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Like magic, a girl’s faerie garden reappeared

Olivia is a science kid, into hard facts and non-fiction books. But her mom’s mom — they call her “Gramma Carrot” — likes to tell her stories about faeries and their secret world.

The garden slowly grew, bit by bit, tiny toadstool by ribbon-wrapped stick.

It was a fantasy escape for 7-year-old Olivia. In this year full of big things, the little things seem to matter even more.

Then, on a Saturday morning in August, Olivia’s mom, Rachel, walked outside and noticed the faerie garden was gone.

Someone had stolen it in the night. All of it.

“My thought,” says Rachel, a music teacher at Folwell and Churchill elementaries, “was ‘One more point for 2020; one less point for us.’”

Something, though, sparked a response.

Rachel (a classical musician) texted her dad (English major and poet) and her brother (JRR Tolkien enthusiast). The three of them started writing, well, a Medieval proclamation. In verse.

“Something rotten in the State of Slatterly,” it began.

“A family of faeries and gnomes/A garden of toadstools and jewels,” it read in part. “STOLEN! A human girl of seven years curses you! The wrath of a human mother is upon you!”

Rachel posted it on the Slatterly Park section of Nextdoor, the nationwide app with a neighborhood focus. Didn’t think any more about it.

Then came the responses.

Some were Medieval poems. Some were private messages with people’s stories about how tough this year has been. And how they wanted to help someone else out.

Then came the gnomes. The toadstools. The tiny wooden benches.

Items showed up overnight. The seashells and starfish placed around their tree. Fancy fake flowers. The tiny treasure chest.

Some people called ahead.

“Two gentlemen and a lady contacted me to see if they could drop off a few gifts,”

Kitchen Magic Design Staff and Management Awarded Leading Industry Accreditations

NAZARETH, Pa., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kitchen Magic, a Lehigh Valley-based kitchen and bath design firm with more than 40 years of experience, announced that three of its staff have attained industry excellence certifications. 

Kitchen Magic Design Staff and Management Awarded Leading Industry Accreditations

“Attaining certifications with organizations as important as the Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) further instills our commitment to excellence,” said Brett Bacho, president of Kitchen Magic. 

Suzi Dia, Kitchen Design Consultant, has achieved certification as Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) from NKBA. In 2019, a kitchen designed by Dia was awarded a Contractor of the Year Award for Kitchen Magic by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.)

J.T. Norman, Director of Business Development, Product and Design Innovation, was certified by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Norman oversees all aspects of design and product development at Kitchen Magic. 

The AKBD and ASID certifications are recognized achievements in the competencies necessary for kitchen and bath design. Industry accreditations ensure precise solutions to ensure functional & beautiful results for the customer. 

“These individuals are exemplary designers and remodeling specialists that demonstrate the utmost dedication to the kitchen and bath industry and our customers,” said Bacho. He added, “This combination of experience and education ensures that our staff represents the highest qualified professionals in the kitchen and bath industry.”

ABOUT KITCHEN MAGIC: Kitchen Magic is a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company with headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Nazareth, PA. Kitchen Magic has been family-owned and operated since 1979. Using an exclusive cabinet refacing process, Kitchen Magic has transformed nearly 60,000 kitchens. Today, Kitchen Magic serves CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA and RI. Kitchen Magic is recognized by Qualified Remodeler as a top performer in kitchen remodeling nationwide, an 11-time Angie’s