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Add an exquisite flourish of design to your beloved green space or garden by adding tiny fairy homes inter-woven with nature. Fairy Houses gives you the instruction and inspiration you need to start! Have you ever seen a real fairy house? Not the ceramic ones at cavernous home improvement stores, but a real fairy house made from natural elements? Well, now you can build your own miniature magical abode - the perfect addition to your garden.Step-by-step instructions for constructing exquisite fairy houses are revealed in Fairy Houses, explained by master fairy house architect Sally Smith. Smith has been creating one-of-a-kind DIY fairy houses out of natural artifacts for years, now she passes her miniature construction knowledge to you. Imagine, a fairy garden with homes that have butterfly wings as stained-glass windows, twigs for window frames, birch bark for walls, dried mushrooms for shingles; it's all possible with a little instruction and inspiration from Fairy Houses. Begin by flipping through an inspiration gallery, find which elements appeal to you, and how they fit together. From there, you’ll learn about building materials (found and natural), on-site fairy house construction, and how to light a fairy house.
|Publisher:||Cool Springs Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Sally J. Smith is an environmental artist and photographer living in Westport, New York, on the edge of the Adirondacks. This locale lends itself to Sally's inspiration as she creates magical, mysterious, and marvelous "faerie" houses made from real leaves, moss and stone (and many other natural materials) as well as the stunning sculptures the artist calls "Eartherials" which echo the beauty of a special place or moment in time. Sally Smith's work is regularly featured in the calendar world, as well as The New York Times feature "Leave Your Wings at the Door". Sally is also the subject of the PBS's, Sally Smith: The Fairy Queen, which aired on "Roadside Adventures."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautiful design, excellent instructions for intermediate to advanced artisans (I was given this book in order to read and review) As a graphic designer who has designed books for authors, my first impression of the actual book with its layout and design is one of admiration for a job very well done by the design and editing team. It is a beauty to behold! The photos by the author are rich and juicy, and well represented in the book's design. As to the author's work, the textual content -- written and visual directions for making fairy houses -- is also carried out quite well. As an artist who often engineers small 3-D structures from the ground up, I appreciate the attention to detail that Sally provides her readers. If you learn by reading or by looking at pictures, this book has both. For myself, I have no doubt that I will be able to create my own fairy house using her instructions. However, as the book states, this is not a book for beginners -- unless the beginner has an aptitude and passion for creating the complex. The only element that will be a challenge for anyone building from these instructions are those folks (like I) who do not live in the eastern US and therefore have no easy access to the materials suggested for the building of the type of fairy houses Sally gives instructions for. Yes, there are some suggestions for substitute materials, but unless one is able to visualize and utilize other materials on hand in their particular location, the builder might find themselves frustrated. However, since I'm a creative type able to make do with what I have, I plan to, for instance, use primarily paper products for the birch bark that is a main material used in these structures. Many other possible substitutions exist for those with good imaginations! Overall, this is a fantastic book and I look forward to creating my own fairy house guided by the instructions it provides.