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Faery Fanaticism

My faery fanaticism began with a book recommendation from my friend, Sylvia.  She suggested none-other-than Signe Pike’s amazing book, Faery Tale.  Following this was Grasslands Road’s fairy homes set, fairy-themed garden decorations, and other great books by Brian Froud.  I will admit several years ago I fell in love with Cicely Mary Barker’s Fairyopolis and How to Find Flower Fairies, which I discovered accidentally during a search on an unrelated topic.  Even as an adult I love pop-up books!  This year I received a beautiful fairy & flower bird feeder/bath for my birthday from my mother-in-law.  I unwrapped it immediately upon its arrival on my doorstep, quickly assembled it,  and placed it straightaway in my perennial garden.  Every morning I see it from my bedroom window and I imagine my garden faeries are pleased with it too.

*Photocredit: Amazon & Grassland Roads

 

My Favorite Gardening Supplies…

I’m sorry I meant to post about my favorite gardening supplies (not all are necessities, some are frivolities) a lot sooner than this.  Well here we go…

  • Sphagnum moss cone-shaped hanging planters
  • Lined metal scrollwork window boxes
  • Trowel
  • Spade
  • Weeding fork & dandelion weeder
  • Bulb planter
  • Mister
  • Gardening shears/clippers
  • Flower/Rose cutters
  • MiracleGro
  • Plantone (fertilizer for all other plants other than evergreens)
  • Hollytone (fertilizer for evergreens)
  • Organic lime (I use this for my hydrangea)
  • Miracid (food for acid-loving plants)
  • Potting soil appropriate for the type of plant you are caring for
  • Mud Gloves
  • Suede leather gloves, preferably long gloves to handle thorny plants and to protect your forearms
  • Jute
  • Pretty porcelain pots of assorted sizes with matching drip trays
  • Plastic drip trays/dishes of assorted sizes
  • Collapsible leaf bins for e.g. Fall cleanup
  • Gardener’s tote by Smith & Hawken
  • Gardening supportive knee pad
  • Soil sifter
  • Scissors
  • White oil for gardening tool maintenance
  • Gardener’s Pamper Kits by Crabtree & Evelyn (cleansers, lotions, and other lovely things)
  • Inspiration:
  1. Words from the Garden: A Collection of Beautiful Poetry, Prose, and Quotations by Isobel Carlson
  2. Trugs, Dibbers, Trowels and Twine: and Everything Good about Gardening with Little Tips and Words of Wisdom and Inspiration on the Simplest of Pleasures by Isobel Carlson

 

What are your favorites?…..

 

P.S. Besides your local nurseries & garden centers, Home Depot, Target, and Terrain are also other great places to shop for gardening supplies.

 

*Photocredit: Various Sources: Amazon.com, Crabtree & Evelyn, Smith & Hawken

 

Books That No Fashionista Should Be Without

They are really wonderful to have- sort of like a fashion bible… Can you think of anything I missed? or a favorite you’d like to share?

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman by Christian Dior

The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece by Andrea Linett and Kim France

The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look by Kendall Farr

How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less by Kathryn Finney

In Style: Secrets of Style: The Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day by Lisa Arbetter

Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style by Melanie Charlton Fascitelli

Lipstick: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Cosmetic by Jessica Pallingston

*Photocredit: Amazon