As we have been preparing our altars for the Days of the Dead, the Autumn Gnomes have been busy too.
This playtime happened spontaneously one morning this past week. Fern, upon turning 3, has become The Puzzle Master. No jigsaw is safe from her discerning Virgo mind. (Seriously, if we’re going to keep up with her, we’ll need to buy increasingly difficult puzzles at least once a week. Is this an age 3 thing?).
Anyway, upon completion of each puzzle is always the same inquiry, “What do you want to do next? Do you want to play a game with me?”. So last week, in an attempt to dodge having to put together one more freaking puzzle, I decided the game would be Crafty Time. We created these little seasonal friends in a matter of 15 minutes. The wooden dolly forms were from the generosity of Jenny, the rest was from my craft stash. Fern hid from the hot glue gun, but helped me design each outfit and picked out the hats.
Aside from puzzles, she is also taking a shine to building houses and castles. What I loved about this moment of play was how much of our thriftiness, and also the love of friends, made it possible. With gnomes and bowls from Jenny, wooden cats from Mary, a combo of a block set we found on the street and my playskool blocks from childhood, this gnome palace and adventure is a testament to how
living paycheck to paycheck frugality does not negate creativity or fun.
What fun have you had on the cheap during this autumn time?