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Updates from Diane’s Garden

wheelbarrow fairy garden

I recently created a new miniature fairy wheelbarrow garden in (my mother and Enchanted Acorn partner) Diane’s backyard here in Naperville. The wheelbarrow was owned and frequently used by my father, Diane’s late husband, John, and we think it’s from the early sixties or late seventies.

We used one of our original mini Hobbit-door house prototypes that had cracked as the house surrounded by 1/2″ scale white picket fencing. The garden contains Red Creeping Thyme, Elfin Thyme, Coreopsis, and more. We’ll be adding lots more accessories to the garden over the next few seasons, so keep an eye out!

wheelbarrow fairy garden

We offer fairyscaping and miniature garden installation in yards and gardens around the Chicagoland area. If you’re interested in having a custom fairy garden created for your home, please contact us or give us a call at 630-269-8397.

– Laura

Adorable Babybel Cheese Ladybugs

We’re in love with and they definitely live up to their name. We found more adorable ladybugs, this time crafted out of Babybel cheese rounds using a knife, straw and some toothpicks. These cuties would be the perfect addition to a fairy birthday party or woodland themed birthday party menu!

ladybug Babybel cheese

Support Hummingbirds – it’s Pollinator Week!

Support Hummingbird Garden HabitatsThree out of every four flowering plants rely on pollinators, such as the graceful hummingbird.

But sadly, pollinators are on the decline worldwide.

Since Pollinator Week is June 17-23, there’s no better time to reward these tiny, hard working friends for all they do than by turning your yard or garden into a welcoming haven.

Here are a few tips to attract these helpful feathered friends to your garden today from Natural Wildlife Federation Naturalist, Media Spokesperson and author David Mizejewski:

1. Keep your feeder fresh.
Offer sugar water in a hummingbird feeder by mixing one part sugar to four parts boiling water. Change the water frequently since the “nectar” can spoil quickly, sending a hummer away no matter how hungry it is. Replace the solution every five to seven days during the cooler months, and as often as every two days in the summer.

2. Make sure your flowers are a favorite.
Plant annuals and perennials with different blooming periods to have a steady supply of flowers from early spring until fall to attract hummingbirds and keep them there. Red and tubular flowers are a favorite, but also consider native honeysuckles, most varieties of sages or salvia, and many types of columbine.

3. Leaving some insects can be beneficial.
While many people think hummingbirds feed only on nectar, the birds feed their young a diet made up almost entirely of small insects. In addition, adult birds need regular doses of protein from mosquitoes, spiders, thrips, gnats and other arthropods.

4. Don’t forget water.
If you have a birdbath, place a couple of flat rocks in it to give the tiny birds a chance to bathe. Running water seems to be a magnet to hummers—they will even fly through the spray of a sprinkler.

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

Wilton School of Cake Decorating & Confectionery Art Grand Re-Opening

Wilton School of Cake Decorating & Confectionery Art

If you’re in the Chicagoland area like us, love cake decorating (or eating!?), The Wilton School of Cake Decorating & Confectionery Art is having its grand re-opening this Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at 7511 Lemont Road in Darien, IL. There will be prizes, refreshments, special guests, cake decorating demonstrations, a cake decorating competition and 25% off your total purchase at the store.


Steampunk Fairy

We’ll be crafting and showing at the World of Faeries Fairy Festival in South Elgin, IL on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday, August 4th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The theme of this years’ festival is Airship Cloud 9 Steampunk, and though steampunk isn’t really our thing, it’s been fun to think outside of our usual mossy fairy ring (aka out of the box) and has gotten our creative juices flowing. While sourcing some metal parts to mix in with our usual natural materials, I ran across this amazing steampunk fairy designed by Sue Beatrice of All Natural Arts.

steampunk fairy by Sue Beatrice at All Natural Arts

To say that steampunk is Sue Beatrice’s thing is an understatement. While looking through the watch sculptures and steampunk portion of her All Natural Arts site, I was blown away by the complex detail in her art. Check out her Steampunk bunny and carousel horse while you’re there!

– Laura