Fairy Garden

This week turned out to be a busy week babysitting my 9 month old grandson, who has recently learned to crawl at rocket speed from room to room. However, I found some time to be creative. Last Saturday my daughter and I attended a fairy garden workshop at a local nursery, and we both created some magical places for fairies to dwell. When I taught 5th grade, my students and I enjoyed going into the school woods and creating fairy houses for the woodland fairies, but I had never created a container fairy garden, which was one of my goals for this spring. A couple of months ago,  I  bought a wooden circle basket at a local boutique, knowing that it would be the perfect house for my fairy. I lined the basket with a coco fiber mat, and the nursery provided potting soil. They had small “fairy garden” plants for sale, as well as delightful fairies and accessories. One of my students’ parents had given me the little fairy rock as a gift last year, and it added just the right accent to my fairy garden!


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In other garden news, I bought the perfect watering can at Target (with a gift certificate) to water my front porch plants. I also planted dahlia bulbs in a new flowerbed in the back yard. I have never planted dahlias before, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these gorgeous pink flowers will pop up this summer!



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Spring Chalkboard Doodles

When I first I saw those wonderful chalkboard art pictures appearing on my Pinterest, my fingers began itching to grasp a piece of chalk and begin drawing! Recently I ordered a small chalkboard from Amazon and nabbed a box of 99 cents box of chalk from Target. Each week I copy a Scripture verse or phrase of a hymn and keep it sitting on my kitchen counter. The nice part? The chalkboard fits exactly under my cabinet and hides the ugly phone outlet we no longer use. The even better part? Each time I glance at the verse or hymn,  my thoughts turn to things above. And with all the time I spend in the kitchen, that’s a lot of glancing!

The first few times I inscribed a verse, I tried meticulously copying fancy lettering and flourishes from my Pinterest posts. But now I just have fun doodling and creating, and I spend the extra time doing something else fun (like blogging).This past week, with temperatures soaring into the 70’s here in NC, and buds and blooms popping out all over, I decided to use my little chalkboard to celebrate spring and the One who made it. Here’s a picture of my little chalkboard, imperfect lettering and all. Perhaps it will inspire you to pick up a piece of chalk and begin your own doodles!