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Faeries, Goblins and Elves! Oh, My!

The August installment of Notions by the Ocean will show you how to make a miniature garden to fit your indoor decorating needs. With some basic supplies and your imagination, these tiny worlds are of your own making.

Ever since I can remember, my oldest daughter has been making miniature landscapes to welcome faeries.

Taking a walk through my garden, you'd find pueblos made of cardboard, stools made of cork on tree stumps, and the occasional miniature glass of warm milk with cinnamon - apparently, a faerie delicacy.

Not being a fan of the traditional herb garden on a window sill, I had been looking for ways to make something utilitarian into something that was a bit easer on the eyes. So, I looked around my garden, pulled some supplies together and asked my daughter to help me with this project. She's a teenager now, so I wasn't sure if she'd be up for it, but she had a blast. (See the video.)

Our next miniature garden project will include a variety of basil plants, seashells, and sand collected over time. I am looking forward to seeing what my youngest comes up with.

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What you will need to start a Miniature Garden:

  • Wide-mouthed planter
  • Decorative pebbles or small rocks
  • Gardening shovel
  • Assortment of herbs
  • Assortment of ground cover plants
  • Assorted miniatures (chairs, tables, planters, anything miniature)

Take a look at what you already have and fashion that into a landscape that you might enjoy if you were less than 2 inches tall.

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