Japanese Fairy House

japanese fairy house via weefolk studio

image via weefolk studio

japanese fairy house via moss and stone gardens dot com

image via mossandstonegardens.com

japanese fairy house via pinterest

image via pinterest

japanese fairy house via amazing beautiful world.net

image via amazing beautiful world

japanese fairy house via etsy

image via etsy

When my girls were little we loved making fairy houses. After visiting the local nursery for all of our supplies, we would find a pot big enough for all the pebbles, small rocks, plants, and ornaments. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of our fairy houses from those days (hello old school camera) but I can vividly remember Olivia setting out a small bowl of milk and honey to entice the fairies to visit. It was a magical time! Here are some very fun, Japanese inspired fairy houses.

Domo Arigatou!

 

Local Spotlight: Kenny’s Strawberry Farm

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Natalie made strawberry scones

Located just a few miles down the 15 freeway in Fallbrook, California is Kenny’s Strawberry Farm. We love any chance to get out of the house, breathe some fresh air and pick yummy fruit. Because we tend to look for the biggest berries, picking goes pretty quick, but it’s a fun experience for kids and helps the younger ones understand exactly where their food comes from. Were so lucky to have businesses like these to give our younger generations opportunities to visit a real farm to see how food makes it from farm to plate. Real food is grown…. not processed in a manufacturing plant. Please visit Kenny’s!
953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook, CA 92028

http://www.temeculavalleystrawberryfarms.com

Kawai Kanjiro: The Humble Potter

Kawai Kanjiro, (1890-1966), was known as a major contributor to the Mingei (traditional folk arts and crafts movement). More than just a potter and wood craftsman, he was the noblest of all kinds of person.

kawai via esotericsurvey.blogspot

image via esotericsurvey.blogspot

Kanjiro was an artist who wanted to remain a maker empowered by his craft, rather than as artist qualified by his fame or notoriety. He never signed a single piece of pottery. He said “my work itself is my signature.”

kawai via vam.ac.uk

image via vam.ac.uk

kawai kanjiro via studiokotokoto

image via studiokotokoto.com

Kawai_Kanjiro via esotericsurvey.blogspot

image via esotericsurvey.blogspot

kawai kanjiro multi chamber kiln

image via studiokotokoto.com

During his lifetime, Kanjiro turned down all official honors and rewards, including Japan’s Living National Treasure. He was a man unmotivated by material possessions and simply wanted to create for the sake of creating.

He continued to explore who he was through the things he touched and brought to life. This seemed to be a life long passion that became part of who he was. He said “to see my new self, I work.” This was a very important part of his craft. Constant improvement- “kaizen”. He believed “lifestyle is work, work is lifestyle.” They were one and the same.

Humble, unpretentious, real- He never lost touch with common folk and greatly respected the farmers in the countryside. “They are the kind of people we can never do without,” he wrote.

 

Elfin Forest

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Nestled in the hills of San Diego’s North County, Elfin Forest is 784 acres of hiking trails.

 

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We spotted some tiny little mushrooms

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Gushing creek after the rain

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The area has a lot of reported paranormal activity

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Perfect day to hike

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Olivenhain lake and dam