Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden
- Edited by Richard Lewis
- Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
- How to Create a Fairy Garden with Kids
- Handmade Mother’s Day Gift by Kids
- DIY Stepping Stones by Kids
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden
Why we love this book:
This little gem of a book is no longer in print; consequently, this copy is gently loved. But in my world a gently loved book is a book filled with love from a past life time. Gently loved actually makes it more special. In A Spring Garden is a collection of simple spring poems edited by Richard Lewis and softly illustrated by beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. People often ask me how I select the books I give away at waddle-ah-chaa. Well, it’s quite easy. I have a true love for children’s literature and when I find one that makes me laugh, cry, scratch my head . . . I snatch it right up for a just the right time.
I’ve been saving In A Spring Garden for some time now. Saving it for just the right time. We’ve been gardening and enjoying a great deal of poetry recently so it felt like just the right time to share this graceful classic.
Growing a Fairy Garden
with Your Children
Miss Enigma’s Fairy House Garden all began with the Fairy House Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh. I happened to check-out the book from our local library and soon Miss Enigma was designing more than adorable fairy houses in her journal.
Next, by chance I ran across The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure and checked it out as well. I read this true story aloud to both of the kiddos and they were fascinated by the mystery of how two girls fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes and many others with their fairy photographs. Their fairy photos are reprinted in the book and they are quite intriguing! Besides part of you really does want to believe in fairies! You might be familiar with the story as in 1997, the Cottingley Fairies story was featured in the movie FairyTale: A True Story.
Welcome to Miss Enigma’s Fairy Garden
These two books sealed the deal. Miss Enigma is hooked on fairies. So of course, we now have a fairy garden in our backyard.
Picking a Spot for our Fairy Garden
We have two big trees out our backdoor off of our patio. This shady area is the spot Miss Enigma chose for her Fairy Garden.
Collecting our Fairy House Materials
- We first went on a walk in the woods and collected old tree stumps, twigs, moss and rocks. Yes, we found that incredible heart rock.
- We also took a trip to the local nursery and Miss Enigma picked out a few herbs and flowering plants.
Making a Rough Plan for the Fairy Garden
- We collected big pots, little pots, broken pots, pebbles, rocks, marbles, a bird house, plants . . .
- The kiddos had a plan to build Fairy Houses and to put pots on top of pots to build the Fairy Garden up into the trees.
Come Closer and Peek Inside a Fairy House
We have a little Fairy House with petite shell bowls waiting for the fairies. There’s even a door incase the fairies wish to close-up their little house. It has been a rainy spring you know. They might like to get out of the damp air.
Or They May Prefer a Sturdy Rock House
Log Resting Spots
Soft fluffy flowers, moss and little chairs made from broken flower pots await the fairies.
Refreshing Fairy Waterfall
The kiddos created a waterfall with blue hued marbles and a lush moss retreat for relaxing. (The tomato plant sprouted up all on its own! I guess it will be a fairy tree.)
A Fairy Fishing Pond
Of course if there are any fairies like me, you’ll find them swimming rather than fishing.
Fairy Fishing Pole
Yes, yes, yes indeed. At one point the kiddos actually had some tiny minnows swimming about in the fishing pond.
And Last But Not Least . . . Fairy Dance Floors
- Miss Enigma was very adamant about adding our homemade stepping stones as dance floors for the fairies.
Homemade Stepping Stones
- Last week, I shared how we made our Easy DIY Stepping Stones.
- The kiddos are giving these personalized stepping stones as Mother’s Day Gifts to Grandma and Grandma.
I don’t know about the fairies but I’m quite ready to move into the Fairy Garden. Miss Enigma even leaves out strawberries and fruit upon occasion. What more could a fairy ask for?
We’re Giving Away one copy of In a Spring Garden edited by Richard Lewis
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So confess, do you believe in fairies . . . admit it, part of you wants to believe in fairies! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, May 18, 2015. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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