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Creating a Fairy Garden

First, set a fairy trap. No, just kidding. That is impossible from what I’ve heard. However, there are many ways to create a fairy garden. I was inspired to start one in an old tree stump after hearing a lecture on “Fairy Tales in the Garden” by blogging diva Amanda Thomsen of Hortmag.com’s Kiss My Aster. A timely lecture considering that it just so happened we had an old tree in the barnyard that was getting cut up for firewood. I found the perfect hollowed out stump complete with a fairy door in the bottom. Yay.

After zipping over to the barn with the skidsteer and picking up the enchanted stump, I found a lovely spot with shade in the morning and late afternoon situated in front of a young blue spruce. While I would love to have a sweet little wooded spot, we live on the top of a hill no mature trees. It could have gone in the nearby hedgerow but I wanted it close enough to see it daily and for LaLa to visit there often.

Note the lovely little fairy door at the bottom. All it needs is a walkway, paint and a doorknob!

Planting the garden in a tree stump is nice because it raises up the viewing level and creates numerous places to introduce your fairy decor.  Speaking of fairy decor… did you know that you can order anything that you can dream of online? I had no idea! I have my eye on a particular metal table and chairs after finding the sweetest tea set at a craft store. Stay tuned on that one.

Varigated ivy, Irish moss, Hinoki cypress and creeping thyme.

A fairy garden doesn’t haven’t to be expensive to make. I used a dwarf Hinoki cypress that had gotten stepped on a couple times in my perennial bed that needed a little TLC. It made a nice small tree for the arrangement. We used a small little wren house for the fairy’s cottage with a cute little ceramic gazebo and mushrooms from a set that LaLa got for her birthday.

Some good materials for a fairy garden include:

  • Moss covered stones
  • twigs
  • low growing plants such as irish moss, creeping thyme, creeping phlox and miniature conifers
  • pebbles
  • mushrooms- real or faux
  • polished stones
  • shiny things
  • picket fencing
  • rhinestones
  • doll furniture and accessories
  • your imagination

Once your little miniature outdoor landscaping project is planted start adding little accessories to bring it all together and enchant the fairies, your children and yourself. I found a charming little red wagon, some potted plants and a garden hose to add to my garden. I think the perfect little gardening fairy will come. I hope she will be willing to work for her keep!

So what are you waiting for?! Start that fairy garden and enjoy it with wonderment as though seeing it through the eyes of a child. Mine is far from complete so stop back in and see how it evolves! What would be featured in your fairy garden to make it uniquely yours?




Teamwork

Gracie and Oliver swimming at the pond yesterday!




Topiary Designs for Mother’s Day

A fragrant sachet filled with French Lavender Buds featuring the MOM Topiary

Lilac Bouquet with Topiary Table and Chickadees… Oh so sweet!

Lavender Sachet, Linen Guest Towel, Lilac Handcrafted Soap and Greeting Card all featuring the Lilac Bouquet.

Greeting Card Inside: Thank you for being the wonderful woman that you are.

Happy Mother’s Day






Time for some color!

This little beauty was shining after a storm in Naples, FL. The Fam and I went down for a long weekend to visit Junebug (aka Nonnie) and Poppa in Florida over the weekend. Of course I was nursing a lovely little sunburn while taking pictures of the local flora and I couldn’t resist some close-ups of this gorgeous hibiscus. Got some great shots at the Naples Zoo. Can’t wait to sketch some of those big cats… check back later!




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New Stores to Welcome!

Look at this charming postcard that I received in the mail last week! It is from a new store that has picked up my line of topiary themed goodies called Pear Tree in Kansas City, MO. What a treat for me! I have THE nicest customers and get to work with some of the most wonderful people and stores. So today I thought it would be nice to officially welcome the new stores that have started carrying my line/artwork this year. If any of the new stores listed below are near you… stop in and check things out! Tell them I sent ya!

Pear Tree Kansas City, MO

Flower Child Florist Philadelphia, PA

Embellish Richmond, VA

Prospector’s Nursery Nevada City, CA

Grandma’s Garden Center Waynesville, IN

Don’t live in Missouri, Indiana, California or Virginia? Click here to check for other stores in your area or if you would like to suggest a store.




Easter Dinner Menu

Sundried Tomato, Basil Pesto and Goat Cheese Spirals

Kale and Pecorino Crostini

Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs

Cola & Brown Sugar Basted Ham with Jezebel Sauce

Mashed Potatoes

Spicy Corn Pudding

Green Beans Almondine

Seven Layer Fruit Compote

Marilyn’s Cherry Pie




Jezebel Sauce Recipe

I found this recipe in a little cookbook that my sweet grandmother from Baton Rouge gave me when Farmboy and I got married. The title of the cookbook is called “Try It, You’ll Like It!” so when I saw this recipe I just HAD to try it and low and behold… I liked it and so did everyone else! The horseradish gives it quite a kick. It is a lovely accompaniment to sliced ham. I promise rave reviews…

  • 10 oz. jar pineapple preserves
  • 1o oz. jar apple jelly
  • 6 oz. jar horseradish
  • 1/2 can dry mustard. (1 1/2 0z. size)
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients. Let chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before using.




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Hi, I'm Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed illustrations for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, aka Farmboy, my two children affectionately known as "La La" and "the Bean" and a small petting zoo of other family members.

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