Monday, June 18, 2018

Garden A Day Challenge - Day 18, Bonding Brothers



According to Days of The Year, today is Go Fishing Day and the focus of today's garden. Twin brothers John and Ron enjoy an afternoon of fishing with their dogs.


This garden is a collection of moss, fern and shade-loving plants surrounding a dark-colored planter full of water to set the scene. If you can believe it, this entire scene is actually on a foundation of the original BBQ grill dome that began this entire fairy garden adventure. Moss plays an important role in hiding the fact that some of these plants are actually still in their original planters, still waiting to be transplanted.


Each brother has caught a fish. They compare them and ask a nearby slug to tell them who has the biggest fish.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Garden A Day Challenge - Day 17, Shady Trio



The large, prehistoric-looking plant in the rear is Coleus, an annual, that was purchased from Home Depot for $5. The plants on either side of it are also shade-loving and nicknamed the "Polka Dot Plant" or "Pink Splash Plant."


This young fairy on a snail came from my most recent My Fairy Crate subscription box.


This is a piece I've had for a few years and probably purchased at Jo-Ann (although I'm not sure). She hasn't been seen on the blog much, but now that Summer is on the horizon, she's bound to be out more.


This fairy was purchased back in February at Michael's.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Garden A Day Challenge - Day 16, Stone Home


This purple succulent on the left was purchased from Trader Joes for $5. The tall, thin succulent in the rear was purchased from Home Depot for $5. Unfortunately, most stores that aren't succulent specialists will label all succulents under the same category so I'm not able to tell what the names are of the different plants. If any of My Fairy Folks know the classifications of these succulents, I'd love to know.

All other plants in this container are clippings from my yard. 

The stone home was purchased from Jo-Ann at 50% off, originally $40. I'm so grateful for their sales because I could never see myself spending that much on something this small. I was attracted to this house due to the small window planters that are perfect for tiny clippings.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Garden A Day Challenge - Day 15, Flat is Fine



This container garden is quite different from my typical design. The Terra-cotta saucer works great in this case since there are no live plants and no reason to fill a container with soil. I've placed a succulent clipping in a planter behind it. This is another garden that will be easy for children to participate in with no worry of killing a plant, and it can be placed anywhere, even indoors. All decor items in this scene came from a subscription box - My Fairy Crate.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Garden A Day Challenge - Day 14, Flag Day



Today's garden is a tribute to Flag Day. This patriotic mouse has made an appearance on my blog in the past alongside the decorative sticks and American flag. White Petunias were purchased from Home Depot. The blue and red Salvia round out the American color trio. $7 was the total cost for this container garden, including gravel. All of these are sun-loving plants which is great considering Summer is heating up.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Illuminate - Copper Canvas















This piece of wall decor was purchased at a second hand store for $1 a long time ago. The color was faded and it needed new life. The top left photo shows the original state of the piece and the top right photo is after I painted it white. White is a much better base color to work with since it will allow any top coat to show its true color. 

The photos below are my second coat of paint with copper. For some reason the camera refused to capture the true color; it looks red but I promise it is copper (as you'll see in the following pictures). I chose copper to match the lights which have copper wire that I planned to pair with this project. This project was inspired by a post shared on Google+. I've had this piece for a long time and knew it would perfect for this project.




After the paint dried, I wrapped a string of solar lights purchased from the Wish app around the iron work and attached it to my fence with some string to reinforce the structure. I'm really pleased with how bright these tiny lights are. They were very cheap and I will probably buy more in the future. 


The lights in the glass containers near the bottom of this garden are tea lights; my previous preferred method to illuminating my garden. The difference in color and brightness is very apparent here. I plan to replace most of the lights in my garden with solar lights because they're so convenient.

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Garden A Day Challenge - Day 13, Humble Abode



This small terracotta pot was purchased for $1 from the Dollar Tree. The small decorative tree came to me recently from a subscription box called My Fairy Crate, found by using CrateJoy. This small house was purchased at a thrift store years ago. This container garden is a little special considering there are no live plants. This would be a very easy project to create with a child, and because there is no plant maintenance, this can easily become an indoor garden.

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