Our second annual Ladybug Camp hosted twin sisters, Ava and Angeline, with cousin Kaylee. This four year old trio enjoyed a multi day, overnight affair busy with crafting, baking, play-acting, and exploring. On day two, we ventured into a magical wooded realm - the place where fairies flutter!
My little lady guests arrived well versed on the topic of those daintily winged garden dwelling nymphs, but they were delighted to reexamine their characteristics and the habitats they frequent in pop up books I couldn't resist buying for the occasion!*
This is not a sponsored post,
but my, my! Looking to fascinate and educate? This is the set for you! We pored over each page, mesmerizing and rich in three dimensional glory, finding fairies in hidden nooks and crannies.
Gardens, woodlands, and more....I sent each little lady home with her own book (there's a third in the series) to secure delightful memories.
Armed with fresh tips on places to look, off we go a-hunting. Backyard woods held promise for finding fairies of our own.
Nestled in foliage, the first of three petaled sprites awaits discovery! (A favorite moment saw precocious Miss Ava animatedly point out that these fairies were actually not "the real thing!" They were "grandma-made" substitutes that might serve our purpose for today, yet still, not "really real"
ones!) And of course, she is correct! Thank you, Ava! :)
Angeline and Kaylee cradle their new friends.
Forging ahead, an enticing vision beckoned! Were guests expected here? With places set for six?
Six indeed! One for each successful fairy finder, another for her newly acquired friend!
Months ago, the thoughtfulness of a cherished blogger friend, Judy,
made my dream of today's event even more special. She sent me the tiny tea set pictured here. Her own granddaughter had reached the teenage years, and it was time for pretty vintage pieces to find another home, one where younger girls would take their turn pouring magic tea to serve in teeny tiny portions. This was the perfect occasion to introduce our gift. Thank you, Judy!
Room enough, and food enough for everybody!
Ladybug Campers nibbled cheese wraps and tangerine slices. Pot de creme bowls cradled hummus and baby carrot sticks.
But "real bugs" were not welcome at our repast, so craft punched, flower themed paper covers topped tasty drinks. Friendly butterflies alight on each straw.
Oh, what magic we found today in our foray into the place where (grandma-made!) fairies flutter, little ladies stop to snack in dappled sunlight, and grandma beams away in pride and satisfaction!
My friend, Judy, a master gardener, blogs about beauty in nature, in fabric, and of charming places both near and far at New England Garden and Thread.
She is also a fan of fairies. Her 2012 Fairy House Tour
is one of my favorite posts ever!
Fairy dolls are easily made from wooden peg bases found at craft stores. Dress them in petals pulled from silk flowers.
*The three Cicely Mary Barker pop-up fairy books I purchased for my granddaughters can be found on Amazon.com.
This is part 3 of my Grandma Camp 2017 series. It begins right here.
Click here for part 4.