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DIY Fairy Gardens

This weekend, my mom and I attended a class on building/creating Fairy Gardens. Blumen Gardens was offering a crafts and cocktails afternoon. Sounded like a great girls day out, garden stuff and drinks. So we headed out for our trip to BlumenĀ Gardens… it was about 2 hours from my parents house. So I headed out early to their house and we started on our way. Upon our arrival, we had some time to walk around and see lots of great plants. So our class was about to get underway. We were given an empty box and some basic explanations. Next we would fill our box with dirt, and pick out plants for our fairy garden. Some of the people brought items from home, some picked out a lot of additional items to add to their gardens. My mom and I focused mainly on the plants and rocks. As we didn’t have a lot of ideas as to what we were doing. So my original fairy garden looked like this.

All this for $15 plus a watermelon mojito (really tasty) šŸ™‚

However, today, as I was looking at the fairy garden, I wasn’t happy with it. It didn’t turn out how I wanted, and I had more ideas of what I could do. I actually created two fairy gardens from my original one.

New Fairy Garden #1 –Ā  Using a bucket that I was going to plant in, this was the perfect plan for the bucket.

New Fairy Garden #2 – using the box we got at the class

This is a really fun craft/gardening idea… next is to add accessories. Hobby Lobby here I come. I think in theĀ doll house sections we will find some cute stuff.

Yard Crashers or I <3 Ahmed Hassan

One of my “new” favorite shows is Yard Crashers with Ahmed Hassan. I am only hoping that once I have signed that contract, Ahmed finds me at Home Depot, Menards or Lowes… or what ever hardware store he hangs at. I will say YES, you can follow me home. On a side note, if he asked me to follow him home and help him in his yard, I would probably say yes to that as well. šŸ˜‰ My new yard is pretty small, but I have some wonderful ideas.

If I could have my dream backyard, I would love an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor soaking area, a deck/patio area, a fire pit and a nice garden area with both edible and flowering plants.

The outdoor kitchen is similar to what I like, but a little big for my little house. I would want it built to scale for my house and my life. This picture is out of Texas where everything is bigger. What I like is it has the grilling/kitchen area, and the fire pit all in one.

This teak tub is something I cam across one day, and while I like the material, and it would be great for soaking, it isn’t big enough for socializing. I would love a larger teak soaking / hot tub, but I hope the hotĀ cabana boy comes with it. If I wasn’t able to have this, I would likeĀ a swim spa that allows you the current to swim against.

Raised beds andĀ container gardensĀ are a great asset to a smallĀ garden and is also somethingĀ I would like in my garden/yard area. Lots of containers around the outdoor kitchen filled with fresh herbs, tomatoes and peppers.

So while I have lots of ideas, and the willingness to do the work, I personally am lacking the “skill” to do it all myself and since I am just buying the house, I will be lacking the funds to create my dream yard. So if you know Ahmed and the crew of Yard Crashers… PLEASE send them my way.

*** Just a note… none of the above pictures are mine, if you click on the pictures, they will take you to the links of the product, company, or person where credit is due. A big thanks to google images and the individual websites to help me find pictures of what I am looking for.

Garden Girl

One of the most exciting things for me is I will have a garden… I am also scared. I have cared for a ton of house plants, but a whole yard… makes me nervous. I can’t wait for this cold weather to be done, I can start buying plants and making my yard, mine. Looking forward to doing some container gardening, some vegetable gardening and some flower gardening.

Some of the plants I will definitely have are as follows:

Lavender, rosemary, basil
Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers
Brown Eyed Susan’s
Columbine
Various Daisies
At least One Rose Bush (to honor my Grandma)
Some climbing vines
Some decorative grasses to add height.
A “Christmas” tree, to decorate during the season.
I’m sure as I get to do some shopping, I will find more. What would you add to my list?

Sepia Sunday

I took this picture during a garden walk in the Pullman Neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Loved this water feature. Now that I have a house I can start thinking about landscaping and the likes. Looking forward to finding and creating wonderful places and spaces in my yard. Hope to create something just as beautiful as this. Spring can’t come soon enough.

Wordless Wednesday

Lady Bug

Memories of Summer