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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.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bed and Breakfast Cabin

I will start this overdue post by offering yet another apology; this time the fault was in my technology, but it is now all taken care of, so let's get back into the swing of things!

I received a wonderful gift recently from one of My Fairy Folks in the mountains nearby. Creating fairy gardens has become so much easier in the last few years based on all the gifts I receive! Let that be a lesson; the more you share your interests with people, the more they might see something great and think of you! Not only did I spend no money on this building, but all components of this layout were items I already had or found in my yard. No cost fairy garden - Score!

This cute log cabin has been turned into a Bed and Breakfast, perfect for traveling fairies or even a quaint stay-cation! How inviting does this place look!? Seating outside is available for guests to enjoy the scenery. Inside there is plenty of room - if you notice there are 4 levels to this establishment so feel free to vacation here as a group!

Here is a view of the side of the building. The lights are off but there's plenty of activity going on inside as the staff prepare for the grand opening.

Now that this layout looks its best, it's time to relocate it in the community. Check back next time when it finds its new home.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fairy Garden Class - Teacups in the Garden

By this time, all of my family knows about my dedication to this blog and to my fairy garden so when it comes to buying me gifts, there's no doubt on what to get me. This year I received some wonderful gifts for my birthday and I decided to use them for a class opportunity. From my daughter and daughter-in-law I was gifted these large, beautiful teacups that were made specifically for gardening (they came with drainage holes). It's amazing to learn of all the creative things that are out there in the world!

I went ahead and cleared out this area right next to Teapot Glen to expand on my porcelain theme gardens. This new area has been named Teacup Nook.

After clearing it out, I filled it back up - this time with silk flowers that will stand up to the Summer heat here in California and add a unique background.

I went to my local Home Depot and purchased a few small plants to fill my teacups with. The teacups have drainage holes in them under a layer of pebbles, topped with potting soil. I sought out new fairy dwellings that would be tall enough and narrow enough for this space.

Adding the fairy treehouse and some decorative rocks, the teacup container combined with the background I previously set up shows off bold pops of color!

This colorful mushroom house blends in with the surrounding foliage, looking natural - as a good fairy house does. A small table is set up for tea time.

Have you ever used teacups or teapots in your fairy garden? If you would like to share pictures of your tea-themed garden, or any fairy garden you created, please contact me. I love to see what My Fairy Folks create!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Anniversary: The Third Year Is A Charm

Oh my goodness, it's time to celebrate another year already! As of tomorrow (July 9), this blog is turning 3 years old! Can you believe it? Last year's review mentioned Wikipedia's anniversary flowers - I remember looking at the list and being excited for this year because the third anniversary flower is my favorite; the Sunflower! Here's one of my beautiful sunflowers from last year's bloom since I don't have any blooming yet this year, but you bet your bottom that they're in the ground, working their magic. 

Now, lets get to the progress we've made in the last year here at Grandma's Enchanted Fairy Garden. My Google+ followers haven't gone up much (and I still can't figure out how to see my Google+ views), but my YouTube views have increased by 1,979 in the last year to bring me to a total of 3,126. This means that I more than doubled my YouTube views in the last year. That's wonderful! I know that wouldn't be possible without My Fairy Folks sharing my videos with friends and family, so thank you very much! I am just shy of 70 videos uploaded to my channel.

Speaking of My Fairy Followers, I want to thank those of you who have shared your own creations. Lets look back at all of them.

Refurbished Gate

Riverside, CA

Again, thank you to all of my followers. I appreciate every one of you, even if you haven't sent in any pictures or made any comments; just knowing there are eyes on my blog and YouTube (represented by views) keeps me going. There are so many of you all over the world. Some of you might even hail from the following locations, represented in my vacation series of fairy gardens.

Ensenada, Mexico

These two vacation-inspired gardens, Ensenada and Hawaii, were created within the last year and helped me achieve one of the goals I set for myself in last year's review. There are also a few more that I have planned and that you can look forward to in the future including Yellowstone, Alaska, Williams Arizona and Cabo San Lucas.

I have made many posts about Fairy Garden Classes, a few that took place in public but the majority being just tutorials. Some were based on a holiday theme or a monetary goal. I want to expand these tutorials to include child specific activities and make this blog even more family-friendly.

With all the successes we've had in the past year, there is one that slipped through our fingers and that would be the Gnome wedding. Things in the real world got in the way of making this event come out in November (which was what last year's review slated it for). It was decided that we would just move the date forward another year. Between you and I (and the rest of the internet), the pictures were all taken and in the system but my granddaughter's (who helps me write this blog) wedding was a priority.

With that being said, I had time to do some thinking about the goals for the next year of our blog. One thing that really popped out to me was a contest. There's only been one contest here and the product of that was the name My Fairy Folks. In that same vein, I want to continue to celebrate My Fairy Folks, their creativity and promote my blog. With all that being said, we have plans here to start our own miniature garden contest that will last a whole year! You will be allowed to enter with multiple miniature gardens (maybe one for each season!) and have your friends and family help by voting. Prizes aren't decided yet and neither is a start date, but I will keep you updated. I really want to make sure there are at least two winning categories - people's choice and best of show. I'm very excited about this and hope you are too!

Myleene and sunflowers, 2015


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Fairy Folks: Riverside

I want to say thank you to one of My Fairy Folks who sent in photos of this fairy garden from Riverside, California. I enjoy the different levels here and the patriotism is very timely with Independence Day just around the corner!

She added a touch of personality with this time piece on a chain.

She used a few different types of succulents and decorated with a miniature "iron" work birdcage, gate and fenced in perimeter.

There's even this little chair. What a cute fairy garden!

If you have a fairy garden you'd like to share with me and the rest of My Fairy Folks, please email me with photos and some details for me to share!


Farewell to Spring

Here's a collection of photos from my gardens that I didn't have time to share during this Spring. Farewell, Spring - we'll miss you.

The painted lady has become surrounded by foliage, accompanied by garden gnomes.

Yellow Day Lillies.

Red Day Lillies.

"Sunrise" Day Lilly.

Peach Day Lilly.

Speckled Petunias.

California Poppies and some purple stuff.

The infamous Pigweed.

So, we never found out what this plant in the middle is (tall, white flower), so if you have suggestions, please share with me. These tall, purple flowers are Lilly of the Nile.

A collection of pansies, Lily of the Nile, spider plant and artificial flowers covering my garden hose (I'll have to remember to discuss that at a later date).

Another area of the yard.

Yellow Day Lilly.

Princess Colette surrounded by vibrant flowers.

Yellow and white Iris.

Cheerful gardener gnomes admire pansies and daisies.

The painted lady is no longer the tallest thing in this area of the garden.

And that wraps up the parade of Spring pictures! I hope you enjoyed them. Below are the videos associated with the above pictures, so look at them all twice!