After I found the first fairy in my garden (hidden by mum I discovered some time later) my creative instincts kicked in and I started to make little whimsical twig pieces of furniture. Little fairy beds, tables and chairs for them.
When I was 12 years old I read how my local animal refuge was putting animals to sleep because the Council had cut their funding. So I got some friends together and did my 1st fund raiser, selling my twig furniture at school. We all worked for a week making lots of beautiful little pieces, sold them all and raised $400 for the Sippy Creek Animal Refuge.
The fairies needed a place to live and for their furniture to go so I started to make fairy houses soon after this. I was very lucky because our local libraries had just started a program for young entrepreneurs so I enrolled, at 12, as their youngest participant.
As part of this program we were invited to set up a shop at the world famous Eumundi Markets. Everyone loved my fairy houses and wanted to photograph them, so mum said “why don’t you write out your designs and make a book”. This was just after the meeting with my year 6 teacher about my terrible writing and reading.
I hope my story inspires other kids who like me struggled or are struggling still at school.
I have learnt that life often presents us with opportunities and I was lucky having parents who were able to see some of these. So when my teachers idea of getting me to pick a beautiful diary to start writing in didn’t work, basically because I couldn’t write, mums suggestion of writing out instructions was perfect for me. Having made so many fairy houses, I could do that.
12 months later when I had finished writing out all my designs, we went to a book shop to see how many craft books there were on how to make fairy houses. There were none. So I put samples of my different fairy houses into a box and with my written instructions, we went to meet the manager of my local book shop to ask her if she thought any publishers would be interested in my book. She gave me the name of 2 publishers and 3 weeks later I had a contract and I was a published author at 13 years of age. The first thing I had to do was to select a charity to donate 10% of my book royalties to and so I selected the children’s charity the Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia.
To order my book please see my online shop at http://EnchantedFairyHouses.etsy.com
My book is stocked in many libraries throughout Australia and as a thank you to local libraries I started to do free fairy house classes during school holidays so I could bring some joy and magic into the lives of all children.
Parents loved the fairy houses as much as their children (I think it was a trip down memory lane for many to a time when fairies were real and life much simpler) and I soon found I was being asked if I would come to their houses to do a fairy house birthday party for their child. And so my little business Enchanted Fairy Houses was born. I was now 13 years old and a business owner.
To order your own fairy house kit please see my online shop at http://EnchantedFairyHouses.etsy.com
Young Leader - Sunshine Coast Inspirational Women's Awards
Kawana Community Award