Friday, May 4, 2012
We're excited to be joining Magic Onions Fairy Garden contest! Although our garden, big surprise, is called the "Gnome Garden" by my two little boys. My son, Michael, happened to be hanging about when I was looking at some of last years entries and he flipped with excitement to make his own. His excitement was contagious...although it doesn't take much to get me inspired to do a project like this one!
We've been collecting supplies for a couple of weeks now. I was on a box making roll with making our raised garden bed and a sandbox so why not make another? I wood-burned "Welcome" on the side to welcome all our fairy & gnome friends.
Then I added some simplified gnomes on this side along with a smiling rock. A friend of mine gave us the idea to attach the box to a table we already had that was falling apart. I secured the table and attached the box. It fit perfectly! I started a Fairy Garden board on Pinterest with all our favorite contest entries from last year. So we are slowly working down our list of more things we want to add.
The tree stump is screwed in to the bottom. We plan to add a tree house on top. We're slowly collecting fallen branches on our walks about the neighborhood for that. We really wanted to plant moss but that would be nearly impossible to keep alive in our area of the country. So we tried to find plants that would be happy in the sun.
And because my herb pallet hasn't exactly worked out, I focused on herbs. We chose Rosemary, Thyme, Boxwood Basil, Ground cover Peppermint & succulents.
We loved how the glass stones set off our pathway. We had the little stones left over from an aquarium we once had. We love to collect flat rocks so we had those in abundance.
The ground cover peppermint is on the left. We didn't have a big budget for plants. I may add a couple more pots of peppermint but I'm sure it will spread. We found the cute terracotta pots in the dollhouse section of our craft store. The clothes line was one of those ideas I spotted from last year's entries. So cute! We had to have one.
We found this decorative wood piece to be a focal point for our stone walkway.
I had one of these pots lying around so we used it as a cave.
We have a frog & turtle pond made from a ceramic bowl at one end of our garden.
Another idea I spotted in other fairy garden entries is the painted bird house with the cut out door. Michael made the blue one and we glued some dried moss to it, then glued it to a pine branch. I'm going to paint white toadstool spots on my red & brown house.
We cut this slice of wood & glued it to a smaller piece for a table. Please excuse the disheveled look to our gnome with the green hat. This was one of the first gnomes I ever made Michael before I knew about the wonders of wool. It's still his favorite.
We had some miniature food already and we made the cakes, apples & strawberries from Sculpey.
I happened to have this silver ball. It's just something that popped of a shower curtain holder. We glued it to an upside down pot & it makes a perfect garden ball decoration. My Grandmother has always had one in her yard so it makes me giggle at its tiny size & think of her.
This has been such a fun project. We are no where near finished. We want more furniture, the tree house, maybe a rope ladder to the tree house, etc. etc. It's definitely in progress. I've enjoyed searching for wood & such things to use for it & also the challenge of utilizing things we already have. It reminds me of the fun I used to have making houses for my dolls & stuffed animals under chairs and outside.
The best part of it though is doing something really fun with Michael. We are having a blast making it and the boys play with it for hours and hours on end. I'll post all about what we add to our gnome garden in the coming weeks and show you some final pictures when we're finished.
Until next time..