What to Do on a Summer Crafternoon?

Let’s start with the basics…

Haha! I love digging into a project of any shape or size. When I’m able to keep my hands busy…tied up with ribbons, pens, glue or string…it’s usually a happy day around here.

Now that summer is upon us, my girls and I decided to pull together a go-to list of projects. These have all been “Avery & Clara approved”, so…

If you have tweens in your life, they might like these projects, too!! >

{ONE} Play with rocks

The great thing about this project is that it requires you to spend time outside collecting the perfect set of rocks before you begin. Then you get to play inside (or on a cool porch) with crochet needles, ink pens or paints.

For instance, look at this first set of stones! I would love a bowl full of these beauties in my house. Each one is covered in a different crochet pattern, and takes on a personality all its own.

If this seems too tricky, you could skip to the next idea and just treat yourself to beautifully crocheted pebbles here!

Next up is an idea that just requires a Sharpie or ink pen.

As a tip, you might want to pencil-in your design first. That way you can plan out a more intricate pattern like the ones pictured below.

PS. I love the one with white ink on the dark grey stone. So pretty.

If you’re more in the mood for painting, here’s some inspiration: Paint one of your favorite quotes and add a few floral touches.

Wouldn’t this be sweet sitting on a coffee table or desk?

{TWO} Crochet cute animals

Have you seen the trend of these teensy-tiny crocheted animals?! I’ve recently learned the correct name is amigurumi, which is a Japanese word. You can learn more about the origin of these darling yarn creations here.

In the meantime, let’s look at a few designs that my girls are dying to try – like these starfish!

I can just picture us crocheting a few of these sitting beachside. >

I’m becoming obsessed with hedgehogs these days. When I saw this pattern, my heart melted a little bit. >

And what’s cuter than one saddleback seal with her furry white coat? Two…a mama and her precious babe. I mean, those eyes. >

{THREE} Build a fairy garden

Most of the projects so far could turn into full-on hobbies, including this one.

Building fairy gardens is a never ending experience because they’re living projects. They continue to grow and change right before your very eyes.

There are so many ideas out there, too! You could create new fairy spaces all of the time. In fact, here’s further inspiration…

This post shows one of the earlier gardens that my girls and I made together. You’ll get tips on what kind of flowers to plant, too.

This is a more recent post that was inspired by a trip to my local garden store where I spied several darling gardens. The one pictured above is included in this post.

I’ve also collected tons of ideas on this board. Feel free to hop over!

{FOUR} Color a card & keep in touch with friends

If you’re into adult coloring books, which are very meditative, then you’ll love this idea.

Turn your drawings into greeting cards. Cut out your favorite pattern and glue to the front of a plain card. That way you can share your pics + keep in touch with friends while you’re away on a summer adventure.

It’s an easy project to take on the road, too.

I recently spotted these playful postcards you could color, tear out and send right out of the book. >

{FIVE} Learn brush lettering (finally)

As a lefty, the idea of calligraphy sounds impossible. The ink doesn’t dry fast enough between letters to keep the entire page (and your hand) clear of smears. I’ve tried many times. A dear friend of mine even bought me a gorgeous quill with a small bottle of ink, and it turned into a sad mess.

But nowadays, it seems like there are more convenient options to choose from. Even some of the fancy brush pens dry fairly quickly. I think it’s time I re-attempt this much-loved look. Don’t you?! 🙂

There are lots of tutorials on this topic, and I found this one to be especially helpful.

And as a further nudge, I found several pretty ways to display and share all of the hard work. >

Clip it on a bulletin board or drop it in the mail as a greeting card.

Write out a funny quote like this one and frame it for your office or kitchen.

Write out your “word of the year” or a phrase that makes you feel strong and then take a picture of it. Select it as the screensaver on your phone or computer for a daily dose of motivation.

If you want to get really artsy, put your lettering on a small canvas and prop it up on a plate stand. You can display it on your dresser or in your living room – wherever you want to see your special “note to self.”

I’m just now getting into bible journaling, so my hand lettering skills will definitely come in handy for this new hobby.

Look how pretty these letters are with the gradient colors.

Alright, friends, that’s a wrap for now. If you need me, I’ll be cruizin’ and droolin’ through the craft store aisles. Lol. Have a fun summer and let me know what kind of projects are on your list!

Blessings,

Kate

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P.S. For hundreds (literally) of additional ideas for summer fun, check out these lists!

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Garden Store Fairy Gardens!

Now that it’s officially spring and my daffodils, pansies and lantana are popping up throughout my garden, I’m more than eager to pull on my gloves and hit the dirt. That also means I’m ready to skip over to the garden store – my home away from home.

On my most recent trip, I noticed tons of fairy gardens tucked into corners here and there. They made me so happy, I took pictures and wanted to share them with you. >>

Things to notice: A piece of driftwood as the “house”, the miniature twig furniture and door (which were for sale inside the garden shop), broken pieces of slate as a walkway, and a blue marble used as a gazing ball. I also love the purple shamrocks on the right.

Things to notice: The low basket this is planted in – and that darling house! I don’t know where they got this, but I love the roof and rounded door. The miniature furniture and watering can were for sale in the store. Also notice the use of a pine cone – like a little tree. Speaking of trees…look at the beautiful Goshiki False Holly on the back right. I never would have thought to put one of those in a fairy garden! The monkey grass on the front is also a cool choice.

Things to notice: Again with the fabulous house, and look at the sweet bench out front with a butterfly wing-shaped back. Love the choice of plants here, too. Great color with what I think is a type of Persian Shield. The Dwarf Umbrella on the back right adds wonderful height.

Things to notice: Yes, the house. This reminds me of a shaker-style home with a double chimney. What fairy wouldn’t love to live here? There’s more darling furniture, too. Notice the mini stone pillars at the entrance to the slate walkway. And the mushrooms on either side of the house add a pop of color. Oh, and we can’t forget the little succulents next to the front door – planted in mini urns, of course. The bushes in the front are juniper! Wouldn’t a juniper bonsai be incredibly cool in a fairy garden?

Things to notice: The mini garden gnomes. (Do you see the one hiding in the back with a red cap?) I also love the white picket fence with a stone entrance into the garden of ferns and other multi-colored plants. The painted red pot that holds it all together is a cute touch, too.

Things to notice: This comes with its own fairy…and her bike. Love the slice of wood that makes a platform for the bike. This one also used the picket fencing and stone entrance. I like the assortment of plants a little better here. Lots of texture and some varied color = very pretty.

Things to notice: Um, the PLAYGROUND. It’s complete with a swing set, slide and park benches. And look at the flag bunting that surrounds the mini park. I can’t even. Too cute!!

Things to notice: While this isn’t a fairy garden per se, I love the mix of ferns and the little stone bird tucked inside of this basket – that looks more like a nest. You could very easily add some fairy furniture and invite them to move in under the foliage.

That concludes our little tour. I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t quite had enough, here are more pictures to explore. I created an entire board on Pinterest just for fairy gardens. #cantstopwontstop

Have a great day, and I’ll be back on Friday with a few ideas for Easter. Hip, hop, hooray!

Blessings,

Kate

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A Front Yard Fairy Garden

My girls have been wanting to create a mini fairy garden for quite some time. We finally pulled it all together this week, so I thought it would be fun to share.

Here’s the garden – for now! We keep wanting to add things as we go.

fairy garden

Let’s take you back to the start.

After looking through pin after pin of adorable and quite elaborate fairy gardens, we decided to keep it simple and go with a large saucer as our base. We filled it with potting soil so it was ready to plant and decorate!

saucer with supplies

Below is a birds-eye view so you can see a few of the plants and fairy treats we planned to use.

top view of supplies

A plant tip

Think small in terms of your plants. Don’t use things that will grow too tall – like herbs. As much as I wanted to fill this thing with flowering thyme, I knew it would take over in just a few short weeks. For one, I used succulents, which are great for this kind of thing.

succulents

We’ll get to that fairy hut in a moment. Let’s keep talking about plants for just a quick sec.

In the next picture, you can see I also chose Creeping Jenny, which is a darling ground cover with tiny leaves. The girls and I think the fairies like to hide in these trailing vines.

Creeping Jenny will do just what it says – creep along the ground. But it’s easy to cut back or even divide and replant somewhere else in the garden, if needed.

creepy jenny

A few things you’ve probably noticed are the “flying” ladybugs and wood chip stepping stones. Those all came from Hobby Lobby! They have a small section of miniature garden supplies under the brand of My Garden Friends. <3

Some cute things you’ll find from My Garden Friends.

red mushrooms ladybug picks wooden chairs

I actually bought our mini trellis and furniture from a garden store many years ago. They were stashed away with my gardening tools. I was a happy camper to uncover them for our project.

fairies

Now, our fairies were from Hobby Lobby. That was something we didn’t already have, and is a must-have item. Right?

Something to keep in mind if you have birthday parties coming up: these make awesome presents.

You could package up a fairy garden kit as a gift!

Our kids gave a package of fairies to our Mimi for Mother’s Day. As many of you know, she’s a master gardener. We thought this was a perfect gift and addition to her lovely garden. I’ll take a picture of where her fairies landed when I visit next!!

Now, are you ready for the fairy hut?! The secret supply, IMO, is this moss-on-a-roll. It’s genius.

supplies for fairy hut

It is incredibly easy to unroll and hot-glue to any surface. It has a mesh backing that holds the moss together.

All I did was buy an inexpensive plastic plant liner and glued strips of moss to the outer edge. We also cut an opening so the fairies could easily crawl inside for a cozy rest.

more supplies for fairy hut

That’s pretty much the grand tour of our mini garden. Here’s another angle of the finished project so you can see all of the pieces in place.

top view

And here’s what it looks like tucked in our front garden.

in the garden

Big note here…the reason it’s in the front is because Puppy Leo has suddenly decided he wants to dig holes to China in our backyard AND eat anything he sees that’s new or interesting in the garden.

I wasn’t about to risk putting the girls’ project back there and have it torn apart or eaten. So, in the front yard it went. Now all of our friends and neighbors can enjoy it, too. That’s a plus.

We’re off to watch our garden grow and fairies fly.

Have a sunny, fun day.

Kate

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