Month: April 2014

Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
I’s that time again! Magic Onions is hosting their annual Fairy Garden Contest. Our garden is the same fairy garden that we had last year, but with some modifications.

Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsOne major change that we made was the plants. Of the plants that we started with last year, only the thrift and the thyme made it through the year. We did add some bonsai moss that I had leftover from our terrarium, though I don’t know if it will survive the one month out of the year when we get tons of hot sunshine on our backyard. I thought I’d give it  a try though, as the Irish moss that I planted last year did really well. It did so well, in fact, that it started to take over the garden and I had to transplant it to our side yard.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
This year we have had lots of fun decorating our garden for each holiday with fairy garden decorations that we have purchased from The Little Hedgerow.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
We added a clothesline with fairy skirts on it.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
We also added a new table set, which we found at our local nursery.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
The red bike was from last year, but the bike with mushrooms in the basket is a new addition.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
The fairy house is from last year and held up very well.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
The brass garden tools and white picket fences also held up well.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Finally, since last year, Sola used some blue gems to make a “river” and decorated the garden with lots of shells and gems.
Our Fairy Garden 2014 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

How to Make a Flower Fairy | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This week, Sola’s Girl Scout troop is having an Easter/Spring celebration and the troop leader asked us parents to try to come up with some crafts for the girls to do. The troop is an all-ages Girl Scout troop, which I really like, but it does make coming up with a craft that is appropriate […]

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Crystal Egg Geodes from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Note: Please see my new updated post with thorough instructions for making these Easter egg geodes. This was a post from my previous blog that did not get transferred over when I switched to Blue Bells and Cockle Shells. We did this project two years ago and the results are so stunning, I think we […]

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Last week, Sola and I did some candle decorating using Stockmar decorating wax. This wax is thinner and stiffer than the modeling wax that Stockmar makes. There is not a super lot of information online about using decorating wax, but Stockmar does have some  “Creativity Tips” downloads that offer some suggestions about making pretty candles with […]

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Window transparencies are a form of Waldorf art that can add a bit of seasonal whimsy to any room. Unfortunately, they are challenging to make, especially for young children. So I came up with an idea for a window transparency that I knew Sola could make without getting too frustrated. First I cut out an […]

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