I am LOVING reading Sarah Olmstead’s book Imagine Childhood. She has such a magical way of writing and, more than once, I’ve come to a paragraph where I’ve thought, ‘Oh yes… I did that as a child too!!’ Childhood is an universal language. I find Sarah’s words inspiring. Being a mom and having the power to bring childhood magic into the lives of our children must surely be one of the most important tasks we have.When I was a child 30 (or so) years ago, we had so much more freedom than our own children are allowed. Like Sarah, I was often out alone in the forest, left to dream up fantastical daydreams. It’s sad hat our children don’t have this luxury and I feel it is my duty to give them the illusion of being lost in nature and their imaginations.
Last night, I read the chapter in the book about making fairy houses. I love how Sarah and her little ones stop off along a trail somewhere and find the perfect spot for fairy play. It made me remember the times when my little family and I had done the same and, as the memories came flooding back, I realized that we hadn’t spontaneously created a fairy house for such a long time… many years, in fact. We used to make them wherever we went. Why we stopped, I do not know. So, this afternoon, we are going to put on our rain boots and venture out into the late Autumn sunshine to make a gnome home in the woods.
Here are some photos of some of the fairy and gnome homes we’ve made in the past…
Gnome Feast with a mushroom table, chairs and lots of yummy goodies for gnomes to eat. CLICK HERE to see more.
Here is a magic fairy circle with a feast for whomever happens upon it. CLICK HERE to see more.
Oh gosh… these gnomes seem to eat a lot! Here is another gnome feats. CLICK HERE to see more.
Here is Kitty (look how young she looks!), very proud of the little stick house she has made for a lucky, unsuspecting, gnome. CLICK HERE to see more.
We are so excited for this afternoons adventures… I’ll be sure to take some photos of our newest gnome home.
For those of you who are shopping on Cyber Monday… here is a link to the 10% SALE I’m having today at Fairyfolk.
And, here’s a link to my Facebook page where you’ll see a thread at the top of the page with links to all of my ‘handmade’ friends who are also offering super Cyber Monday sales (there are over 50 shops listed!)… today is a great day to get some Christmas shopping done :-) Share these links with your friends and family too.
Blessings and magic