I was lucky enough to live in Japan and Okinawa early in my career and I've never lost my love for the beauty that surrounded me there. Making gardens that remind me of Japan takes me back to that lovely country. Watch for these things to grace an upcoming Japanese garden.
You've seen some of my raw materials and today I'm going to show you what got it all started: fairies. My first fairy garden was outside, in my back yard. I loved working on it, but winter forced me inside. That's when it occurred to me that I could still garden, but on a much smaller scale.
See a fairy you like? Let me know and I'll create a garden just for you!
As much as I love making little gardens, I love shopping for little gardens! I'm constantly on the lookout for garden-worthy stuff. I shop thrift stores, dollar stores, garage sales, wholesale houses, craft stores - you name it. Here's my apple collection:
Between sales, I'm busy with special orders. Most recently, I had the fun of creating gardens for a customer who supplied both the containers and the figurines, and let me surprise her with the end results!
When I say "tall order", I mean tall - about 30 inches tall! (In this photo, the vase is on the floor in front of my lower kitchen cabinets.)
Like lovely, optic stemware, this stunning vase has graceful swirls in the glass which adds to the charm of the objects and plants within.
Usually a "view from the top" means from a very high place. In this case, it's the view into one of my gardens, no high places needed. Part of the appeal of these gardens (for me) is that they're fun to look at from any angle.
Here's how this looks straight on:
And here's how it looks from the top:
A bird's eye view without having to be a bird and perfect for anyone bothered by heights!