Imagine yourself shrinking so small blueberries become the size of apples, mice are as big as horses, a spider takes on a whole new scary ( but of course, on being introduced, you discover him to be the perfect gentlemen ). If you can see yourself there, you've stumbled into Elsa Beskow's magical forest where the Blueberry king rules and reigns.
Peter in Blueberry Land is a story about a young boy who determines to gather a basket of blueberries and a basket of cranberries for his mummy as a birthday present...stop right there!! What a remarkable little boy to think of such a gorgeous present! The sure way to a mother's heart will always come in a basket and will always be freshly picked - be it berries or bouquet, pebbles, pussy-willows or acorns! Anything a child gathers into a basket is unadulterated treasure of the most coveted kind. Any child who is so good to his mummy deserves all kinds of magical adventures!
As you may know, I truly enjoy the marvelous imagination of Elsa Beskow. I wanted to share her with the children so I planned a party. What did we eat? Mm-mm...berries and whipped cream, of course. The children made themselves little toadstools out of brown paper bags - such a cute and easy project for the zealous fungus lover. Maya Made gives a lovely tutorial so you can have your very own to adorn your nature table with.
I made the little blueberry elves using pipe cleaner, a wood bead and blue felt. Breezy Tulip has the best tutorial on making a pipe-cleaner figures. Hers are truly adorable. Of course, some of the children gathered treasures from nature to complete the project.
Elsa Beskow inspires me to reach out and embrace nature and my inner-child. There is something irresistable about the wholesomeness of her books. I hope, if you haven't, take the time to bring her magic into your home (even if you don't have little ears to share her with). Sit down with some berries and cream and just enjoy...