A handmade fairy garden is the perfect gift for a special mom. And of course, every mom is special! Created with love, these fairy gardens are as much an artistic expression as a little bit of garden magic.Read More
The tiny magical world of terrariums is enchanting! These little terrariums are a pleasure to make and giveaway. Be sure to make one for yourself to enjoy!
This is absolutely a craft you can make with your kiddos (see the step-by-step instructions below) and it makes a wonderful present for teachers and grandparents.Read More
♥ Let's play in the garden ♥
Our third week of summer camp is all about plants and bugs!
Botany & Gardening
Here are some fun ways to learn about plants, play in the garden and even raise your own "herb babies!"Read More
Does your little fairy have a birthday party to go to soon?
Here is a fun project idea for creating a wonderful gift for fairy lovers of all kinds.
A few weeks ago my daughter little V had a birthday party to attend. We decided to create a make your own fairy garden kit to gift one of her best friends on her special day. We created a complete enchanted garden in a pot with lots of room for personalization; the perfect present from one fairy loving little girl to another.Read More
♥ Let's visit with the wee fairy folk ♥
Our first week of summer camp is all about fairies!
Below you will find books, projects and even online sites you can visit as you delve into the world of fairies. Do as many of these activities as you want!
What kid doesn't love bugs? Butterflies, caterpillars, rollie pollies and lady bugs are some of the most treasured critters in the garden. I even know a child who has a deep love and respect for spiders. Of course not every child loves bugs yet many do and lady bugs are among the most enchanting of bugs and are very approachable for most kids.Read More
Many happy days were spent stalking bugs when I was a little child. I had an array of bug catchers and I knew where all the good places were to find a new pal. My often caught favorites were roly polies. I also sought after treasured lady bugs, butterflies and caterpillars which were hard to come by and when I would find one, I would be enchanted with my imagination completely sparked. So, can you guess what one of my favorite things to do with kids? Play with bugs of course! Many, many summer days have found my girls and I "hunting bugs" and going on "roly poly" walks with bug catchers in hand.Read More
This is really a story about the beauty of a child. For children can't help but be beautiful when we slow down enough to let them share that beauty.
"Where are you Vi?" "I am in here on the potty. Will you read my bug book to me?" Vi implores. I start to panic, it is 7am and I have my full morning of timely responsibilities pressing on me. I know if I stop to read to Vi, everything will run late. Sadly I tell her "maybe later" feeling like I say that way to often.
Happily later that very afternoon I remember the bug book. We snuggle up for a good read of this brightly illustrated lift-the-flap book about all kinds of bugs. Vi is so snuggly and enjoying the book so much it is pure delight to be with her. I suggest that we go bug hunting after reading our book. Bug hunting will get us outside to plant the pea seeds we had planned to put in the ground that afternoon.
With the book finished we head out to the garden for good old fashion bug hunting. At first we don't see any bugs despite Vi calling "B-U-G-S" in a sing-song voice. I ask Vi where the bugs in the book were and she remembers that bugs like to hide.
"There's a rock Mommy!" Vi points. We lift up the rock and are rewarded with a wriggly earthworm. "There's another!" Vi exclaims.
On it goes until we exhaust our supply of rocks. Now that we are outside I suggest that it is time to plant pea seeds we had planned to put in the ground that afternoon.
"That sounds great mommy!"
While I go to get the compost for amending the soil, Vi waits for me bouncing on the trampoline. We, are as usual, are a few weeks late in our pea planting. Sometimes it takes a while to get around to these kind of things. And, I am feeling anxious to get the soil prepared and the seeds in the ground so we can enjoy the best harvest from our garden. Also, in that moment, I feel the lateness of the day and dinner is starting to loom as well as other things that need my attention. I pull myself back to the moment and the task at hand.
After a bit of struggle I make it to our garden with a big bag of compost. Vi and I start to shovel the compost into the garden. As I had anticipated, Vi loves this. She has a blast with each shovel full talking constantly about the dirt and how to grow plants. After a bit she remembers two little pots which have been the focus of her attention over the past few weeks. Into these little pots she had carefully placed soil, dug from the garden beds; planted little seeds from around the yard and two pea seeds given to her by me upon request. She insists that these pots need compost of their own and I agree. I get the rest of the compost into the garden while she works on her pots. Still talking, she tells me long stories about seeds and how to keep them healthy.
After a bit I get her attention to plant the seeds. At first it goes well. We decide that I will poke the holes and she will drop in the seeds. We hum along for a bit and she is pretty well focused. But then we hit a snag and start to have an argument over how she is holding the seeds in her hand and how I am poking the holes. Deep breath for me and I realize that I am getting grouchy and am pretty much the cause of our distress. I look at her sweet brown eyes so earnest and loving and at her little pudgy dirt covered hands and I let go. There is nothing here to be concerned about. Just the beauty of a darling little girl and her desire to help, her desire to experience. I realize that it doesn't have to be perfect and that I can't make it perfect because it already is. We finish planting our peas and set up the sprinkler to water our new "babies." I breathe again, a breath of gratefulness for the chance at motherhood. With our garden started and a mommy lesson learned, I know this year the peas harvest will be the best ever.
I wrote this late last spring, Have been waiting and waiting to share it! Now we are close again to pea planting time and I thought the time was right at last to share this story. In anticipation of earlier pea planting this time around, Vi and I are attempting to sprout our peas in the window before we plant them in the ground. We took some peas left over from last year, put them in plastic bags with wet cotton balls. First we soaked them overnight in water and then used that water to wet our cotton balls.
Then we sealed them and now they are in the window. We will watch and wait to see how it goes.
I am hoping for little roots and leaves to show themselves soon.
When the peas are ready we can transplant to the yard. The pea seed package I have says not to pre-sprout indoors, but I figure it is an experiment and like anything in life, you just gotta try to see what happens...