Hidden fairies hiding around the North Shore
Watch out for tiny Alya Kim dolls hiding in North Shore parks this month.
The whimsical homemade fairies are decorated by North Vancouver third-grader Mikayla Duey, who will be dropping the dolls off for other youngsters to find.
The Alya Kim dolls — named after Mikayla spelled backwards and split in two — are made by her former preschool teacher, who her mom has kept in touch with.
“I’m going to leave them in forests or parks, anywhere a little kid can find it and have fun with it,” says Mikayla as she proudly holds out one of the dolls made out of a muslin skirt, strings for arms and legs and a large bead for a head.
Mikayla, who goes to an elementary school in Lynn Valley, has yet to decorate this doll, but says she plans to make each one different.
The one she likes best has a pink design, her favourite colour.
The dolls come with a small note explaining the story behind their creation and what to do with them once they’re found.
The finder can either keep the doll or put it somewhere else for another lucky kid to find.
So far Mikayla has given one to her friend Poppy, left one in a hotel room while on vacation and given another to a new friend she met while travelling.
She hopes this form of “art-bombing” — a movement to bring art to public places — will brighten up someone’s day.
“It will make them happy to find them, and have fun with them,” says Mikayla as she explains the design of the next doll, which will be coloured pink, of course.