Some people don't do Santa...or the Easter Bunny...or the Tooth Fairy. Well, to me, I don't see any harm in a some fanciful magic. Not only do we do all of the above, we do fairies. Ya, fairies are so completely real. We teach our kids that...yep.
My mom was/is the best mom ever. She would play Little House On The Prairie with us. She was Ma, my sister and I were Laura and Mary. My mom would
trick ask us to go get "eggs" from the chicken coop...aka: pick up all the apples off the ground that had fallen from the tree. We happily did it. My mom was always always doing things to cultivate us using our imaginations. Reading to us, telling us stories, making little games for us...but then leaving us to play, not staying and overseeing our every move. I loved that. I have the best memories of these things.
My mom's passion is all things green. She's in her yard at all hours of the day (and night) working. She talks to her flowers. (which I thought made her an insane person until about a year ago when she's all like, "Alicia, plants thrive off our carbon dioxide we exhale...it helps them grow." Oh ya...that's right, elementary botany classes, thanks for stickin' with me.)
When my parents were here in May, Grandma Kelly made Sophie into a believer of fairies. We went on a hike and Granny showed her every nook and cranny that the fairies inhabited. Sophie was fascinated.
This could either be a hat rack or a place to hang your fairy bath robe.
The fairies prepare meals in this trunk. It's also a good place to take cover if need be.
Teeny little seats in which to sit upon and attend fairy meetings together.
It's hard to see in this photo, but this fallen log is full of all sorts of holes and nooks. This is most definitely the fairy fortress. They do most of their living here.
Ever since that day in May, Sophie's been wanting to make a fairy garden of her own. If you build it, they will come. Yes, they will.
The only thing I bought for this project was the little fence, which I found at Micheal's. Everything else we had...including the tiny gardening tools. I have no clue why I had those really.
Start by filling your container with dirt. Make sure there's plenty of good drainage. I added some plants that I already had growing and a birdhouse.
We added a path and garden tools for Ms. Fairy to do her work with. Then when we were done, I went inside and Sophie stayed out to remind her fairy to not get into any mischief.
We actually did a project like this last year too. I know your kids will love this. Here's the link from last year's fairy gardens.
I'm not the only one who believes in fairies. On my post about fairy gardens last summer, a fairy-believer named John Springer left the the sweetest comment to inform me on some of the misconceptions I had about gnomes and fairies. Here's what John had to say:
John Springer said...
We have captured many photos of gnomes at the base of trees and they are not garden statues, for they are real and do come from another world. They are members of the Faerie Realm, however they are not Fairies. They are their own clan and group for each area of the world. You are blessed to connect with them and to honor their presence. We shared this world through a new set of eyes with our Enchanted Walkabouts. Be In Joy and keep up the great work!
So there you have it.
I'm still on a long weekend, but I'll hopefully be back on Wednesday with a Happy Day Project :)