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Minature Plant Swap for Fairy Gardens Chat / Reveal *page3*

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

We came from here:

Rules,, Rules, Rules,,,sigh,,,
1. You must be a paid member of Daves at least though the 30th of September to be in this swap.
2. The spending limit is $20.00 PLUS shipping. Now this can include plants and cute stuff you have on hand. I plan to hit every single shop in my area to help my swap buddy.
3. I would like to get a conformation # for all boxes sent so I am able to track them in case of Post Office delays.
4. Please ask me if you need any info from your buddy and I will be glad to help.
5. Mail in deadline is October 5th for those of you who are on set incomes.


1. Mud_Elf ( Kris)... mini- Mermaid pond garden ........................................... SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
2. Irisluvr0252/ Debbie...Grandmas Garden ................................................... SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, RECEIVED
3. oldmansdarlin / Shelly...Fairy garden/ has fairies.......................................SENT ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
4. Jsxtiger/ Jax/ Joyce ... doing a Deep Forest type theme .......................... SENT ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
5 . CheerMom/ Sue...Sedums and streams woodland edge garden............SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
6. Joycerogers0713 / Laney..."Lazy days of summer." .................................SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
7. FruitOfTheVine /Susan...Beach or Desert...................................................SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
8. Happgarden/ Joyce...pergola garden / water feature garden...................SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
9. chellflower / Chell... Middle Earth/Hobbit theme ......................................... SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
10. taters55 / Linda Kay... Swan theme, has swan planter............................SENT ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
11.Sundownr / Bev..." Garden swinging trolls"!!! ..........................................SENT ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
12.ChooChooGal / Lynn...My Garden is a traditional one. ..........................SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED
13.Crit /Patti..."Woodland Wandering" with stream / bridge......................... SENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,RECEIVED.

Cool Links: >> for Bricks at a nice price and other goodies

Beach garden link: &utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_term=2596&utm_campaign=productfeed

I like this site. They carry fairies, paver, rocks, fairy houses, furniture, and more and best of all you will not go broke just to get one item!!

I found a bunch of other links on the tiny garden thread, however So far they seem to be very high end cost wise.
Here is the sticky for that link:

For patio kits and other fairy related garden items.joycerogers0713/ Laney reccomends:
Janit at
I love this on thier site!!:
NEW SITE from Joyce!! ...

E-bay store with nice stuff, however they donot combine shipping and it takes a while to get here. That being said,, the prices make up for that and thier rating are excellent:

Here is the link for the basics of hypertufa.

For mini-trees:

Hostas links:

Mini plant link on e-bay with wonderful pricing and list of stuff she will have available at the end of Summer. She would like for you to e-mail her at ( [email protected] )if you order and let her know you are from Daves Garden and doing the mini-swap:

Here is the list of things she will have for us:
Here is tis. Remeber that the plants will be $1.79 per plant and a flatrate shipping of $5.99 per order.:

Red Creeping Thyme ... I want!!
White Creeping Thyme ... I want!!
Highland Cream Thyme

Sedum John Creech
Sedum Baby Tears ... I want!!

Miniature Goldend Sweet Flag ... I want!!
Blue Fescue 'Elijahs Blue'
Creeping Velvet Grass ... I want!!
Carex Velebit Humilus ... I want!!

Sagina Irish Moss
Sagina Scotch Moss
Super Dwarf Mondo Grass

Leptinella New Zealand
Leptinella Platts Black
Lysimachia Golden Creeping Jenny
Lysimachis Creeping Jenny (green)
Potentilla Pygmaea
Viola Labrador ... I want!!
Viola Yakusimana ... I want!!
Herniaria Green Carpet ... I want!!
Sedum Miniature Stonecrop
Euonymus Kewensis ... I want!!
Ajuga Chocolate Chip
Blue Star Creeper

Well I seem to want a lot!!! lol

a good place to shop for fairies:

Sugested plants for mini gardens:
suggested plant list good for mini- gardens:
green fantasy fern
silver lace fern
fiber optic green
snowstorm-sutera cordata
icicles, helichrysum thianschenicum
monomb -cherry bomb
Japenese barberry
Irish juniper
alberta spruce
hinoki cypress
mexican heather
blue star juniper
dwarf cone junipers
silver edge thyme
japanese sweet flag grasses
maidenhair fern
mimi blue bells
stonecrop, sedum
Irish moss
immergrunchen, sedum
blur ridge/sedum
berry bladder fern
'Blue Spruce'
sedum reflexum
creeping phlox 'fort hill'
geranium var.striatum
sempervivum{hens & chicks}
golden moss 'aurea'
sedum acre 'aureum'
purple form, sedum
firefly white, mini impatiens
tiny tunias, violet
lantana, lucky yellow
‘Superbells Light Pink’

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

And just why did I let that get to long,,huh,, bad

(jax) Dundalk, MD(Zone 7a)

......................lil elf not bad! her jist beez busy!

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

What a sweet garden, Elfie.

Wiggins, MS(Zone 8b)

Debbie, I'm sorry, I thought I wrote on the pot in magic marker, that is a fairy vine. The dianthus has a pretty bright pink bloom and they both should survive your winters. Wish I had more plants to send but maybe minis made up for it.

Lynn it is hard to understand how some people can be so inconsiderate. Bless your heart you worked so hard on that bed. Wish I could come help you rebuild.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

I thought the mini accessories were adorable, Laney, one thing my box is going to be lacking in since I couldn't seem to get the scale right.

Hands down, this has been the hardest swap I've ever participated in, but stepping out of my comfort zone has been fun and have learned so much from seeing pictures, reading the links, and of course admiring the mini gardens you all have lovingly created.

Clifton, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, I finally found the post office which is only 3 blocks from my work I discovered. Picked up my box today and put all the little goodies in it. Still have to wrap and add the plants but I should be mailing it by Thursday at the latest. Thank you so much for the extra time. I definately needed it. I really hope my swap buddy likes the stuff I got them. Thanks to all of you for the pictures you have posted. They have really helped me figure out how to do this as this is my first mini garden. It seemed like a daunting task until I read all the posts and looked at the pictures. It has been really fun letting the creativity flow. I haven't started on my garden yet as I am waiting to see what my buddy sends me.
Well off to bed, 5:30am comes awful early. Night all.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

I think we have all struggled with scale as we are all new at this. But right now I am just pleased we are all learning a new way to garden. Jusat think of the fun you can have doing tiny gardens inside over thew winter?? I have several in the planning stage right now and 2 almost done. So I will be jkeeping busy right though Christmas doing these. Plus working on the polymer clay and learning how to make things to scale is a challenge too.
I just hope everyone has been having fun and has learned a new thing or two here. Next year this should be much easier for everyone to do!!

Night all.

Oh and I have to go back to Smiths in the morning,, I will be home tomorrow night though,,,

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

Fruity I agree with you, this has been a new type of swap for me. I hope I have done ok. I am sure this won't be the only mini I do, so any size stuff will work. If not in the planter in another.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

I love all the things coming in!!

Here is an update on my mini garden. It still needs a witch but I am working on that.

I added a few small trees in the back ground, and added some batting pulled apart to make it look like it is foggy!

What else can I add to it?

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Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

Looks scarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry.....and so cute!

Wiggins, MS(Zone 8b)

Lynn maybe you should consider making indoor gardens in smaller containers until the cat problem is taken care of. There are quite a few mini plants for indoors available. Wish you had a BB gun to scare the little sucker away.;o)

Debbi I'm so glad you liked your goodie box. I just wish I had had more plants to send

Linda Kay, I think you did an awsome job on your Halloween garden! I wouldn't add anything except maybe a black cat.You don't want it to look cluttered. One rule of thumb in gardening is "Less is best." You want it to look as natural as possible and nothing in nature is cluttered. I recently saw a mini garden where every square inch had something in it and it made me clostrophobic!

There is nothing like making your first mini garden to get your creative juices flowing. When I first started, about 5 yrs ago, I googled images of mini gardens and fairy gardens and was amazed at the different options and styles. As far as scale that will come with practice. Put larger or taller items in the front of the garden and smaller shorter ones in the back to give a sense of depth.

I still have so much to learn but as with anything else creating a miniature garden is a learning process. I would even send pics of my little gardens to Janit Calvo for her to cretique. And she would wether I had ordered from her or not! She has been doing mini gardens for 10 years and I have learned so much from her. She is talking to publishers now and the first ever Mini Garden book should be on the market soon! It will be full of tips, techniques and photos.

I hope this has helped some of y'all.

Tyler, TX(Zone 8b)

ChooChoo so sorry about your garden...all the time & love put into it too. When it comes to pets/animals, there's not much the authorities will do as far as making folks keep cats contained on their own property (we live in a MH park and are bombarded with feral cats most of the time). Some things I've tried that seem to work..... orange peels, coffee grounds & chunks of Irish Spring soap scattered around the gardens....and an unexpected soak with the hose sprayer every time I see them out there also makes them think twice before entering the yard again, LOL.

I finally finished my first mini garden! The one we made for Mama's birthday....and she loves it! Her B'day was last month, but it took awhile for some ordered pieces to arrive and a bit of trial & error to get the road right.....(Live & Learn ), but we really enjoyed putting it together.

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Tyler, TX(Zone 8b)

Here's anther view of mama's Route 66 garden.

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(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

That is so cute! Nice job!

Wiggins, MS(Zone 8b)

Chell I bet your Mom was pleased. It is so cute. You did a great job.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

I am home,,,,sigh... I am hot tired sticky dirty and smelly...

I got to the house to find out that Mike had broken the ridding lawnmower, it took me 3 hours to fix and it still is not right, but at least I got the yards done. Then I was all our dirty clothes, hunted fro my dremel which is lost,, and yes it is still lost,, darn it. But I did bring home all the mini- stuff I made in kiln fired clay and will start painting tomrrow!! So it was not a total bust,,

Going to take a bath and fix dinner,, Ralphie will be home soon..

Oh and I love the Route 66 mini-garden. It is just great!!

Night all

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Elfie, You have more patience and mechanical skills in your pinkie finger than I have in my whole body.

Very creative mini gardens, LK and Chell. Love 'em both.

"Put larger or taller items in the front of the garden and smaller shorter ones in the back to give a sense of depth." Never would have thought to do that, Laney, but it makes perfect sense, sorta like a print I have of our mountains where the distant ones seem to fade into the background. Thanks for the great tip along with others I've gleaned and for all of you who have encouraged me to get the creative juices flowing to think outside the box.

If the PO cooperates, my Buddy should expect to receive her package Friday. Sure hope I didn't flunk mini-gardening 101.

(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

Lyn, that is awful about your neighbors cats destroying your property! We have a bunch of feral cats and wild critters around here, and the neighbors had a huge nosy puppy for a while, that destroyed several things too. It can be so aggravating, and sometimes depressing, to try to have anything in your yard. I placed fencing over a couple of my garden beds to keep critters out and I'm making decorative cages to place over fragile plants until they get established. I don't know if the cages would be appropriate for my miniature toad community, it would make it look like I had imprisoned a bunch of tiny folks, hehe!

LK and Chell, I love both your minis!! Well done!

Debbie, Laney sure has a good eye for minis and sent you some real treasures! I want some of that fairy vine, but have no idea where I'd put it. I think it's so pretty!

Kris, you're an inspiration to us all!

(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

Would anyone be interested in some acorn caps for crafts (elf & fairy hats, miniature bowls, etc.)? I live under an old oak grove and the ground is covered. The boys will start sucking up the leaves that are already ankle deep very soon and they'll be destroyed. Most of the acorns are wormy, fell prematurely, or have separated from the caps. I can send them for the cost of postage which will depend on the quantity you might want. JLMK.

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Found this!!!!!

Here is what you will need:

Acorn caps
Burnt Umber craft paint (and brush)
3" Styrofoam ball
Jute twine
Small piece of floral wire (18 gauge)
Narrow ribbon
Silver glitter (or your choice of color)
Mod Podge
Hot glue gun

And here is the link in case you do not understand the cut and paste job of mine,,,heehee

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

First paint the styrofoam ball with burnt umber, this is just so you don't see the white of the foam. You could find a closer match to the color of the acorns if you want, burnt umber is what I had on hand.

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Next start pushing the caps into the foam. Hot glue might be necessary for this part. While a lot of them stayed pretty well, if they are loose, just put a little dab of glue in the indention and stick the cap back on.

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Get the caps as close as you can and work your way all the way around. Do not try to get it perfect, there will be gaps, but that's why we painted the ball in the first place. To attach the jute twine hanger, cut a length of twine about six inches. Take the floral wire and cut a piece about 3 inches long, bend it in half to make something that resembles a hair pin. Fold the twine in half and use the wire 'pin' to anchor the twine to the ball. Push the wire all the way in, if it doesn't seem secure, put a dab of glue. Tie a knot on the end of the string and the hanger is ready.

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Now that all of the caps are covering the ball, use Mod Podge and brush a little across the edges of the caps. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle on glitter. I used silver, but I think gold would be nice or even brownstone. I tie some pretty ribbon the the top and it's ready to hang!

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(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

You could also place some suet or peanut butter in those caps and make it a bird feeder!

How about a mini bird nest?

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(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

OMG, Kris that's beautiful!! Now I have another project to make from all these acorn caps, thanks for posting!!

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)
Or mini candles...

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(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

LK, I'm using a few for miniature hanging baskets and for wheels on a little paTROLL car too (for my troll mini-garden), lol!

(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

The little candles are adorable!!

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

or mushrooms...

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(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

aaaah, so cute! I may decide to keep all these caps, lol!

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

More fun links::

Easy acorn ornaments

Very cool bird nests!!

(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

Wow, all the crafty things going through my head now...

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

or a tiny basket...

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(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

How to make a fairy house...

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

How about a bird bath or feeder?

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(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

My tiny brain just exploded with the 1/144 scale fairy houses... im adding a magnifier lamp to my wish list lol!

(Bev) Wytheville, VA(Zone 6a)

I have run errands, but keep posting anything else you find for acorn crafts. My buddy's swap box just got bigger, lol.

Kris, I'm sending you a Dmail shortly.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

LOL,, Me and Taters are on a mission to find the best acorn decorations!!

Here islots of mini ideas to use the acorn caps for!!!

acorn caps
•bowls, planters, hanging baskets, table baskets, hanging light fixtures, sinks or basins, dishes, fruit and veggie bowls
•knitting basket, pin cushion, egg basket, fairy basket, fairy bassinet, street light tops in a nature scene, fence topper. bird bath
•look for the smallest caps that still have a bit of the stem on it. See that flat surface on the stem...well, paint a tiny face on the space, attach a tad of lace or fabric to make a scarf, crown, headdress or hat. Then, decorate the "skirt" or cup part of the cap, like a robe, gown or some kind of garment and all of a sudden you have acorn people! Some look like Duchesses, Kings, Princesses or babies.
•in smaller rustic/woodland fantasy scenes they make great roofs on 144th scale fairy and gnome houses, a chimney cover in 1/4" scale, hats for fairies and stool tops for gnomes, many uses in fairy houses and scenes.
•bird house - Glue a cap to the acorn. Drill a hole for the opening and then drill a small hole under the first hole for a perch.
• lids for containers or trash cans, bathroom/kitchen sink, baby bath tub, ceiling light shades, stool seats, reflecting ponds, mushroom caps, hats, cymbals and drums for a marching band of gnomes, dish planters, umbrellas, sailboat or coracle for a fairy, roofing (either used whole or cut into large chunks and glued down), a door to a burrow or hole, squirrel frisbees or a satellite dish, several hung from twigs for wind chimes/mobile, wheels for ??, stepping stones for a garden, hung as a bird feeder, base for a BBQ, 2 for a serving dish and cover, stacked to make support columns for anything you want, glue in a staggered pattern to form a simple flight of stairs (would make nice spiral staircases?) , chimney caps, roof for a circular tower, use 2 with a short piece of tubing in between for a covered bird/squirrel feeder, add a handle to make a fry pan, paint like a roulette wheel for a critter casino, add a cardboard circle with a clock face, glue in 2 card stock shelves (1 on the bottom and the other half-way up) for a small curio display, turn one into a shadow box for tiny treasures or a photo, cut one in half and glue the half to a full cap to form a pocket and use as a planter or mail holder
•lids for unpainted beads
•cream pies (bumpy part up in tin)
•take the nut out of the acorn cap, cut it in half and drill a small hole in it and you have a swallows' nest.
•wheels on a fairy wagon or baby carriage
•immature acorns are mishappen and make perfect gourds when painted with greens, yellows and/or orange. Bake them in the oven first to kill any micro thing growing in or on them.

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