Let the Fairies Dance
I really wanted to take Adelaide to the magical fairy forest that I had heard about for her birthday. It was only about 15 minutes from our home in Utah and I figured it would be the perfect little girl birthday treat for my gal. However April 3rd dawned gray and drizzly this year. You know the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” unfortunately they do not bring little girls to fairy gardens on their birthdays. So instead I decided to bring the fairy garden to her.
The pictures I had looked up online of the fairy forest here in Utah really got my creative juices flowing. I loved the whole magical idea of it and knew that when I was a little girl a fairy garden would have blown my tiny mind. In fact it still kinda does! I went straight to Pinterest once I decided to try my hand at creating my own and found tons of wonderful inspiration. I got a lot of ideas from this blog, but especially loved the fairy teepee. I had plenty of girly scrap fabric from a diaper cover project I’d done four years earlier, when my little lady was just a baby…ahhhh how the time flies. Anyway, I knew it would be perfect for my version of the teepee. I quickly serged the edges of the fabric, grabbed five wooden skewers from my kitchen, powered up my glue gun and voila! This teepee is home to a very bohemian and free spirit fairy named Judy. Yes I named her. Don’t judge.
Once I finished serging the edges of my scrap fabric I draped it around the sewers I had arranged to be the teepee poles, tied it off at the top with a piece of kitchen twine and added a whimsical butterfly I had left over from Naleigh’s Halloween costume. I stuck the ends of the skewers into a couple of pieces of floral foam and used packaged moss from Michaels as ground cover. The floral foam keeps the teepee from sitting directly on the soil of the garden and getting wet when I water the plants.
After I made the teepee I headed to my local nursery to buy all the plants, flowers and moss my fairy garden would need. To be totally honest I don’t remember the names of the plants I got and stupidly did not right them down before tossing the information tags that come in the pots. I still have a lot to learn about gardening, it’s not my strong suit, but thankfully I have my mother who happens to be pretty well versed in all things plant. I moseyed down the aisles of the nursery and grabbed anything that struck my fancy. Then I hurried back down those same aisles putting back anything my mother said would not grow well. I ended up with a lot of beautiful color that was perfect for bringing the magic to my gardens.
Like I said, I have a lot to learn about gardening. My first attempt at planting my fairy garden was a complete and utter disaster. I decided to use a large round metal bucket I had but didn’t think to put a hole in the bottom for drainage. Then I had the brilliant idea to put left over styrofoam peanuts from a recent package in the bottom of the bucket. I thought it would save me some potting soil and lighten the load. I got the whole thing planted and decorated with the fairy accessories I had purchased on sale at Michaels and it was too cute for words. Then I went ahead and watered it…the whole thing sank like a Florida sink hole. I hung my head in shame and frustration, watched as the soil started to bubble and sink some more then quickly grabbed all my accessories before they were lost forever in the mud. After rinsing everything off I got in my car and headed back to my local nursery to get the proper pots for planting.
Once I had the right pots and a couple more bags of soil I started again. I am nothing if not persistent! The whole process went much faster this time since I had had a practice run. The good news is that I think it turned out even better than the first! This garden belongs to a fairy named Rupert who has the most wonderful green thumb. He grows all his own produce and is completely self sufficient. I may actually be having more fun with this than my kids…
The next fairy garden I built was Judy’s. I love how much the teepee comes to life among all the flowers and foliage. I still have a few more accessories to add, but I think it’s pretty fun as is. I especially love the laundry line with Judy’s pretty flower skirts adding even more color and magic. I can just imagine Judy lounging around her garden reading poetry and sipping lilac wine after she’s hung the wash to dry. Ok, I realize I’m getting a bit carried away. Again, don’t judge!
I had so much fun creating these fairy gardens and imaging the tiny magical people living in them that I think I’ll do a few more. Who knows, maybe I’ll become the crazy fairy lady!