Both of my sons were born in June, so I affectionately call them my June Bugs. My youngest son turns 13 today, and will enjoy a new right of passage in our world of technology: his own YouTube account. He’s already at work on a logo, safety features in place and an awe-struck mom (that’s me) amazed at the things he can do. He loves all things Apple, so this month’s fairy garden theme is my low-tech tribute to a young man who is going places.
Happy birthday, M!
Fairy Garden Birthday
Table coverings, Apple motif
We’re serving birthday cake once again among the moss-covered stones. We hope you’ll stop by for an apple-sized bite.
I like to furnish the fairy gardens with an eclectic mix of ‘this and that.’ It’s fun challenging myself.
The garden table base is the metal twist top from a bottle of champagne.
The table top is the cover from a set of ear-buds, topped with the Apple logo.
I reversed the birthday banner from earlier this month, using iconic black lettering
The Secret Garden, published in 1910 by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is noted as ‘one of the best children’s books of the twentieth century.’ I don’t know if I actually read it as a child, but the idea of a secret garden has stayed with me always. Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Throw in a secret key and a beautiful garden and you’ve got the makings of a rich childhood fantasy.
Earlier this year I discovered a beautiful line of crafting paper by graphic 45 based on Burnett’s book. While I was purchasing my own sheaf of paper in California, Boomdee was doing the same in Edmonton, Canada. I just know they were thinking of us when they designed this nostalgic product line.
Paper intended for scrapbooks doesn’t usually end up in the garden. For a variety of reasons (well one really) paper and water don’t mix. I decided to buck the trend, however, and figure out a way to combine my love of tiny gardens, secret gardens, crafting paper and children’s lit.
Using a plastic tray and a generous amount of cello-tape, I waterproofed the paper for the background as well as the sign. I purchased a small wooden frame for a dollar at our local craft store and painted it a soothing garden green. Touches of moss and dirt gave it a woodsy touch, as well as the Sedum and petrified wood nearby. A small gravel path leads to the heart-shaped entrance. Stairs (made from leftover tile pieces) sit on small wooden blocks. Just follow the colorful path.
Secret Garden Entrance
Please follow the path
Please come this way…
Paper design by graphic 45
You’ll be seeing more of this lovely paper in a craft-it-forward project later this year.
For additional inspiration, check out the links below: