Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our Fairy Garden



As soon as I saw the Fairy Gardens popping up on Pinterest I knew that we had to have one of our own. An oak half barrel on the deck that usually houses cosmos was the perfect venue. I love cosmos, but they get so darn high that they block my view from the kitchen window to the backyard and shade garden. Nine year old Macy was only too happy to help with the work and the ideas. And the ideas keep on coming.



We started with a Michael's brownstone birdhouse, regular $16.99 on for $6.99 CDN. Macy painted the trim a custom turquoise... the secret recipe: one blob oyster white, one blob bahama blue.



I love stone houses so I knew we'd be havin' one of those. Mr. CF, the CF hound and I went on a pebble hunt (under the cleverly thought up premise of a fishing trip) out west in search of the perfect fairy house stones. No dice. Wouldn't you know he found the perfect fairy pebbles a half mile out of town? I couldn't have been happier if he brought home five dozen roses.



We used Lepages No More Nails Ultra as I couldn't find Liquid Nails which I had read somewhere would do the trick. This stuff is good for indoor/outdoor and is low odor -- the only thing I wasn't big on is that it is white. We did small sections at a time, bumping fingers and technique. We were both excited to see our house come to life. Five coats of spray sealer were added but I think I'll still bring the house in when there is a torrential rain. I'd hate to have the basement rot out from under the fairies!



We planted a dwarf delphinium, sea thrift, moss phlox, irish moss and transplanted a chunk of creeping thyme and hens & chicks from the bird bath bed. Miss M made her paths from pennies.



My potting bench backs up to the deck. It is due for a makeover this summer but it has been the handiest piece of outdoor furniture ever. It has held snacks, beverages and birthday party goodies and is an awesome work bench. Our apple and crab apple blossoms are losing their petals; the cedar waxwings will soon fly in to gobble them up.





Yesterday we added the birdcage and bunting. I just used wee diamond shaped scraps of fabric. Miss M was proud of her gazing ball: a marble on a golf tee. We have more ideas for this fairy garden and for the second one that Macy started after having so much fun with this one.



We'll keep you updated and let you know when the fairies move in. Thank you for visiting!

Update: Click here to see how our fairy garden is doing in July.


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27 comments :

  1. OMG!!! I just want to shrink myself and move in! That is the most charming fairie castle that ever was, dontcha know?! Well, the 2 of you are quite a team. I just can't quit looking at your fabulous creation with all the miniature details.

    * I just bought myself a little gnome and red ceramic mushroom last weekend. Gotta start somewhere, right?

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  2. This is so cute! I love all the details from the marble on the golf tee to the scraps of fabric to make garland.
    It's fantastic! Thanks for stopping by with your inspirational comment. Have a fun week!

    Jody

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  3. i LOVE this!!

    I am so dying to do my own Fairy Garden!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!! Great job!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  4. Wow, you guys are always up to something cool. I am in awe of your fairy garden. How ingenious with the pebbles and the pennies for a path and I adore the bunting. It's too clever! Thanks for posting this and what a fun time you two must have had. Thanks for stopping in at Quirky Vistas and leaving me a sweet note about the rain and my choice of snacks. These things are important? Right? :)
    Liz

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  5. PS: That close up of the sun shining on the whole thing is so great. Good work on that! I'm impressed.
    Liz

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  6. Yours is the cutest fairy garden that I've seen! Such detail and originality! Penny

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  7. You'll have all the fairies moving to your place! You've created a resort for them! This is Beautiful, I'm about to make mine, and you've given me some good ideas! Have a great weedend!

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  8. Darling fairy garden! I am working on one in an old wagon I have. Just using things I have around the house -

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  9. Just lovely. Really. This made me want to be 9 years old again.

    Sharing at my "Imaginary Daughter" board at Pinterest, b/c I'd have to rework this as a troll garden for my sons...

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  10. What a darling fairy garden. I am definitely going to use some of the same elements when I make one.

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  11. This is so so cute! Love that fairy house style. I've done this to a larger birdhouse in the past and as long as I keep resealing it each spring, it has stood up to 7 years of weather. Now I need to search out the wooden birdhouses in my stash and make more. What a cute project.

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  12. This is the cutest fairy garden! Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays...Have a fun week!

    Jody

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  13. Tracy, Congrats! You're Fairy Garden Post was the second highest viewed on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Don't forget to pick up a feature button if you'd like. Have a fun week with your family.


    Jody

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  14. Amazing.... have you ever priced stone gnome homes online? They're expensive! Great idea to make your own. Love it!!!
    Ciao,
    Mary

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  15. Your fairy garden is the cutest I have seen. I made my first one this year. I bought the house two years ago. The festival I bought it at is coming to town tomorrow and I am hoping to get another one. They are so much fun. Love the house that you and your little built.

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  16. your fairy garden is so cute, I'm so fascinated with these little fairy gardens, they are everywhere right now, I have a grand daughter who will soon be of an age who will love these, thankyou for sharing this, I just found you tonight from a blog we have in common,

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  17. This is such a sweet fairy garden! Thanks for visitng my garden gate so I could come over and see your garden! So awesome! xo wendy

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  18. This is the coolest thing ever, and it reminds me of happy craft projects with my daughters when they were young. Cherished memories!

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  19. Oh my gosh! This is the cutest fairy garden I've seen. I love the rock house with its own pendant banner and the photo with the sun ray is just too much! Amazing job on this!!!! (You got four exclamation points and I don't give those out very often)

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  20. completely darling....I'm smitten with the little banner you have hooked up there - soooo gonna do something similar - thanks for the great inspiration!

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  21. This is so adorable! I love the details and sharing the project with your daughter makes it even more special! Just way too sweet for words!
    I'm glad I found your blog, I like your style. I'm a new follower and now am going to check out your pinboards:)
    Sheila @ Blissfully Shabby

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  22. Love that banner! I would love if you wanted to share a how to for that on my fairy fridays :) If your interested in guesting that, let me know!

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  23. So incredibly charming. I so want to make one of these.

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  24. loved the pic in the dark,magical and so much imagination...I have rock gardens all around my house..I have to make one of these with my grandkids.

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  25. Thanks for the how to on the fairy condo! On my list of things to make, thanks for sharing, Laura

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  26. This just looks like the MOST fun ever! I love your pretty fairy garden!

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