Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Review: Pretty Petals Trilogy by Fiona Hayes

Book Review ...

Pretty Petals Trilogy

Author: Fiona Hayes
Illustrators: Chris Gaisey & Wojciech Kuzminski

Published in 2016 by Kappa
ISBN: not registered


This set of three brightly coloured, doubled sided, swivel board books are set in an enchanted glade where Fairies Lily, Bluebell, Daisy, Rose and the Fairy Queen play, sing, dance and celebrate summer.


The Enchanted Garden Party ...

In the Enchanted Glade, the fairies arrive in their finest clothes to play games and sing magical music. Fairy Daisy looks beautiful in her purple dress, Rose is busy making pretty hats, Bluebell and Lily are riding snails and playing find-the-fairy.


Midsummer Magic ...

Getting ready for a summer feast, Fairy Rose reminds everyone of the Midsummer's Day festival, while Lily adds sparkling fairy dust to the dew drops and Daisy chases away the clouds with her wand just in time for the arrival of the Fairy Queen.


A Midnight Feast for Fairies ...

Fairy Rose lights the way with her glowing wand so Bluebell, Daisy and Lily can bring their blueberries, biscuits and acorns filled with sweet nectar to the midnight fairy feast being held under the bright moon.





You can purchase them through your local bookstore or online through Amazon.com and Dollartree.com.

As I love to add little books to my faerie library, these 3 are ever so cute as you get to watch the fairies as they celebrate summer with garden parties, games, snacks and singing songs.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: Fairy Friends by Claire Freedman

Book Review ...

Fairy Friends

Author: Claire Freedman
Illustrator: Gail Yerrill

Published in 2007 by Little Tiger Press London
ISBN 10: 1845064666     13: 9781845064662

"Find a poem for YOUR best friend in this beautiful book about the friendships that fairies share."


This is a storybook about the importance of friendships whether you are a wee faerie or not. Drawn within patchwork borders, each page looks magical and enchanting as Ms. Yerrill has done an excellent job of sketching the cute expressive faces on the faeries as they each seem to be smiling right back at you. Told within the setting of pretty flower garden, Ms. Freedman tells a tale through a series of poems about the love that can be found when sharing with others. Throughout the book the faeries show you how to enjoy the fun days of summer including garden parties, finding fairy dust at the end of a rainbow and the hiding of tiny treasures.  



You can find this book at your library or you can purchase it through your local bookstore or online through both Amazon.ca and Amazon.uk. Ms. Freedman is a successful children's picture book author who resides in Essex, be sure to check out her acclaimed Aliens Love Underpants series too.

When picking out a new book for the Nursery's library, I guess I must be like any other faerie for as I look for the graphics, the colours and of course the uniqueness of a book and in this case who couldn't resist a cover that has purple and silver stars along with sparkly pink faerie dust floating in a bubble. I highly recommend this book to both children and adults as each verse told by Ms. Freedman brings with it a feeling of euphoria when explaining and depicting the beauty of friends and your friendships with them.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Review: Fairy Houses ... Everywhere by Barry & Tracy Kane

Book Review ...

Fairy Houses ... Everywhere

Authors: Barry & Tracy Kane

Originally Published in 2006 by Light Beams Publishing
ISBN 10:097081044X   ISBN 13:9780970810441


"... just turn these pages and discover a world filled with whimsical habitats constructed from natural materials."




Filled with beautiful photos of faerie houses that have been build in the woodlands, on the beach, in meadows, in backyard gardens and in the air you are transported to a land that only those that believe in faeries can actually see. It is like when you are told to 'stop and smell the roses', faerie houses are just the same, they can hide in plain sight but once you spot one you are always on the lookout for more.


This book not only shows tiny homes but it gives you a chance to see how with just an acorn, or a seashell, or a feather or even a pretty leaf can be put to good use when building a house. As the words nature and faerie are synonymous with each other, it is easy to see how with just a bit of imagination anyone and everyone can construct a dwelling made for the wee folk. It doesn't stop with just houses though, Barry & Tracy bring to life full little villages including boats made of seedpods docked on a lake, apartment buildings made from tree trunks, mansions with individual rooms decorated with miniatures, to seasonal homes of pumpkins and snowy boughs. Truly an inspiration to all those that are young at heart.



You can purchase this book through your local bookstore or online through both Chapters/Indigo and Amazon. Be sure to check out the rest of The Fairy Houses Series®: Fairy Houses, Fairy Houses ... Unbelievable!: A Photographic Tour, Fairy Houses and Beyond!, Fairy Flight, Fairy Boat, Forest Secrets: A Fairy Houses Mystery, Ocean Secrets: A Fairy Houses Mystery No. 2 and Kristen's Fairy House DVD.

I purchased this book way back when I had started my Faerie Nursery in 2011 thinking it was a great place to start to look for ideas for my faeries. Now, thanks to this book, I have a whole line of faerie doors and garden nurseries which just happen to cary you off into a land of magic, imagination and enchantment.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

And That's a Wrap!

Wire Wrapping Course - April 23, 2017
Dragntalz Art by Ruthie & Doug Shewan
Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club


This was our first (of hopefully many) class 
taken on wire wrapping cabochons. 
Not too bad if I say so myself.








Thank you Ruthie & Doug for a fun day.


Dragntalz Art - https://www.facebook.com/DragntalzArt

Parksville & District Rock and Gem Club - https://www.facebook.com/ParksvilleRockandGem


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Welcome to the Faerie Luna Gardens

The Nursery has opened up yet another Instagram account titled faerielunagardens to showcase what the Faeries have growing in their gardens. So far, during the first few months of living here on Vancouver Island and living with the Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park backing onto our property line, we have been awed by finding different mushrooms, flowers, plants and trees local in this area.

With this new account we will post photos of our old and new Nursery will all of the splendour that nature has to offer.

A bit about the Nursery:

Created/founded in Fort Smith, NT, located just above the 60th parallel in Canada's north. The weather there can swing from -30C in the winter to +30C in the summer.
Fort Smith has a Dry Continental Subarctic climate with very long harsh winters combined with warm but relatively short summers. With this diverse temperature the environment of this area can be both stark and barren in the cold but lush and green in the heat. Most gardens and flowerbeds are raised as the permafrost stills lingers just meters beneath the surface of the ground but this doesn't stop the Faeries from gardening.

Now the Nursery has relocated Qualicum Beach, BC where the climate is classified as a Warm-Summer Mediterranean climate. Meaning that it has cool, wet winters and relatively dry summers allowing it to be considered to have the mildest climate in Canada. The average temperature during the rainy winter hovers around +1-3C and during the heat of summer it reaches to a balmy +25C.  The area is known for its amazing gardens so I can't wait for spring/summer to get here. With this just being the first week of March (2017), the Faeries have been busy preparing for spring planting as the local markets have already held their 'seed sales' and bedding plants can be found outside of shops ready for sale.

Let us celebrate the wonders of the outdoors ... welcome to the faerielunagardens.......





Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Instagram

INSTAGRAM BUSINESS ACCOUNT

The Nursery has created a second account where you can enjoy all posts directly related to our Etsy page...

www.instagram.com/enchantedpathwaysfaerienursery


The Nursery's original account will continue to post just as it has with quotes, videos and random photo shoots...

www.instagram.com/faerienurserygarden


i look forward to seeing you on both accounts and don't forget... a follow for a follow