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ChooChooGal
Hixson, TN

November 10, 2011
7:59 PM

Post #8885507

Hello To all you Fairy Garden Keepers, Please Tell us about your Fairy Garden and Fairies

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8887314

Sorry choochoo I just now saw this post. I hope mini gardeners will see it and start posting. I love my mini gardens and living in a one bedroom apartment I don't have room for much other that mini container gardens so it is a perfect hobby for me.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8902541

I'm here too! Got to take pic of one I started...

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8903066

Hi Char, welcome to our little discussion group! We would love to see pics of your creations.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8903113

I made a new pond and several other mini's..

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joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8903463

Awwwww.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8919421

I'm here, I'm here ((jumping and waving))!! Hi y'all! Sorry that I just now saw this thread!

ridesredmule, love the pond and minis!

I'm going nuts not having the time to create some minis with all the plants and goodies I've received lately. Maybe after the holidays I can get back into playing.

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:23 AM

Post #8919648

Hi everyone. If you didn't see it on another thread, I wanted to let you know about my next mini garden project. A friend gave me an old bed pan she found in an abandoned house scheduled to be torn down. She imediately thought of me! She knows me so well and that I can find a use for most anything! I was talking to Choochoo and she suggested making an outhouse garden! I loved that idea. So now I've gotta save pennies for a mini outhouse! Hope there will be room in it for a clothes line! This is gonna be a hoot to create. I can't wait to get started. I'm trying to decide on plants to use. I've got a lot of baby tears for ground cover but the opening is only 7 inches and rule #1 is don't crowd. Probably just have one small tree and the baby tears. I'll have to wait till I gather everything together then see what I can use. I'll keep y'all updated as it progresses.

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Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8919752

I think it's a great challenge! I bet you could place a "T-pole" through the spout portion and run a clothesline over to the outhouse or tree to hang lil garments on (underwear?)... that would help to save ground space for planting, hehehe. You'll need a path to the privy, too!

My g-g-dad had his outhouse in the hog lot. There was a toll to be escorted by Ol' Charlie (the resident hog) by scratching his back with a wire brush which g-g-dad kept hanging on the gate to the lot . . . oh the memories this brings up, lol.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8919795

going to need a small outhouse, Where you going to sit it??? I made but it wouldn't fit that it is a two seater for sure.
But , great idea..

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8920238

Bev, the pole is a great idea. Thanks for that. I plan to use a flagstone path set in tiny pebbles to the "privy". Love the Ol' Charlie story. I sat in an outhouse once for 2 hours before Mom came looking for me cause a snake was by the door!

Char, I found a double decker outhouse that was only like 3"x2"x8". Maybe I can cut it in half and just use the top one. I never heard of a double decker outhouse before. Can you imagine being the one using the bottom one and someone else in the top???

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8920313

I found my pattern, need to get you a picture Don't I?????
I'd leave it like it is, if it were me, I'd probably break it.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8921228

I've seen 2-seater outhouses in actual use, but I thought the double-deckers (one atop another) were practical joke privies!

I agree with Char, don't break the outhouse you have. I think you could make one out of twigs, or popsicle sticks, the size you need!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8921235

If you can get Balsa wood you can make your own. do you need a pattern??? You all know I got one.

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
12:51 AM

Post #8923495

I would love to have the pattern for the outhouse! Balsa wood wouldn't last very long out doors would it? I don't know? If I have to get the double decker and cut it in half I would use my Dremmel tool. I use it at any excuse I can find. (I have 4 of them!) Family members keep giving them to me for Christmas cause they all know how I love them. :o)

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8923692

There is nothing wrong with that. You have a pair and one to spare if one breaks down.
I got it from a book that I've had for years. You can also make them of a thin Birch, I've gotten several pieces of it.
I'll work on it for you and mail it.

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8925158

Thank you so much! I'm excited!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 24, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8941329

From my Secret Garden to yours, Wishing you all a Merry Christmas...

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 24, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8941812

Oh my gosh, Char, your Santa garden is absolutely adorable. Love every detail! What is the overall size? I even spied a bottle of bubbly :)

Merry Christmas to All!

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8941826

Hahaha, that's so cool! You have a Merry Christmas too!!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 24, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8941845

1'' equals 1 foot...I'll have to measure the little space for you. So glad you like it. Guess what??? I even made the Santa. Sometimes I surprise myself..
Merry Christmas, my friends...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 24, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8941953

Maybe I'm biased toward Christmas decorations, Char, but I really think your diorama is among your best work. You and so many others have given me inspiration to try my hand and recently bought a multi-color box of no-fire clay "ropes" and figured if I mess up my first attempts, the clay can be smushed and used again.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8942186

Oh, Fruity you are going to love it. Wait til you see my bunnies...

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 25, 2011
11:26 AM

Post #8942380

Yep, she will be hooked like the rest of us soon, haha!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8942491

It doesn't take much if it's a good thing...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 25, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8942511

I'm definitely inspired. Ho Ho Ho!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8942528

hehehe!! You ours now!! Hooked, like a fish on a line...Need any help just you Hollar, Missy...

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 25, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8942670

LOL

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8948775

I made some new little pots. I'm ready to swap.
Durn, wish we could load more than one picture at a time...

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8948777

Here is a couple more...

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9068461

Char, it's almost Easter and I would love to see your bunnies!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9069238

Fruity, I will get you some pictures. o.k.????

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9069441

Fruity, just bought some irish moss at wal-marts couple days ago.
I went to little gh where I had it and brought it in for your picture set up of Easter bunnies.
Here is group without grass. Then here they are in the moss. I put quarters in there so you could see the size comparison.
They look so cute..Now I got to make more...
Thank you((((Fruity)))

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #9069839

Great job, Char, and how adorable!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 4, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #9070148

I got that iris moss at Wal-marts. I hope I can make it live.
Thank you dear...My pleasure...

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9070327

Yes, really cute! Thanks for sharing. I have trouble with Irish moss and Brass Buttons. I think they're both so beautiful, but they don't like me or maybe my yard, lol.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #9070583

Me too! I don't know how long these will last but they were so pretty, I had to try it again...
Thank you...

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2012
9:12 PM

Post #9072674

I love the little bunnies! I made some snails from fimo this winter, and some new mushrooms.
I need to do some clipping on my fairy garden tree before I take some photos, it's grown like 3 inches the last month and the fairies are now hiding under a bush!
I really love to see what everyone is making.

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 7, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9073045

Hi there Domehomedee, Welcome to our little mini garden chat. What kind of "fairy garden tree" do you have? Three inches growth in only a month is quite a lot, but I love to see the fairies "hiding" under the trees and shrubs. My vision is not so good and between that and hand tremors I'm unable to make the tiny items so I just enjoy seeing everyone else's. Post pics of your creations when you get a chance, ok? We'd all love to see them. Have you been making fairy gardens long?

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9073520

Here are some pics of a couple of my mini gardens. I had an old Weber barbeque and decided it would make two perfect size mini gardens. I removed some of the hardware and painted the halves a rust color. The little house fronts are something I made in clay and then created a latex mold from. The finished project was cast in cement and painted. The little fairies I bought online. Not sure what the bush is but I love the black stems and bright green leaves. The Gnome home has an bonsai pine tree.

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Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9073543

Domehomedee, Beautiful! You are a clever and creative person! I have a stack of propane lids I'm itching to get started on, but need a couple of long days to sand and paint before I can think of planting anything. I hope my finished minis look as good as yours!

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #9073660

Ooh, propane lids, what a great find. Inspires me to go on Craig's list and look for potential pots. I keep hoping I'll find another old Weber grill for free.
I've been making mini-gardens for about six years. It started with the "Hobbit house", a recreation on Bilbo's house. It needs some serious clean-up before I post pictures. It's quite large, a 1" to 1' scale, the door stands about 6" tall. I decorate it at Halloween and Christmas, and it has been known to make an appearance on our Christmas card. I have molded several of the fairy and gnome homes and created mini pots for gifts. I am also experimenting with "large" garden decor and have made some pretty cool oversized cement mushrooms. Some day I hope to make an x-large mushroom I could sit on in an x-large garden area.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2012
9:12 PM

Post #9073672

How, and what do you use, to make your molds? I have several items I'd like to do the same with!

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2012
9:50 PM

Post #9073684

There is a latex mold making product, I bought it online, you can google it. You paint on several coats and let it dry inbetween. It's important to be aware of the angles on what you are molding. For instance, I will never make a half circle mold again. It was just to hard to get the cement out of the mold without damaging the mold. My next project was flat pieces that I glued together, a cement gingerbread house (boy was this one a job). And when you put the detailing in you need to angle things out, not go to thin and deep etc., you just really need to be aware of how the mold will release when you make the original. Once you get your project latexed, then it helps to make a wood box and pour a back piece from plaster of paris, something to hold the latex in place while you use the the latex front (I hope this makes sense). What I did was take the original and build a four sided box around it, using the original with the latex on it as the bottom of the box, pour the plaster to the top of the box and then when it's hardened put a piece of plywood on the top (this will be the bottom of the mold box when turned over. You can use package tape to seal things off or make transitions from wood to latex easier. This sounds complicated but it's worth it when you end up with a dozen cement sculptures. I think I got six half circle sculptures before the mold started losing integrity and it was a bugger of a mold.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9073691

I bought some "putty-type" molding material, but it was so expensive and such a small amount that I gave up the thought of making something of any size. Using plaster to steady the mold makes good sense, too. Thanks so much for the info!! I'll Google latex mold-making!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 8, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #9073840

Beautiful, how inspiring you are. Love the little houses...

joycerogers0713

joycerogers0713
Wiggins, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 8, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9073997

Domehomedee, I love your gardens! You did such a fantastic job and your attention to detail is awsome! The bar b que seems to be a perfect size. The mushroom seat is going to be to cute! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9101096

Domehomedee & others, I thought you might be interested in this inexpensive silicone mold-making procedure I just learned about:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-easiest-silicone-mold/
I haven't tried it yet, but plan to as soon as I get caught up in the yard.

My minis & pots were accepted for selling at our local Farmer's Market this morning!! I'll be busier this summer than expected!

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9104190

Congrats, Bev! Those are adorable. Way to go :)

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9104335

Thank you Sooz!

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2012
10:46 PM

Post #9104963

I sell plants at the Farmers Market!
Dmail me if you want some succulent cuttings for your planters.

Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9111556

My latest dish garden using an inverted propane tank lid . . . "Henrietta." It features a Japanese boxwood, Blue Star Creeper, and Alyssum.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2012
1:47 PM

Post #9111647

Very pretty...

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9111656

Really nice.

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2012
2:05 PM

Post #9111668

The hobbits finally got around to cleaning up their garden. Looks like they could use some home improvements though.
The door on this 6" tall. It is made with cement aluminate over syrofoam and wire, it was my first mini-garden from many years ago.

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Sundownr

Sundownr
(Bev) Wytheville, VA
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9111724

Beautiful fairy garden, still looks good regardless of age!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9111958

That is quite beautiful. Loved both pictures...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #9112084

How cute!!!! great job both of you

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