Pink is My Signature Color

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And it’s kind of a given that Fairies prefer pink…

So naturally I found the following article most interesting.  It was written for Mothers Day, so I’m a day late and a dollar short, as usual.  Still, it’s good info for those who like pink, and succulents, and fairies, and MOTHERS!

Pink Succulents Mom Will Love

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably getting ready to shower your mom with love! But, deciding what to get mom gets harder each year. Instead of pink or red roses, try something new – pink succulents! While succulents typically are seen in various shades of green or blue, pretty pinks and ruby reds are perfect for Mother’s Day.

Succulents are trending in the décor world right now and look great in any home. They’re also very low maintenance and easy to care for, perfect for a busy mom on the go.

Here are five succulents to buy for mom this Mother’s Day:

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The overlapping leaves of this echeveria species are beautiful in color. A greyish brown base with light pink and purple highlights creates contrast between the leaves.  In the summer, the flowers can become coral to red with a yellow interior. As with all succulents, be sure to keep soil dry to avoid root rot and growth damage.

Afterglow

This echeveria truly lives up to its name. With beautiful pastel pink and purple leaves, these succulents look like something from a fairytale, a flower any mom is sure to love. Afterglow is perfect for indoor or outdoor containers. When growing succulents in containers, be sure to use Espoma’s Cactus Mix for best results.

Aurora 

This sedum variety is definitely a fan favorite. Its bead-shaped, pink leaves earned Aurora the adorable nickname “Pink Jelly Beans” – and what mom wouldn’t love that? Yellow and white summer blooming flowers pair perfectly with the existing pink foliage.

Paddle Plant

Also known as Flapjack Plant or Desert Cabbage, this succulent gets its name from its flat, wide leaves. Paddle plant is typically found in green, but becomes accented with red when it receives enough sunlight. Like most of the succulents on this list, the pink and red color only becomes more prominent with more sun.

Graptopetalum pachyphyllum 

Bonus points for mom if she can pronounce the name! This species has beautiful rosettes of pinkish leaves, topped by tiny, yellow flowers with pointed petals. When given a lot of sunlight, the gray foliage can show a reddish tint.

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Better Garden Photos

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You might be wanting to capture images of your beautiful garden or hoping to improve your photography skills.  Perhaps you simply want to prove that fairies really ARE real.  No matter your reason, we’ve picked up a few tips here and there that we can share with you that can change your garden photos into something special!

LIGHT

Light is everything.  But don’t be fooled into thinking that a bright sunny day is the best for taking pictures in your garden.  That beautiful sunshine causes harsh shadows and washes out colors.

A cloudy day can give you plenty of light and no shadows!  Some of the most amazing effects are achieved in lower light or even in a misty rain.  Just remember your tripod!

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TIME

Dawn is a lovely time of day for capturing your garden, and also at dusk.  While your favorite camera is important, your tripod is essential.  It allows you to shoot at low light and you don’t have to be concerned about camera movement and blurry pictures.

PAUSE

Before you click that shutter button, take a couple of seconds to check for unwanted elements in your photo.  A faded blossom or discolored leaves are easy enough to remove with editing software, but a moment spent now will save time later.  Plus, you will learn composition.

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Spring may actually be here at last, friends.  I hope we have given you some inspiration to get out into your gardens and enjoy them.  Just watch your step while you’re behind that viewfinder… good gardens bring fairies!

The Making of a Mushroom

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We’ve been spending a lot of time in the evening and on weekends creating mini garden accessories for our shoppe.  This is fun and relaxing for us, and we would much rather be crafting than all the other things we should be doing.

My mini mushrooms are made of clay, and they start out looking like this.  They have to dry for 24 hours.

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The next evening, we paint.  Red is the most popular, but I love turquoise and I feature turquoise in many of my fairy gardens.

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They aren’t spotted… that’s just my kitchen lights 🙂  This coat of paint dries for 24 hours and then comes the next step.

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Polka-dots!  These little guys are so much fun to make.  We sell them in packages of three.  Super cute!

I keep saying “we” and I should give some credit to my trusty assistant, who thinks I keep some strange hours.

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Feeling Special

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This is the brand new 2018 Sevierville Visitors Guide.  Some time ago, area businesses were asked to submit photos of handmade items for consideration for a page about locally crafted wares.  Our shoppe does have quite a few handmade mini garden accessories.  There’s even a special little tag and stamp for them!

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Anyway, our photo was turned in and we sort of forgot about it.

Well, guess what!?!?

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We were chosen!  I don’t know about you, but this is totally an honor to me.  I feel so pleased and lucky!

Well, you better believe that very night I went into production!

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And they are just as cute as can be, if I do say so myself.

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I’m happy to say, the most adorable little brown-eyed girl came in with her Mommy yesterday to get fairy garden supplies for a Spring Break project and took one of these home.  I hope they have fun together and their mini garden turns out beautifully!

Fairy Friday!

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This little fairy happens to be the cutest fairy I’ve ever met.  My very favorite.  One thing about him is, he loves to twirl.  He also likes to frolic and scamper.  It’s what fairies do when they’re not flitting.  Or sleeping.  Or eating cookies.

My girls love to twirl and dance, and my granddaughter twirls with me.  It’s a natural expression of happiness, I suppose.  Fairies know…  twirl a little this weekend!

You’ve Been Waiting For This!

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The Sevier County Master Gardener Flower and Garden Show

Stop by and see us there!

Check out lots of new mini garden goodies for your fairy garden, and plenty for your full size gardens too!  We hope to see you!

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