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Paynesville library offers fairy garden workshop to spur creativity with earthen, fun materials

Bianca Hanson, 6, of rural Paynesville, adds the finishing touches Tuesday to her fairy house during a workshop on the lawn of Great River Regional Library in Paynesville. DAN BURDETT/TRIBUNE

Bianca Hanson couldn’t help but smile as she added the final intricacy to her novelty.

Working within the confines of a clay pot decked out in silky ribbons, coarse pine cones and tiny seashells, the fairy house offered a journey through the innocence of a 6-year-old mind.

Jen Anfinson, a Paynesville-based jewelry designer and artist, instructed children during the event. DAN BURDETT/TRIBUNE“It’s so fun,” she said, gently sorting a dish of teensy pebbles.

Hanson was among a group of children and their families who stopped by Great River Regional Library in Paynesville on Tuesday for a two-hour outdoor workshop.

There, they were offered pointers by Jen Anfinson, a Paynesville-based jewelry designer and artist, on how to construct miniature fairy houses with earthen items and the harlequin beads, jazzy pipe cleaners and beaded jewelry overflowing from a plastic tub.

Anfinson tours regional libraries in the Great River system and presents a variety of workshops to spur children toward creativity, to include a recent event at the library in Belgrade that taught youth to braid jewelry.

She said Tuesday’s event was a great way to “capture young imaginations while encouraging children to observe the wonders of nature.”