Hello! We are Lenka and Asia and we’re so excited to see our
second book, Magical Forest Fairy Crafts Through the Seasons,
in print. Writing a book is a long, rewarding process.
All of our projects begin in the classroom. As art teachers, we
see how children respond to changes in the world around them. Each new season
is an opportunity to celebrate with festive crafts. Engagement with the world
inspires us along with young crafters.
Since the first Forest Fairy Crafts book, we have connected with
crafters and children all over the world. From grandparents with
visiting grandchildren, homeschools, classrooms, scout groups, everyone we hear from requests new ideas for ways to create through each season. So in our new book, we went from
sharing ideas with each individual to collecting them together into one book!
We approach writing a book with a “chaos of ideas,” as we call
it. We begin by collecting everything we ever made with our own kids and community. Then we
choose the favorites. We curate ideas for a wide range of skills. We also want both girls and boys to craft, so every craft includes directions to make boy and girl fairies. And crafts for active kids
are shown with a variety of colors that all children enjoy. We choose some projects
that appeal to mellow personalities interested in deep investments in crafting and some for quick crafters that want to take their craft and go play already.
With this book, we bring diversity to the fairy forest by
painting beads to show fairies with a range of different skin tones. Crafters
will also find new ways to customize fairies if they have the first Forest Fairy Crafts book. Crafters new to the forest will find all the foundation skills
shown, with many step-by-step photos for children to learn hand-sewing and fairy-making.
This book shares our popular sewing techniques and fairy-building
that made the first book such a success. We add to the fun with baby fairies
and more gnomes.
|We also bring new critters, such as a fox, chubby cat, and lavender mouse, to play with
the fairies. And we add interactive crafts, like small treasure-keeper bags and
fancy beanbags with colorful streamers.|
We teach the tried-and-true techniques of the Dolphin Stitch
(running stitch) and Polar Bear Stitch (whip stitch), along with a new Manta Ray
Stitch (back stitch), perfect for sewing swoops and lines, and Seed Stitch
for raindrops and seed details.
Once children start making, they quickly learn the skills and
make many crafts. What do you do with all of these crafts? Of course, you can
build little houses to go along with the fairies and gnomes. Or give crafts to
friends and family. Or use them to decorate your home.
We use all of our enchanted crafts on a nature table in our home.
If you haven’t heard of a nature table, it is a small table or shelf that
becomes a decorative space throughout the year. Children (and adults) collect
treasures to feature on the nature table along with their crafts. Colors can change
for each season. A scarf makes a pretty surface or backdrop. We collect nature
table ideas on our Nature Table Pinterest Board.
We also collect seasonal project ideas on a Pinterest board called Seasonal Goodness. And of course you can follow our Forest Fairy Crafts board to
see our blog updates with more ideas throughout the year. The foundational skills shown in
our book help children create the projects in the book, of course, along with all
sorts of other crafts all year around.
The projects in the book also include extension ideas so the crafts can be modified
for any season of the year. A cat can be sewn with black felt for fall or white
felt for winter. A garland can feature fall leaves or spring blossoms. While
each season showcases suggested crafts, you can make any of the crafts year round. We also share extension ideas to make young crafters curious and empowered. Our goal is
creative crafting that encourages children to design their own ideas and see
those ideas become reality.
We enjoy creating with children because the natural world amazes
them. Each season is an opportunity to notice and be inspired by our beautiful
world. We are delighted by this book because it collects our favorite projects
for children to make and gift to the people they love. We’re excited to invite
everyone back to the fairy forest!
You can find our new book, Magical Forest Fairy Crafts Through the Seasons, by clicking here.
If you have the book, we appreciate everyone leaving reviews on Amazon to help
new crafters find our community. Click here to leave a review. Of course, if you haven’t discovered the first Forest Fairy Crafts book, you’re in for a treat with both of them. Let’s make magic :)
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