Family Kitty Living Arrows Photography

Living Arrows 2015: 21/52


Do you remember learning to make daisy chains? I remember trying to split the stem with hot fingers that felt far too clumsy for the task, the daisy getting shorter and shorter as each attempt just ripped a green string off the side.  And of course the hunt for the tallest daisies with the thickest stems just to try to make it work.

You’d try and try and try and finish lunchtime with grass stained knees, a green rim to your thumb and a couple of daisies holding together by a whisker that would have wilted by home time, all floppy and squished in the bottom of your satchel.  But little by little you’d get it, and by the time I left to go across the road to the senior school I could rattle off a daisy chain with even the spindliest specimens.  And now it’s time to pass the knowledge on.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Kitty’s still at the pulling the daisies apart stage and I can see her frustration as she tries to make it work, and then gives up and tips a bunch of daisies into my lap for me to add to my chain.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

She will get it soon but for now we’re a team, she picks the flowers and I thread them up and then, in a piece de resistance learnt through the years of post lunch playtime on the grass in junior school, turn them into a crown.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Daisy chain crowns, as old as the hills, and I suspect just as much fun now as they ever were.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And a reminder, not that we ever really need one, that for all the fun bits and pieces we have in our garden in the way of swings and slides and mini trampolines (and however much I’m hankering after a big trampoline even though we don’t really have the space for it), all we really need is for H to be too busy to cut the grass for a couple of weeks.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life


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  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) 01/06/2015 at 12:05 pm

    The daisy chain looks so good on her. Lovely shots and love the words too! #livingarrows

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:55 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Molly 01/06/2015 at 12:43 pm

    You’re a daisy chain champion! I still haven’t got the knack, 30 odd years later. I’ve tried to teach Frog but she just gets frustrated with me and has already dissed my daisy-making skills!

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:54 pm

      Oh no!! You could always try plaiting them together!!

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 01/06/2015 at 3:09 pm

    Awww lovely, I was making these with Shayla-Rae last week, but just bracelets. These photos are beautiful Carie #livingarrows

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:53 pm

      It’s so much fun isn’t it!

  • Catriona 01/06/2015 at 3:10 pm

    I’m not sure if I ever successfully completed a daisy chain! Lovely photos, she wears the chain beautifully 🙂

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:53 pm

      Give it a go now – you never know until you try!

  • sally 01/06/2015 at 7:29 pm

    I think your photos show exactly why daisy chains have such eternal appeal – they just look beautiful combined with little girls! And yes, who’d have a lawn without daisies?

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:52 pm

      Oh our lawn is big on daisies, and dandelions and is the blue stuff speedwell? It’s very very pretty, I’d not swap it for tennis court manicured lawns!

  • Amber 02/06/2015 at 7:36 pm

    I think that your documentary-style photography is my favourite, Carie. You really let us share in the moment. These are absolutely beautiful, you(and she!) will treasure these one day.

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:42 pm

      Aww thank you lovely 🙂

  • Sian 02/06/2015 at 8:42 pm

    Ah lovely photos! I love a daisy chain, I last made one about 25 years ago – must refresh my skills!

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 2:42 pm

      Oh do, it’s surprisingly soothing!

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 03/06/2015 at 9:35 pm

    Awww, these are lovely photos. That daisy chain looks so cute on her. I can’t wait until my daughter gets past the ‘shoving daisies in her mouth’ stage so that I can make some for her! #livingarrows

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 11:47 pm

      Ah yes, I’ve been through that phase twice now – it is much more fun when they wear it!