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Fairy Garden: Part IV

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Still building the fairy garden village. Brought in a third and fourth tier and added a camper and a car (because everyone needs a car!)

The camper
And a rainbow path…
The rock that inspired the car
Had to build the necessary ladders- still working on the connector for tier three

Fairy Garden: Part III

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And of course I needed to add a 2nd tier to the fairy garden…

Filled with dirt and added some succulents
Added some landscape rocks
Some glow in the dark white stones lead the way + a few painted rocks sprinkled in
And even fairies could use a little help up in the form of a rope ladder

Fairy Garden: Part II

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Once you get started on creating this small world, it’s really hard to stop. Here you see the progression.

Creating some pathway lanterns
Every garden needs an arch – made using sticks, beads, and wire
The arch added to the garden
The pathway lanterns put in place
A fancy chair for the fairies
Progress so far…

Fairy Garden: The Start

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I’ve been wanting to build a fairy garden for some time. So with lots of time on my hands in quarantine I started the project. I looked to Pinterest for some inspiration and took it from there.

I purchased a cheap bird bath, drilled holes for drainage, added dirt, and got to work.
Every fairy garden needs a house. Gluing stones to a plastic plant container.

Completed house in the garden and added a fence
Added a plant and some landscape rocks

Lots more to create…more to come

Back to Craftiness…

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Since my travel wings have been clipped, I’ve been getting back to my crafty roots. I was inspired by the many painted rock ideas I saw on Pinterest so I thought I would get back into it after letting my project sit for a year. My goal was to complete enough rocks to decorate my front garden. I’m a few rocks shy of completion but I placed them all outside to see how the finished products look. Overall I say not too shabby. I used paint pens for the art which allowed for better control. I finished up by spraying them with Modge Podge acrylic sealer so they will weather the elements. Hope you are inspired to try painting some yourself!

Next up: DIY Fairy Garden

A Cactus for Christmas

The Christmas season always inspires me to dip into my craftiness arsenal in order to make gifts for family and friends.  Pinterest is where I go first to look through my endless list of DIY ideas.  I was particularly drawn to a link for mason jar terrariums.  I decided to do my own take on the project and now have three nice gifts I can share with some friends.

original pin

List of items needed:

  1.  Clear glass jars (size according to the plant you are putting inside)
  2. plants
  3. Decorative rocks or sand
  4. Long handled tongs
  5. Piece of paper or magazine page

Prep work

I put some base rocks into the bottom of the jar.  I kept the cactus in the plastic pot it came in to contain the dirt and help retain water.  Using the long handled tongs, I positioned the plant in the center of the jar.  Then I used the magazine page to create a tube around the plant.  This prevents the rocks from piling onto the plant.

rolled magazine

Then simply add the different rocks or sand as you desire to get a layered effect.  When using smaller rocks or sand, you may get some pieces falling into the other layers, but overall I like the finished products.  Happy crafting friends!

2nd completed

1st completed

3rd completed

finished trio

 

Paper Flowers

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I finally got a chance to get back to some Pinterest-inspired projects.  Today I decided to tackle making decorative paper flowers.  The link on Pinterest made it look very simple.  Items needed – magazine pages in various colors, shredding scissors, bamboo skewers, tape, floral tape.  First challenge – no shredding scissors and couldn’t find them anywhere in Nuremberg (not exactly a crafty place I’ve learned).  So I improvised and used a short pair of scissors and made the many cuts by hand.  I also did not have bamboo skewers and could not find them in the market, so I used paper straws instead.  The process of rolling the cut paper around the straws proved to be challenging.  I had many failures and I’ve posted a few below.  Once I finally got the hang of it, I think they turned out pretty nice.  Now I have a decorative piece for the bedroom and one for the living area.  These would make a lovely centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower – or simply a nice way to add a little color in your life!

original pin

Original Pin

and it begins

Gathering the magazine pages

cut strip

Folding and cutting the paper

Fail1 Fail2

Failed attempts

success

Success

bedroom flowers1

Flowers for the bedroom

living room flowers2

Flowers for the living area

A New Twist on Christmas Trees

I discovered several interesting Christmas Tree craft ideas on Pinterest.  Two of my favorite ideas used yarn to decorate foam bases.  Living in Germany, I have discovered a great lack of craft and hobby stores – most people order supplies online.  So I had to be inventive since I had no foam core, plastic, or cardboard shaped trees to start with.  I used cardstock to form the base for the trees.  I imagine this project would have been a touch easier using something more solid as the base.  Nevertheless, I powered through and ended up with 3 festive trees to add a touch of Christmas to my apartment.

wrapped treesspiral yarn trees

Original Inspiration

Drawing tree shape Photo Nov 23, 12 04 35 PM bases complete

Drawing, cutting, and making the cardstock bases

 wrapping flecked thread wrapping gradient yarn wrapping spiral yarn

I added glue in small sections as I wrapped the yarn around the base

adding pearls

The spiral design left me with blank spaces, so I filled them in with pearls

completed flecked completed gradient completed spiral

I added a sparkly snowflake to the top of each as the final touch

Completed trees

The finished trio of trees

Coaster Reuse Take 2 – Christmas Ornaments

As the holiday season begins, the onslaught of catalogs also begins.  I was thumbing through a “Land of Nod” catalog and came across these cute ornaments.

inspiration

The inspiration

It made me think about those cardboard coasters that I have lying around.  So I set to work assembling Christmas-looking papers and accents.  I dug into my button supply (I have thousands of buttons that I have inherited through the years from grandmothers and great aunts).  Then I started assembling the ornaments.  I used glue to set the papers to each side – one side at a time in order to trim the edges neatly around the coaster.  And the embellishments followed.  Here are the results:

supplies ready to go

Assembling the supplies

painted wooden pieces

Painted wooden pieces

buttons

One of my 10 button drawers (the metallics)

setting one side

Setting paper to the first side

side one cut

First side cut out

setting side two

Setting the second side

both sides ready

Both sides finished- ready for embellishments

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The finished ornaments

First Holiday Bazaar

For those in the Portland area, I will be participating in my first Holiday Bazaar on December 14th & 15th at Earth & Sky Farm.  You can come and cut your own Christmas tree, sample some food and drink, and peruse the offerings from different artisans.  I will be selling most of the items that I’ve made and shown on this very blog.  Stop by and say hello!

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The Holiday Bazaar flyer

And as a continuation of yesterday’s post – the latest felt animal is…….a giraffe!     (He may be my favorite so far!)

finished giraffe

Completed giraffe