Have a Little Fun With Miniature Cinderblock Gardening!

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This tub is usually reserved for our halloween garden but it offered a big space to demo some ideas for today instead. We replaced the cemetery with the deck and walk-way and installed a veggie garden and compost area. Whew! ;o)

Have a Little Fun with Miniature Cinderblock Gardening!

No, we can’t leave well-enough alone. We have to dabble, play, test and play some more – it’s all for YOU! Okay, it’s for me too, you know I love this stuff! (Now before you think, “Must be nice!” This part of the job makes up for all the hair-pulling, hard drive-crashing, software conflicting, techno-glitches of working in the online world. Seriously!)

ICYMI following this blog for the last few weeks, we had fun with a Miniature Cinderblock Planter and Hand-Built Garden Furniture in [Modern!] Miniature. This week, we played around with the new cinderblock and came up with a few more fun and easy ideas that you can build in your own miniature gardens. Check it out. Click the photos to enlarge them:

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I tried putting sedum cuttings in all the cinderblock-holes as well but that cluttered up the intent of the vegetable garden. The “Keep it Simple Silly!” KISS rule applies in miniature as well.

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See our Sedum Cuttings here.

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Stacked cinderblocks in a curved shape to accommodate the compost pile. The holes in the top cinderblocks were a perfect spot to keep the garden tools safe. The “compost” is from the garden bed. Way fun.

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Keep Calm and Make a Miniature Garden

 

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The miniature cinderblocks worked perfectly with our micro-pebbles! The size and the coloring was just right. We had to work the pebbles in between the blocks a bit so no one will break their ankle on the path. ;o) That deck is made in the USA too. 

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Peekaboo. Lift the cedar deck up on cinderblocks – and just show the top of the cinderblock. This is one of those realistic details that only adds to the fun.

Miniature Gardening: Go Ahead, Act Your Shoesize

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Our Miniature Palette Garden is doing well. It’s been planted for about a month now, with no problems. It gets watered along with the rest of the miniature garden with the over-head water wand (we have a drainage hole in the bottom of the tub.) The trunks of the trees have thickened up over the years and are maturing nicely. 

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See all our miniature and dwarf plants for miniature gardening, sorted by zone here.

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The big containers makes room for little vignettes. The different plants in the understory have been left to weave together naturally over the years. This garden is perfect for sun, but since it is in a metal container, I move it into the part sun for the summer so the soil can stay evenly damp.

See our medium-sized Miniature Terra Cotta Pots here. (Available in three sizes.)

See the Miniature Driftwood Stump here.

See our miniature garden bedding plants for full sun here.

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Our dog Kitty is my favorite photo bomber. She’s just a little nosy! 

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Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

Miniaturizing full-sized projects isn’t as hard as you think but you need to pay attention to scaling down the measurements accurately to create a true miniature. 

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

Lounge chairs, birdhouses and tables, oh my! I’m a nut about do-it-yourself projects around my full-sized house. So, when this new book from Timber Press arrived in the mail, Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture by Katie Jackson, it was everything I needed to get inspired, grab some wood and get busy.

But then my passion took over and instead of heading to the garage, I went into the miniature studio. Look what happened.

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

I don’t know why I picked a hard project to start with – but it may be because I already had the skinny popsicle sticks on hand and it looked like it was a perfect match. I had to carve my own legs, which sounds harder than it is to do. 

The book is a delight to browse through and the steps are laid out nicely with a lot of breathing room on the uncluttered pages. The photos are very helpful in walking you through the project. You easily see what needs to be done ahead of time even for the most complicated project which didn’t seem that complicated anymore. I found myself being an armchair carpenter for an hour!

 

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I mistakenly cut it short on the first attempt. That is a special jig on the right that I found at a miniature show. I used the cut-off ends of the popsicle sticks as spacers. 

The 20 projects include a couple of different kinds of planter/flower boxes, different tables, storage solutions and even a fun torchiere that you can light up. Katie keeps it simple, all you need is a few tools, some lumber and a couple of hours for some projects or up to a weekend for others. It’s dedicated to anyone who has every said, “I could never do that!”

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

The camera angle makes the bench look longer, it’s 4 1/16 inches long and 1 1/8″ wide. In large size or 1″ scale, this would be a little over 4 feet long and about 15 inches wide – I should have added a couple of more slats. Dang.

 

The book starts with the basics, choosing boards, the types of wood, how they are sold. It has an overview of the tools you need followed by a chapter on how to use the tools. It is very well organized and edited a la typical Timber Press fashion – that’s why they are the top garden publisher after all.

 

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Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

It does look a bit skinny but the third time is the charm! Lol! Not the kind of miniature furniture that I would keep outside or let get wet. 

See more about how to find out what scale your accessories are here.

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture in Miniature

This was a much easier project to translate into miniature. I tied it to a hook so I could move it around the branches easily. 

It’s the author herself in the photos too, which is cute to see. See more about Katie Jackson’s Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-by-Step Projects Anyone Can Build here, on the Timber Press website or look for it anywhere books are sold.

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By following Katie’s measurements and methods, I was able to get a realistic, true miniature swing. Sweet.

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Because We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute!

Christmas in July in the Miniature Garden

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Miniature Gardening: Christmas in July PLUS a Very Fun DIY

I know, I can hear you now. Groaning while asking, “Christmas in July? Really, Janit? We’ve barely started summer and you’re already on about December?” BUT, hear me out.

Recall any previous December with the holidays fast approaching. Your to-do list is not going away, the kids are

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starting to bounce off the walls because SANTA IS COMING!! The invitations to do this or that are piling up and you have gifts to figure out – AND you haven’t done your decorating yet, not to mention your miniature garden decorating! Ugh. Where did the time go?

So here’s why, as a crafty and creative miniature gardener, you start thinking about Christmas in July:

  • You have the time to make anything you want in miniature.
  • You will have special homemade gifts to give – and you know they make the BEST gifts!
  • You will have the cutest miniature decorations to show off, to add to presents, or to give as gifts.
  • You will be able to enjoy the busy holiday season more with less to worry about.
  • You will have more time in December to spend with your friends and family.
  • You can save time and money!!

Now, is Christmas in July starting to make more sense now?

Time for a Fun DIY: Miniature Log Animals

I wasn’t able to get this out last December! I was on a Miniaturizing Martha campaign here and in my research, I found these on her website that really, really needed miniaturizing! So I thought this would make a very fun DIY to celebrate Christmas in July. Here is some insight that came out of my experiments:

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Cut all the pieces and lay them out before you start drilling and gluing to see if they are in proportion to each other, and the torso.

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In a Pig’s Ear

We’ve been experimenting with a few different log animals, but because all the parts boil down to the same pieces (head, legs, tail, ears and torso,) we needed a way to differentiate between a cat and a pig. We found the characteristics of the animals must come from the face, the length of the legs and the shape of the tail and ears – because the torso is always the same for any log-animal.

For example, a pig’s log-ears would be circles because a cat’s ears are triangles (artistic license. :o) The shape of a dog’s ears can range greatly, but if you give your log-dog pointed ears like a Chihuahua, it just might look like a cat. So, go deeper into the individual characteristics of the animal you are replicating, and stick to the stereotype to get the point across. Going back to the log-dog, give it the classic, floppy teardrop ears instead.

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Drill the holes for the arms, legs and neck at angles to help animate the animal. If you don’t, the log-animal may look too stiff.

Get Nosy

The snout is another way to get your ideas across. Using the stereotypical shapes for the nose and nostrils is a must. The round, pig’s nostrils can deliver the fun instantly, whereas the cat’s snout can be divided up into a peace sign using a thin marker with a triangle nose colored-in at the top of the snout (see picture below.) Or, skip the snout-details and for some simple holiday fun, attach a red pompom nose!

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Simplify the characteristics of the snout and ears to get the point across to the viewer. Don’t make them have to guess what it is, it will break the enchantment of miniatures.

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Get a Leg Up

The legs can tell a lot about the kind of animal too, short legs can make a pig look fatter and cuter, long legs can make a cat more svelte. If you are making an animal in a sitting position, cut the arms and legs the same length for standing upright to get the proper proportion.

Have a bit of fun with the tail too. Make it the same shape of tail to suit the animal, of course, but make it out of glitter-covered tinsel wire, a fluffy red bow or pompom.

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Mossy tips of Maple tree branches made the perfect antlers for this lil’ set of miniature log reindeer. They are very fragile, so I didn’t worry about weatherproofing and used a hot glue gun to put it together. Hide the glue by putting a bit of moss on the hot glue before it dries.

Now Add Cuteness

Now that you have you main components of your log animal decided upon, take a moment and think about how to glue them on in a jaunty way. Rather than perfectly straight legs, make the back legs spread farther apart than the front legs for a more playful stance.

The head becomes more animated when it’s cocked to one side. For a dog, the ears may be in different positions from each other, but a cat or pig’s ears are normally matched.

Christmas in July in the Miniature Garden

Put a little twinkly garland around its neck and you’re all set for the smiles and giggles.

A Quick Lesson in Interesting

This little tidbit will get you a ton of mileage in your crafting, decorating and miniature gardening. It’s one of those little tips that if you don’t know, you don’t know, you know?

http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.comTo make any design of any type more interesting, make it off-center. A good example is in the video & film world, they visualize the screen in thirds and purposefully put the focal point off to the side for a more intriguing shot to keep you engaged and watching.

Why is an off-center image or design more interesting?

It’s because we are symmetrical: our faces and our bodies, (for the most part.) We’re so accustomed to seeing our symmetrical-selves that anything off-center, or asymmetrical, tends to attract our attention more quickly simply because it’s different from us.

Besides, it’s a LOT easier to create something that’s off-center than it is to create a perfectly symmetrical miniature because there is a strong, innate tendency within all of us to analyze and compare a symmetrical scene to see if it is perfect or not.

So have fun using these little tweaks to add life to your miniature log animals and watch the smiles and giggles erupt over the holidays.

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Need Something to Smile About? Do it in Miniature!

 

NEW Miniature Cinderblock Planter from TwoGreenThumbs.com!

When are cinderblocks cute? When they are in miniature! This will put a smile on anyone’s face! 

Need Something to Smile About? Do it in Miniature!

I was going after a completely different topic for this week’s Mini Garden Guru blog but, after a rough week across the nation, here’s something to smile about instead.

I honestly think you can’t be in a bad mood when you play with miniatures of any type. In fact, I think it might be impossible.

What do you think? Do your miniatures cheer you up instantly? Leave your comments below!

 

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Fits into any miniature garden! Plant it in the bare spot in the mini garden bed, or keep it on the patio. It’s weatherproof! Exclusive to TwoGreenThumbs.com.

See more photos of the world’s cutest cinderblock planter here.

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Cute Alert!! When we saw these wee palettes, we couldn’t resist. They work perfectly with our Sedum cuttings. Just spray it with water went its looking dry. 

See the world’s cutest palette garden here.

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The legs are adjustable. The wood is treated for outdoor use. The pockets for planted are designed to hold the soil in. Another exclusive to TwoGreenThumbs.com

 

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Authentic miniature sandbox with superfine sand and buckets.

Okay, a miniature sandbox is not new, but one that is weather-resistant with superfine sand is! Pails are included.

 

Now there’s a desktop zen garden I can enjoy playing with! Lol! Find the sandbox here.

We have more miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs in stock too! See all our new and back-in-stock items here.

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Decorating Your Miniature Garden for a Happy July Fourth Weekend and Canada Day!

Happy Fourth in the Miniature Garden!

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Decorating Your Miniature Garden for a Happy July Fourth Weekend & Canada Day!

Here are some fun ideas that you can implement in your own miniature gardens or fairy gardens for the big weekend. Have a safe and fun weekend Fellow Miniature Gardeners!

Find the items in the photos through the links to our online Miniature Garden Center store and the flag-banners are in our etsy store!

Happy Fourth in the Miniature Garden!

Having fun decorating in detail! This is the smallest size of our USA flag banner, there are three different-sized banners in the PDF that you can use in different ways.  I just tacked the banner to the underneath of the umbrella with a bit of tape.

Find the patio umbrella here.

Find the USA Flag Banner DIY Download here.

Happy Fourth in the Miniature Garden!

I wanted it to look like a party, that’s confetti and tiny beads sprinkled on the deck. I found the miniature fireworks at our local dollhouse miniature show. More details are in the Mini Garden Gazette this week.

Find the made-in-the-USA cedar deck here.

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Our custom shabby chic Adirondack chair add a bit of charm to the corner of the garden.

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See our miniature bedding plants for sun here.

Happy Fourth in the Miniature Garden!

Cuteness in the sandbox! Lol! It makes you really feel like a kid again. The tiny USA flags are toothpicks – find them at your local party store.

Find the NEW weatherproofed miniature sandbox here. It comes with pails and the miniature sand.

Find the Mini Patio Mix Kit here.

Happy Fourth in the Miniature Garden!

Happy Fourth from your fellow miniature gardeners at TwoGreenThumbs.com!

Find new and back in stock trees for your miniature gardening here, shop by light or shop by zone.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day in the Miniature Garden!

Last but not least, we can’t forget our neighbors to the north!! Happy Canada Day!

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The Biggest Revolution in Garden History is Still Growing Slowly Into the Heart of America

Gardening in Miniature, now in it's 5th printing!

Woot! We’re doing the happy dance! Over 37,000 copies in print – but we’re still a-ways-away from this new hobby being as common as knitting.

The Biggest Revolution in Garden History is Still Growing Slowly Into the Heart of America

Our latest order from our publisher for our Gardening in Miniature book brought a little celebration with it. We are now in our 5th printing! There are now 37,273 copies in print! Woot! We’ve made terrific progress to date, but there is still much to do to spread the joy of gardening in miniature!

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Whaddaya mean “still much to do?”

So, after 16 years of spreading and promoting the hobby throughout the world, there are still people who don’t know what miniature

Gardening in Miniature, now in it's 5th printing!

This was the stand-in cover the publisher created while the arrangements were made for shooting the official cover.

gardening is. Our mission is to make it as well known as a knitting. When someone says, “I’m a knitter.” you know what that means, right? Well, more often than not, when I tell people what I do, the usual response it, “What is that?” and I kick into my elevator speech:

“Miniature gardening is just like full-size gardening, but miniaturized. We use true miniature and dwarf trees, shrubs and perennials and plant tiny gardens complete with a patio, little furniture and a maybe a birdbath or a tiny garden sculpture. The garden can be eight inches wide or eight feet long. It grows and weaves itself together like a full-sized garden – but in miniature. We sell the plants, parts and pieces so that others can make their own little worlds. In other words, we sell fun.”

 

So, if you are a miniature gardener, and I’ve mentioned this before, there STILL is a very good chance that you can be THE FIRST PERSON to introduce this hobby to a family member, friend, coworker, child, neighbor or your congressman! You have a chance to rock their world with something they have never seen before. Now, get out there and share the miniature garden love! :o)

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Gardening in Miniature, now in it's 5th printing!

This was the bookplate made from the Cover Girl Garden that I made for the first 100 copies sold. It was fun watching the familiar names of our faithful Fellow Miniature Gardeners come through during the pre-sale launch in 2013.

 

Gardening in Miniature, now in it's 5th printing!

Gardening in Miniature is now available in German. The Turkish version was for a special printing that we hope get’s reprinted for the rest of the country. The Korean version is due out by the end of this year.

 

Gardening in Miniature, now in it's 5th printing!

Cover Girl Redux. Years ago, I was advised to “stick my finger in it” when I photographed my miniature gardens because people couldn’t tell they were miniature.

 

Gardening in Miniature, now in it's 5th printing!

Our Cover Girl today, June 24, 2016. She is still doing fine after living in this container for the last six years. Previously, this tree was in one of our in-ground gardens.

 

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Happy Father’s Day from America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center!

Fathers Day 2016 in the Miniature Garden

Happy Father’s Day from the Miniature Garden.

Happy Father’s Day from America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center!

We had fun putting this together for Dad’s special day. Have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

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Fathers Day 2016 in the Miniature Garden

The black water bowl was purchased years ago and has seen (felt?) several miniature gardens over the years. It’s the perfect shape for a miniature scene. This one is about 18″ in diameter.

The tree is a Seiju Dwarf Elm that we get in stock from time to time. The pot is 18″ across and drilled for drainage.

See the Garden Chair up in the online store here.

Fathers Day 2016 in the Miniature Garden

Here’s lookin’ at you, Dad! Have the camera make eye contact with the critter in your miniature garden – as if it was caught in the act. It starts the story.

Plants from left to right, click the links to see more photos and info in the store.

Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’)

Sea Foam (Herneria glabra) alternated with

Hens & Chicks (Semperviren tectorum)

Red Thyme behind the Dwarf Mondo Grass, upper right (Thymus praecox)

Fathers Day2016 in the Miniature Garden

Include a tiny scene to draw the viewer into your miniature garden. It’s the details that will keep them smiling. That is a HO scale model figure in the wee barbecue miniature garden. You can find those tiny accessories at your local train/hobby store.

See our Miniature Propane Barbecue here, a tiny rubber chicken is included!

Regular set of miniature Sedum Cuttings

See the genuine Cedar Oval Deck, made in the USA.

The Miniature Puppy Dog.

The Small Cedar Trellis.

The birdhouse, Miniature Tower with Steeple.

Fathers Day 2016 in the Miniature Garden

Keep it simple and avoid cluttering the scene. It makes it more play-able too. You have room to get in there and reposition the accessories at whim.

 

Barrel Planter, drilled for drainage!

Larger Sedum Cuttings.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND!

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