Fairy Island: An Enchanted Tour of the Homes of the Little Folk

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Black Dog & Leventhal, Jan 1, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 141 pages
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Noted nature crafter Laura Martin has created a fantasy for fairy-lovers. Its conceit involves a botanist, Christine Newkirk, who has discovered five tiny houses on a magical island, all made from natural materials on a perfect fairy scale—the houses are no more than 18 inches high, beds are 2 x 3 inches, shoes are 1 inch long. She documents her finds in a field diary she is keeping for her granddaughter.

The woodland cottage is filled with bent twig furniture. The Japanese house displays bamboo slippers outside the door, and the beach house has a minute bath tiled with seashells. Each spread is filled with photos and drawings of these tiny objects, all identified with their botanical names.

To leaf through these pages is to enter another world and dwell in it—the world of fantasy that has fascinated people through the ages.

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Oh my goodness I love this book. I have owned it for quite a few years now and every Spring and Summer I pull it off my bookshelf to peruse.
Just today I was inspired to pull it down from the shelf
as it seems a perfect day for Fairy's to be out and about. Tending to gardens and washing their petal clothes.
This book is so magical and exciting to read and really makes me feel that there MUST be fine Fairy folk living in my garden all the year thru. And thanks to this book, it inspires me to write reviews such as I have just written ;) Also, whenever I read this book, my desire to fashion a Fairy house and place it in my garden is very strong! Perhaps this will be the year that I do.
Cheers and Love!

About the author (2005)

Laura Martin has written more than 15 gardening and crafts books. She is a frequent lecturer and has appeared on QVC, " Victory Garden," and "Our Home.

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