Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Enchanted Forest

Remember that little cottage in the woods a few posts back--well this is what's in the backyard: fairies, elves and all manner of enchantment. Nick's mom has wanted to do an "Enchanted Forest" for years, and this October she brought it to life. She and her husband marked a trail in the woods behind their cottage and built little scenes depicting legends and stories then invited her favorite grandkids, daughters and daughters in law to work in it.

The littluns were more than eager to do it since they're not old enough for the real deal across the fields. This is the perfect warm up for the Haunted Forest and they were delighted to be a part of something so magical created by their grandmother.


Mother Goose greets the groups then leads them through each story. Every scene is interactive and caters to the really young--nothing scary here.

The Legend of Hiawatha.

Cousin Matchie--in character.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Through the wardrobe.

The White Witch and Tumnus

The witches house. This facade is built on the back of their outdoor bathroom.

Crazy Kolette!

The book of spells....

The cauldron stirrer.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

Miss Natalie and......

more fairies on unicorns.

Pick a pumpkin at the pumpkin house.


Elf on toadstool. The end.



15 comments:

Jayne Layne said...

HOW MAGICAL! I swear that is no fair. I want to be out there so bad for that kind of crap! Those costumes and that face paint is great. Mitchell's face looks spectacular!

Depressed.

Mitch said...

Who freakin does that?!?! That's awesome! I'm super jealous they get to do that kinda crap. Lucky little farts!! Tell Nick and Mary GOOD JOB!!

Mrs. Organic said...

Grandmas really do have the best ideas. Is that the Kollette I met? Everyone looks amazing!

Ann Marie said...

Oh-My-HECK!!!!!!!!!
The wardrobe is my favorite. Your kids live such an enchanting life... Everything looks like it's so well done. Was this open to the public or just a family thing??
All of your family is so talented. I am impressed at all of the work and time that went into it..
Just when I think I can't be any more surprised at the fun things you all invent up, I get more surprised... A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

JENNIFRO said...

It was open to the public....: )

Christian said...

Yes, good job to Chief and Mary! This is awesome...

elizabeth said...

I love your blog! Jessamyn told me about it awhile ago, and everything you post is great! This was just too wonderful to not comment on. I wish I was back in Maryland so I could visit this wonderland!
-Liz
aka Jessamyn's sister

Suzanne said...

Grandma is BRILLIANT!! I truly believe we are losing all creativity and imagination in this world and then there are hero's like your MIL that do magical things like this! Seriously, I am taking notes and truly being inspired!! The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe was SSOOO Awesome!! Educational and Magical!! I am simply in awe! -Suzanne

Missy :o) said...

you have one creative family! your son's makeup is so awesome! I'm feeling better about the fairy gardens rather than the haunted woods!! :o)

Paige said...

Jen, Wow are your kids so lucky to have an amazing grandmother who has time and energy and talent to do something like this!! Hopefully, they've inherited some of her talents!!!

Elisa said...

Oh how I wish I lived by you. I want to go through the enchanted forest!

jill said...

Unbelievable! Like we've said before The Markoffs' don't know the word "can't."

Everything looked amazing!!!! Especially the kids!

Up in Bubbles said...

What darling pictures. These Markoffs really are inspiring. Their isn't anything they can't do. They are so creative and fun. I feel so lucky to know them and that my kids get to experience things I would never have imagined.

browneyedgirl said...

How fun!

Rebecca said...

I love the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe idea!