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Enchnanted Fairy Garden Playspace

by Christy Olivier
(Marquette, MI)

Elysa's Enchanted Fairy Garden Playspace

Elysa's Enchanted Fairy Garden Playspace

Welcome to Elysa's enchanted fairy garden play space! Come in and have a seat next to the cotton mama made play quilt and grab a gnome and take a visit to the enchanted forest, or a walk in the fairy meadow, or how about a splash in the magical river...just be careful near the dragon's cave! Grab a wooden Prince or Princess and take a visit around the enchanted castle mama made. What's this on the tree trunk a...wool felted seed baby snug in a leaf blanket. Perhaps, you'd like to snuggle one of the homemade waldorf babies or the sock monkey in the salvaged antique cradle with grandma made quilts. Or perhaps, you'd like to grab one of the wooden gnome homes off the dollhouse bookshelf. Grab some silks out of the basket mama found at a tag sale and drape around them to create a little landscape. When you're done you can grab the rainbow mama made butterfly wings off the bookcase and fly around under the arbor. You'll have your pick of fairy and princess costumes to the right of the baby cradle. If you open the basket you'll find some of nature's best treasures of stones, seashells, acorns, and some bits of moss. In the purple castle tower that mama painted with low voc paints, you'll find a nice stash of beeswax to model with along with some beeswax crayons and chalk to color on the table opposite the arbor. Perhaps, that Angel Fairy (mama made!) on the top shelf of the bookshelf would like to come down and take a visit to her friends in the tree house. When you're done please don't forget to help your friends back to their homes! Thanks for visiting!


Many of the toys in my daughter's play space were made by me or salvaged and redone by me. I enjoy haunting thrift shops and tag sales to gather cast off items that can be turned into enchanted playthings for all my little ones to play with. Wooden salad bowls easily become little nesting places for nature gathered items and wool sweater's soon become new toys for our little ones to enjoy. The wooden items were from salvaged pine donated by our friends. Our family lives and homeschools with an eclectic mix of Waldorf, Enki and all things Holistic! We've always encouraged open ended play with our four little ones and LOVE mama made and craft show finds. The best toys come from nature or are made with love.

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Mar 29, 2009
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Unbelievable
by: Char

That is so gorgeous. I love it. It was enough to make my 3 year old say wow as well. I was wondering how the heck you made that and do you have instructions so i could do something similar.

Aug 22, 2008
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

You did a great job. I feel like growing wings already.

Aug 17, 2008
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beautiful!
by: nicole

i think this room is beautiful and deserved to win for sure! <3
i love your playmat,did you make it?

Aug 17, 2008
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Oops
by: CalebsMama

Oops, I accidently posted that twice and then saw that Christy already replied, what a great response, you are right on!

Congrats again!

Aug 17, 2008
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response to mamabear
by: CalebsMama

This is in response to MamaBear, because it wasn't a waldorf contest, it was a natural contest and I see only natural stuff in that room. Just because it doesn't fit the mold and look like all the other entries doesn't mean it isn't natural, in fact I think it is great because it is SO unique!

Aug 17, 2008
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Is wasn't a "waldorf" contest anyway, was it
by: CalebsMama

This is in response to MamaBear, because it wasn't a waldorf contest, it was a natural contest and I see only natural stuff in that room. Just because it doesn't fit the mold and look like all the other entries doesn't mean it isn't natural, in fact I think it is great because it is SO unique!

Aug 17, 2008
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Thanks!
by: Christy Olivier

Thanks for all the kind comments from you mamas! I appreciate them! Mamabear, I have to say your comment saddened me. Perhaps, you are unaware of Rudolf Steiner's writings and his philosophies on child development and are confused with the "Waldorf Mold" stereotype. Rudolf Steiner called for the walls of the classrooms in the early grades to be painted in a pale pink or peach, as is this play space. All of the toys pictured are "Waldorf toys" or items we had salvaged from elsewhere. The arbor would be the only questionable item and I feel that covered in the silk flowers and draped with silks it creates a magical dreamy area for ALL my children (3 other boys who love this space!) to play for hours of imaginative play! What is most important is how my children feel about their space. It is aesthetically pleasing to them and encourages them to have open-ended play with each other. We have other spaces in our home, with playstands and more silks that would be considered more "Waldorf," but my children gravitate here the most often. There is a magical feel here and the children are receptive to this. Under the arbor is the perfect place to read a fairy tale and imagine the little fairies on the wall coming to life and at night when the room is dark and the twinkle lights are on it creates such a magical feel that all who enter it are blessed.

Aug 17, 2008
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Congrats
by: AngelaWatts

Congrats on your winning, this is such a girly room and so unique!

Aug 17, 2008
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Pretty and girly, but
by: MamaBear

Maybe I'm just a sore loser (I entered) but this one doesn't seem very natural to me. It is pretty and girly but doesn't seem to fit the waldorf mold.

Aug 17, 2008
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Hooray for no playstands
by: Anonymous

Hooray for not having another entry with those same old playstands! So many other ones are basically the same thing, playstands with a bunch of toys on them. Good for you for being different!

Aug 16, 2008
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Lovely!
by: germandolls

I love the arrangement of toys! Who would not want to enter through the beautful flower decorated entryway to this play area? It looks magical!
I also very much like the inviting description! I so hope this entry wins a price!

Aug 15, 2008
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Simply beautiful
by: Chanté

What a beautiful room! It looks like every little girls dream bedroom. What a wonderful job you did on this.

Aug 15, 2008
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WOW! AWESOME ROOM!
by: Shawna

You are very creative and crafty! It's amazing to see all the creative things you came up with. The fact that you made all this yourself is amazing. I couldn't have made half the stuff you made. Elysa is a very special little girl to have such a wonderful room!

Aug 15, 2008
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Another World
by: Anonymous

Wow- Looks like a room any girl would love to have. A room she can pretend in and be creative with your imagination. Fun times ahead for both daughter and Mom playing together!

Aug 15, 2008
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Nice!
by: Wendy

What a lovely arbor! Elysa's room looks so magical...we want to come and play!

Aug 15, 2008
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Beautiful
by: Cheryl Cheatom

Very nice room. Very happy, and colorful.

Aug 15, 2008
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Love it!!!!
by: LisaD

So pretty, I want to create a room just like this for my daughter!! You are so creative and fun!

Aug 14, 2008
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Wow! You are really creative!
by: Karen

This is absolutely amazing! You are very creative and talented. Any little girl would love this room to retreat into her fantasy room. My granddaughter would absolutely love this room! Matter-of-fact, I'd like a room like this! Can you send instructions?

Aug 14, 2008
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So impressed!
by: BlowingBubbles

Wow - I am just so impressed....I want to be you when I grow up...heck, I don't want to grow up - just send me to this room!!!

Aug 14, 2008
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Fairy indeed
by: Etta

This really is a fairy garden as your title says! My daughter would freak if we had a room like this. That flower arch thing is SO amazing. Heck, I want a room like this!

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