Friday, May 13, 2016
Vintage Vacation "Fairy Garden"...Yellowstone!
I have been in love with Yellowstone since I was a little girl. My memories of the family vacation we took there are like an old post card... worn on the edges, a bit faded and in soft focus. Yellowstone was the topic of my first Vintage Vacations that I posted on this blog. The link is on the sidebar under Featured Post if you would like to travel there again. There you will find some of the post cards and vintage souvenirs I have collected over the years.
Currently, my favorite things to make are Fairy Gardens...those fun and magical miniature landscapes found all over the Pinterest Galaxy. My versions, however, don't use live plants and aren't found in my back yard or garden. Because I cannot be trusted with living plants...they would die of neglect! So I use quirky containers and fake flowers and greenery to create little vignettes. Last spring about this time I made my daughter Sascha an Alice in Wonderland fairy garden in a giant teacup and saucer. Find it here: Alice's Merry Un-Birthday!
Yesterday I came across this plaid Ohio Arts lunchbox that was a gift from my friend Tammy. I had used it for a Christmas vignette, but like a bolt out of the blue I "saw" in my mind what it could become. I am so grateful for these kinds of moments...my "crafting mojo" has been a bit on the fritz.
Who knows... if you like this one, maybe there will be a series of vacation fairy gardens in the future.
A Miniature Vintage Vacation!
Yellowstone Fairy Garden.
The trailer and chairs were a gift from my daughter Missy!
I used a post card graphic to line the inside of the lid.
A rustic pole gate is the entrance to the camp ground.
I found the trees at Hobby Lobby on the aisle where they sell train miniatures.
They have quite a variety of trees, plants and greenery.
Back of the lid is a collage of Yellowstone graphics.
I prop the lid open with a rustic "log."
Don't Feed the Bears!
This little bear is one of a pair of souvenir shakers from Yellowstone.
He seems sad to find that sign on his favorite tree stump.
View from above.
It doesn't take much to create this simple vignette.
Fairy Garden Wreath
Fairy Garden Wreath from a Walmart wreath.
The mossy wreath was covered in pretty good fake succulents.
I added a few flowers and a rustic "measuring tape" ribbon.
It only took a few minutes to glue a little fence to the back.
Then I added dotty red mushrooms, Seven Dwarf cake toppers and a wee bunny.
I adore these little fellows.
My crafting group made chicken wire cloches to put over plants.
Mine showcases a circus elephant.
The cloche joins the summer circus that will be on display for most of the summer in my living room.
Hope you enjoyed this miniature Vintage Vacation!