• Jeanie’s suitcase fairy garden

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    Packing the essential fairy garden

    How to create a fairy garden in a vintage suitcase

    This is the vintage suitcase I purchased at a sale for just a few dollars. The leather was torn on the bottom and it had many scrapes and scratches. I tore out the silky lining and had the help of a friend who used two pieces of broken curtain rod to attach to the sides so the lid would be stationary.
    The vintage suitcase

    Jeanie’s find, a vintage suitcase

     

    Jeanie's suitcase fairy garden, begun with soil and rocks for boulders

    Jeanie’s suitcase fairy garden, begun with soil and rocks for boulders

    Here I have added potting soil, and have placed my ‘boulders’ and creeping thyme, hens and chicks, moss, alyssum and a houseplant ‘that has no name.’ This is also the way I designed the pathway to the underground fairy tunnel that leads to their village. In later pictures you will see where I changed that after a couple of days of scratching my head and feeling like it was just ‘not quite’ right. meanwhile, I ordered the fairies from a friend.

     

    If you don't like one layout,  just change it

    Not quite ‘right.’ If you don’t like one layout, just change it

     

    Fire ring added

    Fire ring added

    As you can see in this original lay-out I had the pathway in a different spot. I moved the big rock out from behind the hens and chicks and placed it in a different spot and made a fire pit out of sticks and mixed a little flour in with the soil underneath for “ashes”. It’s a place for them to gather on a chilly evening and tell stories.

    I lined it with trash bag…didn’t drill holes in this one though…The watering process for this will be heavy misting, which I have found makes these plants very happy!!!! The ground stays moist, nothing is ever “soaked” and they thrive!!! I do this with one of my others…AND of course a teaspoon of Epsom salts in the water once a month.

     

    Fairies arrive to the garden!

    Fairies arrive to the garden!

    Two new fairies finally arrived and I added sphagnum moss to the lid. A lady at the florist and nursery told me they attach this type of moss with a glue gun and it works great… So that is what I did…Very easy!

    Jeanie's suitcase fairy garden, finished

    Jeanie’s suitcase fairy garden, finished!

    The final garden is entitled “The Secret Garden”… and I mist it daily and check in on the fairies. I become quite attached to my gardens, but this one is headed to a craft show in August. ~~ Jeanie

     

    Things you may need from Amazon Fairy Garden dept: (Click on photos)

    Miniature Fairy Garden Garden Pond

    Miniature Fairy Garden Garden Pond

    Miniature Fairy Garden Fairy Rachael

    Miniature Fairy Garden Fairy Rachael

    Sphagnum moss available at Amazon, if needed
    Sphagnum moss for inside lid is available at Amazon, if needed
    Miniature Fairy Garden Patio Pad

    Miniature Fairy Garden Patio Pad

    Fairy Gardening Mini Bistro Set

    Fairy Gardening Mini Bistro Set

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    Jeanie Merritt tells stories about her garden and bargain shopping with a warm and unique viewpoint. An imaginative story teller, she lives and gardens in central Ohio, garden zone 5b. She loves hosting “Mamaw Camp” for her six grandchildren, gardening, crafting and cooking. From the age of 22, she ran a restaurant called The Country Table and retired in 2010.

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