Mom’s Garden

momgarden_candy_spiegelMy mother has a beautiful garden, with her house in the middle of it!



Really, she has dozens of gardens around her house, garage and sheds.



momgarden_candy_spiegel3Her garden has been featured on a local charity garden tour fund-raiser twice.



Many of the gardens are separated with fencing, sheds, tall grass and other items. And many of them have themes … there is an outdoor room, a water garden, multiple fairy gardens and a miniature golf garden (built for the grandkids). My favorite garden is a hidden garden. Once you find it, you see it is filled with pink flamingos made from all sorts of materials.

momgarden_candy_spiegel2 During the summer, I took some evening pictures of her garden. Of course, I had forgotten to wipe my memory card clean, so I didn’t get very many pictures, but I did get a few …





I’m sure these photos will find their way onto a scrapbook page or card at some point …

Gardening with the Fairies

Wow. It’s been a while.

This is the busy season in my real job and I had several other deadlines and the Great Lakes Mega Meet and well, it just seems like a lifetime ago since I last blogged.

Although I haven’t been blogging, I have been crafting … and when you keep crafting, but don’t blog, you have lots of things to share!

One of the things I finally finished was my fairy garden, well the indoor one, at least.

If you read the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, you know that I recently did a story on one of the latest trends — fairy gardens. I had intended the story to be only about outdoor fairy gardens, but when I went to the fairy store to interview the owners, I fell in love with the indoor gardens, as well, and had to make one of my own.

It took several weeks to figure out what I wanted to do and then to locate all of the materials to do it. Although I wouldn’t consider it done, because it seems like one of those things that will continue to evolve, it is done for now.

I started with a glass bowl. For the base, I covered a piece of floral foam with moss, wrapping it like a present using Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear adhesive to hold it in place.  Then, I filled the side of the bowl with decorative rocks.

The gazebo was purchased (plain) at the store, Heavenly Scent Herb  Farm in Tyrone Township, if you live nearby. I used a few packages of Prima flowers and vines to decorate it — again, using Art Glitter glue to adhere everything. I just took my time and held everything in place for a few seconds before moving on and I had no trouble with things staying stuck.

The dangly inside was made with a bead from Maya Road. I used a Hero Arts background stamp with Staz-On ink and then added a bit of Art Glitter to it.

The little flower pots were also purchased at Heavenly Scent, but I didn’t like the color of them. So, I painted them with Ranger Paint Dabbers, in Espresso and Gold, to achieve the patina I wanted.

The larger pots were decorated with Ranger’s Liquid Pearls.

I then added some silk flowers, a rock from the beach, eggs and tiny birds — all found at the craft store.

The fairies have picks that can be used to stick in the foam so they stay in place. But I wanted the little baby fairy to sit on the flower, so I used a Craft Glue Dot to hold her in place. Since I should be able to scrape the Glue Dot off of her bottom, I’ll be able to move her when I want. I used the same technique to hold the bird in the little boy fairy’s hands.

So, what do you think?