My Alpine Home

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Believe in Fairies!

I remember when I was a young girl my sisters and I would make little fairies out of our mothers Hollyhock blooms.

Each one had a different colored billowing skirt.  Then we would run and pick a butter cup and put it under our noses to see how much we liked butter. 

I love butter to this day.  Hmm, wonder if that game had anything to do with it?

Lately I have been taken back to the times when I was a young girl playing make believe in the garden.

I have been creating a ‘fairy’ garden.

Wouldn’t it be fun to be a fairy and have a bird land on your toe?  Notice other birdies are flocking nearby.  A little blue mushroom, a flowering steppable, and moss help create the woodland theme.

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My grandson, Riley helped me create the garden path.  I made the picket fence and he spray painted it.  My first thought was to paint it white.  Then I realized that it needed to be green, “It’s a woodland”.

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The path leads to a fairy sized pool.  Just right for a little winged cutie to take a dip.  Look closely and you’ll see a little green frog tucked in the moss.

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The planter cottage was a $1.50 thrift store find.  I already had the ceramic mushrooms.  Perfect for the garden.

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Another little birdie is hiding in this fern.  The garden is an ‘eye spy’ for the grandies.

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And where did this garden all come to life?  In my vintage wheelbarrow.

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Did you notice the pillar?  No garden of mine would be complete without one.  I went out into the garage to see what I had to go in my fairy garden.  Opened a cabinet door and there it was.

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A sweet bluebird is nesting in my Rosemary and two more fairies are nestled among the greenery.  The purple fairy was given to me years ago for Mothers Day by my youngest daughter, Kylee.  The other was a 25 cent thrift find.

The metal pick reminds you that when you are in the garden it’s a special place to relax.

My fairy garden cost me very little.  I dug up plants from the garden and planted in it.  Then I added a few annuals that I had bought for my pots.

My little ‘Woodland’ has brought me so much joy and memories of a wonderful childhood.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Hugs,

Jann

p.s.  If you haven’t linked up with “Share Your Cup Thursday” please do!  Here’s the link:  Share Your Cup Thursday #8

I will be sharing my fairy garden with:

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Brambleberry Cottage and Time Travel Thursday

Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Two Bears Farm for Rural Thursday

Katherines Corner for Thursdays Favorite Things

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

At the Picket Fence for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Made in a Day Blog Hop Social

Funky Junk Interiors for Unusual Flower Containers

31 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your vintage wheelbarrow fairyland... AND one thing I've noticed. OKAY our size dimensions may be off "A BIT", BUT "If you garden, then you are a fairy"...We leave our prints in the landscape every time we dig a hole! I have had a hummingbird land on my hand, AND I've had butterflies hitch rides on my colorful blouse!
Your grandchildren will grow into the MOST APPRECIATIVE ADULTS and your little wheelbarrow will be FOREVER REMEMBERED. I (((LOVE))) that little cottage planter, WOW what a find! AND that little fairy with the bird on her toe is just DARLING!!!
Thank you so much for sharing.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day Week,
Hugs,
Donna

Julie Marie said...

Ooooh Jann!... I just KNEW you were a fairy lover like me!... your fairy garden is so magical and enchanting, just like the fairies themselves... the little picket fence is so cute, what a charming spot for fairies to dwell!... almost every other post of mine is about fairies, I love them so much... infact, I just ended up linking a fairy house post from several weeks ago to your party!... going back now for another peek into your little fairy garden... I don't want to disturb the little sprites... so I shall walk softly... xoxo Julie Marie

Kris said...

Pretty. Seems everyone has a fairy garden these days!

Kelly_Deal said...

I love fairy gardens and yours is gorgeous!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is the cutest idea ever! I love it. I think it would be great for little grands to enjoy.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I just love your fairy garden! May it entice many fairies your way!

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Your little fairy garden is so magical! You are making me a believer too!

-Lynn

Betty Manousos said...

i just love your fairies and your fairy garden.
looks heavenly!

thanks for sharing.

Betty Manousos said...

i love your blog!

Joanne said...

This is absolutely precious!!!! I may have to borrow this idea to do with my kids. We tried to make fairy houses one year but they fell apart in the rain :o( This is such a great project!
Blessings, Joanne

Fishtail Cottage said...

you & my dear friend Julie Marie from Idyllhours would get along amazing! she shared a fairy post too today! thanks so much for sharing your garden over here at Fishtail Cottage's garden party today! I may have to find a fairy for my wheelbarrow! xoxo, tracie

lulumusing said...

Love the environment you have created for the fairies. We have to treat them well because they are full of surprises.

Barbara F. said...

I am always captivated by faerie gardens, these are so sweet. xo

Linda said...

Such a cute fairy garden! I love the use of the wheelbarrow, but DH's wheelbarrow is still in usable condition and he won't let me have it!

busana muslim pesta said...

Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- Jann! This is exactly what I am planning to do with the grandkids this weekend (if plans work out). I had not had the idea to put it in an old wheelbarrow though. What a wonderful idea. I am going to steal an old one from the hubster.

Yours is just DARLING! I love it! We used to make hollyhock dolls, too. did you turn a bud upside down for the head and attach it to the skirt with a toothpick? What wonderful memories that brings back...and the buttercup, too. Wasn't there a little rhyme that went with that? Something like...Chin Up, Buttercup? Do I love you? Yes..How much? I think it was something like that.

Hope you have a wonderful night-xo Diana

Peg said...

Oh this is so fun, I have to bring Averi up to see it. She makes fairy houses all the time, we made one last week. She would love it. Very clever and so darling. Love it and love you!

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

I am smiling while looking at your wheelbarrow with luscious plantings! What a beautiful display!! Love that idea!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

Your fairy garden is so pretty! Your post brought back memories of my own childhood. I used to play the buttercup game as well.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love Fairy lore and am always going to make a Fairy garden and never do. I really should, huh.
I should.
Or..I can always just come and look at yours! :)

Nancy said...

This is just the sweetest thing... Great that your grandson helped you!

Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week.

Melanie said...

Love that wheelbarrow!!! Your fiary garden is perfect there!!! I am following you now!! Thanks for visiting me!!! Love your blog!!!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Jann, how creative you are to make your little garden in the wheel barrow! You and your grandson did a great job! There are so many cute things in the garden.----- Shannon

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Jann, I just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Stop by my blog sometime for the details.

Julie Marie said...

Hello again Jann... and thanks for visiting my fairy house!... I got that book on Amazon and I love it!... now, as far as your torn meniscus... please!... think twice before you have anything done to it!... I tore mine in 2004, refused to have the surgery, took my time babying it... and I am fine!... I just have to remind myself to be careful, especially when I am gardening... I have several friends who had the surgery and they regret it... said their pain is worse than ever... hope you feel better real soon!... could not see your email address anywhere on your blog???... xoxo Julie Marie

Shirley said...

Fairies are so wonderful and I make sure to be friendly as they can bestow both good luck or bad luck..I so want to be on the good side of my fairies..looks like you will be on the good side too!
Lovely garden you put together..
~Shirley

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

I LOVE you fairy garden. It is SO charming and I know the fairies love it too. Did you know that I am Lady Nann, the Grandmother Fairy. One day I'll tell you all about it. I am now back from my retreat and it was so fabulous, held at a ranch in Southern Idaho. It truly was a retreat in every sense of the word. Lets get together soon. We need to talk!!

Nancy

Joy said...

What a sweet little garden you have made the fairies. Have fun and a great weekend!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Jann,
I enjoyed your post on your fairy garden in the wheelbarrow! Last week I made one too in a old wheelbarrow! Mine isn't as nice as yours. I haven't put any plants in yet, just the fairy house, fence, etc. I'm waiting for the weather to warm up for the annuals. Have a great weekend!
Nancy

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

That is such an adorable fairy garden, Jann! All the varied elements came together so nicely. It's fun to pretend no matter how old we get. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Marsha said...

I really love your wheelbarrow fairy garden. I too remember making the hollyhock girls and the inner child in me loves the time and effort I put into my fairy garden. I just spent yesterday setting it up and hope to share it on fishtail cottage's linky party next week.

It has been fun to discover your wonderful blog - I'm your newest follower.