Monday, September 26, 2016

Backyard Update

I'm making progress with the backyard area. Since my previous update on this area, the flowers have filled out, the area is covered in wood chips and there is a comfy seating area. There's still more to do, but I just thought I'd share with My Fairy Folks a little update.


Ensenada - Memories of My Youth

(L to R) Ivy, Julip, Simone and Bridget enjoy the beachside campfire of this Ensenada-inspired container garden.

Ensenada is a popular tourist destination, often via cruise line, but this inspired scene for me represents my time in this city with my family in my early 20s. My father was a dirt bike enthusiast and would haul his family and his bike down to Ensenada to race. He would rent two trailers for the week and we'd settle in on top of a cliff near the beach, he and my mother in one trailer which allowed my sister and I to share the second. We would walk down the cliff to get to the beach and practically had the place to ourselves, listening to the waves crashing. I remember strolling through town checking out the little shops, enjoying the authentic food (which my sister refused to eat - my father would joke that it made our trips less expensive) for a lovely family vacation.

I eventually settled down and got married, starting a family of my own, all while my father continued to race well into his 60s. Unfortunately, after a broken arm during a race, his health declined and within a month took his last breath. It's good to know that he was able to do what he loved for so long.

If you have memories of Ensenada, feel free to share them in the comments below.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Fairy Folks: Refurbished Gate

I was over at my best friend's house this week. She follows my blog and wanted to show me the things that she had repurposed in her yard. Shown above is an old gate that she discovered over at her son's house. He was going to get rid of it but she said "son, put it in the backseat of my car." As you can see, she has turned it into a decorative planter with air plants. Now this is a work of art and also one-of-a-kind so if you see an old gate, here's one way to repurpose it.

Here is BlueBell with her magic wand. She was working her magic in the yard and overheard me discussing with my friend the upcoming wedding. When I mentioned I was worried about my yard not looking its best for the occasion, BlueBell sweetly offered her services so she is currently working with the rest of my Fairy community to come up with beautiful arrangements and suggestions to present to the happy couple.


Milestone - 300K Views

I love being able to track my progress in all things related to my blog. On Saturday September 17, at 7:20 am, I took the screen shot above so I could share my excitement here. My Google+ has reached 300,000 views (with 525 followers) and I'm so happy. I would like to thank all My Fairy Folks for all your views and shares.
If there is a particular project you'd like to see attempted here on my blog, feel free to comment here or email me.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Fairy Garden Class - DIY Miniature Tents

Last week I shared a project I completed with my granddaughter; fairy chairs. This week, I'd like to share steps for the second project we put together and that is fairy tents. Because of my fairy garden, I have been lucky enough to learn many things about fairies I never knew, including the fact that even fairies "camp." I have seen the young fairies set up tents and camp out together (still close enough to home to be kept watch over) as a way to establish independence. I decided to make some tents that they could use during their next camp out.

Hot Glue Gun
Craft Sticks/Popsicle Sticks
Fake Moss
Silk Leaves (optional)

I purchased craft sticks that came in a multi-colored pack which allowed my granddaughter and I to have vibrant tents without messing with paint or markers, but if you'd like an even more personalized look to your tents, feel free to decorate with these things.

1. You'll need to plug in the hot glue gun and let it heat up for a few minutes, so feel free to collect some twigs and other natural items (leaves, grass, dirt) that can help camouflage your tent or give it a natural look. Place about five craft sticks edge to edge and cut some support twigs. Glue the twigs across the craft sticks and allow a few minutes to dry. Do this again for the other side of the tent. Make sure you aren't glueing the twigs all the way to the edge because you'll need to save space to glue the sides together.

2. Once that has dried, flip it over and decorate the outside of the tent with whatever you'd like, however you'd like. Here I chose to glue on some twigs, fake moss and a bit of bark.  I even used some potpourri to decorate a different tent (pictured at the end of this post).

3. Once everything is dried, place the tent sides together in a V shape (decorations facing outward). The angle is up to you but I'd suggest you find some small things to lean the sides on so your hands can be free to glue. Glue down the crease of the V, making sure the pieces are touching. Be careful not to over-glue it to prevent gluing your tent to your work surface. TIP: perhaps place some dirt down over your work space so if some glue does seep through the V crease, it will grab some natural looking dirt.

4. After some more drying time, turn the tent over (now it looks like an A) and ... tad-ah! A tent! You can also glue a twig along the peak of the tent if you'd like. I also glued some silk leaves together and used it as a make-shift door. Here are some more pictures, including the other tents made.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fairy Garden Class - DIY Miniature Chair

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. My weekend was spent with my youngest granddaughter creating inexpensive decor for my fairy garden which I thought would make a great class for this month. Here is a tutorial on how to create some DIY chairs and tents.

Supplies were mostly things already in my yard or leftover from other projects.


Hot glue gun
fake moss
fake flowers (optional)

In the picture to the right, you'll also see a white miniature chair. The purpose of this chair was to have a size guide. If you don't have something like this, I would suggest you bring out a fairy to make sure you are making a chair that can fit the leg length and body width.

Time to forage! Look around your yard for some small, straight twigs (hopefully you can find a few fresh ones so they are not brittle). Feel free to also collect some pieces that branch off (like a Y shape) to add some character and dimension.

The hot glue gun will take a few minutes to warm up, so feel free to plug it in at this point, making sure to lay down a paper plate or something protective for it to rest on. Next, take your clippers and cut pieces:

1. The area of your fairies butt and two support pieces to go the width of these pieces.

2. The length of the fairies legs. You'll need 4 for the chair legs (making sure the cuts are straight)
3. The height of the chair back, including Y-shaped twigs. The height is up to you but I suggest using thinner twigs so the chair won't tip over, but also tall enough so the fairy won't fall backward. I did not make arms for my chair because, in my experience, fairy wings do not allow a fairy to be sat in a chair with arms.

Please be sure not to mix up what pieces are for what part of the chair, especially the legs, unless you're looking forward to a wobbly chair!

Line up the pieces for your seat and glue two support pieces across. If you have a young child involved in this process, please remind them that the tip of the glue gun and the glue itself is hot. I'm not sure if it's possible to do a hot glue gun project without burning a digit. While this is drying, start putting the back of the chair together. I suggest gluing the Y-shaped pieces at the bend instead of at the base - I attempted to glue at the base and it didn't want to stay put. You can also add some fake flowers, moss, leaves or anything else decorative.

Bring out the leg pieces and glue them one at a time to the seat (the side with the support pieces), holding them in place a few minutes until dry. Once all the pieces are dry, glue the two together to form the chair, and once that is dry, you can glue moss to the seat. Ta-dah, you're done!