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Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating

The Season for Winter and Holiday decorating is upon us. Using fresh and Natural foliage can add a calm and serene feeling. Evergreen branches, twigs, pinecones, berries and any natural element is right outside your own door if you live near nature. Or if you 

Fairy Party Foods from the Forest

Fairy Party Foods from the Forest

For your next Fairy Party try making these sweet treats that look like they came from the forest. There are mushrooms that look so real along with Acorn cookies and edible leaves sprinkled with sugar. The recipes are for the accomplished baker as well as 

Create Art with Painted Leaves

Create Art with Painted Leaves

Do you know you can create art with painted leaves? I have been following this amazing artist, Elena Nuez and watching her turn simple leaves into works of art. This is simplicity at its finest.

Surrounding ourselves with creativity is very important when wanting to live a life of wonder and magic. I hope these beautifully painted leaves inspires you and makes you smile. Here are just a few of her pictures. For more go to bicocacolors.blogspot.com

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Elena Nuez, artist
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Little Fairies Everywhere

Little Fairies Everywhere

It is that time of year when little fairies are everywhere and ready for a fairy themed party. Make a little magic by inviting little fairies to come celebrate the warm afternoons and evenings with games and activities dressed in their fairy costume best. What 

DIY Mushrooms for you to Craft

DIY Mushrooms for you to Craft

You can make mushrooms from felt, velvet, linen and wool, crocheted, knitted and painted, cement, paper mache, ceramic…have I forgotten any ways of creating them? I have put together some of the best ways of making mushrooms. There are free patterns and tutorials. Here are 

Lets Make a Gnome and Mushroom Quilt

Lets Make a Gnome and Mushroom Quilt

Because we love all things magical Gnomes are on the top of the must have list! Its hot weather outside and so maybe we can cool down with some Gnome Quilt inspiration. Of course that always includes mushrooms! Here are some wonderful quilts with patterns along with some beautiful gnome and mushroom fabrics. Calamity Kim made this quilt and it is so fun! Click the link below and read about how she created it!

The next quilt is also a creation by Calamity Kim. Its a gnome table runner and it is so wonderful.

This next quilt has a gray background that makes it more contemporary. The colors changing subtly is so well done. You can get the pdf. instructions from Norm and Nannette. It would be such a nice wall hanging.

Next are some really fun fabrics with gnomes printed on them. Some are from Spoonflower. If you haven’t seen their fabrics and wallpapers you need to check them out on the link and get creative!

The fabric below is from My Favorite Quilts Store. Love love love it!

One more Spoonflower Gnome fabric!

5 of the Most Beautiful Fairy Gardens

5 of the Most Beautiful Fairy Gardens

These five Fairy Gardens are the most beautiful little gardens. They are all charming English and quaint little fairy villages. The plants and levels give great ideas for your own fairy gardens. This little English Garden is at the Winter Greenhouse. So sweet with all 

Magical Fairy Book Nooks

Magical Fairy Book Nooks

You can make a place for a magical fairy book nook between your books or nestled next to your favorite objects on a shelf. There are so many lovely fairy book nooks to buy or to make! Im always looking for new examples of them 

Add Whimsy to your Garden

Add Whimsy to your Garden

The most interesting and wonderful gardens have that bit of whimsy. A piece of art, a statue, a sign or arches and paths leading to seating tucked away waiting to be discovered.

That tree above could have been an eyesore but instead it is a playful face with glasses and a planted hat!

Tales from the Traveling Art Teacher shows how her students got very creative with their rocks and gives a list of the paint they used. This project would instantly add whimsy to any garden! You can also try painting a house on rocks. Placed around your garden, these rocks will brighten any space.

Find some sticks or branches and paint them as well. Placed in a bucket or lined up in your garden with maybe some dreams and wishes written on them and see what happens!

Do you have some old posts laying around or pieces of lumber? Try your hand at painting designs on them. They can be any size or shape. Make one and let it be a colorful totem pole or line them up!

Making borders or art out of branches makes such a Beatrix Potter feeling in a garden. Willow is the most supple but these projects can be done with any fresh or soaked branches. This garden just needs a little blue Peter Rabbit coat to hang on the gate!

Wattle Backdrop Fence

Weaving branches into a wattle fencing design makes wonderful use of Hickory and other branches that get trimmed in the Spring. The weaving technique of the branches has been repeated for hundreds of years.

Isn’t it charming? Couldn’t you see it around a little Hobbit village tucked in a corner of your garden?

The picture below is an example of a beautiful place to sit and listen to the birds in the morning. A woven chair like this would take some time and effort to make, but what a fantastic feature it would be!

Another way to add whimsy to your garden is with nature weavings. If you’ve never tried it, it is easy to set up and weave and will help you look at flowers, stems, twigs and grasses in a new way.

Nature Weaving

Add whimsy to your garden with an Insect or Bee Hotel. If you haven’t seen one before prepare to be inspired to make your own. These hotels encourage mason bees, and other insects to stick around and keep your gardens insects in balance. You can see how grouping lots of one type of natural element adds interest and beauty. The ‘hotels’ can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.

Are you inspired to add Whimsy to your garden using nature? This is a great time to start collecting the branches, pinecones, logs, flowers, grasses and anything else you find on your walks in your yard or park or wooded areas. Most of all have fun spending time with your family and friends. Give your garden and yard a little whimsy. It will make you smile!

Heart Wreath Tutorial made from Branches

Heart Wreath Tutorial made from Branches

Isn’t it nice that at this time of year, when the weather can be gray, that Valentines Day comes along adding color and fun and love in the midst of it? I have made and sold these wonderful heart wreaths for many years. This red