The Art of Miniatures with Caveman Al

Miniature Making with Caveman Al

“Rock Island” is a dream. There is a chair next to this display where you can get eye-level with the scene and enjoy all the tiny details.  See below for the list of fish and critters.

The Art of Miniatures with Caveman Al

“If it’s not built from scratch, I can’t call it art.”

– Caveman Al

We followed the line of pavers next to the parking lot behind the building. “She said it was in the alley.” Steve and I were apprehensive about nosing around, it looked like someone’s backyard. We passed another little walkway lined with roses and saw a man looking back at us through the door. I recognized him immediately and gave a little wave. “I saw that confused look on your faces and knew you were probably looking for me.” He opened the door and welcomed us into the cutest studio on earth.

Meet Caveman Al. He has been designing homes and miniature making since he was 8 years old. He doesn’t work in any particular size

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– I think the project dictates the scale – and everything is made from scratch.

Yep. Everything. No sourcing, no customizing, no scouring the internet for the perfect miniature to complete a scene. Al makes everything, including the fish in the sea and the leaves on the trees.

I wanted to stay and play.

Here are some photos I took with my iphone, (I should have brought my good camera!) so make sure you head on over and visit his website & gallery, Al has a bunch great photos of projects that we did not see in the studio when we visited. All his artwork is for sale and he does some custom work too.

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Every leaf was made from scratch. Al uses vellum, wire, polymer and marble dust to create the leaves. Each leaf can take almost half an hour to make. The tree is about 15″ tall.

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The studio was tiny, about 15 by 12 feet but it was filled with Al’s creations. Al got the nickname, Caveman Al, from a newspaper article about his work several years ago.

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It’s just a little vacation. Crystal clear resin lets us enjoy every inch of detail. The sign says, “Al’s Island Reservations Only”

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Don’t sneeze. Steve holds one of Al’s tiny sharks, about 1/4″ long.

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The walls are lined with more photographs of past projects, processes and details.

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A step-by-step on how Al makes a palm tree.

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Okay, this is the house I’m building when I win the lottery – with Al’s permission of course. The house is called Walnut Manor and it’s 1/96th scale. The floors can be lifted off in layers so you can see all the juicy details. Note the pool in the center and the garden all around the house.

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The second floor of the Walnut Manor. I love the balcony in the middle, overlooking the pool.

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Miniature scenes of all shapes and sizes are everywhere in his studio. Al calls them “Personal Walls” The items on the floor reflect the people in the frames. Al does custom work too – wouldn’t this make a great gift for a Mom or Grandmother?

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I think this gazebo is large size or 1″ scale. Of course I fell in love his garden miniatures.

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Al was a delight to talk to. His sense of humor shows up in his art – if you look closely there is a naked man waiting for his laundry in “The Laundwich Shop” – a sandwich laundromat.

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Hanging out with Al makes me want to quit my day job and make miniatures. If you are ever in the area of Anacortes, he is worth a visit. You can find Al on the Anacortes Art Walk, on the first Friday of every month.

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Plants for Growing Small: Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens, Railroad Gardens and Bonsai

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Plants for Growing Small: Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens, Garden Railroads and Bonsai

It happens every spring. The trees inspire me to write about them. So when I searched for what I had written before, I came across a boatload of my blogs from years past. Whew! Who knew so much could be said about a few little plants? Let me count the ways! But first, some MORE insight for your planting pleasure.

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The bright yellow Golden Dwarf Japanese Yew foliage contrasts with the deep red leaves of the Bagatelle Barberry and the emerald green foliage of the Just Dandy Hinoki Cypress in the front. A great combination for full sun but may need protection from that hot afternoon sun if you are in a warmer climate. A colorful combo that’s hardy to -20F – the Yew and Barberry are hardy to -30F. For the ground covers, or the miniature garden bed, the Red Thyme and Miniature Daisy have red accents to them and deep green leaves to match for a lovely combination for your miniature garden.

 Yummy Planting Combinations

I’m like a kid in a candy store every spring. It’s all I can do not to plant up every container I have with the yummy combinations of the miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs this season. So, instead of monopolizing all the plants in the nursery for my own enjoyment, I thought to share some of the combinations and ideas that pop in to my head every day through this visual essay.

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Whipcord Western Red Cedar on the left, the Variegated Boxwood at top right and the Loowit Japanese Hemlock on the bottom, right. A sweet combo for cool sun or part sun. Hardy to -20F, the Cedar and Hemlock are hardy to -30F. For the lower story in the garden bed, echo the dramatic flair of the Whipcord Cedar with Dwarf Mondo Grass and anchor the setting with the low-growing Elfin Thyme.

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Just Dandy Hinoki Cypress is paired with Tom Thumb Cotoneaster on the right. Perfect for cool sun or part sun and both are hardy to -20F . We can enjoy how the Tom Thumb Cotoneaster is exfoliating with the leaves that turn red before they drop. The red stems of the Tom Thumbs would match perfectly with Red Thyme.

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Yellow and green combinations brighten the cloudiest days. Counter clockwise from upper left is the new growth of the Humpty Dumpty Dwarf Spruce, the Golden Devine Barberry and the Pin Cushion Hinoki Cypress. Full to part sun, watch that afternoon sun in the summertime if it’s planted in a container. All are hardy to -30F. The yellow centers of the miniature daisies are a perfect fit and the deep-green daisy leaves will match the mature leaves on the Dwarf Spruce. Blue Star Creeper would be a nice match too.

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The red leaves of the Bagatelle Barberry pick up the new buds on the Slowmound Mugo Pine. The gray-green foliage of the Tsukumo Sawara Cypress. Full sun, again watch the container in that hot afternoon sun. Hardy to -30F. With the young Cypress and Pine shrubs, choose a low-growing ground cover. The White Thyme is a brighter green color and a perfect match.

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Bulata Japaneses Spirea is paired with the Squarrosa Intermedia Cypress. The tight, dense foliage of the Cypress is pleasantly contrasted with the leaves of the spirea. The flowers are the icing on the cake. Hardy to -30F. Full or cool sun until established. Elfin thyme and perhaps a Crane’s Bill to mimic the spirea leaves.

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The Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly is just coming into bud, it has the cutest little flowers. We paired with a dwarf Canada Hemlock for a combo for part sun or part shade. Hardy to -10F, the Hemlock is hardier. For the understory, Dwarf Mondo Grass, Corsican Mint or Baby Tears.

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The Slowmound Mugo Pine on the left, Golden Devin Barberry up at the top right and the Blue Pygmy Juniper on the bottom. Full sun but watch the Barberry with that hot sun. Hardy to -20F, the Pine and the Juniper are hardier.  If you like that blue-green of the Blue Pygmy Junipers, accent it with Woolley Thyme and some small Hens and Checks for more texture.

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A Round Up of Miniature Garden Plant Posts:

Insight on how to choose what plants will work for you, from our 101 Beginner Series:

– Indoor versus outdoor plants

– How to find the plants

 

Reviews and previews about the new plants coming out on the marketplace:

– The Evolution of the Miniature Garden, February, 2015

– New Miniature Garden Plants for Indoor or Outdoor, September, 2013

– Favorite Plants for a New Season, September, 2013

– New miniature garden trees for the new hobby, Part 1 and Part 2, June 2014

– About the plants that the winners of The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest used in their gardens, November, 2012

 

More insight:

– Examples of popular plants that don’t work well in the true, living miniature garden

– What do the miniature and dwarf growth rates mean?

– About how the trees grow, includes photos of established plants in regular full-sized garden beds

 

For Fun:

– For the Love of Miniature Garden Plants, September 2010

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Different Plant Ideas

– What’s the difference between the plants I saw at the Philly Show?

– Have fun with air plants in the garden

– Ideas for black thumb gardening part 1 and part 2.

 

More insight: 

– Avoid common mistakes by knowing what they are.

– Are you plants having issues? Don’t wait until it’s too late to act.

 

Miniature garden plant suggestions by region:

– Connecticut, Colorado and New Mexico

– Texas.

– Southeastern States.

– Pacific Northwest and Maritime States includes all the plants we carry in our online store. Here is a miniature garden by a couple of gurus here in the PNW.

– Canada (call ahead to verify, links haven’t been updated.)

 

Whew. I think I need a nap after that. I probably missed some too. Like this? Want to go deeper into the miniature garden hobby with us? Join us here.

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In the Miniature Garden With Mom: Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Hope you are making miniature gardens for Mother’s Day. She will love the garden. Then she will love you more for doing that for her, way more than any of your brothers and sisters. Then you’ll be her favorite child. Then it’s all good.

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Janit & Steve.

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Our doghter, Kitty, helps with the Mother's Day photo shoot. :o)

Kitty helps with the Mom’s Day photo shoot. It look like she can smell that miniature dog. Lol!

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MORE Entries for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest!

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Anagha’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

The Entries for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Whew! We received a total of 63 entries for this year’s Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest from all over the world. Many miniature gardeners submitted more than one photo – but only one photo per category was allowed – so we had the contestant choose which photo to enter the contest. There were so many great photos, we just had to share them all.

Countries in the contest this year: UK, New Zealand, India, Philippines, Germany and the USA.

Here are the eligible entries and winning miniature gardens.

And it happened on our Facebook page here. Click through to the event page to see more photos of the gardens, or go straight to it here.

And here are the rest of the entries in no particular order. I tried to be as thorough as possible so if I missed your photo, please let me know and I’ll fix it. See them all on Pinterest here to like and re-pin the ideas to your own boards.

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Urmee’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Unique and unusual miniature garden accessories, kits, plants and more.

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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The WINNERS from The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest!

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Best of Show Winner by Jody C! Congratulations, Jody!

The WINNERS from The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest!

What you have all been waiting for, the winners for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest! Thank you to all who entered, thank you to all who participated!

A very special thank you to our judges:

Lori from Scrapwood Studios, Marysville, Washington. Lori has an etsy store with a lot more than miniature gardens. Find her at the Sorticulture Garden Art Show in Everett in June, the Mill Creek Festival in July and the Fresh Paint show in August.

Tammy of Fairy Garden Haven based in southwestern Wisconsin. Tammy has an online fairy garden store and does fairy garden workshops and parties in her area.

The Best of Show Garden was chosen by Steve. See more entries here.

Best of Show Winner: Jody (shown above)

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BEST CONTAINER Miniature Garden by Mary.

Best Miniature Garden in a Container: Mary

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HONORABLE MENTION Miniature Garden in a Container by Dori.

Honorable Mention for Container Category: Dori

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BEST FAIRY Garden by Jessica.

Best Fairy Garden: Jessica

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HONORABLE MENTION Fairy Garden by Lynnie.

Honorable Mention for Fairy Garden Category: Lynnie

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BEST IN GROUND Miniature Garden by Lee Ann. 1 of 2.

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BEST IN GROUND Miniature Garden by Lee Ann. 2 of 2.

Best In Ground Miniature Garden: Lee Ann

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Honorable Mention for In Ground Miniature Garden by Laura. 1 of 2.

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Honorable Mention In Ground Miniature Garden by Laura. 2 of 2.

Honorable Mention for In Ground Category: Laura

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BEST INTERNATIONAL Garden by Ruth! Congratulations Ruth!

Best International Miniature Garden: Ruth

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Honorable Mention Miniature Beach Garden by Silke, International Category.

Honorable Mention for International Category: Silke

Here are the rest of the entries. Both judges mentioned how hard it was to pick from such a great collection of photos. Thank you again.

Note: There was only one entry per category allowed so we moved some entries around to maximize the potential to win, which is why you may see your garden in a different category than you chose.

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Miniature Garden in a Container by Sarah.

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Miniature Garden in a Container by Lynnie.

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Miniature Garden in a Container by Gina.

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Miniature Garden in a Container by Michele.

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Miniature Garden by Ann. (It’s enclosed so technically it’s a miniature garden in a terrarium.)

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Fairy Garden by Carole.

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Fairy Garden by Tandy.

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Fairy Garden by Jody.

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Fairy Garden by Sarah.

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Fairy Garden by Mary.

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In Ground Miniature Garden by Carol. 1 of 2.

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In Ground Miniature Garden by Carol. 2 of 2.

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Miniature Garden by Mark, International Category.

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Miniature Garden by Carol. International Category.

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Miniature Garden by Urmee, International Category.

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Miniature Garden by Anagha, International Category.

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Miniature Garden by LaFaye, International Category.

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Miniature Garden by Ruta, International Category.

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Miniature Buddha Garden by Vydhehi, International Category

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Miniature Beach Garden by Nirmala, International Category.

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Miniature Garden by Amina, International Category.

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Where the Fairies Live in the Miniature Garden

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From the new Sophisticated Fairy Garden ebook: “Think of how and where you find a cocoon, nest or shelter that the small critters of the forest and garden would build, and imagine that a fairy wouldn’t be too different. “

Where the Fairies Live

The research for our new ebook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, took a few years to develop as we watched this garden trendFairy Gardening with Two Green Thumbs.com spiral out of our efforts to teach gardening in miniature to the world. The main thing that held me back in writing the book was to figure out why most fairy gardens did not have half the enchantment that a miniature garden does. After an ah-ha moment back in January, when I started to create some fairy houses for the ebook, I realized what the issues were – and how to fix them.

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An excerpt from Sophisticated Fairy Gardening:

“There are several ways to thinking about fairy houses made by the fairies, either you are creating the impression that your fairies created a home modeled after your full-sized house, complete with windowsills made from twigs, gourd walls and roofs made from pinecone pieces. Or, you can think like a fairy and ask yourself, “What would a fairy use to build a house in my garden?” and adapt a stump, an old boot or child’s toy to help with the structure and build on it from there. This latter perspective is very creative, and you can use whatever natural supplies you have handy; and put them together in almost a childlike way to simulate the building techniques, or lack thereof, of a tiny, winged figure. Think of how and where you find a cocoon, nest or shelter that the small critters of the forest and garden would build, and imagine that a fairy wouldn’t be too different. “

To find out more about our new eBook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening: An Addendum to Gardening in Miniature here.

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To make the spheres, I soaked the string in glue and wrapped it around a balloon and let it dry. You can add acrylic paint to the glue, or paint it afterwards.

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Fairy Homes and Gardens is a great resource if you need ideas for your fairy-making. Click into the picture to see it up in our Amazon aStore!

A New Book on Fairy Homes and Gardens

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Multiple photos from 30 different designers fill the book from cover to cover. I think all the designers are professionals and sell their fairy creations.

Fairy Homes and Gardens, by Barbara Purchis and E. Shaley Rooney, by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., is a fun dance with the fairies. At first glance, the book appears to a wild collection of all kinds of fairy photos with no connection save that they are all fairy houses. But, as with anything miniature, if you stop, look and consider each designer and each house, I think you’ll find most of the photos interesting or inspiring.

The book is an assemblage of the work of 30 fairy house designers from around the world and it ranges in skill so there is something for everyone. If you are in need of a resource for ideas for your fairy work, this is the book for you. Different materials, settings, styles and designs are plentiful as there are multiple colored photos from every designer on each page. From houses to furniture, from the forest to the seaside, here is a ton of fairy inspiration right at your fingertips. Find it up on Amazon.com here.

Fairy Gardening with Martha Stewart

After I picked myself up off the floor, I could have spoken with author Zazel Loven all day long. She was a delight to speak with.

But Wait, There’s More

Just when you thought it wasn’t going to happen, Martha Stewart does a little fairy gardening! I was thrilled when Zazel Loven emailed me for an interview for the Martha Stewart blog. Zazel (rhymes with Hazel) is one of the founding editors of Country Living Gardener magazine and after picking myself up off the floor, we had a very fun conversation about fairy gardening. Here is her article, on the MarthaStewart.com blog, click here to read it. Give it a like and a comment too!

Department 56 Fairy

Our dog, Kitty, was very interested in Fiona the Fairy. It’s part of the new line of fairy garden accessories from Department 56. They’ve sponsored us to help launch a $500 Sweepstakes Giveaway on Pinterest. Don’t just sit there pin something from this blog for a chance to win! Details linked below.

In Glittery Conclusion

And this concludes this fairy garden segment. Don’t forget about that Department 56 sweepstakes giveaway that is on until June 15, 2015 by Department 56! You can win up to $500 worth of their new Guardians of the Garden line filled with everything fairy just for pinning something here, on this Pinterest board. It has to be a photo of anything garden related or garden-inspired so feel free to pin anything on this blog, We want you win it – so you can send us photos of all the boxes that you get. $500 is a lot of fairy!

Here is a complete round-up of all our fairy garden studies:

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening
The Truth About Fairy Garden Moss
Fairy Gardening with Department 56 <~ **Sweepstakes giveaway here!
Working with Plow & Hearth’s Fairy Houses
Tinkerbell’s Fairy Garden Houses

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Another fairy nest from our Sophisticated Fairy Gardening ebook: The cedar branches were soaked in a glycerin/water to remain supple. Crow feathers line the backside. That is a customized Amy Brown fairy that I painted and decorated.

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Fairest Fairy Gardening with Department 56

Enter to win $500 worth of the new fairy garden accessories from Department 56!

Enter for a chance to win $500 worth of the new fairy garden accessories from Department 56!

Fairest Fairy Gardening with Department 56

We are taking a break from our beloved miniature gardening this month to explore a little fairy gardening. ** We’ve launched our Sophisticated Fairy Gardening eBook, version 1.0, to help you connect the fairies to your garden in more creative way. We have discussed using fairy moss in the living fairy garden, and we have lined up a fairy garden workshop next month with our friends at The Fairy Store. Very, very fairy!

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Pin it to win it! Enter the sweepstakes on Pinterest by pinning your favorite garden photo!

Pin it to win it! Enter the sweepstakes on Pinterest by pinning your favorite garden photo!

Today, it’s time to get in the garden with our new friends at Department 56 and their new line of fairy garden accessories. They have sponsored us to help promote a sweepstakes to win $500 worth of Enchanted Guardian line. Can you imagine receiving $500 worth of fairy gardening accessories all at once? How fun is that? How many boxes is that? Pick me! Lol!

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know. Queen Alice rules the fairy garden. A very sweet, life-sized bunny with beautiful fairy wings.

Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know. Queen Alice the Bunny rules the fairy garden. A very sweet, life-sized bunny with beautiful fairy wings.

It’s happening through Pinterest here. Pin your favorite garden photo or inspirational image and you will be entered to win. You can write letters to Queen Alice to tell your own story of your fairy gardening. The photos can be any garden-related or garden-inspired pin that strikes your fancy (or how about from this blog post? ;o) No purchase is necessary from Department 56 or the Enchanted Guardian line so there is no excuse for not entering.

Squeak the Mouse is in charge of the garden games - good to know!

Squeak the Mouse is in charge of the garden games – good to know!

Department 56 has created a story around all their new fairy accessories. If you are familiar with their well-known highly collectible miniature holiday village scenes and accessories, this new line follows the same love of a good story. Each character has little bio included with them, or you can formulate your own story from the figure itself. Animal soldiers and a knight-gnome patrols and protects the garden. The fairies and their brothers, take care of the seeds and flowers. Each fairy animal has a purpose that can easily be turned into a sweet little garden lesson for the kids too.

Fiona the Fairy has the greenest thumbs of all! Hey, she could work with us here at TwoGreenThumbs.com! :O)

Fiona the Fairy has the greenest thumbs of all! Hey, she could work with us here at TwoGreenThumbs.com! :O)

So here is the pinterest board, click here – remember the photo can be any garden-relates or inspired pin so pin away for a chance to win. Oh, and we want to – no-wait-a-minute – WE HAVE TO – see a photo of you surrounded all those Department 56 boxes when you win. Lol!

** The difference is miniature gardening is based in realism and created for growing the garden and the plants. Fairy gardening focuses on setting a scene for fairies to inhabit – but we love to make it as realistic as possible in a very fairy way here at Two Green Thumbs.

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Chester the Chipmunk patrols the gardens. Check out his walnut-shell helmet.

Chester the Chipmunk patrols the gardens. Check out his walnut-shell helmet.

We loved how this wee fairy is loving the lady bug. We've moved her around the garden and the office - she sits so well!!

We loved how this wee fairy is loving the lady bug. We’ve moved her around the garden and the office – she sits so well!! That door is part of the Enchanted Guardian line too. 

Spike! He's very cute. And he has wings too. He looks after the garden at night and sleeps during the day. We had to get up early to get this shot before he went to bed.

Spike! He’s very cute. And he has wings too. He looks after the garden at night and sleeps during the day. We had to get up early to get this shot before he went to bed.

With so many characters, making up a story can get very creative.

With so many great characters, making up a story can get very creative.

Photo bomb!! Chester the squirrel apparently can not resist an opportunity for fun.

Photo bomb!! Chester the squirrel apparently can not resist an opportunity for fun.

Best selling Gardening in Miniature book

Click the picture to get your autographed copy from our online store. Or Amazon[dot]com has it at a better price, of course, but it won’t come autographed.

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

Our new eBook! For Advanced Fairy Gardeners only. It’s an addendum to our Gardening in Miniature book. Click the picture for more.

 

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