Where the Fairies Live
The research for our new ebook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, took a few years to develop as we watched this garden trend 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.
A New Book on Fairy Homes and Gardens
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.
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!
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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At The Fairy Store, May 9th, Class & Workshop, Lakewood, Wa. Click here.
A Little Bit of Magic: Miniature and Fairy Gardens
Demonstration & Seminar Molbak’s Garden Center, Woodinville, Wa., Saturday, May 16, 12-1pm
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