Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Memorial Day, 4th of July and Summer Pillows

I made some outdoor pillows for the benches at the front of my house to celebrate Memorial Day, 4th of July, and the glory of summer!
I was feeling so good about having planted my flowers already... until the frost warning happened last week.
All these flower containers had to be carried  into the garage, and I was running around covering plants in the ground with sheets.

It just seems that the dates of the season changes
 are not the same anymore.  Next year I'll wait a little longer. 

My granddaughter surprised me with a display of her own.
I think she was having a little fun with me... and it worked. 
It brought smiles to my face and the thought, 
"Ain't life wonderful!" 


Monday, May 16, 2016

Aunt Laurie's "Home From the Beach" Fairy House

Aunt Laurie lives in North Carolina.
She loves the ocean and the beach.

So when she sent my granddaughters these beachy fairy furniture pieces, we decided to create a 
"Home From the Beach" Fairy House
and dedicate it to her and all the Aunts that 
send thoughtful gifts to their nieces and nephews. 
(and Grand-Nieces too.)

This fairy doesn't sleep in an ordinary Midwest twig bed.....

Her house isn't created to keep out the Midwest snow, but to let in the summer breezes and show off beautiful 
starfish and shells.

Starfish on 3 sides of the house.  Each one is different.
This fairy loves the water and needs a pool and fountain to remind her about the wonderful ocean.
I plan to glue the shiny blue beads into the shell fountain.

Beach glass pebbles form her patio.

Solar powered lights light up the house at night for 
nighttime fairy parties.
( Yes, we know that our Aunt Laurie is quite the hostess and everyone wants to go to her parties!)
Adding solar powered lights to the wooden birdhouse.
Night-time photo, with the lights outlining the fairy house.

We think these Dragon Wing Begonias will be spectacular as 
they grow into beautiful, flowery plants. 
 Image result for dragon leaf begonia

So, thanks Aunt Laurie, for sending us a bit of the beach
here in the Midwest.

You are so kind and this fairy house is dedicated to 

Deborah and the Girls 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fairy Book House

Creating my Fairy Garden was so much fun.

First, I started with this wooden storage container that looks like 4 books standing together.
I purchased it at a garage sale for three dollars. 
 It also had a book drawer under the four books, but I separated them into two pieces.

Next, I used contractors glue and glued the container shut.

Before gluing it though, I did cut a hole out of the side of one of the books and glued in a window.
Where did I get the window?  
I bought this Fisher Price toy castle and pulled apart the windows and the WORKING  drawbridge!
I love how the drawbridge cranks up and down, but I didn't like the bright blue color. So I painted it.

I roughed up the plastic surface, but I don't know if the paint will flake later.  If it flakes, I plan to buy outdoor paint and repaint it.

Notice how I painted a black rectangle to simulate 
the "dark opening."
I cranked the drawbridge closed.
  My granddaughters love this feature.
 Here is the finished Fairy Book House, 
with the little twig chair I made. 

 Personally, I think the fairy that decided to live in this house,  likes to read her fairy tales outside while sitting in that chair.

Fairy Garden Chair with Acorn Top Armrest

I made a little twig chair for my fairy garden. 

I like the acorn top armrests.
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