A sign at the start of the garden welcomes all the fairies to 'saddle up!'
A cowboy fairy forgot his hat after it fell off a ride on a buckin' bronc!
An abandoned wagon wheel leans against a succulent, ready for a fairy to reattach to another wagon!
Follow the horseshoes down a path lined with turquoise through the desert...
... to a fence where the cowboy fairy left his rope!
This fairy garden will be available at my next event, Torrance Craftsmans Guild Holiday Craft Faire.
It’s coming on Christmas, and no I’m not about to break into The River by Joni Mitchell. Okay, so maybe it's not coming on Christmas for the rest of the world, unless you count department stores. However, I have about three events left for the year, all of which are after Halloween, and two of which are after Thanksgiving. Generally, I find Thanksgiving doesn’t generally bring many sales for me, but we’ll see if my Harvest Raggle Taggle Fairy Dolls can fix that.
Christmas, though, tends to bring a lot of sales. So, while the rest of society might still be trying to figure out which candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters this year and putting the finishing touches on their costumes or trying to decide what sides will be offered with the turkey and if the pies this year should include the apple with cheddar cheese or pumpkin and whipped cream, I’m blasting Christmas songs in my room, working on Christmas and winter related products. Ice house and Christmas fairy doll, anyone?
Holidays and seasons in and of themselves tend to offer a plethora of inspiration. One needs only to walk into JoAnns or Michaels, or, if you’re on the East Coast, AC Moore to discover any amount of craft supplies geared to holidays or seasons. This would be one of the reasons we often unsuccessfully attempt to put blinders on while walking past the fabric sections. And while I, personally, also draw inspiration many times from beloved books or favorite movies, and online through many google, deviant art, pinterest, tumblr, etc. searches, ideas and inspiration and ways to make the ideas happen, also come from the people around me.
Truth is handmade entrepreneurs owe a lot to the people around them. I am lucky to have Handmade in South Bay, my own personal Algonquin round table, where I can not only learn tricks of the trade and have help in growing my business, but also vent my frustrations and celebrate my successes. I am lucky to have a boyfriend who always asks what I’m working on and not only shows interest and compliments my abilities and work, but also offers ideas happily, like having the acorns for my squirrel fairy garden look like they are wrapped like a gift, and enjoys seeing me excited about my work. And I am lucky to have a mother who offers honest opinions of my creations, gives suggestions for making them better, acts as a sounding board and often bears the brunt of my frustrated rants and overly excited babbling, as well as the countless other ways she supports me (I could write a novel-length blog about her alone).
What it comes down to is this, Acorn Tops would not be where it is today if not for the support I get from my friends, family, and boyfriend. They all have a hand in it and many of my inspiration I owe to them. I am more grateful than I could ever put into words.
In honor of Earth Day, we’re exploring the Peace, Love, and Fairy Dust fairy garden in a re-purposed tea cup!
A handmade, hand painted tie-dye peace sign birdhouse!
Handmade Peace Sign Stepping Stones that glow in the dark!
A handmade, hand painted Peace, Love, and Fairy Dust tie-dye sign!
It’s a girl fairy garden! Featuring Hypoestes and Creeping Thyme!
A baby ducky swimming by the Hypoestes!
A baby pacifier is found at the start of the path. What’s that back there?
A baby rattle and…
A baby bottle!
A baby carriage in the creeping thyme!
Lorax Inspired Fairy Garden!
Thrift (Armeria martima Rubrifolia) make the perfect Truffula Trees! ”And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs!”
The Lorax himself!
He speaks for the trees!
The UNLESS stone because ”UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not!”
And a Dr. Seuss hat to top it off!
"It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become." - Dr. Suess
Originally posted on Acorn Tops Tumblr: On Fairy Wings and Acorn Hats
Snow White inspired fairy garden! What can we find deep in the forest of rosemary and sweet alyssum?
Hi-ho! Hi-ho! The dwarves pick-axes! Off to work they go!
"Just one bite…" of this apple bird house!
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairy-est of them all!
The Cat’s Meow is certain to draw fairies! Featuring rosemary and succulents, it is easy to care for and has everything a fairy would love!
Some interesting and colorful rocks to explore!
Some of a fairy’s best friends are aerial creatures! A bird flies in the succulents!
A furry friend plays with the bees by the rosemary!
A birdhouse welcomes any and all!
Originally posted on: On Fairy Wings and Acorn Hats
To anybody else it is just a broken fence post. It is just a broken tea cup. It is just an earring without its pair or an extra terracotta pot. We throw away these items; toss them aside because we believe they have lost their value, all the while failing to see the true magic and beauty behind them.
When we were children we could make anything what we needed it to be. Boxes were houses or ships. Backyards became kitchens. Markers became light sabers. Swings became a rocket and dragons. We did not just see items for what they were originally designed. Make-believe and playing pretend gave us a magic that many have lost when leaving childhood.
My mother is one of a rare few who can still find the magic and use of items normally tossed aside. Her handmade business, Seeds of Inspiration, makes cat toys using recycled denim from old jeans. Recently on etsy, I came across a bird feeder made out of glass salsa bottle. Trash for Teaching re-imagines items cast away in bulk and doomed to landfills and uses them to help in teaching within schools and communities.
The trick is to return to that child-like outlook of the world, where anything can be anything else. Put away our adult eyes for just a while and embrace the magic and gift of seeing more to everyday items then their assigned purpose or value. You’ll be amazed at what you can find. The possibilities are endless.
On Fairy Wings and Acorn Hats
The magic behind it all!