Miniature Fairy Garden

Miniature Fairy Garden

I’ve always admired tiny, miniature fairy gardens, but never tried to make one myself. With our busy schedules, I didn’t want to be tied down with keeping it alive with real little plants that dry out quickly. Also, I wanted this on my covered  front porch where no rain gets at it. By making a miniature fairy garden in a planter, it gives you options to move it where you like and by using artificial plantings, it makes it worry-free!

You can invest big money in these little miniature gardens. They don’t come at a “miniature price”! I already had the planter so invested in the cheapest resin house I could find. Keep the cost down even further by making a little house from a bird house.

Any container works, you just need to scale the house and accessories according to the container size. The planter I used measures 16 inches in diameter. The little cabin is 6 inches wide and about 5 1/2 inches tall.

First, I filled a planter with dirt and covered it with artificial sheet moss.

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Next, I added some artificial succulents that I already had.  Using small pieces of artificial greenery works, too. I even used some greenery from my Christmas bin.

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Get as elaborate as you like, but don’t over do it. Keep the theme going whether it is rustic, cottage, gnome, fairy, beach or woods. Let the accessories add interest, but not clutter. Sometimes less is more! Some very inexpensive additions are moss-covered rocks and small pebbles from Dollar Tree. I placed one blue glass bead in the well to resemble water.

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This is a wonderful project for kids to help design with you. The possibilities are unlimited. A miniature garden can be in a wine glass, punch bowl, compote dish, bird-cage or whatever you choose.

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In my miniature fairy garden, the house is hollow so I can put an LED light in it at night! Kinda fun! Are you inspired to try one?

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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The Rule of 3 in Decorating!

Do you know about the Rule of 3 in decorating?

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I am not an Interior Designer, but I do use the “Rule of 3” in decorating.  When you look at a room, your eye can tell the difference it makes. What the “Rule of 3” means, is that items grouped in 3’s look better! It gives a feeling of symmetry and balance. There’s no difference whether you’re hanging pictures, decorating a table, mantle, adding pillows, or creating a vignette, the “Rule of 3” creates interest. It, also, prevents a feeling of chaotic clutter to the room.

Let’s look at some examples…..

In this tablesetting, repeating 3 vases spaced apart down the center of the table creates movement and repetition in color. If you group all 3 vases together, they should be 3 different heights, but spacing them out works.

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Here’s artwork hung in three columns. Yes, there are six, but the eye sees it as 3 sets!

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There are 3 elements in this wall art: the window, butterflies, and fern planter. Do you see how it gives balance?

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This is another set of 3’s in wall art. The flower pots are also in groups of 3!

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Often windows in a home are in sets of 3. The seating arrangement also follows the rule of 3 with two chairs and a table. Do you see more 3’s?

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More balance in 3’s and 5!

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Lanterns hung in 3’s

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While these 3 vases are all the same height, there are 3 different colors.

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How many 3’s do you see here?

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Before you go change everything in your house to a group of three, the numbers of 1, 5, 7, also work in decorating or grouping of objects. There are exceptions, of course. I wouldn’t decline a gift of an even dozen roses, would you?  Let your eye be the judge.

The Rule of 3 also applies to fabrics, color, and layout of the room. When you go to a furniture store, you see this rule as living room groupings will be a couch, loveseat, and chair, or a couch grouped with two chairs.

Recently, we rented a condo for a vacation and I could hardly relax in it due to the mix of colors, textures, and visual layout of the rooms. Nothing followed the Rule of 3! Everything seemed off balance! I wanted to totally rearrange and realized how important this rule of 3 can play in the overall relaxing feeling of the room.

Look around your home and see where you have used the rule of 3. Does this help you when trying to figure out a room arrangement, accent pieces or hanging artwork?

Hope this helps!

Phyllis

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Crab Pasta Salad Supreme

Summer calls for pasta salads and this Crab Pasta Salad Supreme is a delicious one to make. It might just become a real favorite! On an earlier post I shared another Crab Pasta Salad so you may want to check that out, too! This one that I’m sharing is colorful and has lots of complimentary flavors that go with the crab. Give it a try as I know you’ll like it. Around here, we don’t have easy access to fresh crab, so imitation will have to do.

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Ingredients:

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2-3 hard-boiled eggs , chopped

2-3 tablespoons chopped onion

Sliced black olives – as many as you like

1/4 tsp. both salt and pepper

3-4 tablespoons chopped red peppers

1/4 cup chopped celery

3/4 – 1  1/4 cups mayo

4 cups cooked Rainbow Rotini spiral pasta  ( I use one package)

1 package crab cut up

Crisp, cooked Bacon

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. If more mayo is needed, just add a little milk or cream and stir well. Serve with crushed bacon on top.  Serves 8-10.

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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30+ Easiest Wreaths of the Season

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No matter what season it is, wreaths are a wonderful home decoration. When used on a front door, they’re a lovely visual welcome to your guests. The history of the wreath goes back to Greek and Roman times where it was associated with victory, but today, wreaths are for any season and any reason. They can be large or small and displayed anywhere outside or inside your home.

Buying wreaths can be quite spendy!  For those who like to stay within a budget,  making your own is more cost-effective and fun to do. It seems that wreaths can be made from just about anything such as dried materials, sweaters, jeans, burlap, ribbon, Christmas balls, paper, or fabric scraps.

I’ve gathered together “30+ Easiest Wreaths of the Season” ideas. Some of my own creations are included in this collection. Each wreath idea has a link to complete instructions.

Go to….. 30+ Easiest Wreaths of the Season!    or click on the picture above.

I know you’ll find some creative ideas to make for your own home whatever the season!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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DIY Textured Vase

This DIY Textured Vase is a ” knock-off ” of a vase that I saw in a store. Looking at it carefully, I thought it would be easy enough to do myself instead of spending big money. The white color really sets off the red geraniums, but any color paint would work depending on your own color scheme. The best thing is this project cost me nothing since I already had the geraniums, paint, jar, and burlap. Don’t you feel good about a project that costs nothing?

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Here’s the inspiration……

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Materials Needed:

Glass Jar ,Bottle, or Jug  (height depends on where you are using it)

White Acrylic Paint (if you want a lot of texture, use a little Plaster of Paris mixed in the paint) I just used the paint..

Acrylic Spray (optional)

Burlap

Flowers and Ribbon of choice

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Directions:

I used a jar left from the Sauerkraut that I used in my Colorful Sauerkraut Salad.  The jar had a pattern both at the top and bottom which I thought would make the vase more interesting than a regular Ball jar.  Also, it was the right height for a table centerpiece.

Using a bit of cheap burlap ribbon, I dabbed it into the white paint. I wanted to control the amount of paint so I also dabbed the burlap on newspaper until it had less paint. With minimal paint, the holes on the burlap show and make the texture. Do as little dabbing or a lot. When you get your desired look, let dry. Apply acrylic spray, if desired.

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I added the red geraniums to make a centerpiece for my table.

It’s just the right size for my red and white tablesetting.

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This is the same textured vase with a Patriotic look. Great idea for Memorial Day or 4th of July centerpieces!

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This DIY Textured Vase project doesn’t take long to do. The drying time is quick, too! Now, start looking for interesting jars and make one for yourself. Did I inspire you to try?

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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