Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Haunted House

This is my first attempt at a spooky scene for my fairy gardens. Pictured above is the focal point; the Haunted House, surrounded by pumpkins, spider webs and a cemetery off to the side.

Here is a closer shot of the Graveyard amongst the hay. You can also see a pumpkin and a spider in the foreground.

A closer look at the Haunted House reveals a happy gathering of pumpkins of all kinds as well as some dead trees and a rock path as accents.

Andy was brought in to scare the crows away, but with a charming smile like that, he's making more friends than enemies.

Rose, Tink and Samm are busy making a holiday treat for the rest of the fairies; apple and mint candies.
An overall view of my first spooky garden. I love how the sunset adds to the spook-factor by adding an orange tint. I'm excited to grow from this and show you and even better spooky garden next year.


Friday, September 12, 2014

September Picture Day In My Garden Pt. 2

Tink posing for her closeup.

Sammy, complete with attitude, allows me to snap a picture of her.

Rose wants to make sure the lighting and angle is right for her photo.

Bell, Tink's little sister, rests atop a solar light for a moment before fluttering off again.

Ariel and Flounder riding the wave.


Lumi Cake Supply

Lumi Cake Supply
221 S. Riverside Ave.
Rialto, CA 92376
(across from Dairy Queen)
Patty: (909) 255-5295
Gloria: (626) 391-8939

Store Hours:
Tuesday through Friday 9 AM - 7 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 4 PM

Ariel looks right at home next to the 'seaweed.'
You might be wondering why on earth Grandma Sandy, who runs a blog on the topic of fairy gardens, would feature a cake supply store. I understand your concerns and no, I'm not going senile. In previous posts I have spoken on the subject of repurposing and will continue to do so in the future - the items I found in this store are a perfect example. Let me pose a question; how many times have you purchased a decorated cake or cake toppers to decorate your own cake for an event in the past few years? Do you recall what you did with the decorations? Did you perhaps throw them away? I would like to offer an alternative option; add them to your fairy garden! A pirate-themed cake can gain your garden a few palm trees, treasure chests and seashells. A princess-themed cake could earn your fairies a cozy dress-up nook with tiny brushes and high heels. Being a cake supply store, they also have chocolate molds, multiple sized pans, cookie cutters, fondant, cake fillings, mini tart and cheesecake molds and a ton more with weekly specials that change often. They also offer classes for those looking to expand their knowledge and experience with cake decorating.
Ariel and Flounder ride a wave; an unexpected
addition to this beach scene.


There are many small decor items, in multiple themes, that can be repurposed for a fairy garden.
These three fairies, all cake toppers, have a new home in my garden.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September Picture Day In My Garden

Of all the fairies, Jezelle was the most excited to hear that it was picture day and was first in line!

I can never get a picture of Zoe-Zoe awake. Other fairies say it's because she is up all night.
I wonder how many other fairies in my garden are nocturnal?

Meet Sue and Bobby (L to R). They are the best of friends and never leave each other's side.

I took this photo of June while she was busy picking fresh mushrooms for lunch.
By the look of her face, it looks like she's already eaten a few.

April's favorite thing to do is pick flowers.
I've promised her I plant more flowers in my garden within the next few months.

Jeremy, left, and sister Prudence pose for their picture, both with a different approach;
can you tell which sibling is the shy one?

Either Loopy was in a rush to put on her makeup for photo day or she ate a bad mushroom. That's our Loopy!


Garden Greeters - A Consignment Shop

Garden Greeters
305 S. Flower Ave.
Brea, CA
(714) 255-1601

Store Hours:
Monday through Saturday 
10 AM - 6 PM

Oh look, I found some fairies! Just a small
selection of what they have available.
Garden Greeters is a small shop full of amazing treasures and garden decorations including wind chimes, mills and spinners, statues and figurines, lights, pots, gnomes, fairies, bird baths, houses and feeders, garden stakes, bottle trees and coconut birds. Try and say that five times fast - and there's probably items that I haven't listed! I'm excited for their upcoming anniversary sale slated for the last weekend of September. 

I have been shopping here since 2011 and I absolutely love this shop and the fact that it is a consignment shop makes it more unique. If I had more money to spend, I would shop here more often. Once again, the staff here is wonderful, helpful, knowledgeable; I seem to find stores with the nicest staff! On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, I give Garden Greeters - you guessed it - a 10!


Handmade bird houses, sold on consignment. I love them.

A small selection of animal garden decor.

Forgive the bit of blur but I really wanted to show the different styles of gnomes to choose from.

This is just a small corner displaying a fraction of the wind chimes and garden stakes.