I am reminded almost daily of my desire to be an open minded mommy when it comes to my daughter’s artistic choices. There are a few things I have to keep in mind so I am actually helpful with her creation, as opposed to showing her how I would do it. Just the other day was no exception.
We were “renovating” her fairy house, made originally at a birthday party, with frosting, marshmallows, gumdrops, pretzels, and graham crackers. Thank goodness I was successful in explaining that the food needed to go, but the house could be redecorated. The shell was made from an inverted plastic tub attached to a piece of wrapped cardboard, with a little cut out for the door. So cute!
So, after enjoying a few stale gumdrops for the next day or two, I carefully cleaned the shell and we began our renovation. I thought we could use play dough, but it didn’t stick to the plastic. We kept it simple. Stickers. You can never go wrong with stickers. But here are a few reminders that came into play.
1.) Remember that this is 100% her deal. No matter what, this house is going to look exactly how she wants it. And it will be perfect.
2.) She might just quit most of the way through and make you think it needs more. She has the attention span of a gnat. There might be empty spots that you are just dying to fill in. Nope. Don’t do it. It’s perfect.
3.) It’s a toddler’s prerogative to change her mind. Even though she wanted to make a cute little fairy to put inside, “her mommy eating a donut” was the final artistic choice. Perfect.
Our renovated fairy house is proudly displayed in the living room, already losing some of its stickers. Even so, it still maintains its importance. It’s just perfect.
There are some really fun fairy house DIY ideas on Pinterest. Check them out, try them out, and remember, no matter what, it will be perfect.