Fairy Garden Valentines: Giving and Receiving

My heart is brimming with love today and the fairy garden is brimming with hearts.  Don’t you just love the yin-yang of that?


I had exactly enough baker’s twine to string a line between the Magnolia and the garden bench. I clipped paper valentine’s to the string (one for each of my neighbor Jazzy’s day care kids), then sent her the word. The world of make-believe is a powerful thing when you’re young. It’s fun for me to watch the children play each afternoon and to see the way they interact with the fairy garden. Although they all received the cards with gratitude, one of the older boys turned to me and said: “I don’t believe in that.” I asked him what it was he didn’t believe in and he said, “fairies.”  I smiled and added “that’s okay.” It was sweet that he was still willing to go along with it for the sake of the others. Love and gratitude. It’s there when you look for it.

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine’s on a String


On the subject of gratitude, I received a package filled with love and creativity from a dear soul and kindred spirit over at Boomdeeada.  She brightens my day with her artful crafts, creative blog and always thoughtful and generous comments.  We’re actually going to meet for the first time this summer!

I found a tiny ceramic deer for the fairy garden tucked inside layers of the most remarkable gift wrap.  I’m in love! The package also included the sweetest little banner, nestled inside a customized envelope.  I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, below.  Its great fun discovering all the artful details.

Boomdeeadda Valentine

Boomdeeadda Valentine

A deer from a dear


I’ve come to think of Valentine’s Day as what you make it. You can view it as a crass and commercial Hallmark holiday, or as a day to share a little extra love and care in the world.  If you’re a garden fairy, it’s a day to let your imagination soar.  ♥♥♥


Sweetheart Celebrations in the Fairy Garden

Button flowers on a ribbon-wrapped spool

Button flowers on a ribbon-wrapped spool.

St. Valentine’s Day is just ten days away.  Is your fairy garden ready?

I’ve been busy with mine all afternoon.  First up, the fescue needed a haircut.  Once the ends where neatly trimmed, I tied them together with a red bow. I cut the top in the shape of a heart, but you’ll need to squint your eyes and conjure up lots of imagination to see it properly.

Next up, dead-heading the miniature cyclamen. These jobs take seconds when working in a tiny garden.The baby tears are healthy but given the cool weather, they’re holding their growth. No extra work there.

I scraped up the remaining ‘snow’ and glitter from New Year’s Eve, then turned my sights to decorating. I challenge myself to use materials on hand, pulling together a bit of this and that. I’m never sure how things will turn out, but always have a great time with the process.


Martha Stewart’s Pomegranate Red Glitter paint makes yet another appearance.  I’ve used the same 10 OZ/295 ML jar for four different projects and I’ve barely put a dent in my supply.  I freshened up the chairs with a coat of red, then painted the legs of the chair with Craft Smart silver acrylic paint.  While I was at it, I painted the patio and dance floor silver, too.

Valentine's Day Fairy Garden

Fruit tree branch fence
Painted chair
Button flowers
A lantern lights the way

The table is set


When I pruned the fruit cocktail tree last month, I saved several small branches. They’d make a perfect fence. Today I fashioned open-style posts,dipped in a bit of Martha paint.

Beeswax hearts and bunting

Beeswax hearts and bunting, red fence posts


At last, I could hang the bunting fashioned from last year’s garden calendar.  I made tiny triangles from one of the pages, glued them back-to-back, then passed them through a piece of baker’s twine.  A small ‘floral’ arrangement made from crafting buttons provides a focal point. Heart-shaped ‘plates’ complete the setting.

The ‘oil cloth’ table cover is a piece of beeswax, left over from a candle-making class.  Additional hearts, tucked here and there, provide cover for a fairy game of hide and seek.

Heart shaped bench shows the long view

Heart shaped bench shows the long view

Fescue Heart

Fescue cut in the shape of a heart


We’re all set.  Garden fairies welcome!  Please help spread the word.