Fairy Garden

Helloooo lovely readers! These past few weeks we’ve been making a few small changes and tweaks.

You may remember our pantry project back in March where I had lovingly handwritten the labels for the containers. I was very pleased with myself at the time!

Weeeelll, that turned out to be one of those ‘it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time’ things. Not only did they not stick very well, but I realized that the contents of the containers would, most likely, change from time to time. Duh! So I asked hubby very nicely, if he would paint labels onto the containers using chalkboard paint. He very kindly obliged, and went out and bought a spray can of black chalkboard paint.

First of all, he measured out the size of the labels that I wanted and marked them with a pencil

Pantry Jar Labels

Pantry jar labels

And then taped it off with painter’s tape.

pantry jar labels

Covered the rest of the container with paper, and sprayed the exposed glass with two coats.

pantry jar labels

He did this with every single one of the pantry containers. I don’t think he ever wants to see another container in his workshop again! :). I bought one of those chalk board pen thingy’s from Michael’s. The regular chalk smudges.

pantry jar labels pantry jar labels

love them!

Michaels Craft Stores, Inc.

Our little backyard garden is growing slowly. We’ve had an unusually high volume of rain for this time of the year which seems to have slowed down the growing process. But, hopefully we’ll get some more sunshine and things will start looking better. We had planned to buy 3 little fir trees to put against our back fence, but my son had some palm trees languishing in the warehouse where he works that the customer didn’t want, so we took three. When he told me that there were quite a few more that hadn’t seen water or sunshine for a few weeks, I felt so sorry for them, we took those as well! About eight in total! LOL. At this point, the patio was starting to look like more like a jungle!

Palm Trees

But, we gave them some love and they soon perked up. We kept the original three and gave the rest away to good homes. 🙂

Patio Palm Trees-After


Patio Palm Trees-After

It really fills up that area and lends a tropical feel to the space. I can pretend I’m languishing on a Caribbean beach sipping something with an umbrella in it!

The fairy garden that I started in the front bed didn’t really look as good as I had imaged it, no matter what I did. It seems that nothing likes to grow in that area, which is why I thought that a fairy village would be perfect for that space, but, alas, it was not to be!

Fairy Garden-phase2

Even when I bought some little glass stones to look like a river, some fake moss and little white stones to make pathways (or roads), it just didn’t look right and the plants started dying 🙁

Fairy Garden Stuff

Sooo, I moved a couple of items to the back garden. There’s a bed there that looks more … woodland fairy-like

Fairy Garden

And I’ll add to it as time goes on.

As for the fairy village in the front. I’ll be re-working it – just need to get some inspiration!!

Until next time …

The Jane Effect


Pantry, Fairy Garden & Patio Tweaking
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7 thoughts on “Pantry, Fairy Garden & Patio Tweaking

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  • June 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    That looks very inviting.

    Here’s a secret: sometimes I watch country movies just so I can see the backyard/porch/patios in various scenes. As you can tell, I live in a concrete jungle where even a piece of the sky comes at a premium. You post made my day =)

    • June 23, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Thank you. Yes, I hear ya regarding the backyard/porch/patios in movies.

    • June 23, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thank you! These lead me to question the organization of every space in my house!

  • June 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I love that you shared your fail instead of just the beautiful fairy garden. It got me super interested in trying one of my own.

    • June 23, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thank you so much! It’s a work in progress, but the new location is working out better 🙂


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