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A Fun Giveaway

March 24th, 2016

If you’ve been reading here for a while you know that I do social media for Fairy Gardening. Since I don’t have ads on the blog, I have to find other ways to pay the bills associated with it. I have a few social media clients, Fairy Gardening has been one for many years. I first made a fairy garden with my nieces and nephews and realized what a great tool it is for getting kids excited about gardening. Recently, they came out with a few fun new items and I figured I’d do a giveaway here, because they are so very cute. If you don’t have a dedicated fairy garden, you can put them in your houseplants.
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Fairy Gardening folk art
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I think these are pretty cute, I’m certain my nieces/nephew would LOVE these. All you have to do for a chance to win is to comment below. In a week or so I’ll choose a winner. Check back next week, I’ll be doing another giveaway of Fairy Gardening doors. And if you’d like to support the blog and keep it ad free, consider a donation, use the button to the right.

Do you have a fairy garden? Any great advice on ways to get kids interested in gardening?

Our winner is Sofia:
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Quote of the Day: Henry Beston

March 6th, 2016

“Higher, higher climbs the radiant noonday sun, the shadows grow shorter beneath the trees, snow slides from the roof, and the shingles steam. March is a beautiful month in th enorth for now the battle is won, and we of the country world can take new storms and returning snows with an easier heart; they will soon be gone.”

from Northern Farm by Henry Beston who lived not far from here.

March in Maine

A Little Fun

February 15th, 2016

On Saturday, Mr Chiots and I went to a Valentine’s Day Party. We were all supposed to take Valentines to pass out, so we did.  This is what we each made:
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Star Wars Valentine
It was a great time, it’s been quite a while since I’ve made Valentines. I should do it every year, as it was loads of fun.

Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day?

Quote of the Day: Bunny Williams

February 14th, 2016

“All gardens need time, and part of the great pleasure of gardening, it seems to me, is watching them mature. I’ve waited five years for my Hydrangea petiolaris to decide whether or not to climb. This year it has, with reckless abandon. And because I had to wait for it, the reward has been especially sweet.”

Bunny Williams in Bunny Williams On Garden Style

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I’ve been thinking about this quote as I start tiny cherry trees from seed, take starts of plants in other garden, and start perennials from seed. Sure, I could have an instant garden if I purchase large trees, shrubs, and perennials at a greenhouse (and I do purchase a few here and there), but there’s so much satisfaction in the process of gardening. Nurturing tiny trees, knowing your climbing hydrangea is the offspring of a plant that is growing in a friend’s garden. Sometimes I have to remind myself that gardening is a process. When I dream about what my garden will be, I have to remember that it’s the journey of getting there that is gardening, not the end product. Anyone can make a garden, not everyone is a gardener.

What’s your favorite part of being a gardener?

Color Therapy

February 11th, 2016

In addition to sewing and crocheting, I’m a big fan of coloring as a creative outlet. I don’t have good light anywhere in the house, so I only color on bright winter day when I have a nice amount of natural light. Lately, I’ve been working on Enchanted Forest. I’ve been trying to work through my perfectionist tendencies, choosing colors quickly, coloring a little less perfectly, and in general just trying to enjoy myself. That’s why I call it color therapy, working on some of those tendencies that can get in the way of completing tasks or not enjoying yourself.
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I even colored this picture out of order *gasp* ever since I was a little girl I have felt the need to color books straight through in order.
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I’ve also been working on blending markers together for a more interesting effect. This is usually something I shy away from because I get too worried about things not blending seamlessly.

What types of creative outlets do you do when you’re not gardening?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.

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