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Fairy Doors… The magic behind the door by Naomi from Enchanted Items

Hi. I am Naomi the creator and the sculptor behind the scenes of Enchanted Items. This is just a little of information about Fairy doors and how I create them.

I don’t usually express myself through writing, but I do express myself through my art.  Sculpting is my therapeutic release and my connection to the fairy realm.

I still believe in Fairies and the wonders in this world and I express this through my Fairy doors. It makes things a little easier as I still have young children and have an excuses to make believe.

To me a Fairy Door is a portal to the magical land of your imagination – it can expand a child’s imagination with a magical adventure through Fairy Tales of adventure, and stories of who lives behind the door and it’s magical lands.  It can encourage children to write and use their imagination through writing letters and wishes to the fairies and leaving them at the Fairy Door.  It can be used as incentives for children from the dummy/pacifier Fairy, the Sleep Fairy or even the worry Fairy to take the children’s worries away. Or it can be used purely as decorative decor!

‘Keeping the magic and wonder alive for a child is priceless…’

My process of making a Fairy Door is very free flowing and intuitive. I am a self taught sculptor and have learned through experimenting and lots of mistakes along the way. I never finish learning new techniques and they are always evolving.  I sketch a lot of my Fairy door ideas before I sculpt them and have a sketchbook always at hand, as sometimes I can’t get the idea out quick enough.

An example is when I went to the beach with my children. We were collecting shells & I was talking about how cool it would be to be a Mermaid with my daughter because she loves the Ocean and could spend all day at in the Sea swimming. On the drive home the idea came to me and a door shaped as a Shell and from there the Mermaid Shell Door was sculpted.  I would have to say it is still my favourite door I have sculpted.

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Hey! Tidy up your car!

Who here has little kids?  Yeah?  Me too.

Ok who has little kids that leave your poor car a mess after their little tornado bodies have ripped through after a car trip?  Yeah?  ME TOO!!

It doesn’t matter how much I try, I always have little wrappers, rouge sultanas, boxes, drawings on the back of receipts and trinkets galore!  Don’t even talk to me about that festy banana skin I found the other day.  Shudder.

 

I’ve done the little plastic bag in the car, then a box, but it doesn’t quite cut it with things falling out or the entire thing toppling over.  However I stumbled across a new Australian handmade product called LuxeBins – a stylish functional bin for your car.  They are slim tidy bins that hang off the back of your car seat with a clip (or anywhere really), and are sewn with black waterproof lining by Tahlia on the Mornington Peninsula. The clever bit is that inside is a plastic mould that ensures the bin stays open for easy access.  The plastic mould unsnaps at the bottom and you press can it flat, making it an easy wipe down for cleaning. It’s so easy.  And even the plastic mould was designed and made in the Mornington Peninsula!  They come to you lined ready with a biodegradable liner so you can use them straight away.

 

Black waterproof fabric a tad boring for you?  Not a worry!  Tahlia also has bins that come with fabric outer covers to brighten things up a bit.  You can have fun here and get the kids to choose what fabric cover they would like!
I took them for a test run in the car and we all loved them!  The kids were intrigued.  I kept one lined to use as a bin, but the other I left unlined so we could use it for things for the kids to play with on car trips.  The CarBins are deceptively deep too, we could fit HEAPS of stuff in there.  In Ana’s bin we popped in two chapter books, a notepad, bunch of textas, a few small cars and dinosaurs, with room to spare!  Having a dedicated area for both rubbish bits and little toys helped us all keep the car a more in order.  And I’m not going to pretend, I need all the help I can get!!

 

These smart CarBins will be a permanent fixture in our car.  Not only are they sturdy, useful and functional, but I love that they are a handmade in Australia AND affordable.  Further, this lessens the need for those plastic bags floating around the car and makes for a more sustainable way to keep the car tidy.
The CarBin is $25, however right now Tahlia has a 20% off code (XMASDEAL) in her Etsy store, right in time for Christmas!  The offer will last until Christmas Eve and orders must be in by Monday December 17th to receive them in time for Christmas.

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1 jar 3 ways!

A Christmas gift for teachers and day-care workers is always a hard one! Whether you simply don’t know them that well, have several to do or are working to a budget, it can be tricky to choose the right gift. So why not unleash your child’s creativity using a few craft items you may already have or that are readily available from a discount store, and create a handmade gift that can be used again and again and will sit with pride of place on your carers desk?

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