza. Some good restaurants for those are Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, Monterrey’s, and Esteban’s Cantina.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have always been my number one supporters. They encouraged me all of my life to do what made me happy, and they believed in me every step of the way. I truly would not be where I am without them. My dad is no longer here, but he was so proud of me when I started The Faery Forest. This shoutout is dedicated to him and my mom, for teaching me everything I know and never doubting me.

Website: www.thefaeryforest.etsy.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thefaeryforest

Facebook: www.facebook.com/faeryforest

Other: TikTok: @thefaeryforest

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