Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stock Room or Guest Room?

There's a bed under all that! I've been organizing my garden supplies and this is where I did it. As you can see, I have plenty of raw materials:

It's lovely to have things sorted, labeled and ready to go!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And more . . .

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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Warehouse

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!

Friday, October 21, 2011

More of the Stock Room

Art imitates life - wait, should that be the other way around? 

Hmmm - anyway, my back yard garden is home to birds of all sorts and so are my tiny gardens. Here are some feathered friends (and some wood and some ceramic, too) that are ready to grace a garden.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Stock Room

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:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Behind the Scenes, Part 2

As promised - live plants. These guys are waiting for new homes. They'll wind up in little gardens depicting enchanted forests, far off countries or magical flower beds. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Behind the Scenes

You've seen lots of pretty pictures of finished gardens all ready to sell or deliver. For the next few posts, I'm going to show you some never-before-seen pictures of what goes into the process.

These shots were taken in my studio kitchen. Although most of the plants that go into the gardens are live, some embellishments - well, aren't.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yes, they really are live plants . . .

. . . live, lush and lovely - and the best thing? Easy to care for! 
  • Each plant needs one tablespoon of water once a week. That's all. Really.
  • And if a plant gets too large, ivy trails too far or if a leaf turns yellow - snip it off!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More from Maple Grove

I made these for the Maple Grove sale, but anything that doesn't sell there is still available for you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Maple Grove Sale

What a well run sale! The organizers seemed to think of everything, even coffee and doughnuts! 

Next time, however, I think I'll set up a recording of myself saying, "These are all live plants, healthy and easy to care for."

These plants are so pretty, everyone thinks they're fake!

Monday, October 10, 2011

and one in between . . .

I had great fun creating settings for all these lovely figurines supplied by my customer.
Have any little treasures around the house that might like to live in their own, private garden? 
I'd love to make one for you!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Short Order

From tall to tiny! The same customer asked me to make a garden in this little cutie. Even including the tallest plant, it didn't top out over the 10 inch mark.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Tall Order

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. 

More tomorrow . . .

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Getting ready . . .

. . . for another sale! 
This time, I'll be Maple Grove. Here are the details:
Maple Grove Women of Today Craft Show
Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
October 8, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

I've been busy - come see!

Monday, October 3, 2011

A View From the Top

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!