The weather over the weekend was BEAUTIFUL.  I mean 70 degrees, sunny, perfect Spring in Wisconsin weather.  We have had a very cool Spring, meaning it had rarely gotten above 50, so when you have a weekend like this, being anywhere other than outdoors is not an option.

Naturally, my instinct for flowers and greenery kicked into full gear.  My hubby brought out last year’s Mother’s Day gift, my potting bench (saved my achy breaky back), and I went to work.  I have been obsessed with fairy gardens for some time, and because of Pinterest, I’ve racked up a ton of ideas.  Finally, I was able to bring some of them into fruition.  Please pardon all the puns, I’m writing this earlier in the day and I can tell my mind is sharper than when I usually write my posts.

Here is an overview of my shade garden.  I planted the Hostas, Hydrangeas, St. John’s Wart  Bush, and Lilies a few years ago.  As you can see, the plants are just starting to bloom.  Our location in the city has kept us cooler than most of the state and our plants are proving it.  I can’t wait to see the garden in full bloom, but I’ll have to wait at least another month (probably a month and a half)

Welcome to my garden.

The butterfly garden has lots of “flower beds” staked out for butterflies to roam.  The flower beds are made from the plastic cards that come when you buy a potted plant.  I framed them with hot glue and sticks.  The gnome house will be featured in an upcoming DIY Twisted Sisters  post, the bridge was made of popsicle sticks and painted with gold glitter paint.  The river needs more glass stones, but it’s a good start!

I made the bicycle frame from grilling skewers, the wheels are round black buttons, the seat is a heart button, and the handlebars are a long bead.  My daughter helped me paint the stones used as a front door path.  The house was a card holder that my Mom’s husband made for my wedding.  I have had this house in my basement for over 5 years, and I did not know what to do with it, but it was too cute just let it sit there!  I’m so glad that the house is the anchor for the garden!

 

Also, next Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, and since this is my only post before then, I wanted to share a few American pride crochet items that I’ve created.

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I made this American Flag patch a few years ago.  It is a pretty simple design, but because I start each row as a new row, there are a lot of threads to weave in!  I also sell this on my Etsy site.

I used to sell this American Flag cuff at Crochet539.  But I never renewed it because I wanted to wear it!  This is a perfect accessory to show off my patriotism.

Hope everyone doing well.  I would love to hear your comments/suggestions for the Fairy Garden or the Flag Patch or Cuff.  Happy Crocheting!

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