Winter Fairy Houses

Although it’s been a strange, snowless winter, it is still very much winter. My urge during this season is always to stay inside and hibernate. Each day I push myself out, no matter what the weather, and am immediately glad I did. The winter landscape refreshes...

Fall Fairy Houses

Fall is my favorite season. The fiery leaves mixed with the orange of pumpkins gives the world a golden glow. Sweaters are pulled down from attics and new hats warm our heads. And there is a new kind of bustle as geese head south, Monarch butterflies head to Mexico,...

Summer Solstice

June 21st: The longest day of the year, when the sun reaches its most northerly point, a time when that thin veil between the human and fairy world disappears. For fairy-house builders, you can stay outside longer. The dark cool nights won’t turn you away. In...
X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

“Who likes to look for treasures?” I ask a room full of three to five-year-old children in a preschool classroom. Not surprisingly, each little arm shoots up. I explain to the children that treasures can be every day objects with unusual traits: a stick with a hole in...

Mud Pies

“You can use a tree stump for a counter. The sea makes a nice sink; so does a puddle at the end of a hose. For a stove there is the sun, or a flat stone. And ovens are everywhere. You’ll find them under bushes, in sandboxes or behind trees.” –Marjorie Winslow from Mud...