Our spring nature table is slowly coming together. It's so tempting to just sweep all the winter stuff into a box and stash it--I feel *that* done with it all! But I know it's important to reflect the changing nature of the seasons by gradually swapping out late winter items with early spring. Our winter sprites left on Tuesday night, and after our big thaw on Wednesday the mohair snow unwrapped itself from around the felt trees and sat on the table in droopy swirls. Our white bear left this morning and two little rabbits showed up in late afternoon. Gray squirrel stays on year-round, perched on his little oak stump. And in a very encouraging sign that the nature table is indeed the group effort it's intended to be, I noticed that sometime this week Ivo carefully placed a little playdough flower on the table. So, so perfect.
In bringing our table together, we're finding our inspiration in the natural world around us and also here:
Denise from Mom in Madison blogged about making flower people with her sons. Very, very cute ideas here. I love those little wooden peg people and I know I don't have to tell you my feelings on the tiny acorn cap hats (*swoon*).
Emilie from Little Nest shared pictures of her very beautiful early spring nature table and moss garden. Ivo and I made our version of this project this afternoon. We just need to get a little bit of moss and ours will be almost as cool as hers.
These felted eggs from waldorf mama are so yummy! Her Etsy shop has quite a few of these in stock, making it so hard to pick a favorite. They are all so pretty. A bowlfull would be perfect but I'll have to choose just one for now. Update: I picked this one . . .wheee!
This morning I bought this little nesting birdy from Vermont Fairies at Etsy. Ivo and I have been spending lots of time learning about bird nests so I am hoping to surprise him with this when it arrives in a few days. Here are some other very cute birds and nests that are just right for gracing the spring nature table . . . the sweetest little hungry baby birds, this little bluebird, and a simple but beautiful promise of spring.
I would love to see more links to spring nature tables if anyone wants to share them in the comments section.