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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Nature Table and a Fairy Ring

"But one lovely day, Spring came driving through in her airy carriage drawn by white butterflies. Then Ollie saw Mrs. Thaw, as she stood by the side of the ditch, wearing a brand new apron. She curtsied to Spring, beaming with delight."
-Ollie's Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow

Mrs. Thaw is having her way here in central Pennsylvania. To usher in the changing of seasons, we are reading Ollie's New Skis and The Sun Egg by Elsa Beskow. Just as the transformation from winter to spring is a slow process, so is our transformation of our nature table.

Every few days, the boys will see changes in our winter nature table as we embrace the warmth and beauty awaiting us in Spring. Today, our snow child left the nature table as did our snowmen. Our elf stepped forward to a new fairy ring.

To make the fairy ring, I purchased dowel rod buttons. (Mine are the 3/8 size and can be found at your local Home Depot, Lowes, or craft store.) I left the stem unpainted and used red watercolor, which spread evenly and dried in less than a minute, to paint the tops. For the white dots, I used a tiny brush and acryllic paint. In less than 5 minutes, I had several tiny mushrooms setting on the nature table awaiting discovery by two little boys and a fairy who surely is coming soon...


  1. Oh, these are so sweet! If only I could figure out how to get to the craft store with twins!

  2. Oh, my!!! I love these! Adorable!

  3. so glad I found your blog I'm planning my youngest girls 5th birthday and we are doing woodland fairies I have to do the fairy ring :)

    love your blog and a new follower of it for sure! :)

  4. love it!
    I made a whole bunch of these for a craft swap around xmas time last year...aren't they fun!!??
    Where in PA are you???
    we are in bethlehem...about an hour north of phila:)
    and...I so LOVE the verse you sent along my way...I will be taking it with me, for sure. Thank you, friend:) xoxo

  5. Also, I love your blog and have given you the Stylish Blogger Award on my site here:

  6. so sweet! i'm not sure if i like the gnome or the mushrooms more!

  7. Bending Birches: I am in Lancaster County & love coming to Bethlehem every September for the Celtic Festival! (I think we "blog met" last Sept. right after we both blogged about the festival.)

    Annette: How very kind of you!

  8. adorable fairy ring! i love longies too, i finished that pair and another newborn pair!!!! looking forward to following your blog too :) kim


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