Creating magical childhood moments with mindful stories and handmade toys
What I'm working on right now - April 2018

Our first school visits and what I’m working on now

By Liesl van der Hoven | April 16, 2018

Phew, so much happened over the past month that I’ve had to take a short break from blog writing. But today I’ll tell you all about what has been happening – and I promise to make up for the blog silence by sharing loads of pictures with you!

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This meditation pendant will remind you to pause for a few quiet moments every day!

This meditation pendant will remind you to pause for a few quiet moments every day!

By Liesl van der Hoven | March 7, 2018

This whimsical meditation pendant featuring our little meditating rock hyrax, Diana Dassie, is a perfect reminder to slow down. Wear your pendant as a reminder to take a few quiet moments to breathe every day!

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This month we teach children about meditation

This story will teach children about meditation!

By Liesl van der Hoven | March 6, 2018

Our featured story from our Story Club this month is Sitting still like a Dassie! In this story, Diana Dassie teaches Little Owl how to overcome his feelings of anguish after a fight with his little brother. Diana Dassie does this by teaching Little Owl to close his eyes and focus on his breathing. In short, she…

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New pendants and a Little Owl bag - inspired by a story!

New pendants and a Little Owl bag – inspired by a story!

By Liesl van der Hoven | March 1, 2018

I’ve been playing with new ideas for products that were inspired by some of our stories! Over the December holidays I made my first little owl bag. I also played with images from one of our Story Club stories – and turned them into gorgeous pendants!

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Two important skills for young minds: Part 2 - Mindfulness

Two important skills for young minds: Part 2 – Mindfulness

By Liesl van der Hoven | February 19, 2018

In my previous blog post I shared my thoughts on why creativity and the use of the imagination are such important skills for children to develop. Now I would like to share a few ideas about the value of mindfulness and paying attention. I’d also like to tell you why I think creativity and mindfulness…

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Two important skills for young minds: Part 1 - Creativity and imagination

Two important skills for young minds: Part 1 – Creativity and imagination

By Liesl van der Hoven | February 19, 2018

In the past, I sometimes struggled to explain why I thought creativity was an important skill for children to develop. It wasn’t that I didn’t think it was valuable. For me, personally, being creative seemed as important as eating or breathing – I couldn’t do without it. But other people seemed to do just fine…

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We've got a special new newsletter subscriber gift for you!

We’ve got a new newsletter subscriber gift for you!

By Liesl van der Hoven | February 14, 2018

I’ve been having a ball writing short 10 sentence stories about our beloved characters! The first two stories are finished and I’ve also translated into Afrikaans. I’ve decided that they are a great addition to the newsletter subscriber gift I am offering to everyone who subscribes to the Fairy Caravan newsletter!

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The NEW Story Club - you will love the improvements we've made!

The NEW Story Club!

By Liesl van der Hoven | February 5, 2018

After launching our new Story Club in May last year, I’ve had some valuable feedback from my first subscribers! One of the requests that I received most often, was to try and find a way to display both illustrations and story text at the same time.

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The values that guide and inspire us

5. The values that guide and inspire us

By Liesl van der Hoven | January 31, 2018

This is the last story in a series of short 10-sentence stories about Fairy Caravan. Click here to read the first part, and click here for the second part. You will find part three here, and part four over here.

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4. Our purpose is to support and inspire!

4. Our purpose is to support and inspire!

By Liesl van der Hoven | January 29, 2018

In the fourth story in this series of short 10-sentence stories I tell you about the reason why Fairy Caravan exists. Click here to read the first part, click here for the second part , and find the third part here.

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