Friday, December 21, 2012

A final visit from her tooth fairy...

Children have 20 baby teeth. I know this now, tho I hadn't really thought about it until a wee toothfairy began visiting five years ago.

My big girl and I read a story way back when that first little tooth wiggled out. The story was by Shirley Barber, the pictures were beautiful. The story was ok but what I love is that it planted a seed that baby teeth become stars. From there our own story emerged.


I think money for teeth is meaningless. At least for my own child, who when her teeth started to fall and new ones bud was only 6. Instead her fairy left her little beads she could thread onto a bracelet, each bead came with a sprinkling of pink fairy 'dust'. (How cute was she?)

She started to write little letters and her fairy wrote back. Their friendship grew and the big girl asked questions like how the beads were made and how she got the gems for them, what happens to the teeth, why she was sometimes late....

 

Just so you know, Gnomes make the pretty beads that grace her bracelet and they live deep under the ground among the roots where they dig for gems. A few years ago I got a little fairy door to sit at the trunk of the tree her aunt painted on her wall– to make it safe for her fairy to get in and out, stay out of the rain (because fairies cannot fly with wet wings) and also so she could avoid the cats in our house.

 

Teeth seemed to fall in pairs or clusters with sometimes long stretches of months between fairy visits. A few months ago the last lonely one wobbled its way out, a little note was written and she waited.... Pandora (her fairy) visited one night and left a little note asking her to be patient, she had not been forgotten but she needed more time.

Five years of creative story telling wove a beautiful blanket of joy around me and my girl. Her bracelet was full to bursting with 19 beads and no room for one more.

Lindy Longhurst is a localish artist, her imagery is full of colour and whimsy; perfect for a fairy tale. Pandora visited Lindy and together they created a final gift for my big girl in trade for her last tooth.

 

Lindy's attention to the details of our story is exquiste. Here is my big girl and her final tooth, on her wrist is her beaded tooth fairy bracelet. She is wrapped in the quilt I made her for her 10th birthday.


Here is Mia, her cat, who sleeps quite regularly on her quilt and is sitting patiently by the little fairy door. In the sky are 19 bright stars, one for each of her baby teeth Pandora has already collected.


This is Pandora flying in to collect the 20th tooth, trailing behind her is her magic pink fairy dust


and here are the gnomes, deep in the ground amongst the roots with the gems.


Thank you Lindy from the bottom of my silly, sentimental, fairy tale heart.

You can go meet Lindy in person, every Saturday & Wednesday she is at the Eumundi Markets on the Sunshine Coast. Failing that, visit her website Serpent Mandalas, her blog or like her on Facebook and best of all you can go shopping at her etsy shop!

10 comments:

Love Bytes said...

So magical, wish I had been so creative as to make something as special with my kids... xx

karen said...

wow, all that personalised detail, the picture is fantastic! I think this is the nicest tooth fairy idea i've come across

Little Dotty Bird said...

I love this idea..my daughter is 6 and has just begun to lose her milk teeth, I will definately be more creative with the next tooth..how exciting! The art is stunning, what a wonderful keepsake x

Jennifer said...

what a treasure! I might steal this idea for my own little girl!

A mermaid in the attic said...

Oh how wonderful Shannon! My little (and not so little now!) ones have a tooth fairy called Niv, who is a bit unreliable (she's in training), but she tries hard, and leaves notes too. I love the idea of the bead bracelet, and only wish I'd thought of that too, so much better than coins! And I adore Lindy's painting, I'm off to check out her website.

Hinterland Mama said...

How gorgeous!
I fell apart with tears of both joy and sorrow when my eldest lost his first tooth a few months ago (in a shopping centre). Smiling through my tears, I held that boy So Close.
I can only imagine what state I will be in when he loses his last!
You've commemorated this very important event so perfectly. Congratulations to you Mama.
And to your sweet girl, who now moves forward towards adulthood.

With love on this special Eve.
Aleta x

Tara... said...

What a gorgeous story!! Your daughter is so lucky to have someone so devoted to treasuring these moments. I'm quite jealous!! The painting is beautiful too - brilliant way to finish off the story.
I stumbled across your blog again today and love what you make here - a bit of everything by the looks of it! I try to do the same (and have recently dragged by own mummysew into the blogging world)!
Thanks for the inspiration, I'll be back soon!
Tara
Www.sewgorgeous.blogspot.co.uk

Tara... said...

What a gorgeous story!! Your daughter is so lucky to have someone so
devoted to treasuring these moments. I'm quite jealous!! The painting is
beautiful too - brilliant way to finish off the story.
I stumbled across your blog again today and love what you make here - a bit
of everything by the looks of it! I try to do the same (and have recently
dragged by own mummysew into the blogging world)!
Thanks for the inspiration, I'll be back soon!
Tara
Www.sewgorgeous.blogspot.co.uk

W-S Wanderings said...

oh my word, this is astounding! Your story is so richly detailed, and I was admiring that in its own right but then you had an artist render it SO EXQUISITELY! I shall go visit her Etsy shop, for like you, she has magic in her heart and hands.

Jenny Creno said...

This is such a great idea for teaching our little ones about the tooth fairy. I would love if you would share your story on our site about Tooth Fairy experience! We are currently featuring the topic here: http://www.creditcardinsider.com/community/

Check it out, you just may want to share your story over there!

All my best,
Jenny