Sunday, June 15, 2014

Plum Creek's Fairy Garden

I know you know all about Pinterest.  But do you know all about how addictive it is?  Do you know you cannot look at pictures of a fairy garden without wanting to make a fairy garden?  I have nearly 450 pins on my Fairy Garden Board, you can find it here  http://www.pinterest.com/candystefan52/fairy-houses-and-gardens/.  After you look at a few of these lovely little gardens you will know what the attraction is.  After nearly a year of drooling over someone else's fairy garden, I have finally made my own.  Last year I wanted to make a Secret Garden out of a book.  When my son Chris and his wife found out about my new interest they sent me a set of fairy garden wrought iron trellises, furniture, and gates for my birthday. At Mother's Day they sent my fairies (yea!).  Over the year I found a few things here and there that I incorporated into the fairy garden.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden
I started with a container that I found at Marshall's.  I used my two ten dollar off coupons. After tax I paid less than two dollars for the tub.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial




Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial



Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 I filled the bottom third of the tub with shipping popcorn and  filled the rest of the tub with moistened potting mix.  I set my "fairy house" and some plants I had been collecting into the tub and played with them repositioning them until I was happy with the configuration. I designed the garden to have an attractive front view and an attractive back view independent of each other.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 The fairy house was a wizard house complete with gargoyles that I found at Goodwill. I chiseled that wizard and gargoyles out of the house voila! a fairy house for four dollars (less my discount of course). The little tree is called China Doll, I found it at Marc's.  The moss is Scotch Irish moss form Home Depot. I do not know the name of the flowers hanging over the side of a tub.  I took them out of a hanging basket that I had bought at Marc's for this purpose.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
Then I added fences and trellises (and fairies too) and moved them around until I was happy.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
The fences came from my collection of Christmas Village fencing.  I did end up using a smaller brown fence.  I will probably still change  the fence again.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

I ended up repositioning the house to leave a little more room in the back for the garden arch and another fairy.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
I placed the battery pack to the lights in the bottom of the turret and hot glued the lights under the eaves and inside of the rooms, Laid dried moss in to the areas of exposed soil (to keep weeds from popping up I hope).  Now please understand that this is my first attempt at making a fairy garden and I will be tweaking it for weeks, but for right now I am pretty happy with it.  It needs a little more of a polished look (but not to much) and a little bit of a better definition of the spaces.


Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 The twin fairies were my Mothers Day gift - Thank you Chris and Genia.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 I found the fairy below at Goodwill.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 The fairy babies are from Goodwill too.  The larger garden fairies are from Marc's.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

 This little chair came from the Goodwill store near where I work.  It fits the twin fairies perfectly.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial


Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial

Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 This fairy light was a Mother's Day gift from Chris and Gen too.
Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial


Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
 Plum Creek Place Fairy Garden tutorial
It was a very long hard day.  I worked in the yard to finish planting and mulching so I could get to making my Fairy Garden.  I am glad I did.


Thrift on ladies, thrift on

Linking to:

Christine's Table it Party.

Susan's Metamorphosis Monday

Arod's and Sue's Meet the Neighbor Party

Dawn's History and Home Link Party  
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Last week's post "Red, White, and Mostly Blue" was featured at:

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37 comments:

  1. Candy, Your fairy garden is out of the ballpark wonderful. I love it- You have such sweet pieces in it and you did a great job putting it together...xo Diana

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  2. Gorgeous! I know what you mean about Pinterest. It can inspire me to attempt things I never knew I wanted to do!

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  3. Oh it is perfect. I love the little forget-me-nots hanging down over the edge. And the two little fairies sitting in the chair by the books - I swear one of them raised her little hand up to her mouth and giggled when I looked at it the first time. All the parts and areas are so cute and I do like the darker fence bests. The setting with the other fairies surrounding it is wonderful - I'd love to make a fair garden - but with no cover on our deck and lots and lots of summer rains in the Pacific Northwest I'd have to find things that were definitely waterproof, and things get green moss on them so fast here - guess I'll just enjoy yours over and over - it is just precious. What a good reward for finishing up your garden tasks.

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  4. That's pretty amazing mom! Great photography too!

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    1. Thank you Son, Your Momma loves you! I may not have been inspired without your sweet gifts to use for this fairy garden... Love, Mom

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  5. Oh this is just gorgeous -!!!
    I'm working on a fairy village ( for inside ) so this just melted my heart - sheer perfection!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration
    I have a fairy garden pinterest page - totally addicted ( to pinterest AND to fairy gardens lol )
    XOXO

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  6. Love it. What a testament to long term planning, taking a year to put it together. Your patience and skills paid off beautifully. Kids young and old enjoy the beauty and whimsy of this Fairy Garden. Wanda @weekendwanderlust.co

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  7. Excellent job! I love it! I love fairy gardens too! You nailed it- wonderful job! I love the fairy house and the little lights. I have some fencing in my older fairy garden I was thinking of using in my new one. Your cute little fencing gives me more incentive to try it!

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  8. This is so cool!!! You really did a great job, and it's a really creative way to get a fairy garden! All the miniatures are amazing! I had no idea fairy gardens were so popular, but apparently they are. I'm glad you've finally got one of your very own!

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    1. Thank you Alycia! It seems that the fairy gardens have become more popular over the last couple of years.I had been wanting a fairy garden for a long time. The little accessories are so expensive at the hobby stores, so I had put off creating my garden until I found enough goodies at the thrift stores. I really am so happy that I have finally pulled everything together and finished this project.

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  9. I love love love your fairy garden. I have been wanting to build one for the last two years. Maybe this will be the year with all this inspiration! Thanks for the visit and cheers from your newest follower!

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  10. Oh my gosh, that is the cutest faerie garden...you are so talented, Candy!

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  11. Oh, I love your fairy garden. Your twins look the same as ones I used to make a fairy garden for my DIL. I used them to represent my two granddaughters. On mine the said "best friends". I also think your babies look like mine.
    Thank you for stopping by Cozy Blanket. Did you see my fairy gardens. I must go to Pinterest to see the ones you have pinned. I signed up to follow you.
    Also, you said you lived in a free standing condo. Not sure what that is. Is it one that stands alone. I would be interested in hearing more since we are in that process. Thanks.
    debby

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  12. Candy,
    I saw your post on my friend Teresa's blog, and when I saw your fairy garden I had a big smile on my face. I LOVE fairies! What an enchanting and wonderful fairy garden. I think my favorite on here is the one with the purple shirt and green skirt. The little fairy house, the white gate, and all the beautiful flowers add a special touch. Me and my daughters also have a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. It's so nice to meet new friends, and your Header has my most beloved bird, the hummingbird. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  13. This is adorable! I would love to have one too! Yep, I'm also addicted to Pinterest, love it!
    Never enough hours in the day for all my fun hobbies!

    Katherine

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  14. What an adorable fairy garden. Yours is so enchanting and I just love it. I'm almost done with getting my garden in "shape". I wanted to thank you for stopping by and letting me know you liked my kitchen's corner cabinet to store some of my dishes.

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  15. I love you fairy garden! I am a potter and have been making fairy houses and furniture this year. So much fun to "escape" into that world! !

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  16. This looks so beautiful! I had never heard of a fairy garden before, now I'm a fan. The finished project looks like something out of a magazine-- you did such a great job!
    Thank you, Candy, for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. Have a great weekend
    Randee

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  18. I just love the fairy gardens so much. I have to make one now, I must. I'm going to make it my propriety to have one by next year and start now finding things. Gosh it's just a dream to see, so thank you for sharing. I like how you added the green moss, the white fence and the special lights to adorn the setting. Great little chair you found at Goodwill too. Mr. Duck is a nice touch. I did a garden walk last year I shared on the blog that has a fun fairy garden and gnome garden; you probably saw it though. Your fairy garden takes it to a new level. I will be pinning this and sharing galore. I'll put on my Facebook page on Monday so more people can see.

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  19. this is adorable Candy, I love that you used a big round container and all your sweet touches! You have found so many perfect little things! That is so sweet that your son and his wife gifted you things to use! It is precious!
    Jenna

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  20. Love how your fairy garden turned out its just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing at Meet the Neighbors

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  21. Oh, I just love your fairie garden....you did a great job creating it!
    JP

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  22. Your fairy garden is just adorable! I love it, and it's making me very tempted to create one!
    Thanks for sharing at H&H

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  23. LOVE this sweet little fairy garden!! So pretty!! I want to do another one now!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  24. So sweet and creative. I think the twin fairies are my favorite part!

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  25. What an adorable little fairy garden. I am going to pin some of these pictures to my Fairy Garden Pinterest Board!

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    1. Thank you! You can pin away Chloe, I love it when my pictures get pinned.

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  26. Candy,
    Thanks so much for visiting!! What a delight to come back and look at this fantastic post again!!

    I will be honest in that I really do not sleep much. I am not a sleeper , never was so working night shift works for me. I average around 5 maybe 6 hours of sleep a day when i am working and I split that between morning and night so I feel I get more accomplished!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I used to get away with six hours of sleep with no problems too. Now I need seven or eight in order to be functional. To many times lately I have woken up at 4:00 in the morning and suffered throughout the day. It seems the area that gets neglected the most is my blog. I still have to work (full time now) and still have to take care of all the things that keep a home functional. I can't wait until I "really" retire so I can take a nap on those days.

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  27. And now, we can drool all over yours!! How colourful, whimsical and wonderful!! I love the white picket fence and all the fabulous little fairies, who, I imagine, flit from one cozy spot to the next!

    Candy, you are always so creative; I've missed visiting you, too!!

    Happy weekend in your wonderful world!

    Poppy

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  28. Wow, I like your style...I have seen a lot of fairy gardens lately but they're not as pretty as yours!! and I love the pot you chose, it looks like it might patina with age giving it even more flair.

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  29. This is the cutest idea! Your fairy garden is so pretty! You found some real treasures at Goodwill for your garden. You're right Pinterest can be very addictive! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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  30. What a beautiful garden my friend! Wow, I thought I came to visit as I do remember it clearly! Oh goodness I hope it's not a senior moment! This is an amazing post dear Candy, I wish I could be there with you having some tea. Anyhow, I've been sick with a cold, not pretty either and so has my mom, but I finally got around to buying just the right thing to package the placemats so they don't crease. I will send them tomorrow and let you know when you will receive them, sweetie! I can't wait for you to have them!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  31. Thank you Fabby for your wonderful sweet comments. Yes, this was my last post. I am still in blog vacation mode.

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  32. Just to let you Know - I have a new post today.

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  33. So so cute the fairy garden you created!

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