Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eclectic miniatures from the world over - day 3

Meet the Tanuki - a very special badger from Japan:
There are countless tales about the mischievous Tanuki. The Tanuki can transform into any living or inanimate shape, but in legend it often assumes the form of a monk or a tea kettle to play tricks on people.


There's a Tanuki in one of my gardens, but as far as I can tell, he's been staying right there.


I have a feeling he's so content in this lovely, little garden that he has no desire to leave!



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eclectic miniatures from the world over - day 2

The people of India treasure their elephants and it's not uncommon to see one of these festive fellows out and about:

Here's a tiny version I put together:
and it's much easier to take care of than that big guy in the first picture! All my gardens come with care instructions and I'm always willing to give on-line advice.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Eclectic miniatures from the world over . . .

. . . is what it says in my right side info column. This week, I'm going to show you what I mean.

Ever been to Holland?

If so, you know that blue and white Delftware pottery is pretty much everywhere. This old beauty is from the 1700s. It's worth a bundle.


Here's my take on some Delft-inspired fairy gardens:
and maybe you saw this one in an earlier post, but it's so sweet, it deserves a second look:
These little gardens can satisfy anyone's need for blue and white or bring back memories of a trip to the Netherlands and and they don't cost a bundle! 

If you brought back a figurine from a trip and would like a garden built around it, let me know - my email is in the right side info column. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mmmm, Friday

Even though I'm retired, there's still something about Friday that signals the coming of the weekend. It's a change of pace from the work week routine or the chance to see family and friends - weekends are wonderful (retired or not.)


Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gardens on a stick?

Well no, even in honor of the Minnesota State Fair, which starts today, I haven't been able to figure out how to put a garden on a stick. But - I do use sticks in my gardens! In order to keep the decorative elements of my gardens in place, I attach a stick that gets pushed into the soil so the little pieces stay put. 


For example:


There's a little stick in the acorn which not only keeps it in place, it helps support the little bear so he stays put too.

Acorns on a stick? Mmmm no - doesn't sound good. Maybe deep fried?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Allergic to cats?

This one could live at your house and you'd still be able to breathe!
or this one:
No cat dander and live plants - it's all good!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Getting it right . . .

A few days ago, I put up this picture:
I have since been informed by my young friend, Taylor, that one of the peace signs is upside down. Rest assured that I have corrected that error! (The black peace symbol has been turned so the V is inverted. Whew.) Even though I lived through Viet Nam war era when the peace symbol was everywhere, I apparently wasn't paying attention to its orientation. 

Here's another "peace garden" and I know I got this one right:


Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to work -

Monday mornings might be a little easier if something like this was on your desk.
Let me know if I can make one for you - 
see my email below the About Me section
or leave me a comment (they're finally working!)

Isn't It Romantic?



From my friend Susan:
"The miniature wedding gardens you made for my daughter's bridal shower were lovely.  They made beautiful centerpieces for the tables, so festive and great conversation starters.  We loved the tiny brides and grooms, hearts, and garden scenes.  Now the gardens are growing and being enjoyed by the bride's aunts...a remembrance of a special day.  Thank you for sharing your artistic talents with your tiny gardens!"


More romance ~
I love special orders - what can I make for you?


Friday, August 19, 2011

Out to lunch

No really, pals Cheryl, Karen and I went out to lunch here:
Can't quite see it? The Good Day Café in Golden Valley. Yum.
You'd be amazed how busy three women in their 60s can be, so we really enjoyed great food and a chance to talk about important stuff. It was over all too soon and I had to get back to reclaim my house after the flurry of this week's sale. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What a beautiful day for a sale! My pals Taylor and Karen were on hand to keep me company and enjoy my shady yard. My new and improved signs kept traffic coming (and I even sold some gardens!)


Here's one of my new favorites - a gravy boat is a great shape for a little garden, don't you think?



















We posed the fairies in my flower beds - 
like this pretty one:









And just for fun, my take on a "peace garden!"

Yard Sale -

It's today! Pictures later . . . .

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shameless publicity!

Fairy Gardens? Terrariums? Tabletop Gardens? No matter what you call them, these are the prettiest miniature gardens you've ever seen! Healthy, live plants combined with fairies, teddies, birds and butterflies. Some gardens have international themes with artifacts from Asia, Europe and Scandinavia. Beautiful as centerpieces, a living gift for any occasion and easy to care for - each garden comes with printed care instructions.


Don't forget - yard sale tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Checking the weather



The weather forecast for Thursday is 83° and sunny - just about perfect for a yard sale, I'd say. This little guy will be there - will you?


Leave me a comment if you'd like to come and I'll send you details and directions.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday, Monday

There's no sleeping in for me - I'm getting ready for another sale! I've got signs to paint and gardens to tend and about one hundred other things to do before Thursday. If you're in the Minnesota Twin Cities area, leave me a comment and I'll send you the details.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

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My name is Kathy and I make Fairy Gardens! Get to know me and my gardens through my blog.