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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Graduation 2016 for Madison
Well yesterday my lovely fashion forward granddaughter Madison graduated from 5th to 6th grade! That means she will now attend Jr. High School! Wow, where has the time gone! She received two award's tonight. One for Language Art's, and another for year long Honor Student.
Chris, Sequita, Matthew, Buddy, and I were all there to see her get her diploma. She did great.
Of course Lake was also there, as they are both in the same grade. He, and Madison are pals.
Papa Buddy was especially proud of her!
Fun was had by all, then it was off to Golden Corral for a surprise dinner,.
How to build a Fairy Garden on a Budget Step by Step
So I've been looking at all the neat things you can make, and do on my time killer nemesis Pinterest, and I happened upon a few post's on building a Fairy Garden. Let's see I love gardening. I like fairies, and it's something I could build with my granddaughter Madison. Who is 11, and is plenty big enough to do all the heavy lifting..... I mean help me with the planting. So after browsing Pinterest for several more day's.... I mean hour's all in the name of research of course. I thought it was a do-able task. I had to make a Pinterest board on Fairy garden ideas of course (You can find it here: Fairy Garden Ideas ) so that I could have it on hand for eye candy / reference. So Madison, and I were well on our way to our magical fairy garden.
First we picked out a spot for our Fairy Garden. This spot looked like we couldn't do anything to it to make it look worse. so we picked out as many weeds as possible, and made sure it was pretty level. If however you want hills, and valley's that is fine as well. For best results please chose plants suited for your garden location. Shade tolerant plants for a shady area, and sun tolerant plants for sunny locations. If you are going to place your fairy garden on a porch, or patio you don't have to worry about steps 2, and 3, and you can skip on to step 4.
Step 1 photo
We didn't plan on spending a lot of cash on this Fairy Garden so instead of laying down a commercial weed barrier, we choose to lay down several layer's of newspaper's instead. Both of these would work great, but for us the newspaper was a more affordable option. I would suggest at least 3 -5 layers of newspapers for the best weed control. Madison was an expert at this step, as she could bend over easier than I could. (At least that is what I told her, but by the look on her face I am not sure she believed me!)
Step 2 photo
Now to keep the newspaper's from flying away we added a row of run of the mill aka "whatever we had laying around rocks" all along the border edges to hold the paper down, and to keep the mulch in place. Then we added the mulch approximately 2 inches deep all around. For our small garden it took just one large bag of mulch,( approx $3.00) you may need more, or less depending on your garden's size. Our garden was about a 5 x 3 foot triangle. Instead of a rock border you could also use timbers, retaining wall bricks, pavers, whatever fit's into the landscaping of your home. As you can see this is already a 1000 times improvement from the first photo. If you wanted to you could just add some larger gnomes, and fairies statue's here, and call it a day, but not for us, we wanted more...
Step 3 photo
Now on to choosing your fairy garden container. Your container can be almost anything from a galvanized tub like ours, a clay pot, urn, kitchen bowl, wheel barrow, or even an old wagon, etc.etc.. If you can imagine it, then you can make your garden in it. It just has to have proper drainage, and be able to hold enough dirt to keep your plants alive. You can also make it directly in your landscaping instead of in a container, if you want to. It's your garden, have fun with it.
Our tub already had a hole in the bottom so we were fine with drainage. If your container doesn't have a drainage hole you must make one, or your plants will get water logged, and die. Before putting your container in place remove the mulch out from underneath it, that way it has a very stable footing, and won't shift later on. Once you have chosen your container you will need some rocks, or packing peanuts for the bottom of it, especially if it's a large container. Otherwise you will need a LOT of potting soil if you are using a large container like ours. We used a good brand of potting soil to give our plants the best chance of surviving. You can see in the photo that we mounded the soil up into a small hill shape in the back. This will become our hobbit house. (Please disregard the ugly underside of the porch, that will be covered with lattice in a later project. At least that is what my boyfriend keeps telling me.)
Step 4 photo
Now onto putting the roof on our hobbit house. We chose several small moss/grass looking plants for our hobbit house, and garden. Trying to vary our plants in shape, color, texture, and height. Keeping in mind that if the plants get too tall, or wide they would have to be replaced with something smaller later, or they would have to be trimmed back down to size. We also chose a few succulents to add some variety. We kept the taller plants to landscape the lower portion of our garden with. (The lower portion will be landscaped in a later post, as my helper had to go back to school tomorrow) When adding the roof on your hobbit house try to keep as much of the plants root's intact as possible. Our moss/grass was root bound (large mass of roots) so I split them in half right up to the green section of grass, and planted them that way, layering them over the small hill in a roof type shape. It is important to keep the roots in the ground, and not let the air get to the root's or your plants will die. So we made sure the back of the hill/house had plenty of dirt covering the roots as well. The roof is also higher than the rest of your dirt so it will dry out faster than the rest of your garden, so please add water to it accordingly.
Step 5 photo
After adding the roof we pressed the area in front of the house flatter. Then we added the lawn of our fairy garden, Removing any extra dirt if need be to plant our plants, and still have a pretty flat lawn. We chose a lighter moss/grass for the lawn area for contrast.
Step 6 photo
Next we planted some small succulents on either side of the house in the corners. For the front of our hobbit house we just broke twigs from dead branches in the yard, and inserted them in the dirt in front of the house. It was easier to chop them with garden sheers, but depending on how dry they were you could also just break them with your hand. We really didn't measure the sticks, just made sure they were all about the same thickness, and then pushed them down further in the ground if they were too long. Super easy. For door's, and window's my granddaughter used clay, and molded a round circle door, and small square windows. Those were not dry yet so they will be sprayed with a sealer, and put on later with some water proof glue. I'll update with a photo when they are dry.
Step 7 photo
For our picket fence we added drawer divider's from Ikea. I don't know how much they cost normally as we found our's at Goodwill. All we did was push them into the dirt till they stood up securely. You could have also just used sticks like we did on the front of our house, or any other decorative items you liked. There are lot's of Fairy Garden accessories out on the market if you have a larger budget to spend than we did, but for us this worked out great.
Step 8 photo
Next we added some gravel paths. We used a light blue gravel from Dollar Tree, but you could have used stones, marbles, small tiles, floral stones, or even a different kind of grass, whatever you like for your garden's theme. We also added a leaf designed plate that we purchased at Goodwill to help keep the dirt stable on our hobbit house, and in order to help hide the ugly foundation of our real home. On the left we added a gazebo plate to make it look like you were walking the path to a gazebo. On the right we added a man's bust to look like a garden statuette. (He later lost his spot to a group of ponies, incense holder, and a flower paperweight. ) All of those item's also came from Goodwill. Step 9 photo
Step 9 a photo of gazebo plate
When I told Madison that we were going to make a Fairy Garden she immediately started building tiny furniture. (She's crafty like her granny) So she built a bench, a table including food, and a chair. She also took a pine cone and painted it yellow, and she told me that was her bee hive. Of course all of those thing's made it inside the garden. She did a great job making these item's and I was quite impressed with her work. We also planted some blue flower's on each side of the gate., and some more moss like grass on either side of the path. Now this is where you get to start adding furniture, and fairies, or gnomes! We have not added any Fairies yet to our garden as Madison is still trying to decide which faires she want's to put where. The gnomes were purchased at Dollar General, and were $1.00 each. You can see she also added a piece of mulch to look like a chimney to the roof of the house..
Step 11 photo Bench
Step 11a Table photo, and gnomes
Step 11 b more gnomes
Step 11 c more gnomes that are made to hang on the side of something.
Step 12 DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP
After you have everything in place you now MUST water your garden. I would suggest watering it at least everyday for a week, (unless it's raining) until your plants have had time to adjust to their new surroundings. Be careful of succulents, however as they can become water logged very easily.
I hope we have inspired you to make your own Fairy Garden. We are still not finished with our's, and have lot's of plant's left over just waiting to be added to the lower portion of our garden.
Supply list: Galvanized tub, or your choice of container, news paper, garden soil, large border rocks, or landscaping bricks, Lowe's: Plants, Mulch Dollar General: Gnomes, some of the "Welcome to my Garden"signs Dollar Tree: Gravel, word printed rocks, solar lights, fake succulents-(real succulents came from Lowes), Goodwill - Plates, bust, Ikea drawer dividers, incense burner, flower paperweight. Till next time! Love Penny
Scrapbooking Girl's Holiday Mini Album - 6 x 6
I made this album several year's ago, but I had never posted it, so I thought I'd do it
now to get it off of my computer! I deleted Oct. by mistake, if I can find it again I'll
add it to this post later. This album was made using mostly scraps, and was a gift
album for a friend. Some of the title's were made using my Cricut, other's were
made using just stickers. I also used a lot of punches on these pages.
Thanks for looking till next time Happy Scrapping!
January pages and tags
February / Valentine's Scrapbooking pages, and tags
This is page 1 of this "Welcome Baby" scrapbook layout. For this layout I
took 8 1/2 x 11 Scrapbook paper, and turned it on it's side with the flowers
facing upwards. I then added gem studs to the center of each flower, and
added washi tape to the bottom of the sheet. Next I added the pocket, and
card holder, that was supposed to be a party invitation. I added the large
die cut flower to the outside of the pocket. The flower die cut was purchased
at Dollar Tree in the school die cuts section. Almost all of them are acid
free, and you can usually get between 10 -25 for only a $1.00. so there is my
frugal tip for you today. The "Welcome Baby" word's were made by using
stickers. The quote was from a sticker sheet as well.
Page 2 of this layout uses a lot of the same supplies as page 1, but on the bottom of
this page I added "Hello Kitty" tape, and another type of birthday invitation card. and
another strip of pattern paper to look like a piece of ribbon. Well till next time, Happy
Scrapping! Love Penny
Pattern paper 12 x 12, and 8 1/2 x 11
Hello Kitty tape
Clothing gem studs
Invitations, and invitation card holder pocket's
Sorry I don't know the supplier for most of these items.
For these layout's the pages were made almost exactly alike, with the only
difference being that one layout said: "The key to Nana's Heart, and the
other layout said:
"The key to Pap Paw's Heart". For page one on these layout's I used my cricut
cutting machine to cut out the title,and key then I applied glitter glue to them. The
lace doily started out as white, then I added some Brilliance ink to it to give it
that beautiful shine. The photo mat was from a wedding kit, but I added the
yellow glitter glue to each flower center, boring to do but really cute, and that way
it matched the background paper. The tag on the right hand side was a tag sticker
that I purchased at "Dollar Tree". The striped accent is washi tape. The background
of the title piece is really the throw-away part of the photo mat which I then
chalked to give it some added texture.
For page 2 I used more of the wedding invitation kit part's, and more washi tape
and "Dollar Tree" stickers. The fold out card can be used for journaling or
for another photo, your choice. The tiny flower's on that card are from silk
flower's I tore off of their plastic stems. That is my frugal tip for you today.
Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
Supplies for this layout:
Pattern paper - Mrs. Elizabeth's - Found at Dollar Tree
Stickers - Dollar Tree
Alphabet Stickers - Mrs. Elizabeth's, and Makin Memories
Photo, and white journaling mat - Wilton Wedding Invitation Kit
Brads - Spare Parts
Washi Tape - Unknown
Doily - Unknown
Ink - Brilliance Ink pad by Tsukineko
Fold out card by - Gartner
Silk Flowers - Unknown
Sequin's - Purchased at Wal-Mart
Ribbon - Holiday Time, and Offray
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Glue - Elmer's, Therma Web Glue dots
Tiny applique flower - I tore this off of a little girl's broken headband
Good Morning! Today I am up with another Cricut baby layout from the gift albums
I have been making. For this layout I used my Cricut to cut out the title " My
Favorite Things", and the large flower in the lower left hand corner, The cartridge
I used was Sugar N Spice which I love because it has a lot of fun easy to use
title's, and cut out's. The orange card on the top was from a Hallmark card kit,
and the lower card was also from a card kit, but it was just a simple fold out
card. I love using those item's for hidden journaling, or added photos. Quick,
and easy, that's my kind of style! I added the vellum quote's to both cards.
Page 2 of this layout also uses card's or invitation cards on it. I loved
the scalloped shape of the lower card's, and that they were already
pre-cut into that shape. The top card was also pre-cut with the window,
it's a little hard to see but there is an embossed "B" in the window
which was probably supposed to be used for someone monogram,
but I chose for it to represent "B" for "Baby"! I applied the vellum
to the card on this layout as well. I used clothing gem stud's to hold the
lower cards in place. Well till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
Supplies for this layout include:
Cricut Cutting Machine
Cricut Cartridge -Sugar N Spice Title, and flower
Clothing Studs - Unknown
Pattern Paper -
Strip on top of pg 2 - Echo Park
Doily - Dollar Tree
DCWV - Orange cardstock
Flower stickers - Unknown I have had these forever
Offray - Ribbon
Hallmark - Connections SKU 15012 68342
Gartner Studio's - Fold out card pg 1
Spare Parts - Brads
Vellum Quotes - Unknown
Other card accessories - Unknown
Glue - Elmer's
Good morning today I am posting another two page layout from my dear
friend's baby album. All of these page's are pre-made so all she has to do
is glue her photo's in place. On this page I left a large enough spot so that
she could use a photo as large as a 5 x 7 on top of the pink heart doily. The
title, and bunnies were all cut out using my Cricut machine. I also applied glitter
glue to the edges of the bunnies, flowers, and totally filled in the title. It looks
so much better in person, the glitter glue seems to affect my camera so that
the images are slightly blurry. Sorry about that. The flowers on this page
were made by my granddaughter, and I (Thanks Madison) She is only 10
so to those of you who say "you can't do this" I say you are wrong! We
made these flowers with a variety of punches.
There is a close up of the bunnies, and flowers. Super easy, super fun.
The hardest part is seriously waiting for the glitter glue to dry!
Page 2 of this layout uses slightly smaller doilies, a card, and a photo mount
placed on the outside of the card. More of the sparkly flowers, and some
pink lace. I hope my granddaughter, and I have helped to inspire you to
give your own punched out flowers a try, and to make a gift album for
someone in your life. Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
P.S. Making your own flowers is my frugal tip for you today!
Supplies for this layout:
Cricut cutting machine
Cricut cartridge - Sugar N Spice
Daisy D's - Sage Gingham 3083
Bunny paper unknown, checked paper used in flower's unknown
Doilies - These were purchased from Dollar Tree
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Lace - C & G Co.
Washi Tape - Dollar Tree
Brads - Spare Parts
Bows - Clothing binding
Card - Unknown
Small photo mat - Daisy D's
Glue - Elmer's , and Therma Web glue dots
Punches - McGill, Martha Stewart, and Paper Shapers
DCWV - Cardstock in pink, white, and green
This is page 1 of the Fairy layout I did for a friend's baby album. The Fairy portion
of this layout was done with a wallpaper border that I loved, (There's a frugal tip for
you.) and had been wanting to use for quite some time now. I added sequin's, and
brad's to the flower center's, and glitter glue to the photo mat. My only regret about
this layout is I am really not liking the alphabet sticker's on these pages. I think they
are too hard to read, cute, but hard to read.
I basically did the same thing's on page two, just added some punched out butterflies. This was a fun, easy, and fast layout! Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny Supplies: Wallpaper border - Unknown Pattern paper - My Mind's Eye, Frances Meyer -5306-009, and unknown. Brads - Spare Parts Sequin's - Purchased at Wal-Mart Martha Stewart - Butterfly punch Alphabet stickers - Mrs. Elizabeth's (I think) Glitter Glue- Studio G Bows - These were made with fabric binding that came off of a large roll. "Lovely" sticker - K & Co. DCWV - Purple cardstock Bling dot's - Studio G
Here is another layout from my gift baby album's, I sure hope these album's
are appreciated! Really though I know the recipient's of these album's are
going to enjoy them, but I do have glue all over me, and my finger's
are sore from shoving brad's through paper! That's right I am making
two album's almost exactly alike for some dear friend's of mine. I find
it much easier to make two album's at the same time as long as I have
enough embellishment's to match. This is what make's using my Cricut
cutting machine such a blast to work with. I know I can always go
back, and cut out another embellishment just like the one I previously
used without having to spend a ton of cash on scrapbook item's such
as sticker's, and die cut's.
For the top page I used my Cricut machine to cut out the title, duck,
and wave. After cutting I added goggle eye's to the duck, and glitter
glue to most of the other embellishments. I also used washi tape on
the photo mat's, and to help hold down the 8 1/2 x 11 paper accent.
I have been trying to use up my 8 1/2 paper since I stopped making
album's that size, and I find this is one of the easiest way's to do so.
On page 2 of this layout I cut out the bath tub, and the wave using my cricut machine. To accent the tub I used various color's of glitter glue to make the water, and to accent the faucet, and tub feet. The duck is a foam sticker I purchased in the kid's foam supplies department, it's eye is a brad. I made the bow's with some simple ribbon. Well till next time, Happy Scrapping! Love Penny Supplies for this layout include: Cricut cutting machine Cricut cartridge - Sugar N Spice Washi tape from Dollar Tree Foam Duck from the kid's foam sticker set's from Wal-Mart Ribbon - Unknown Pattern Paper - I think this is some really old paper from Hot off the Press Spare Parts - Brads Studio G - Glitter glue DCWV Cardstock - yellow, white, and orange Google eye
Mrs. Grossman's sticker's - tiny duck in tub.
This is another layout I made for my friend's baby gift album. The title was cut with
a Cricut cutting machine, as was the gold crown. The photo mat on the left hand side
was a baby shower invitation. The other item's on the page were from a box album
kit, except for the bow's, and the pattern paper's.
This is page two of the same layout. It uses another Cricut crown, along with some
products that were purchased with a Martha Stewart album kit. I am not sure why
these photo's are so blurry, so I have to apologize for that, normally this is not a
problem with my camera. Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
Supplies for this layout include:
Cricut cutting machine
Cricut cutting cartridge -
Marthat Stewart Album accessories, these came as a kit with the album's.
Spare Parts - Brads
Gold, and Purple cardstock - Unknown
Ribbon - Offray
Pattern Paper - Unknown
Sequins - Unknown but they were purchased at Wal-Mart