20 Aug 2012
Griff attended a summer program this month called “Enchanted Forest”. It is where my “garden gnome moment” came from a few weeks ago. He was taught all things of enchantment in the forest. The finale of this adventure was the making of a fairy house to put into practice all the knowledge (and items) they collected on a wilderness walk and from what they learned through out the two week program. Unfortunately, for them, the second week was very rainy. They were able to squeeze out enough sunshine to pick up all the items to make the houses, but didn’t get a dry enough spell to put them together. Lucky for us, that meant we got to make it at home!
His bag of natures best treasures also came with printed out instructions on how to make a fairy house. We wanted to be sure there was a solid foundation so started with a board broken from a past Tae Kwon Do testing. We found a spot under our Japanese Maple, next to a very protective rock to start our house. After gathering up some moss from my moss garden (I don’t mind sharing for a project as important as this one!) and covering the boards, Griff started adding sticks in a tee-pee arrangement. We then wove the large leaves he found on his nature walk in-between each stick making a very safe shelter for the Fairies.
A few additional adds, from Mommy’s sewing room, made for some great trinkets fit for the most fabulous of Fairies.
A thimble and spool of thread make the perfect place to sit and drink from an acorn top cup. No fairy shall go thirsty on our watch.
Under the protection of the shelter, a soft bed of leaves awaits to cradle her into a pleasant slumber.
Acorns accent the front of the home giving it (what Griff explains as) a “homey feel”.
An pine cone and leaf path line the way for the fairy to find her way into this beautiful place.
And one boy sits very proud of this accomplishment for his fairy. He has explained to me that sometimes fairies disguise themselves as Monarch Butterflies. So if we don’t see a fairy right away, she may just be scoping out her next real estate.
The next morning, there was a Monarch Butterfly flying through the back yard. :)