Magical Stripey Beasts

Magical Stripey Beasties feature in the fairy storybook “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen”.

Ivy Lion uses their hair in her paintbrushes and in return she touches up their stripes when they start looking a little tatty. However, Ivy is not fond of this job because these beasties are a tad smelly (especially to a teeny fairy) and they tend to flick her with their tails every now and then too – mistaking her for a fly!

I guess it does not take too much imagination to realize that these MSBs are the gorgeous zebra that roam freely around Faerie Glen.

Did you know that the stripe patterns on each and every zebra are totally unique (a bit like a finger print) and that this is how zebra foals recognize their mothers.

Sometimes the zebs hang out in places where it is really easy to see them and other times they are completely elusive. Often we spot them from the top of the hill, but by the time we get down again they have moved on. I have yet to take a decent photo of them. Usually they blend into the bush so well you can barely see them and you land up with a picture of an extremely well camouflaged creature.

These fabulous photos were taken by a gentleman who regularly walks in the nature reserve – Martinus (Tienie) Cronje. Thanks very much for sharing them with us.

A portion of the proceeds of all the book sales (both printed copies and eBooks) will be donated to the Friends of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve. They are in desperate need of funds to maintain and upgrade the boundary fence that keeps these magnificent animals enclosed. The thought of one of them landing up on a major highway is too terrible to contemplate and we’d like to help as much as we can.

Here’s the question…

Are these magical beasties white with black stripes or…
Are they black with white stripes?

Makes you think doesn’t it!

FYI – The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen eBook will be on sale from the 26th December to the 1st January 2018 – and will only cost R$1.50 instead of the usual $2.99.  If you want a real book – feel free to order one here.

Birthday Blog for Lovely Lisa

In our book, The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen, there is a character called Winona Wurm. She is the soft-hearted, kick-ass fairy in the Glen who loves animals and looks after them when they need some TLC. She’s also a tad strange because she really loves her naughty little worms.

Because Lisa is the lady who gives the animal science lectures and is pretty soft-hearted and extremely kick-ass herself, we decided to model Winona Wurm after our gorgeous friend.

Don’t you think this drawing Igz (illustrator of our book) did does Lisa justice? From the long flowing locks, to the cropped top, right down to those trendy boots – or snugs as they are known in the Glen.

Dynamite definitely does come in small packages!

Lisa has been involved with the Imaginaeries ever since I first asked her to read the story and give some honest feedback – long before the eBook was published.

I guess she liked the book because her comment after reading was… “Ginny! I’m almost done with your book! Can I please be your PR lady for it? It’s that good! I’m willing to put my neck on the line for it” 

Hells yeah!  And what a seriously classy PR lady to have on our Imaginaeries team.

Well my friend, this is for you – immortalized in the Imaginaeries!

Have a fabulous birthday and may the coming sun-circle lavish upon you only good, happy and magical things.

Lots of love,

Ginny, Igz and all the Imaginaeries in the Glen (especially the worms!)

xxxx

 

Launch of “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen” on 25th November 2017 @14h00

The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen will be launched in the very same nature reserve where this story is set!

On Saturday 25th November, between 2 and 4 pm you are invited to come and spend some time in the Glen and imagine your own fairies.

Or try your hand at hula-hooping and see if you are as good as Ivy Lion. (No – this is not only for kids – adults are welcome to try too!)

Go on a fairy walk and see if you can spot some magical stripey beasts, or maybe one of the other furry critters that lurk in the bushes. You might even see Frederique…

Hmmm…. You are wondering who Frederique is, aren’t you? You’ll have to come to the launch and buy the book or ask the author.  Or you could buy the eBook on Amazon now already if you can’t wait that long to find out.

There will be other magical fun stuff too.

Normal Faerie Glen Nature Reserve rates apply: Pre- schoolers are free; R6 (children 6-12y); R6 (pensioners); R11 (adults 13 – 60y).  A portion of the sales on the books will also be donated to the Friends of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve.

Pre-Order your own signed copy NOW!

It gets even better – everybody who either buys a book on the day or pre-orders a copy of The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen goes into a lucky draw and stands a chance to win this adorable little Ribbets Ridge fairy house to start your own fairy garden. (Kindly sponsored by Fairy Wonderland Suppliers.) Special launch price is R100 and they will all be signed too. The real books have delightful illustrations – although we’d prefer it if you imagined your own fairies! They will make gorgeous Christmas presents.

It’s really easy to pre-order – just click on the link.

 

Want to write a review?

But that’s not all… if perhaps you have already read The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen – and you’d like to write a review (either on Amazon or email it to Ginny and she’ll post it as a blog) you’ll go into the lucky draw and stand a chance to win this particular one of Igz special one-of-a-kind Imaginaerie dolls by the name of Poppy Mars.  (Igz, the illustrator, is not only an artist on paper but is also fabulous when it comes to creating other wonderful things too.)

 

 

Want to know more about what’s in the book…

Amid the hustle and bustle of daily life in the Glen, the Imaginaeries are also getting ready for The Ball – a glittery event that takes place at the first new moon after the leaves have fallen. But will PESCOM come to the party?

Ivy Lion makes Gogo Gaia very angry when she experiments with colour and Winona Wurm’s mischievous pets are given the ultimate warning at the Moonlight Meeting. Marigold discovers that not everybody is sunshine-flavoured. Madame Shews, the snooty French shoe designer is up to something for sure and the Bollywoggles are keeping an eye on her. Mor-a-Bella escaped from a cabbage bog but is life going to be any better in the Glen? Will Pete the Publisher ever perfect his environmentally friendly newspaper? Can Granny Catty convince Mr Grumpy Pants to stop being a hermit and accompany her to The Ball?

Meanwhile things keep disappearing… could there be a thief in the Glen?

The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen is a whimsical fairy story set in a real nature reserve in Pretoria, South Africa.

Feel free to contact Ginny if you want any more information.  Remember you can like The Imaginaeries on Facebook too!

Marigold… the sunshine-flavoured fairy.

By now you all know that my daughter Igz is illustrating the print version of The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen!

When I say illustrating, I mean little sketches – what we really want is for you to use your imagination and magic up your own version of the fairies.

Slowly but surely this really is happening. Really… it is. Or it had better be.

She brings them to me one by one. Usually I have to beg for the latest masterpiece.

Unless it is a Sunday morning and then she’s hovering around outside our bedroom window, sending whats apps with beggy hands saying “When OH WHEN are you getting up you lazy baggage!!???”.

(In case you are wondering, Igz lives in a flatlet on the property – she has keys to the house, obviously, and sometimes leaves little illustrated presents for me on my laptop.)

We are breaking the mold of fairies. There are no cute little fluffy dresses and sparkly bows. Instead, the Imaginaeries roam quietly around the Glen in spotted sneekers and comfy snugs. They wear trendy leggings and jeans with little cropped tops. They have wing-piercings, tattoos and all sorts of other fabulously jazzy stuff. They are free-spirited and outspoken.

Judge for yourself…

This is the final version of Marigold.

 

Origami Fairy Lanterns by Suzelle

The Imaginaeries are uniquely South African… what with the interwebs, PESCOM, hooligan taxis and Faerie Glen Nature Reserve.

So is Suzelle.

Suzelle is a national asset and makes these DIY videos which are not only hysterical, but actually very useful and informative too. She is beyond fabulous, very funny and incredibly well loved.

You really do have to see her to believe her.

She not only makes DIY videos by herself and with her assistant “Marianne”, but she often involves various celebrities in her projects and mercilessly rips them off in her typical Suzelle fashion.

I adore her videos and frequently waste lots of time giggling and snorting into my laptop watching and re-watching when I should be working. Igz, the illustrator (if she ever actually finishes them – f*k!) does the most marvelous impersonation of Suzelle’s distinctive accent and wit.

Go on – spoil yourself for half and hour or so – watch and learn!

Anyway – I remembered Suzelle made a video last year on making origami fairy lights together with White on Rice (a brand centered around the ancient Japanese art of origami) and wanted to share it with you – seeing as this website is all about fairies and imagination.

If you make some of these fairy lights – please post pics on the Imaginaeires facebook site. There will be an signed (by me, sadly, not by Suzelle!!) hard copy of The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen as a prize for the most imaginative lights – in time for Christmas.

Materials needed:  Fairy lights, coloured paper, washy tape, your hands!

 

 

It takes just a little Imagination!

My younger daughter, Igz and myself have written a book… called “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen”.

I did the writing but she gave me all sorts of weird and whimsical ideas.

Igz ihas done the illustrating. (This was quite a process.  The concept kept changing slightly but the idea remained the same.)

Actually… we want you to imagine your own characters.

How it started…

My lovely husband and I often go for hikes over the weekend in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve (Pretoria East). It’s beyond lovely there. We think of it as our sanity time in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The veld changes from season to season, but magic is always around. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder.

The idea for a faerie tale first came about when I saw kids (of all ages) mooching around the Glen, trailing after their parents, looking a tad disgruntled. I wondered if they would have rather been at home with their play stations or something instead of being out sniffing the fresh air?  (Of course there are plenty of kids who also frolic and gambol around and are perfectly happy to be there.)

I started imagining all sorts of little faerie-like creatures lurking in the flowers, bushes and trees and began writing stories in my head. Then realised that the Imaginaeries that Igz had been drawing for years would be just perfect. Many of her Imaginaeries already had a back-story and the book simply grew from there.

Also started driving my lovely husband bonkers by stopping every few steps to take photos – from all sorts of crazy angles – because it looked like a great place for a… something… (not giving away any of the story line yet).

Often I’d sheepishly have to pretend to be tying my shoelace or something – to stop from feeling like a real wally when another Faerie Glenner strolled passed us.


It’s actually quite a cutie story, but don’t take my word for it – see what other people think about the book.