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*Fairy Houses...Everywhere* by Barry & Tracy Kane

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Fairy Houses...Everywhere
by Barry & Tracy Kane
Family activities 56 pages Light-Beams Publishing June 2006 Hardcover    

Be an architect and an interior designer--outside and in all seasons--everywhere. Create an original fairy house! Fairy houses were discovered decades ago off the coast of New England. They are made of natural materials and designed to attract a fairy.

Author Tracy Kane was so taken with the fairy houses when she saw them for the first time that she wrote the Fairy Houses Series and conducted fairy house building workshops all around New England. There are 125 photographs inside Fairy Houses…Everywhere, and some of the fairy houses made at the workshops were photographed by Barry Kane for this book.

The photographs are inspiring; these fairy houses are works of art. Many readers will want to make one of their own. Utilize the woods and build a fairy house out of a twisty tree stump. Make a leafy path leading up to the front entrance. Stick a feather upwards on the roof and build furniture out of mushrooms. By the water, build a boat for the fairies out of shells and leaves. Up on the beach, use rocks and driftwood as your base and add seaweed for the roof. Use the different grasses, berries and flowers if building in the meadow.

In backyard gardens, builders can carve out a pumpkin or gourd for a fairy house. If height is the vision, build up in the trees, or hang the fairy house from a branch. Inside are photographs of mansions (which use hot wax and natural twine) and close-ups of the little extras seen around the fairy houses. A swing, a bathroom, a sauna, patio furniture and even an outhouse can all be constructed with a little imagination. Fairy houses can be made year round. See the winter fairy house made of snow and evergreens, or the springtime fairy house, where carrots line the pathway.

Every fairy home is unique; the builder’s creativity really shines in these photographs. Whether building a fairy house or just looking at one, these houses are sure to make many people happy - not to mention the butterflies, toads, and ladybugs who will visit. Be re-introduced to Mother Nature, and give her something back.

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