One of the hottest trending children's "toys" out there is a simple stone, a Story Stone. Story Stones are all over Etsy, Pinterest and local markets too. They are simple to make and give hours of creative fun for your entire family.
A Story Stone is simply a stone that has an image on it that helps spark a story. To play with them you paint or modge-podge a collection of images onto rocks and place in a bag. You can play with one person by having them choose a rock and start a story, pick another rock and add a little more until your tale is told.
In a group setting have one person pick a rock and tell a sentence and then pass the bag onto the next person who chooses a story stone and adds another sentence, and so on. For children who are very young, you can have them draw their story after choosing a rock. I love this game because it gets everyone talking and laughing together...and the stories never end!
In addition to teaching I will also be at Swiss Days over Labor Day weekend in Booth A-2 with finished boards, unfinished boards and quilt block patterns for sale. We love this event! It has been a tradition in our family for years and I look forward to seeing many of you there! I will also be at the Sundance Harvest Festival on September 24th. Come by for a visit!
- Swiss Days - Midway, Utah September 2 & 3
- Olie and Evie - Riverton, Utah September 10th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (email@example.com)
- My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe - Logan, Utah September 16th 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. (435-654-2844)
- Sundance Harvest Festival - September 24th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Elaine's Quilt Block - Cottonwood Heights, Utah October 8th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (801-947-9100)
- American Quilting - Orem, Utah October 14th 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (801-802-7841)
- International Quilt Market - Houston, Texas October 28th - 30th
For these necklaces you will want to find small little flowers. I keep a little book or paper towel in my nap sac to protect the flowers until I get home. You can dry and press flowers by placing them in a book and letting them dry for a week or two. Or you can use your microwave and preserve them in minuets!
To preserve your flowers with a microwave you will need two ceramic tiles and some paper towels. Place your flower face down on a paper towel and sandwich between the tiles. Place in your microwave on 50% power for 1.5 minuets.
Open up the tiles and check the flower to see how dry it is. If it still feels moist return to the microwave for a minute or two more. You can over cook the flower and have it turn brown so keep an eye on it.
Once it is dry remove it from the towel and it's ready to go. I love this method because it is quick and the flowers retain their color.
To make the necklaces;
1. Cut a paper background that fits the jewelry piece and glue in place.
2. Use a little E6000 to glue the dried flower onto the paper background. Let dry.
3. Once it is dried, you can either cover it with the glass top or with my favorite resin called Diamond Glaze. If you are covering it with the glass top adhere is with the E6000 and press into place. It you are using resin, follow the instructions for the product and let dry.
To get started on a fairy garden it is good to choose a theme and there is no limit to the imagination here. You can make an English cottage garden, a fairy playground, a beach vacations, etc. Sketching out your design is helpful. Draw in any streams or lakes you want to add. It's always fun to add paths and hidden places too. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest if you need a little help with the creativity.
Once you have a plan, choose a container and make sure it has good drainage in the the bottom. If you need to drill a few holes, go for it. Fill it with soil and add your pebbles or water ways first. Adding water can be as simple as purchasing the blue stones at your local craft store. I always like to add some bark for bridges or little place to hide animals.
The next step is to take a visit to your local nursery to find plants to fill your garden. Herbs, succulents and tiny ground cover plants are popular options because of their small scale. Some of my favorite plants are the Elfin Thyme and Irish Mosses. Of course succulents because they are so low maintenance and Rosemary is amazing for it's heartiness and texture.
Once you choose your plants and set them in their space in the garden it's time to accessorize!
Almost every craft store and garden center has a section for fairy accessories. There is so many options. Some are inexpensive and some are over priced in my opinion. My favorite thing about building a fairy garden is many of the darling accessories you find can be made at home with sticks, glue, stones, and a few craft supplies.
It's also good to remember that you can begin with a few elements and add to it over time. While you are outdoors this summer you can find all sorts of treasures to add. It keeps your garden growing and makes it interesting for your children. I promise they will be on the look out for sticks and stones to add! These next few photos are some of the accessories that we made for our gardens...
Fairy Tutu Clothes Line...because every fairy needs to a place to do her laundry.
Flower Fairies made from wooden pegs and silk flowers.
Mushrooms made from Crayola Air Dry Clay
Fairy House purchased from JoAnn's
Fairy Campfire made with sticks and a little orange wool.
Gwendolyn the woodland fairy made from a wooden peg, silk leaves and a feather.
(She is my favorite!)
Bottle Cap Chair made using wire and a cap.
The woodland fairy house from a branch, bark and stones. All put together with glue. It is so simple to make these houses. Give your children a pile of wood, some stones and glue..you'll be surprised and what they come up with.
One of my absolute favorite fairy garden accessories are these Tiny Fairy Houses by Kirsti Ringger. She makes each one by hand and the best part is the surprise inside! Kirsti became inspired on a trip to Iceland by the little houses across their landscape. she makes these tiny houses and hides them along trails for people to find. Inside each house is a little note that tells the finder to "steal" the house and take a picture of it in it's new home. she created a Facebook page for people to post pictures of the houses they find and the ones they share. It is fun to see where they all end up.
I love her creativity and the fun of sharing something tiny and sweet with a fellow stranger.
Check out her ETSY shop and pick up a few Tiny Houses. You will love them!
Now that you are hooked on fairy gardens, you have to take your children to the Fairy Forest! Not many people know about this little Utah treasure because it is hidden away in the Wasatch Cache National Forest. To find it go past Kamas towards Mirror Lake and pull off at the Shady Dell Campground. If you walk through the campground you will find a trail that leads to a real Fairy Forest.