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.