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Friday, March 7, 2008

In Our Garden

Today's note from Charlotte to the faries that live in our gaden...

Here is Debbee Thibualt's vision of our "Garden Fairy" many of you have asked about the inspiration for the special piece Debbee has done for us, so I wanted to share this little tale.

...Charlotte, my 5 year old daughter and fairy expert, will help...

A tiny house made of moss, bark and sticks sits on our porch. In the summer, we move it into the garden.
This is our fairy house.

With fervor, Charlotte corresponds with the inhabitants. She drafts tiny notes and tucks them into the little rooms. The next day a response arrives in a tilty script.

She has discovered that the fairies like shiny things, bits of cake, and most definitely, her attention. And she assures me that of course, they only write to good little children who believe in them.

I keep these wee notes for Charlotte in an old chocolate tin.
I am the keeper of this magic; her the memory.
Thanks go to Dawn for the gift of this fairy house, without your inspiration Dawn, I doubt the fairies would have ever "moved into" our garden...and to you Kimberly for the box that arrived…Charlotte has re-doubled her efforts and hopes that Zayla has had good luck with her notes too!

...and a special thanks from me and Charlotte to our friend and Earth Angels artist, Debbee Thibault. Debbee, you heard our little story and you made the garden fairy come to life in your work.

So now, not only have I told all of you in BLOGland that I play dolls, but that I believe in fairies. Well, I suppose that little girl in me has just never grown up.

xxoo Jen O'Connor


Theresa said...

Charlotte is so lucky she has fairies at her house. I grow flowers in my garden but I've seen no fairies about. I guess I need to build a house just for them.... I never thought of that. I guess I thought they lived in the trees like birds. Tell Charlotte thank you for the house idea. I'll be sure to let you know if I see any fairies about. :)



Debbie Baumann said...

Jen, what fun and what glorious memories for Miss Charlotte. I really love Debbee's work. I have just started collecting in the last year...thanks for introducing me to her lovely pieces.

jeanetta said...

now i have to go make a fairie house too. how sweet. such memories.

oldflowers4me said...

oh your little girl- is just so beautiful- tell her that we have real fairys in australia as well- i have a fairy door- thats inside our house just in case the little one's need to come in at night time-

diane allison-stroud said...

on days that are hohum, i wonder what we would do without our babies...they can turn hohum to wonderment...i'm a not keeper too, a rock keeper, coin keeper...i have a jar on the dryer for when i empty pockets...

Anonymous said...

Oh what a sweet sweet tale! Everybody should believe in fairies no matter their age. I love the notes - what a beautful thing to do and the fairy is just gorgeous.

Laurie Meseroll said...

(On a snowed-in blustery Ohio day) There are three things I truly love:

1)Charlotte most of all


3)the word "tilty!"

Thank you, my friend, for bringing all of these into my life!



oh ps--of course I love Debbee, too!

Laurie Meseroll said...

Three things I LOVE:

1)Charlotte most of all


3)the word "tilty!"

Thank you, my friend, for bringing them all into my life on this snowed-in, blustery Ohio day.

oh ps--of course I LOVE Debbee, too!

KSedlak said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful story about Charlotte and her love for faeries. The picture of her with the faery house is just adorable.
I love the Garden Fairy that Debbie created, she is so cute holding her watering can and ready to water the flowers during spring and summer.

Anonymous said...

Charlotte is the most precious little girl that I know....she herself is like a little fairy. The last time I was with her she had me write a note to the fairies because she said I was a good girl. How sweet is that! I can't wait for Spring to oficially be here...I am sure I will spot a few fairies in my garden.

Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

I love the fairy house idea! We'll have to add some to our garden. Charlotte is so lucky to have you as her momma! She looks just like you, can't believe how grown up she is now.

XO Bonnie

Jackie said...

Charlotte is lucky to have the fairy home. My girls have a fair door and we have special memories and on every occasion my girls include them too~ Have a wonderful night and thanks for sharing :)jackie

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