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How to Make the World a Better Place: Vote With Your Wallet, Part II

 

 

How to Make the World a Better Place: Vote With Your Wallet, Part II

I have written previously about using your wallet as your voice as to what products you want to see on the store shelves – and leaving the poorly made crap behind to show that, as a consumer, you don’t like it nor want to see it. Well, it’s about time to dig a little deeper on this one.

Because it’s important to note that this applies to business-to-business relationships too, because it seems that some of us have gotten used to being mistreated, bullied or disrespected by some leaders in our industries.

The good news is that we no longer need to tolerate bad behavior and this is actually having a ripple-effect throughout the world, as you can see by the news of late.

Miniature Garden PlantsSo, we need to vote with our wallets a lot more carefully nowadays because we need to support the good guys. We need to support the companies that care about what we value, and care about the environment. We need to support kindness and compassion. We need to support all the good in the world and only focus on the good.

There is no other way out of this mess that we have found ourselves in but to take a stand against the negativity, waste and disrespect that we’ve come to regard as a “normal” way of doing business. Stop to think about it for a second – do you want that company or individual to continue to get progressively worse? Or to learn to do better?

Here are some questions to get you thinking about how you can make the world a better place just by being more aware of WHO you are patronizing and supporting as a paying customer in any way.

 

  • Is the company/association that you patronize run by a good person? Are they friendly, understanding and compassionate? Or, do they rule with an iron fist, bully, yell and scream if they disagree with something?

 

  • Is the association that you’re paying to be a member of, have the same values that you do? Or are they selling themselves out, (and, in turn, they are selling you out too,) for the sponsorship money or advertising revenue?

 

  • Is the product your thinking of buying made from a reputable company with a strong moral compass?

 

  • Is the product that you are buying future landfill? Can it be reused or recycled?

 

And then the rest is simple: just don’t buy it. That’s it. 

These are just a few thoughts to let you know that you can be proactive with whatever you do in little ways that can easily add up to taking a giant step toward making the world a better place. If you don’t like your own answers, maybe it’s time to stop buying into their negative ways because it can be a simple as that.

Grow your own world.

 

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Who Else Wants to Grow Their Own World?

Gardening in Miniature with Janit Calvo

Click the picture to register for the WorkSHOP, from 2 to 4pm. Or come by and check out the Trunk Show anytime between 2 and 6pm. Either way, you WILL leave inspired, I guarantee it. 

Who Else Wants to Grow Their Own World?

You’ll go home happy and truly inspired. I know that for a fact because everyone that has taken a workshop with me has not only gone home pleased-as-punch, but a bit giddy too. Lol!

So come and get your own miniature garden together with us! We’ve chosen our favorite miniature garden kit because it’s good for indoors, or outdoors in the greater Seattle region. Indoors, it will need bright indirect light – if you don’t have it, I have a very easy solution for that too – AND it’ll match your decor!

It’s also a book signing! Come and pick up your copy of the NEW Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World – hot off the press! You can finally find out what the fuss is all about!

Gardening in Miniature with Janit Calvo

This is the miniature garden that you will make at the WorkSHOP on July 15th! A calm, serene little scene that you can call your own. You don’t have to design it like it did, either – you can do you own thing because, after all, it is your own world. :o)

 

 

Gardening in Miniature with Janit Calvo

The WorkSHOP is only $75 and it includes learning all about what plants, parts and pieces to use so you can build your own miniature gardens at home, anytime you want to – or anytime you need a great gift to give!! The class supplies, if bought separately, will cost you almost $100 + shipping! (Yes plus shipping, because you simply can’t get some of this stuff at any brick & mortar store!)

 

Gardening in Miniature with Janit Calvo

I’ll be bringing more miniature gardens, garden accessories, fairy garden ideas and dollhouse garden miniatures too! The Trunk Show is on during and after the WorkSHOP and goes to 6pm! 

 

 

Gardening in Miniature with Janit Calvo

Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book

Dig Deeper with our New Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book! Come and get your autographed copy at the Trunk Show and WorkSHOP too. Copies will be available at The Handmade Showroom even after this event. 

See The Handmade Showroom’s website here.

See the Pacific Place’s website here – there is parking!

See Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center here.

See MiniatureGarden.com for everything you need for this wonderfully creative hobby here. 

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Gardening in Miniature with Janit Calvo

Click the picture to register for the WorkSHOP! The Trunk Show is on until 6pm the same day! 

 

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UPDATE: Miniature Garden Therapy Mission: Spark Joy!

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier's Home

Operation Spark Joy continues! Steve and I headed south to the Old Soldier’s Home in Orting, Wa., to check in on the garden and to decorate it for the Fourth. 

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier’s Home

Hey! It’s working! The response we’re getting from our miniature garden that we built on behalf of The Miniature Garden Society at the Old Soldier’s Home in Orting, Wa., is collecting some terrific feedback! As we mentioned in the first blog, and as I was reminded of when I was speaking with one of the staff members, the staff is enjoying it just as much as the residents are. Lol!

But, I didn’t prepare for the one “being” that loves it too: SQUIRREL! I knew they were a bit of a pest from the feedback from the other gardeners, but I didn’t expect to lose entire plants to them. Our go-to method to deter these critters is cayenne pepper, (see our squirrel-blog here,) but it’s a public garden and I will never be sure who’s going to play in it. I am going to try planting larger plants instead, with deeper roots.

Anyway, here are the updated photos, click to enlarge (but I’m not sure this works on all platforms.) If you want to compare them to the initial planting, it’s here. You can see a lot of the more-fragile plants didn’t make it – and they were mostly Sedums that didn’t have a lot of roots at the time. An interesting lesson.

 

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier's Home

Our farmer’s fields will start to look better in the fall. The silo is holding up well. 

 

 

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier's Home

The micro gravel around the base of the silo was completely gone, so we hid the board with soil instead. I’ll need to think of a better solution that won’t wash away when the garden is watered – oh yeah! That’s my Mini Patio Mix Kit. Lol!  

 

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier's Home

What Hens and Chick were left were a bit tattered. We’ll fix it next time! :o)

 

 

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier's Home

This chair was one of my experiments for my new Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book that is making its way to your local bookstore – or find it up on our online store here. I found an easier way to do the stars that became the project in the book. 

 

Miniature Garden at the Washington Old Soldier's Home

We met Gus this time and he told us that he keeps people from touching the garden all the time – he told us to keep our hands off too before we told hin what we were there for. We’ve since named him “Guardian of the Garden.” Lol! 

 

Find out how to make this Tree Dress that is very quick and easy to install, from our NEW Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book, click the ad above!

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It’s a Book Launch Party for NEW Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book!

Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book

From the NEW Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book – be your own diva bride and create your backyard wedding just how you imagine it. Diva-bride-drama is optional, but it would be MINImal. :o)

It’s a Book Launch Party for NEW Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book!

Insert much rejoicing here!

It’s like Christmas when you were a kid. You can’t rush time and fast forward to the big day either. You know it’s coming and that it will soon be here but the wait is oh-so-painful! When is our new book going to get here? It’s TAKING FOREVER PLUS ONE DAY ALREADY!! Lol!

So, let’s get our minds off of that and talk a bit more about the book party! Everyone loves a party, right? Well, we’ve gone ahead and reserved a booth at the best garden art show in the greater Seattle area: Sorticulture Garden Art Show! We’re going back to this year’s show, June 9th thru 11th, to throw a party to celebrate our big book launch!

WHY IS IT THE BEST GARDEN SHOW?

Well, personally speaking, they are the only show in the area that fully embraces what we do here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center! We’ve been displaying our miniature gardens for years now. We used to vend at that show for years – many moons ago – and it helped us spread the joy of gardening in miniature far and wide throughout the region. When we were unable to vend, they approached us to display, which helped keep the cycle going. I guess Sorticulture wins the award for “Longest Garden Show for Gardening in Miniature!” Here is our display from 2011. And here is one from 2014.

SO, here is what is on the agenda for Sorticulture so far for this year, because we’re “Bringing It!” The photos are from the Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book, these photos were taken by Kate Baldwin, the woman who helped with the first Gardening in Miniature book too.

Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book

From the World Tour section, this is the America Garden on aging miniatures and creating a real hanging snail shell planter. 

MINIATURE GARDEN MAKE & TAKES

Yep! Have a seat and make a small miniature garden of your own to take home! You’ll have all the ingredients there, at your fingertips! Get your fingers in the soil and create a tiny living world of your very own from succulents and sedums for a super-easy-to-maintain miniature garden. Choose your own accessory to finish off your masterpiece from our Made in the USA accessories. Learn how to install a custom patio that won’t wash away. Awesome. While supplies last.

DAILY RAFFLES

We’ll be giving away Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book each day throughout the show! Come on by and sign-up for our email list, confirm through your email, and your name will go in the hat to win. You don’t have to be present to win – we will mail it to you!

FREE GIFT WITH EVERY ORDER $10 or MORE

Get a FREE gift with every order, $10 or more while at the show! Choose from a miniature accessory, or one of our sample kits!

Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book

The Great Britain Garden with a miniature folly. The other countries with projects to match, include Spain, India and Japan.

SEE THE MINIATURE GARDENS FROM THE BOOK

We will be bringing as many of the miniature gardens from the book as we can fit in the truck. You’ll be able to see how much (or how little) they have grown over the last 3 years. They are grown-in and lovely!

SEE THE FINAL PROJECTS, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

And you’ll see all of the final projects that are in the book! You’ll be able to see the wide variety of skills and techniques that are taught in each of the projects.

 

 

GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE NEW GARDENING IN MINIATURE AUTOGRAPHED!

We’re creating a special book plate for this event to say, “Thanks!” You’ll always remember what a great day you had at Sorticulture!

JANIT’S FAIRY CAKES

Yep. I’m having a blast with this idea. Way fun.

I have other plans up my sleeve too, but you’ll have to some come and see them! :O)

Oh, here is the Mother’s Day miniature garden from the Prop Shop book, in case you missed it.

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EXTREME CUTE ALERT: 185 Reasons To Go To ‘The Miniature Show’

Dollhouse miniature garden accessories

Getting ready for The Miniature Show next week. Creating tiny accessories for the dollhouse miniature garden is one of my favorite things to do. 

EXTREME CUTE ALERT: 185 Reasons To Go To ‘The Miniature Show’

If you are a lover of anything miniature, you should be in Chicago next week.

If you’ve never been to a miniature show, this will totally blow your mind.

If you’ve never been to this kind of high-caliber miniature show, this will totally open your mind.

I am thrilled to have been invited to The Miniature Show at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg just outside of Chicago from April 20 to the 22nd. I’m one reason – the other 184 reasons are the miniaturists from all over the world (!) that will be vending along with me, or represented in the show through Swan House Miniatures

Here are some of my top reasons why you should come and enjoy The Miniature Show along with me:

  • Perfection in miniature. Do you love to get new things? Brand new, never “used?” Like that new car,
    Dollhouse miniature garden accessories

    What would it look like if it was left out in the garden for way too long?

    but after a about a year it doesn’t look so new anymore? How about your house? Same thing right? Well, with miniatures, you can have that level of perfection ALL THE TIME. Anything you want too. Anything. It’s out there in miniature. See the perfect miniature work of Jim Pounder here, he’ll be at next week’s The Miniature Show too.

  • Fantastic fantasy. You can have it all in small. If it’s really well-done, precise and clever, all fantasy in miniature can enchant because it looks so realistic. Believability can be sustained, if only for a moment. It’s awesome. How about a miniature table with chicken legs from Jason Getzan, see them here. One inch tall fairies by Penny Thomson here. Both Jason and Penny will be at The Miniature Show too.
  • Dollhouse miniature garden accessories

    You will find aging and customizing techniques all throughout my new Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book coming out this June! 

    Miniature food that looks SO perfect, you can smell it. No joke. The realism is so awesome, it tricked my mind into thinking that I could smell whatever miniature food I was looking at. Carl Brondson is one of “those” miniaturists here.

  • New ideas, techniques and insight. Saved the best for last! By looking at other people’s miniature work, you can’t help but get different insights, new ideas and learn different techniques that will help you in your own work. You will be inspired to raise your own bar and try new things just by being around the experts. Here are all of the top miniaturists that you’ll be witnessing: see the complete list here.
miniature fairy house

A miniature fairy house for the miniature dollhouse garden. Getting back into the miniatures has been a blast – I’m SO glad I was invited to do this show!

Not Convinced Yet?

How about TWO MORE miniature shows happening at the same time with FREE shuttles going to back and forth every day to all three shows? Here’s the Chicago International Show website and the 3 Blind Mice Show’s website. See you there!

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Having fun using real materials to create my miniatures. This snail-shell planter is from a project in my new Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book coming out this June. (2107)

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More Miniature Gardening at the HUGE Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

Miniature Gardening at Disney World

More Miniature Gardening at the HUGE Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

Whew! I’ve been catching up on everything since our whirlwind tour to Florida earlier this month. I came back exhausted and hit a bottleneck of work so it took a couple of weeks for me to recover, decompress and collect my thoughts. So, not only did I miss blogging for a couple of weeks, I actually missed three whole weeks without publishing a Mini Garden Gazette! I remain grateful that the global economy doesn’t rest on miniature gardening. At least not yet. Lol! :o)

Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop

Now available for PRE-ORDER! The first edition of Gardening in Miniature sold out before the book was even launched! Get your copy reserved TODAY!

We had a fabulous time at Disney World demonstrating three different garden designs and three different projects from my new book from Timber Press, Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World (now available for pre-order!). This time around, we had the chance to meet all the Epcot “regulars” who didn’t get a chance to see us three years ago because we were there during Holy Week, one of the busiest weeks of the festival and the response was – AGAIN – awesome!

Shown here are the gardens that we made for Disney. I’m recreating the talks I gave in video format for our Miniature Garden Society so you can enjoy them too!

Miniature Gardening at Disney World

The “Underwater Sea Garden” turned out so well, I had to laugh at myself at the end of the demo! Debbie, the coordinator of this grand show, chose that pot for it – it was PERFECT! 

 

“You can take it with you!” I had fun modeling with this miniature garden in a trug – it’s the new handbag for Spring! Perhaps it’s time to give Ralph Lauren a call about a handbag design idea? 

 

 

And this last miniature garden demo was about entertaining in the miniature garden. We showed how to use our exclusive Mini Patio Mix Kit to create a patio that won’t wash away when you water it.

 

 

Yours Truly presenting at Epcot. Thankfully, they had an overhead camera so Phil, the camera and sound guy, was able to zoom in on my tiny projects.

Find all your plants, parts and pieces for the wonderful hobby of Gardening in Miniature at America’s First and Favorite Miniature Garden Center here.

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No Room for Miniature Gardening at the Big Northwest Flower & Garden Show?

A Fairy Garden at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

A fairy garden made by the garden designer’s daughter at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

No Room for Miniature Gardening at the Big Northwest Flower & Garden Show?

Well, a fairy garden made it into one of the big display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year – that’s something at least. There were a couple of booths where you could buy some fairy-wares, but there were were no miniatures for miniature gardening. Really? (What’s the difference? See here.)

Ad-GardeninFairyGardenWhere are the Miniature Gardens?

We brought our miniature gardens to the second largest garden show in the country, held every February here in Seattle, for ten years straight. I think our last display was in 2014 that capped the 10-year run on our creative displays promoting the new hobby. There was always a crowd around our exhibits taking in the details and snapping photos – it was always well-received with the public reassurring me that they always looked for it each year.

So, when the Northwest Flower and Garden Show changed ownership in 2013 the place where we set up our miniature gardens changed too. The configuration of our usual exhibit space on the skybridge became a little too big for this miniature gardener. When I asked, and I’ve asked every year, if I could get a spot for a miniature garden display, the responses always, “We are booked, there is no more room.”

There is no room for miniature gardening at the second largest garden show in the country. 

Lol!

Even Swanson’s Nursery, the place where I had my big “Aha Moment” when the universe blessed me with the idea, had only a few things for fairy gardening.

Oh, the joy! THE JOY of bringing something new to the marketplace! AWESOME! Lol!

At the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

There were tiny gnomes tucked here and there throughout one of the exhibits

Give them the benefit of the doubt? Maybe “what we have here failure to communicate?”

But, you see, I was hoping that if I backed-off, other people might come forward and display their miniature gardens, but that hasn’t happened yet either. So I guess I’m going to have to do something about this.

SO, WHADDAYA THINK:

Would YOU want to bring one of YOUR miniature gardens to show at this show?  I can see it working like any other club where we all take turns looking after the display in exchange for a ticket to the show.

Even though it was a fairy garden in that big garden display this year, it still got a lot of attention and there was always a crowd around it taking pictures…

Let me know what you think in the comments below! If there is enough interest, we can make something fun happen but we’ll need to act early and see if we can “make” some room for the biggest and newest garden niche. :o)

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At the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Steve and I finally got Gardeners of the Year!! Yay!!

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