When I was a little girl growing up in Saskatchewan, my Dad used to fuel my imagination with stories of elves and fairies living on the east coast. While this may have been a part of many childhoods, he took it to the next level and would plant little notes and presents and treasures “from the elves” for me to discover, including a care package from them the one time he went to visit Nova Scotia. I knew it was him, but absolutely loved pretending that I was in contact with a hidden society of miniature people living under the rocks and in the forest behind our cabin. This alternate world gave me something to escape to amidst a more than fair share of medical drama, and I’m still hugely grateful that he encouraged such fantasies. Today’s project was partly inspired by this childhood experience, and partly by a desire to nurture curiosity in our next generation.
It began with two treasure chests…
Both chests are basically coloured the same way and say the same thing save for a few minor pattern variations. Both chests contain a bottle of glue, googly eyes, some feathers, and the chocolates. Once these were put together, I revisited the park where the Lovely Monsters had been given out and hid them in plain sight for kids to stumble on.