DIY Summer Fairy Garden

July 20th, 2017

Fairy gardens are cropping up all over the place, and with our addition of some new web exclusives, you can easily create a fairy garden in your own planter box or backyard. Today we are also laying out some basic materials you’ll need to DIY a fairy garden, followed by some inspiration to help get you started.

  • The space or a container. Prop little fairies and their houses at the base of a tree trunk or in your already-established garden for a little more whimsy this summer. Or, choose a container to create one from scratch. You could use a terracotta planter, a bucket, a wash tub, a wagon and even an outdoor table (see below). Elevate the fairy garden for enhanced visual appeal.
  • Potting soil and plants. You can choose any plants and flowers that you adore, but in addition, we recommend incorporating moss and green leafed plants. You could even use low-maintenance succulents!
  • Wood and rocks. If you’re simply adding a few fairy friends to a garden, consider crafting a makeshift bench or a small rock pathway for added charm. If you’re going all out with a DIY fairy garden, you could construct a mini pergola out of twigs, a small fence out of painted popsicle sticks, and a little patio for the fairies. Adding a small birdbath would also be lovely, and it would provide a nice resting spot for your backyard birds.

A simple fairy garden that emphasizes flowers and plants,
but still exudes joyful storybook charm.


Photo by Alison HodgsonMore home design photos

A little more involved, we love that this fairy garden was made in a vintage red wagon (which means you can move it anywhere on a whim!).


Photo by Cozy Little HouseSearch patio pictures

This adoring fairy garden was (ingeniously) constructed in a table.
It’s even more perfect because of the drop leaves – with this DIY, you can
be charmed by the fairies and still use the table for serving tea to friends.


Photo by Nelson Design Associates, inc.Browse landscape ideas

Our Puppy Love Miniature Garden Fairy and Miniature Garden Wishing Well
are just two of our fairy garden pieces. See the rest here, and send us
pictures of your own DIY fairy gardens this summer!


Puppy Love Miniature Garden Fairy | DIY Fairy GardenMiniature Garden Wishing Well | DIY Fairy Garden

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Orange Muffins Recipe with Cranberry Delight Marmalade

July 18th, 2017

These orange muffins are great for an on-the-go breakfast option or for enjoying with a friend over a cup of coffee. Add our Cranberry Delight Marmalade for even more indulgence.

Cranberry Delight Marmalade Made in New England

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 medium eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sugar and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Stir in juice, butter and eggs.
  3. Pour into muffin tin and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Serve hot (with  butter or our delicious Cranberry Delight Marmalade for even more flavor).

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Monday Must-Haves: New Lighting Solutions

July 17th, 2017

These must-have lighting solutions are new to our Fall catalog, and offer multiple functions to give your entire home the light it needs.

For the family room. Our Parkside Floor Lamp lends plenty of light for reading, watching television and enjoying the company of friends and family. Its handsome bronze finish will enhance the warmth of the room and offer a look as timeless as family memories.

For the office. While it would also be a great lighting option for the family room, our Granger Adjustable Lamp is great for working or organizing the next family vacation in a home office. With a sleek design and crisp white shade, this no-fuss table lamp exemplifies functional lighting.

For an end table. Especially next to the bed or in an entryway, the decorative Edison Accent Lamp offers twinkling accent light and exquisite design. This battery-operated lamp is low maintenance and ideal for any home.

For the outdoors. String lights can turn any patio or covered porch into a charming outdoor escape, and our Caged LED String Lights add a rustic feel to yours. The plastic bulbs are extra durable for illuminating year after year. Also made for the outdoors is the Vintage Tin Lantern. Set it on the front stoop or along a walkway and give your yard a primitive, worry-free and decorative lighting solution.

Monday Must-Haves: New Lighting Solutions

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