Barbie Adds Curvy and Tall Miniature Gardeners

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The Garden Gal. I forget what kind of Barbie it was before I customized it. This was made in 1999, before I started Two Green Thumbs.

Barbie Adds Curvy and Tall Miniature Gardeners

Thank you, Mattel, for adding us to your product line! We’ve been playing with you for years.

Here’s a little trip down the TGT memory lane this week as I put the final touches on the manuscript of my second book for Timber Press. (Find the first one, a bestseller, here on Amazon, or get one autographed here.)

This is Garden Gal, one of my adapted Barbies that I customized in 1999, (the last century!) before starting this busy-ness, Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. I was experimenting with joining miniatures with gardening in different ways.

The Garden Gal was my second attempt at customizing Barbies. I still need more practice painting miniature faces, it’s as not easy to do as it looks. It was really fun to gather the items for the box, mess-up the clothes and to customize the box too.

Everything, including the doll, was threaded back in the box, just like a new Barbie. Too fun. Who needs to submit a manuscript when there are ideas like this to pursue????

Dig in for more details under each photo, click to enlarge the photos. Leave any questions in the comments!

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Some props came from Barbie, some from a miniature store and some we made ourselves.

 

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Remove Barbie’s face with Acetone. Get tiny brushes and a magnifier to paint for the details. It takes practice – I need more Barbies! Lol!

 

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I cut the gloves from an old pair of full-sized gloves. The bulbs in the package are Allium seeds, I think.

 

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The dirt on her clothes is a combination of dried coffee grounds and acrylic paint. The “soil” in the back is real soil, with any big chunks taken out.

 

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The spool of string, the seed and soil bags can all be made from things around your home.

 

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The backside of the box. I used the box she came in, and recovered in a collage to reflect the theme.

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So, You Want to Start a Fairy Garden Business??

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So, You Want to Start a Fairy Garden Business??

Do you love fairies? Do you love fairy gardening? Do you want to spend your days working with everything fairy?

Are you thinking of how to start a new fairy garden business for the New Year?

Do you want a way to explore your passion and make money too?

Do you want a head start?

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We’ve set-up in stores, coffee shops, on street corners, at farmers and craft markets, at garden shows, miniature shows…

If you answered a big, “YES!” to all these questions, here is a way to jump-start your business and your learning curve to get you started on the right track to making money from your passion right away. Spring will be here in a couple of months and you have a chance to leap into action now, and get everything ready for the planting season.

Here sample email of questions that I get almost every week from people wanting to start a business from their passion for everything fairy:

  • Can you give me information about selling fairy gardens at fairs, etc.?
  • How do I transport them?
  • Where else can I sell them?
  • What sells?
  • How is the final price determined?
  • What are average prices?
  • How do you keep the plants alive between shows?
  • Do I need electrical hook-ups?
  • Do you add a little care booklet for the customer?
  • Is there a market for this?
  • What a about commissioned gardens?
  • How to price them?
  • Do you need permits?
  • Do I warranty the plants??
  • How do you preserve the items for a garden?
  • Paint with clear varnish? or something else?
  • How can I find the right plants in my area?

You can see how this long list of questions may take you days, weeks, or for some questions, years to answer. Most of these answers came to me by trial and error.

Errors that I’ve already made so you don’t have to.

One of our booth displays at the third best garden show in the country, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

One of our booth displays at the third best garden show in the country, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Here is a chance to spend 1/2 hour – only 30 minutes – with me to answer your questions and get you started with the right ideas, the right items and in the right direction to get you going with your new fairy garden business.

Ask anyone who has started a business, a conversation at startup with the right person is invaluable.

Click right here for more details and to purchase your jump-start to your very own fairy garden business! 

 

We've set up displays at the two top garden shows here in the Seattle area for over 10 years now. This was a display in 2012 and called the best display at the show by the Associate Editor of Timber Press, Andrew Beckman.

We’ve set up displays at the two top garden shows here in the Seattle area for over 10 years. This was a display at the NWFGS in 2012 and called the best display at the show by the Associate Editor of Timber Press, Andrew Beckman. (You can see his comment here.)

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!

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~> So you are thinking of a new online fairy garden business for the New Year?

~> Need a jump-start with a great domain name?

~> Are you already in the fairy garden business?

~> Need a great website name to help boost your business?

Want a successful online business? It starts with a great domain name!

Want a successful online business? It starts with a great domain name!

Domain names are the real estate of the Internet. It is especially important to get a  “dot com” address, as the noteworthy names are now few and far between. But, we have you covered because here are a few of them up for sale RIGHT NOW!

Domain names like these are PERFECT to get your fairy garden business noticed in Google search for your main keywords because your keywords, “fairy” and “garden” are already in the domain name. 

If you are interested in purchasing any, please get in touch. It takes a couple of quick and easy steps and then it’s all yours!!

You can start today!

Prices range from $350 to $600. Insanely low prices for permanent, prime real estate on the Internet, in my humble opinion.

Serious enquiries only. If you want more than one domain name, prices can be negotiated.

Domains for Sale:

FairyGardenChat.com

FairyGardenExpert.com

HowToMakeAFairyGarden.com

MiniatureFairyGarden.com

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MiniFairyGardenChat.com

MiniatureGardensRUs.com

Janit has brought it to the largest garden show in the country, the Philadelphia Flower Show and had line-ups at the signing table afterwards.

Janit has “brought it” to the largest garden show in the country, the Philadelphia Flower Show and had line-ups at the signing table afterwards. Want to take your fairy gardening on the road, Janit has done that too.

 

Need more juice to bring to your fairy gardening? Dig into our ebook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening: Advanced Techniques and Imaginings by Janit Calvo. It’s an instant download PDF – get it right now!

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VIDEO: How to Make a Real Garden in Miniature that Will Last

VIDEO: How to Make a Real Garden in Miniature that Will Last

Hey, fellow miniature gardeners, here’s a short video to show you how to build a miniature garden that will last for years. This is the same way I’ve been building my gardens since I began in 2001. Some of our miniature gardens have lasted over 10 years in the same pot with minimal maintenance.

Keepin' it real in the miniature garden with TwoGreenThumbs.comThe heart of this project is choosing right plant for the right place, and planting true miniature or dwarf trees and shrubs. Pair this with slow-growing ground covers. We hope you enjoy it! If you do, please share it and give us a thumbs’ up – your vote is very appreciated!

The terms ‘miniature’ and ‘dwarf’ describe the growth rate, not the plant.
Miniature = 1″ per year or less
Dwarf = 1″ to 6″ per year

Shop for your trees and shrubs by light (indoor, sun, shade, etc.), click here.

Shop for your trees and shrubs by zone, click here.

For Experienced Miniature Gardeners: Need something different to grow this year? We know what we grow and how the tiny trees grow up. Let us know if you want some suggestions. Email us: Steve@TwoGreenThumbs.com.

For New Miniature Gardeners: Need help choosing the right plants? Please include:
– Your zip code
– Where are you planting?
– In-ground?  What light does the spot get? Full sun? Shade?
– In a container? Where is the container going to live? Indoors? Shade? Full sun?
– Email us: Steve@TwoGreenThumbs.com.

Let us know! We’re glad to help!

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Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden

Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden

Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden

A belated Happy New Year from your Miniature Garden Center!

A few days before Christmas I realized I wasn’t getting anything done. I was completely drained, couldn’t sleep and couldn’t get anything finished. I couldn’t even make a bow for a present much less write a blog. Oh, wait. I did write the blog but the technology gods deleted it once it was finally ready to post after working on it for five days. That was fun. Not. I tried baking presents like I do every year – that was really interesting. Lol! Needless to say our resident crows love us now. :o)

So, I realized after a full year of working on three major projects that my cupeth was empty.

So, I quit.

For a week and half.

And I filled my cup back up. I cleaned up my personal studio and got some of my abstract painting (full-size) ideas out, some started and some finished. (!) I cleaned up my garden when I could. (Damn you Jack Frost! I needed to garden!) I cleaned up the Two Green Thumbs studio too, put Christmas away and got Valentine’s out. And, went on long walks, played with my dog, Kitty and slept. It was luxury.

I’m back now. Ready to kick these projects home!

Happy New Year and thank you for following my wee blog. I can’t wait to share these projects with you!

And, Your Miniature Garden Center is OPEN all year long for your miniature garden pleasure! Our plants are in stock and there are some great little trees in the store – as usual! All plant info, zones, watering and care info are in each listing. Check out our plant department here and you can shop by your zone here.

 

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Mini Garden Decorating: Miniaturizing Martha

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Mini Garden Decorating: Miniaturizing Martha

I would be remiss if I said I only look to Martha Stewart for holiday ideas for the miniature garden. In fact, I look to her for just about every craft or recipe idea that I get and ask myself, “What would Martha do?”

Sometimes I do the complete opposite from what she does, sometimes I jump to Pinterest for more input, but most of the time I take her lead but put my own twist on it. This holiday is no exception as I stumbled across a couple of her ideas in my local Home Depot store and instantly thought: “It’s time to miniaturize!”

Mini DIY Decor from the Mini Garden Guru blog and TwoGreenThumbs.com!

Click to enlarge the photo. Find the parts and pieces in the photo above:
Mini Christmas Tree (left)
Pusch Norway Spruce (shrub at right, grows tiny cones!)
Red Thyme (left)
Dwarf Mondo Grass (middle)
Platt’s Black Brass Buttons (right)
Miniature Light String (it’s the same string!)
Terra Cotta Flagstone Sheet
Mini Patio Mix Kit (for locking-in the stones so they don’t wash away.)

You Can’t Make A Purse From A Sow’s Ear

Remember the saying, “You can’t make a purse out of sow’s ear?” It’s usually referring to the futility of attempting to make something nice from poor material, but also refers to trying to make a bad idea look good. I broaden the idea to include who to turn to for inspiration or advice and only follow the experts that I respect. What goes in is what comes out, right? (We think about eating the right food all the time, but do we really think about the diet our soul is on?)

So, choose ideas that you like, make you giggle or tingle. Not only will your creation stand the test of time, it is a delight to sit back and say, “Hey, I made this!” I’ve even surprised myself with the miniatures that I’ve made at times. Lol!

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Beads for Balls

The only color of bead I had a lot of, and in different sizes, was gold – so gold it was! Simple plastic gold beads from jewelry strings and garlands found a dollar stores or garage sales. Make sure they are loose beads, not permanently strung. The teenie-tiny beads are micro beads and, funnily enough, Martha has a handy pack for you right here.

For each project, I coated the form with Aileen’s Tacky Glue and then dipped it into a bowl of the medium-sized beads. I filled in the gaps with the bigger beads one at a time, then poured the micro-beads on top, gently – very gently – push them into the cracks where there was glue showing. Don’t fuss with it too much after this step and let dry.

If it’s a hanging idea – make sure you attach a hook or wire on it first so anything you glue onto it will hide the wires.

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Martha’s holiday balls are big, brash and bold. Love the red, silver and blue color scheme. You can see tinsel garland where the ornaments couldn’t cover.

 Great Christmas Balls

Our friends over at Garden Therapy got this ball rolling the other week. I just had to try it again, once I saw Martha’s version.

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Different-sized beads did the trick. Although it’s a lot more delicate than Martha’s, it’s a good scale for the garden.

Do this in two stages after wiring the loop on, glue the beads on half of it. Let dry. Then do the other half. You’ll drive yourself nutty if you try to do it all at once and we need you sane, the holidays are upon us!

Okay, it didn’t come out half as chunky and fun as Martha’s but it’s still pretty. I’ll be on the lookout during my holiday shopping – and now probably throughout the year – to find different-sized and more colorful beads to use for next year.

See different styles of miniature Christmas balls that I made for Garden Therapy and the wiring basics here.

Keep in mind that if you want to use this outdoors, use silicon glue, do it in stages, and let each stage dry for at least 12 hours in between gluing sessions.

 

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Oh! Little Golden Tree!

I took this picture too quickly! But you get the idea. It was about 2' tall but, in miniature, you can make a "big" one to go in the garden bed or a tiny one for a tabletop decoration.

I took this picture too quickly! But you get the idea.

Martha’s tree was about 18 inches tall but, in miniature, you can make a “big” one to go in the garden bed, 4-inch or 6-inch tall for a bigger presence. Or a tiny tabletop decoration, about 1″ to 1 1/2″ and prepare to be blown-away with your own creative cuteness.

The form was cut from a piece of floral Styrofoam and then gently rolled on the tabletop to make the surface smooth. Can be staked easily if you want a bigger one for the mini garden bed.

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Make it bigger to go in the garden bed, or smaller for a tabletop decoration.

To help fill-in the space and add some dimension I included the string of tinsel (not wire tinsel.)

You can stick a wire in the base of the cone for something to hold onto while you coat it with the Aileens Tacky Glue. Then put the string garland on, letting the ends hang down (cut them off after it dries.) Roll in the medium beads. Stick on some bigger beads, sprinkle with the micro beads and use the stake to poke it somewhere so it can dry upright.

Mini DIY Decor from the Mini Garden Guru blog and TwoGreenThumbs.com!

 

Mini DIY Decor from the Mini Garden Guru blog and TwoGreenThumbs.com!

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Very fun and lively. Again, they used the tinsel garland to fill-in between the ornaments.

Golden Wreaths

The big baubles in Martha’s wreath certainly makes a statement. Think bigger if you are going to be decorating your in-ground miniature garden so you can see it from distance.

 

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Put the wire on first so your beads can hide the it. I put the bow on last and put a dab of glue on the back-side to keep it in place.

Other places to hang your tiny wreaths include any arbor or gazebo, of course, but also consider hanging it right in the middle of the tree for a focal point. You can hang on the back or casually lean it against or on chair or garden bench too. Hang it on a fence post or a miniature lamppost.

For the miniature wreath, I found a little round disc from my jewelry findings to use as the base. You can cut a disc from a plastic yogurt lid, or snap the end off of a discarded spool. Put a loop on it for hanging before gluing the beads on it. That tiny bow is made from a piece of ribbon that instantly frayed when I cut it too short – it works though. ;o)

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Lighten Up!

The light string I used for this photo is the 25 foot, LED, plug-in lights so I could wind it around the tree AND make a lit wreath for the trellis. It worked and it really help to lighten up the rest of the garden too.

I used about half of the length of wire and made the wreath first, and used the last 6″ of the wire to wind it back through the wreath hold it together. Then I strung the rest of the length on the tree. See all our light strings here.

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Miniature & Fairy Gardeners: Enjoy A Cyber Monday Sale All Week Long!

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Miniature & Fairy Gardeners:
Enjoy A Cyber Monday Sale All Week Long
From Your Miniature Garden Center Store:
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True miniature plants and trees, realistic and durable mini accessories, kits of all shapes and sizes and much, much more. Only from TwoGreenThumbs.com, your favorite miniature garden center!

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Happy Thanksgiving in the Miniature Garden

 

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Happy Thanksgiving in the Miniature Garden

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is what Steve and I got up to yesterday. We made a miniature Thanksgiving Day dinner. Yes. As a matter of fact we are obsessed with miniatures. Lol!

  • The turkey is a Cornish game hen, it’s about 7″ long. (I didn’t think to un-stuff it!! Arg!)
  • The baked potato is 2 1/2″ long.
  • Baby carrots, small sweet potatoes and miniature corn (found in the Asian section in the store.)
  • The tiny buns were made from cutting frozen bun-dough into quarters and bake them as instructed.

The plates and cutlery are from a vintage child’s play dish set, 1/4 scale it’s called. We love how they resemble the old Corningware dishes from Grandma’s house. We found the shot glasses at Ikea and the silver tray at an antique market.

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Visit Your Miniature Garden Center here – indoor ideas are now in stock!

 

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