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Friday, October 6, 2017

Children At Play Series - Pt 7: Speed Track

This little cul-de-sac in my garden has been transformed into a speed track for children to play in. I realize that Disney's Cars is pretty popular and found these two at The Dollar Tree which was the inspiration for this garden.

The area is large enough for small children to drive the cars around the succulent feature and has some colorful plants surrounding the area to liven it up. Pinecones line the perimeter of the track.


Children At Play Series - Pt 6: The Hand Basket

This hand basket was a gift from one of My Fairy Folks and has quite a unique and natural look to it. I felt like it would make a great place to house a small fairy garden! I really enjoy how this scene looks unkempt and natural; as if you were deep in a forest, off the trail, and found an apple tree and neighboring treehouse that you're unsure is occupied.
This basket came lined with plastic which will protect the wood from rotting due to watering. Wood rot is natural but can be prevented with care. The plastic wrap protects the inside but you can protect the outside by making sure it is in a dry area, not reached by sprinklers and is set on something like a paver, not soil or anything that will retain moisture. 
These two items, the house and the tree, were from Jo-Ann. I get many of my small fairy accessories from Jo-Ann because they sell them year-round and have new items out for each season and holiday. Small groupings of plants can be found at your local garden center and I used left over moss and rocks from previous projects. 


Children At Play Series - Pt 5: Little House in the Container

I know I'm not the only one who has noticed that the quality of take out containers have become much better in the last few decades. Here's a new way to recycle those takeout containers - turn them into a little garden!

Here are two containers that used to hold salad, purchased at a local deli near my work. This wasn't the first time I'd purchased a salad at this location, but one day it clicked that I could repurpose the containers. I cleaned them out and punctured a few drainage points in them.

Here are some supplies for this project; left over moss sheets from a previous project, succulent clippings from my yard and two new houses - these cute houses were $2 each at Jo-Ann. I encourage those who are planting succulents to use succulent potting mix in their projects.

After putting some soil in the container and arranging the succulents, I set down a small patch of moss sheet in the middle and arranged some small rocks along the perimeter of the container, placing the featured house in the middle of the scene.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Children at Play Series - Pt 4: Fairy Critters

Recently I went camping with my granddaughter and her friend. I brought along supplies so they could create their own container garden. Grandma can create a fairy garden no matter where she is! This container was made by my granddaughter.

These containers were from the 99 Cents Only store. We drilled drainage holes in the bottom before filling them with potting soil from Home Depot.

This array of plants was also purchased at Home Depot. Here's a tip on creating a beautiful container garden - you want to have three types of plants; thriller, filler and spiller. The 'thriller' is the large center piece that is the main focus. The 'filler' is smaller and surrounds the centerpiece, taking up empty space, and the 'spiller' is the shortest plant which will spill over the side of the container. This equation leads to eye-catching displays.

This container has a few fairy critters in it. The girls also decided to use pinecones they found during a hike.


Children at Play Series - Pt 3: Smurf Village

This garden is larger and less mobile than the previous Children at Play installment. Here I've created a Smurf Village with some mushrooms I already had and a few new themed items.

This Smurf Village set was purchased at the 99 Cents Only store for $5. 

This flower bed is a nice area to put a Smurf Village in. It is surrounded by greenery and some colorful flowers. Home Depot and Lowe's are great places to get inexpensive, colorful plants.

These three items were part of a McDonald's Happy Meal, adding to the existing Smurf Village.


Children at Play Series - Pt 1 and 2: Dinosaurs

This series will focus on inexpensive container gardens you can do at home with young children. Container gardens are a fun way to expand your child's creativity and is a good use of their free time. The two container gardens in this post will focus on wicker baskets and dinosaurs.

This wicker basket was purchased at a thrift store for a few dollars. I would suggest you try a few thrift shops before buying new; thrift stores typically have decent wicker baskets and it seems silly to buy new ones considering it will be getting dirty and weathered quickly.

As usual with succulents, I used clippings to fill this basket. Pop in a few toys and let your kids use their imagination to create a prehistoric story! These dinosaurs were $1 each.

With this second, smaller basket, I bought smaller dinosaurs (an 8 pack for $1). All dinosaurs were from Dollar Tree.

Dinosaurs +

Basket of clippings = 

Prehistoric storytime!


Bed and Breakfast - Update

In a previous post I showed you the new goodies for my garden. They've been placed in their permanent position in my garden and because it's so big, it couldn't fit in a container so it's actually on the garden floor! I created a rustic setting and nestled the Bed and Breakfast into it.

One of My Fairy Folks asked about this twig on top of the roof. They thought it was perhaps some cord that was used to hang the Bed and Breakfast and that it should be moved out of the way for the picture. However, as you can see in the photo above, this twig actually is attached to the building and wraps from one side of the building to the other.

And you can see here that it was actually intended to be a bird house, but we all know how Grandma likes to repurpose.

Little Jimmy is the first guest of the Bed and Breakfast and has given it a great review.