Feen können in Natur auch entdeckt werden. Steinhausen hat neue Bewohner.
Seit einigen Wochen sind kleine Türen an Baumstümpfen im Steinhausener Wald zu finden. Die Wichtel sind eingezogen!
Waldwandernde können an vier verschiedenen Stellen die winzigen Türen entdecken, aber nur, wenn sie gut aufpassen und die Augen offen halten. Es kann schnell passieren, dass man an ihnen vorbei saust und die Wichtelwohnungen ganzheitlich übersieht.
Und das wäre sehr schade, denn all vier sind zwar ähnlich aber trotzdem einzigartig und sollten bewundert werden.
In der Zwischenzeit werden wir die Türen geniessen und ungestört beobachten. Du hoffentlich auch.
PS – Möchtest du mehr von den Waldwichteln erfahren? Dann kannst du @imaginationdoors auf Instagram folgen.
Fairies can also be spotted in the wild. Steinhausen forest apparently has new residents.
As of a few weeks ago, small doors have appeared on several tree stumps in the Steinhausen forest. The fairies have moved in!
Tiny doors can now be discovered by those wandering through the forest in four different places. But they will have to pay attention and keep their eyes open, as they are easy to miss and blend into their environment extremely well.
And missing them would be a real shame, because even though they are similar, they are slightly different to each other and worth checking out separately.
In the meantime, we will enjoy them and will observe them while leaving them undisturbed. Others will hopefully do the same.
PS – Would you like to hear more about the Forest Fairies? Then follow @imaginationdoors on Instagram.
We have our first stockist!
We are thrilled to announce that Imagination Doors can be bought in Kunsthandwerk, a beautiful shop in Steinhausen that sells a-mazing items. To know that our wee doors are now among their selection, is a great feeling.
Every time I go in there, I find new gems and linger over the items I have already spotted. For example, their amazing book-lights. No, not a light you use to read a book, but a book, that is also a light. A book-light. Or perhaps a light-book?
Either way, check out their page, visit their shop, show them some love.
They have been very encouraging and supportive of us.
We did it!
(and by we, I mean you too! This was a massive collective effort.)
What a ride!
Launching the Kickstarter was one of the bravest things Imagination Doors has done! In addition to reaching our financial goal, here is a list of what else was achieved:
We generated over 7,009 CHF in pledges! That is huuge!
Of course there was a lot of work behind the scenes, We wrote to four other publications, as well as mummy bloggers and websites. We organised advertising, gave away doors and designed new ones mid-campaign.
It was a roller-coaster. Sometimes we were on a high and some days we were on a low. But this campaign ended on a massive high!
Our campaign and links were shared by you and many others countless times. We feel truly lucky to have so many people in our lives who support what we do.
So we want to say thank you. Thank you so much. If I could, I would hug you all.
Imagination Doors may be may be small, but we are fierce and creative and we enjoy what we do. Now we will take stock, make a plan and we will keep you informed.
Thank you so much for being part of our journey. xxx
Karin, Stephen, Anabelle and Kadie
It's been a long hard slog to get this far, but we have almost arrived at the official relaunch of Imagination Doors, Switzerland. Let's look back on what we have had to do, to get to this point.
Keep in mind, when we left Aotearoa New Zealand, we left everything behind. The only thing we brought with us, was our intellectual property, our website and our good ideas.
Workshop: With the help of a local friend, we found a small workshop space. Stephen transformed it from a storage room, to an efficient and tightly organised workshop. It is close by, so he can be there when the kids arrive home from school, and he pops back in the evening when I get back from my day job.
Tools: Sourcing tools turned out to be much harder than expected. Instead of being able to pop down to the local Bunnings or Mitre 10 we had to first learn what the names of the hardware shops were and which ones sold which items. It took months to source and acquire all the necessary tools and machinery. And while we looked into having stuff shipped from New Zealand, the cost of doing so was prohibitive.
Materials: Would you believe finding glitter, in amounts larger than 200g and in a range of colours proved next to impossible? After days and days of research, we decided to ship glitter to Switzerland. Putting in an order for 12 Kilograms of glitter was something I never thought I would get to do! Even finding similar wood to work with was tricky. As a result, Stephen has had to tweak the design of the doors in order to balance effort with efficiency.
The prototypes arrived yesterday. We are thrilled with how they have come out and are delighted to show them to you now. Swirls in the corners and an "ID" on the knob. We have confirmed production and expect more to be arriving soon. Once they get here, doors can finally start leaving the workshop.
So now what?
Step one: Wait for the final door handles to arrive.
Step two: Set up the online shop and update the website. LAUNCH!!
Simultaneously, we are going to run a Kickstarter to crowdfund customised boxes to ensure our doors arrive at your doorstep safely. This is equal parts scary and exciting! Running the Kickstarter will enable us, for a limited time, to sell doors at prices similar to our original New Zealand prices. After that, they will be set to reflect the increased cost of production.
Watch this space...
The day of being able to finally send out doors to their new homes is getting closer and closer. A big thank you to all those people who continue to believe in Imagination Doors and in us.
Oh wow, so we have some big news.
We've decided to move our little family overseas.
This is mainly because we would like to live closer to my side of the family and also because we would like to have an adventure and provide our girls with an opportunity to learn languages while they are still small-ish.
This means that we won't be reopening for orders in the new year and instead will be renting out our house, packing bags and moving our whole lives to Switzerland. While we've been working on this plan for a while, it's only really come together at short notice.
It's impossible to tell if we'll be able to start up Imagination Doors over there. We'll need time to explore and meet the fairies over there and see what kind of houses they like. We'll keep people posted via Facebook and our E-magination newsletter.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of people who have supported our business and the thousands of people who have shared our delight in bringing a little more magic and imagination to our communities.
Even though we won't have been able to make everyone's fairy door wishes come true and I'm sure there will be some sadfaces :-( out there after reading this, we feel pretty good about all the joy the doors have brought to people's lives big and small.
Much love, pixie dust and magic.
Karin, Stephen, Anabelle and Kadie
One New Door
The hints to help you find the new door are as follows:
1. The door ill be near the beach
2. The door will be at the north end of the beach
3. These fairies may have their own boat!
4. Looks like the surfer fairies and the fairies near the old Aunt Daisy's will be getting new neighbors!
Find the door, take a photo of yourself with the door and post it on our Facebook page (or email it to us with permission to upload it) and you're in to win a door of your own as long as we get your photo before 3pm on Saturday the 12th.
If you find (and send us photo evidence as above) of all eight doors you'll get a second entry into the draw!
Seven Existing Fairy Doors
There are seven doors near the Titahi Bay Beach. They are:
1. The Surfer Fairies door, near Vella Street.
2. Remembering Aunt Daisy's Door, near the old coffee shop.
3. The Bench Door. Along the path above the beach.
4. Froglette's Windows. The actual door is missing but her windows remain. (Please don't climb up the bank, it's getting pretty damaged)
5. Tricka's door. Near the Surf Life Save club
6. Arnold Park door. By the playground, also known as Roly-Poly Park
7. The Bridge door. At the southern end of the beach.
Precise map locations and helpful photos can be found on the Imagination Doors Google Map.
Please join us on Saturday, July 12
for another Imagination Doors
Fairy Door Hunt!
Find the new door and be in to win a door of your own!
On Saturday, the 12th of July, a new fairy door will appear in the Titahi Bay beach area. Follow us on Facebook for hints on it's possible location.
If you take a photo of the new door and post it on Facebook, you'll be in the draw to win your very own door! People who find all. Those who find all eight doors get a double entry!*
A map of existing doors can be found here
* To be eligible to win you must upload a photo of the door to the Imagination Doors Facebook page or email it to us with permission for us to post it on our Facebook page. Those who submit photos of all 8 doors in the area will be eligible for a double entry. The winner will be drawn from one of these submissions randomly. The winner will receive a standard door of their choice (up to $42 value). This is not redeemable for cash. Entries must arrive between 8am and 3pm on Saturday July 12th to be eligible. A winner will be announced on the Facebook page by 8pm that night.
Are you quick like a ninja?
Are you able to creep like the night?
If yes, then we want YOU to join our Super-Secret Fairy Ninja Squad.
We are looking for up to 20 Fairy Ninjas who all live in different locations around the country to join our secret cause.
You'll receive training in the Fairy Ninja arts and supplies.
You'll need to commit up to three hours of time and be available on 26.04.2014 to perform your mission (should you choose to accept it).
Contact: Imaginationdoors@gmail.com with your Fairy Ninja Code Name
for further instructions
The Titahi Bay Fair was, by all accounts, a success!
Thank you for your support of our wee business. We're tickled pink that so many of you like what we do and share our joy (and obsession) with all things Fairy and Goblin.
It was so much fun meeting so many new fans and reconnecting with a few we had already met. Despite the throngs of people at the beginning, people were well behaved.
A number of you asked about our strange fairy hunting kit and even got to have a listen of the Fairy noises. Where did it come from you ask? Well, here is the story....
Te Papa have found an old chest in the back of their collection.
After they dusted it off they opened it and found a number of strange artifacts. They seem to belong to a fellow called Johnathon T. Foxworthy and he appears to be one of the earliest known fairy hunters.
Now it seems that we have built up a bit of a reputation as the local fairiologists. So they contacted us to ask if we could help decipher the artifacts.
We were of course, only too happy to help!
The first item we unpacked is an old crumbly journal, bound with leather. It will take us some time to read it carefully and figure out what is inside. We did however read the first couple of pages and this is what it said:
These pages contain the fruits of my labour, carefully gathered over many years in many different places. I will travel the world to seek knowledge, stories and importantly, evidence of the existence of fairies.
We can't wait to find out what else is contained in those pages!
The second item we unpacked is what appears to be a fairy hunting kit. That is what was on display at the fair. It contains an early recording device and once we carefully removed the tape we were able to decode and convert the sounds to a digital file. It actually contains the sounds of fairies talking to each other!
We put it on our mp3 player and brought it to the fair.
The kids at the Fair were fascinated!
To listen to the sounds of the fairies follow this link.
Watch this space for more updates about Johnathon T. Foxworthy!
Karin and Stephen
Stephen and Karin