Friday, December 30, 2011

gnome abode

for every elf and fairy sprite




With poplar and some local branches, I made this gnome home and some additional cut pieces. Now, only a child's imaginative play is needed to bring stories of gentle country gnomes and playful forest elves to life. While working on a Shakespeare play for my seventh grade students, I came across a fitting excerpt from Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream:




Through the house give glimmering light



By the dead drowsy fire:



Every elf and fairy sprite



Hop as light as bird from brier:



And this ditty after me



Sing, and dance it trippingly.



First, rehearse your song by rote,



To each word a warbling note;



Hand in hand, with fairy grace,



Will we sing, and bless this place.









2 comments:

Lynn said...

I made a similar fairy home for my children last year out of a tree branch and you are so right. All it takes is a child's imagination for hours of imaginative play to bring the characters to life.

Autumn mama said...

i have made similar fairy houses big,medium and teeny tiny over this xmas break --i can't wait to see what the wee ones will do with them when they return to our little home based waldorf early learning program. Happy new year ! :)light and magic to you