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Find out 5 things about me!

Find out 5 things about me!

I’ve met so many new Fairy Caravan friends recently! I thought it might be fun to share 5 things about me with you!

5 things about me

  1. I am a huge animal lover. I’ve always had cats and dogs as pets. Recently I’ve also learnt how lovable and clever birds can be. About a year ago I rescued a baby dove and when he grew up he decided to stay with me instead of flying off to be wild. He is free to fly around my house and follows me around everywhere during the day.
  2. I studied languages and philosophy at university. Back then, I wouldn’t have dreamed that I could be writing and illustrating children’s books one day. My studies did teach me discipline and showed me that I can figure anything out for myself if I worked at it hard enough.
  3. I have loved reading pretty much from the moment that I learned how to sound out my first words. As a child I was a voracious reader.  At one point, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I felt that I had read almost all of the children’s books in my own house and at my grandparents’ house. I then started worrying that I might run out of stories to read. These days I take great pleasure in contributing stories to the world to prevent this from happening!
  4. Beatrix Potter is my biggest hero and her work my biggest inspiration. The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle was one of the first books I ever loaned from the library and it is still one of my favourites today. Her book, The Fairy Caravan, is the inspiration behind my business name.
  5. I strive to add to the magic of childhood through my work. I want to create stories and toys that will help to nurture and support young imaginations, so that they can grow up to be creative and innovative adults.

That’s all for now! Was there anything that you found surprising? Do let me know in the comments below! 


  1. Rose McClement on August 2, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I love that although I know you a teensie weensie bit, I know five more things about you. Five things that I would never have guessed. So thank you for sharing and opening up who you are.
    Five Things about me ( other than the obvious)
    1. I never ever dreamed of becoming an interior decorator as a child. It never dawned on me at all and when I finally landed up in this business, no one was more surprised than me.
    2. Despite that,looking back I did see hints about the fact that I was into interiors. As a little girl I totally loved playing housie housie. Not that I recall much of it.
    3. Strangest thing – my father was an upholsterer. Worked with fabrics and furniture.
    4. This involvement with interiors thus seemed to quietly be running in our family veins because my youngest daughter is also an interior designer by profession.
    5. My greatest learning along personal growth lines has come via my profession as a decorator. It has expanded me hugely.

    • Liesl van der Hoven on August 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Dear Rose,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share 5 things about yourself with me! What a wonderful way to get to know each other better!

      I would also never have guessed the things about you that you have shared here, but I find it so interesting that there are always little hints in our past and especially childhood as to what we may become one day.

      I look forward to seeing how we will evolve even more as we continue to “grow up”!

      Sending you lots of love,

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