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Tuesday, September 8, 2009


a beach fairy garden!

i warn you now. this post contains a lot of pictures. why? because we are ever-so-proud of our latest creation!

a fairy garden. or as BB calls it, "a BEACHY fairy garden." i admit, i have wanted to do this with him all summer, however, summer being as busy as it is, i needed a little motivation to actually get on with it. and then it came.

have you been to The Magic Onions blog? if not, go! it's such a treat! the Onions are offering a challenge. make an awesome fairy garden and win a Gift Certificate to her Etsy shop. that's all i needed to hear! enter :: motivation! i love love love her creations and am in the process of toiling over what to get for my daughter's upcoming birthday. there are too many sweet things to choose from.

but back to the garden! i highly recommend it as a project you and your child can really sink into. at first BB wanted to do it all in one day. he couldn't understand why i would want to do it a little at a time. but soon he saw that with new days came new ideas and we could "go back to the canvas" and tweak it or "see" new things based on what we did the previous day. it was a joy. . . as long as mommy doesn't get too invested in it looking a certain way. i really let him guide it. i would build the furniture and he would place it. he decided colors and placement of it all. somethings (like the bed headboard) were all his idea from conception to glue to placing it.

wish us luck in the contest!

the completed garden....

the beginning. . . dirt and a big shell for a swimming pool.

first we planted. we just used some nice green plants we found growing in our yard. then we put in the sand and started to lay down the path. . .

a little bird watches over things...

a canopy in case it's just too sunny!

a double fairy bed so they can have sleepover parties!

a swing for those lazy afternoons...

this little shell was BB's idea. "mommy, if someone is coming and the fairy wants to hide, she can jump into this shell!"

if you decide to make your own, do send us a link! we love to look at what other folks are creating.

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Anonymous The Magic Onions said...

This is SO gorgeous!!! A Beach Fairy Garden, brilliant!! Lucky fairies!! I just adore the shade cloth... and that swing. I have a post about making a swing that I'm posting tomorrow, not nearly as gorgeous as yours, but I'll link to your Fairy Garden with it. Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge. I am delighting in all the magical gardens!
Blessings and magic.

September 8, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Karalee Hayes said...

Pure ART!

September 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Very cute and I love the swing!

September 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

Very sweet fairy garden. My girls have completely gone nutty with their own variation as well. When the snow comes we will have to think differently. :)

September 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous gardenmama said...

Kate! I love it!
And so perfect for your beach loving family : )

September 11, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Anonymous The Magic Onions said...

You won the Magical Fairy Garden Challenge... yay for your enchanting beach garden!!
Pop on over to The Magic Onions to claim the prize.
Blessings and magic.

September 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Pink & Green Mama said...

Adorable! I love the shell pool and the sweet tiny awning. So glad I found you from the Magic Onions blog. : )

Pink and Green Mama MaryLea

October 16, 2009 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

I SO wish I could see your images! I see text but no your site compatible with firefox/Mac computers? I wonder if I could change a setting to see everything!??

December 20, 2010 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger kate said...

eve, not sure what is going on there....i use a mac and safari as a browser and i see the photos fine! hmmm....
strange. maybe try safari or try refreshing or typing the web address in clean.

thanks for visiting!

December 20, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

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