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Fairy houses and my thoughts on Disney’s Tinker Bell

I’ve noticed an explosion in imaginative play this past year. From gnomes over the summer (thanks to the beautiful book we checked out from the library) to today’s obsession with fairies, the world of this preschooler seems filled with magic.   Claire spent days working on fairy houses on our front porch. She’s used rocks, sticks and leaves and is now begging us for a … Continue reading Fairy houses and my thoughts on Disney’s Tinker Bell

Garden Gnomes and Garden Toads

Getting dirty is a skill set Claire especially excels at. The muddy project Claire is working on in the photo above was inspired by a book we checked out from the library about gnomes.  Claire was enthralled by it, and I must admit that I was as well. Growing up, I absolutely Gnomes by Will Huygen LOVED the Nickelodeon show “David the Gnome.” Turns out … Continue reading Garden Gnomes and Garden Toads

Claire of the Jungle

We’ve been in brush clean up mode these past few weeks, hauling the old, dead cedar trees over to the fire pile and waging war on the wild thorn bushes on the side yard. The weather has been indescribably gorgeous and I’m so glad to have the chance to spend all this time outside during the day with my little munchkin! Of course the “pick … Continue reading Claire of the Jungle

Early Spring Nature Activities

If you missed out last year in creating a nesting material dispenser for your backyard birds, buy some onions and hang on to that bag because now is the time! Last year we left out bunches of sparkling ribbon, pink yarn and batting and were treated to some pretty fabulous nests. We’re in a new house now and while walking in the woods, my husband … Continue reading Early Spring Nature Activities

Greenhouse Gardening in Winter

We used an eye dropper to water at firstso the seedlings wouldn’t float away      We’re so lucky to have two large hoop houses at our new house. Right now I’m mainly using them to over-winter some perennials that didn’t make it into the ground, but back in December I thought a little experimentation with  growing vegetables in the winter would be fun. I was … Continue reading Greenhouse Gardening in Winter