Fairy Gardens!!!!

As with many things in my life, there is this backwards process that occurs…

  1. I find something I want to try out (like creating a fairy garden).
  2. I check out books on the subject, visit Pinterest, and get real excited about it.
  3. Halfway through my research I think, “Wow this would make a GREAT class!” and I send out a class proposal to my host sites.
  4. Due to weather, timing, the phase of the moon, my insane schedule or PMS on steroids, I don’t get around to actually trying said idea out.
  5. My class hosts come back to me and say, “This sounds GREAT! Let’s schedule it!” And I dutifully put it on the schedule thinking that now I REALLY need to actually DO IT BEFORE THE CLASS HAPPENS.
  6. I put together a Powerpoint, and handouts, and think again, “You know, I REALLY need to try this out before I actually teach the class.”
  7. I get super, super stressed about not having done it yet.
  8. I finally, finally FINALLY do the project.

So…with that in mind. Guess what I did today?!

I made fairy gardens! Four of them!

And here is your sneak peek…

Fairy Garden #1

We started with a fairly large terra cotta container. I topped it up with potting soil and added the moss…

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A hammock out of a garlic sack, a little house, a dish for water, and a couple of plants…

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Can’t forget those “stepping stones” made from wine corks. Or the sea turtle…

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And who could resist this shy little creature peeking around the foliage?

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We ended up moving this turtle to other digs later…

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Emily had some fabulous ideas and was so proud of our first fairy garden!

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Fairy Garden #2

But why stop there? We noticed that the old birdbath was looking rather…lonely and desolate. We got to work…

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A glass light globe which had been used to cover solar lights from Dollar Tree had broken, so I used it in this garden.

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We added an eagle’s nest to the top of it, along with a small sculpture for a pond, some plants and this cute little broken gourd…

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Em had made the fairy earlier in the day…

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But why stop there? On to the next one!

Fairy Garden #3

This cast iron dutch oven came from the basement of the The Cottage. It was too badly deteriorated to use, so now it has a new life!

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I saw this great idea for putting a marble or bead into a little acorn cap and hanging it like a lantern. Kind of like this…

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I didn’t have any wire however, so mine ended up being a little more rustic…

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A bottle cap serves as the water source, along with a milkweed pod for a seat, cushioned in moss…

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A few plants, complete with a pebble walkway and of course…”Fairies Welcome” sign…

Fairy Garden #4

Seriously Christine, isn’t three enough?

Shut up you!

And finally, the piece de resistance. I had to remove a huge clump of chives…carefully…and relocate them to the herb garden in order to make enough room in this washtub…

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An old birdhouse gourd which had cracked on one side, gave me the perfect fairy house…

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I added a piece of stained tablecloth lace that I had retrieved from The Cottage, along with a little lamb…

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Emily got busy adding some special touches to it, including moving the fairy over to bigger digs, along with the turtle…

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The chives provide a jungle-like backdrop. The metal piece was found in the attic of The Cottage. I think it may have been part of a scales at one time…

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Emily found a nice flat piece of wood and four sticks for the legs and we glued a table together. Added the bistro chair made from the champagne cork wire and then Em made some food for the fairies. All of this is sitting on a china plate that had some huge chips out of one side…

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Move over fairy…I want to move in!

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These fairy gardens (and hopefully more…Em wants us to make four fairy gardens a day until the tour) will be part of a fairy garden hunt on the Urban Farm Tour this year. Mark your calendars folks, the last weekend in June, and come see us!

Meanwhile, come to one of my classes. You’ll learn a lot about creating the “proper” fairy garden (Christine, there isn’t any such thing. Shut up, you!) and have a fabulous time!

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