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This weekend was Avery’s birthday party. She invited five friends over to make fairy gardens. during the past few weeks, I collected vintage planters from thrift stores, colorful glass pebbles, mosses, picket fences etc. My mom helped out by sending little items that she has collected over the years to add to the mix (Thanks Mom!). I set the patio up into stations. One station had the soil, sand, rocks and shells. Another had a little table filled with small animal figurines. The work table had Irish moss, baby tears and reindeer moss. Of course there was a snack station as well with fruit, candy, brie and crackers to keep the designers in top form. I made mushrooms by spray painting rocks with a red gloss then adding white polka dots. Here are some pictures from this fun day! I was over the moon with how cute these turned out. The girls really seemed to have a fun time too. Happy birthday to my Elfin Queen!

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This summer we had a wonderful visit to my aunt and uncle’s home in Saxonburg, PA. My aunt took us shopping downtown and these little fairy gardens stopped me in my tracks! They were being sold at an antique shop called The Chandlery. I wish I could have stuffed ALL of them in my suitcase but alas, that was not an option. Look at all the wonderful detail! There was even a class on how to make your own fairy garden but it was being held a day after we had to return home. I will definitely be trying my hand at these some day soon!!!

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Pansy Ring

We are having a sunny afternoon so I set Avery up in the patio with some vases, flower cuttings and a pansy ring. Here is her gorgeous creation. Truly dazzling!

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Oh How I Love Daphne!

Simply put, this is one of my top three favorite flower scents. I wait each winter for the first little bloom to open. Even one tiny flower fills the air with the most unbelievable fragrance. I found this Avery’s soda at a local candy shop. It makes a great vase for the daphne sprigs.

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Fairy Garden

Avery (which by the way means “Queen (or King) of the Elves”) built this little fairy garden at the base of our old apricot tree. I am mesmerized by the cuteness and detail of it. The pieces come from all over. I found the little fairy door at an antique store in Felton, CA and the beach glass and pottery shards came from Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, CA. The little gnome was found at Savers and the green foot bridge was found by my awesome sister-in-law and niece at our favorite junk spot in Martinsburgh, PA. Avery loves to collect shells so the shells are probably from one of her beach combing excursions in Santa Cruz. It all comes together in this little magical scene that I can see from my bedroom window.

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Delicious color combo

Yesterday our lemonade stand turned into a persimmon stand. When I put the burnt orange beauties on the turquoise stand, my heart skipped a beat! This color combo has to be one of my all time favorites!! We checked on the stand last night and only three were left. This morning they were all gone. I can smell the persimmon bread baking already…

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First day of Spring?

The weather today is gorgeous! I just came in from planting flowers. I hope that I am not too early and all of these beauties get frost bite. I just couldn’t help myself… violas and pansies in the front bed and snap dragons and calendulas in the window box.

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