From Gardening

Return of the Cereal Box Liners

kale stored in cereal box liner

Since it’s gardening season, it’s time to get back to my favorite use for cereal box liners. This free resource comes in handy in so many ways around the house.

Once that exciting first day of harvest rolls around, these bags come out of the cabinet and get put to work for the rest of the summer.

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More Fairy Gardens For Your Viewing and Imagining Pleasure

Fairy garden with mushrooms and paper lanterns
Fairy garden with mushrooms and paper lanterns

Here are some more photos from the recent (very popular) fairy garden exhibit at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, RI. A fun time was had by all the little (and big) fairies and gnomes during school vacation week.

So much wonderful inspiration can be found in the shapes, colors and textures of the botanical materials. It also helps you realize just how many innovative and attractive ways excess gardening materials and found objects can be put to use.

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Inspiration And Recycling Ideas From Fairy Gardens and Gnome Homes

Fairy garden with mushrooms purple flowers and stick fence
Fairy garden with mushrooms, purple flowers and stick fence

I love botanical gardens. I love miniatures. I love recycling materials. And I love creative uses for found objects.

So when I found out from a friend (who also loves miniatures and gardens) that there would be a fairy garden exhibit in the local Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, (more photos there) how could I resist? Thanks for being on the lookout, Cindy.

In the intro photo, notice the campfire, using bark with an orange lining made to look like flames. In the middle ground, there's a bowl made from an acorn cap. And of course, the moss. I want to lie down on it!

There were dozens of fairy homes and other environments, made of everything from bark, pine cones and moss (another fave) to fabric, beads, paper and twigs.

The builders also had so many unusual ways of creating a homey atmosphere for the fairies.

Someone even made dresses for them and hung them on branches all around a twig ball.

The ambience was made even better by the number of small kids wearing fairy attire. Adorable!

Several sections of this filled up in no time, since it was school vacation week, but it was still worth the trip.

There was a scavenger hunt, looking for items in and around the fairy environments, that everyone could join. My 10 yr. old partner in fairy garden love and tiny home creation, Alana, took part in it and we all joined in the hunt.

The center had an activity called Make a Gnome Home, encouraging kids to use whatever the staff (I assume) found around the greenhouses.

Between the gorgeous, varied and mature plantings throughout the greenhouses and the use of materials, there's plenty of inspiration for artwork and jewelry making - from shapes to palettes to material ideas.

The new series of polymer clay earrings in the ChirpHop Studio Etsy shop had its beginnings in the idea of Spring, fairy gardens and fairy-sized plants.

Stay tuned for Part 2, with more photos. There were just too many interesting houses to pass any up.

Fairy drops - pink and green
Fairy drops - pink and green polymer clay and small crackled marbles