Happy Fairy Day 2018

It's June 24, my favorite pseudo-holiday: International Fairy Day! Except it's stormy and dreary (but still miserably hot!), and we have done nothing to celebrate it. Actually, we're soon headed to celebrate my niece's fifth birthday (actual date: tomorrow), Disney Frozen-style. But I have such a lovely book to share! And it only came out this year!

Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

Phoebe Wahl is the amazing illustrator and author behind one of my favorite recent picture books, Sonya's Chickens. I could not wait to get my hands on this beautiful book.

The premise is simple. Have you ever thought you saw a little space that looked like it could be home to fairies?

Or perhaps you've seen a strange light, heard strange music, "or seen a suspicious-looking stone?"

It's a tribute to the magic of imagination, rendered in gorgeous color.

And of course, it speaks to me and the joy of fairies, fairy tales, and fairy houses.

For those looking for ideas for celebrating Fairy Day, feel free to click around on any of the hyperlinks above, or visit these lovely books on the interwebs:

And while Pinterest isn't what it used to be, I still recommend my magical boards:

Whether you celebrate or not, have a magical rest of your weekend!

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I didn't forget about my blog.

The holidays passed, the year changed, dance recitals passed, my little blog's six year anniversary passed. 

I've often planned to blog again, beginning with a little note of apology and how things would have to change going forward. Then the world gets crazy and scary and my dumb little blog seems frivolous and trivial. 

So hello, Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes readers. I haven't forgotten you. I've just been on a terribly long break.

When I began my little blog, Big Sis was six and Little Sis was four. One had just finished kindergarten and the other still had another year of preschool. Today, they are twelve and ten. One finished her first year of middle school with straight A's, and the other has one more year of elementary school. Things have changed. 

I don't know where my good camera is. Not that it matters much, as I'm a bad photographer. Prolific, but bad. I use my phone, which has a tiny crack on the lens. I can't win.

My house remains small and dark, and now it's more cluttered than ever. I'm trying to fix the last part.

So embarrassing.

My desktop died, and I use my kids' laptop or Chromebook, or my phone. I miss my desktop.

If I keep blogging, Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes will be dedicated to the occasional book. Probably older books, as I'm far removed from my bookstore days now, and since my girls are on to chapter books, I'm no longer tuned into what's new.

I am very small potatoes. 

But I thought I'd give this space a try again. My other thought is to hit the delete button and end the whole thing, but I might destroy some Pinterest pins in the process.

Of course, Pinterest has ceased to be much fun anymore, either, but that's another post.


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