Meanwhile In The Fairy World of Home

7 Jul 2014 In: Uncategorized

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend regarding my twitter saga of the Fairy World of Home. Besides the obvious, of barely posting and abandoning the meme, I had even abandoned my own hashtag mid winter. Given the April tweets about snow, flowers, and soccer, I can see how all that winter may have gone to my head.

By June’s end, however, I’d gotten back into the proper habit of labeling my Fairy World posts, and here I’ve collected stray posts from Feb-July.

Feb 19
Setting out a veggie tray in front of the children is like throwing a party.—nutritionist pixie

Mar 10
Laundry elf took an unexpected spring break last week. She’s over the moon about the repaired dryer. #engineerhubbiesrule

Mar 31
Garden troll took the whole morning celebrating the arrival of Spring, or pruning, same difference.

May 16
Hair maiden got done with a mountain if hair, laundry elf put last load in dryer, kitchen sprite managed clean kitchen. #domesticbliss

Jun 3
Laundry elf didn’t come in today. I think her second son turned 10 too. Tomorrow’s excuse will be a 14 y/o daughter, no doubt.

June 19 That laundry elf folded clothes hours ago, but didn’t put the last load in the dryer. Meanwhile, the cook showed up #fairyworldofhome

Jun 26
I think teaching gnome took laundry elf with her to a three day conference. I hope she at least has clean clothes…#fairyworldofhome

Jun 27
Garden troll took over the afternoon, but when a child came looking for teaching gnome, she magically appeared. #fairyworldofhome

Jun 27
Kitchen sprite reported for duty when laundry elf attempted a takeover. Kitchen sprite prevailed. #fairyworldofhome

June 29
Teaching gnome really earning her stripes on this penultimate day of school. #summerstartsinjuly #fairyworldofhome

Jul 1 She’s a good elf, Laundry. When caught in the act, she gives me the credit for her tireless deeds. #fairyworldofhome

Jul 1 As Laundry elf parked herself in the middle of evening chores, a small voice asked to help. Children are a blessing. #fairyworldofhome

Jul 2 Shopping dervish took over the day, as she is want to do. Laundry can wait. #fairyworldofhome

I don’t remember what year it was. The last decade is a blur, to be honest. I had either read some family fun type magazines or blogs and thought it would be fun to pull an April Fools Day prank on my children. I announced with a flourish that we were having cupcakes for dinner!

They were young and impressionable. So happy that Mom would do such a thing.

Then snuck around the kitchen stirring it up. Nobody noticed when I put food coloring in the leftover mashed potatoes…

Someone cried. Someone else cringed. Another child hates Shepherd pie to this day.

The incident was chalked up to a failed experiment. The meatloaf cupcakes became the stuff of legend to children who weren’t even here at the time.

And it stands out in my mind as what April Fools Day is about.

So I couldn’t help myself when I prepared the weeks menu. I wrote cupcakes for dinner. That’s when the girls took over. They have been studying cake pops. In fact, I’m sure the idea came from them originally, this year.

The same woman, Nerdy Nummies, who inspired my daughters to make a minecraft cake for their little sister made cheeseburger cupcakes.

All I had to do was give the green light. And the girls were off, stirring up brownies for the burger patties, yellow cupcakes for the buns. I heard someone say something about cream cheese frosting…and coloring the ‘catsup’ with strawberries! And, let me tell you, it was a production.

We may have created a tradition.

Journey of a Rubber Band

24 Mar 2014 In: Uncategorized

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Was it last year? When everybody had to have those whimsically shaped rubber bands?

I don’t know. Maybe it was two years ago. But people were going to Seriously Miss Out if they didn’t have these odd rubber bands. And the thing is, they would distort those cute shapes to wrap them around their wrists anyway. At which point I would Strenuously Object, at which point they would Take Them Off in a Huff, which would lead to breakage, littering, rage…

And I never really bought many of those things, after all.

This year, it’s regular small yet colorful rubber bands. And these things come with clasps and looms, and a crafty child could get quite carried away.

They sell the bags of bands for $1.00 if you catch the right sales. I may or may not have bought a few bags of these bands. And a loom. And one of the children, who learned from another of the children, who learned from another of the children, taught me how to make a fishtail bracelet.

Which I make from Found Rubber Bands. As in found… all over the floor. I don’t remember when I stopped telling others to pick them up and return them to Where They Belong. And when I stopped picking them up myself and returning them, and rather started making my own bracelets.

I have made 5 now, including an anklet. (But who’s counting?) One child has moved onto elaborate designs, picked up from Youtube and her own imagination. She off-handedly explained the fancy derivation of the fishtail to me. I have since switched to this way of making bracelets.

Still from Found Rubber Bands, mind you. These bracelets are delicate. One band breaking in a Strategic Place will decommission a whole bracelet. And creative children are often deconstructing bracelets to make new ones.

So there’s a temporary quality to the whole craft. But the community that forms around people creating jewelry together is priceless. The learning and sharing are a nice side effect too.

Though it has fad written all over it, I’m ok with this one sticking around awhile.