So this is my very first attempt at blogging and I'm not gonna lie....I'm a little nervous! I'm going to commit to posting once a month about a range of different topics, including decorating tips and tricks, beach novels you won't want to put down, great little shops you need to know more about and just fun stuff!
So, today let's talk about fairy gardens! Little gardens where invisible fairies live....except these are "beach" fairy gardens and I'd like to believe they're inhabited by tiny beach bums! These mini plots of sand are limited only by your imagination. The reason I think they're so cool is that even if you don't live by the beach, you can create your own serene sandy escape for when life gets a little overwhelming. So where to begin? Well, you're going to need some sand (preferably from your favorite beach, but store bought sand will work too!), a vessel to put the sand in which could really be anything that speaks to you like a planter, cake pan, wooden box, or a small drawer like I used. You can come up with a theme to make it a little easier to select your items. Creating the coastal setting I wanted was really simple. I used a sandcastle that I bought at the Sea Shell Shop in Delaware, added a palm tree and oversized flamingo (thrift store finds) and finally shells, stones and driftwood pieces that I found on one of our many beach walks. The green drawer was handmade by my mom and I know she would've gotten a kick out of this super fun beach scene. I've added to it over the years including a fence that my sister made and some additional small shells and stones. It's always evolving!
If you have a vacation rental and want to give your guests a big smile you can put together an inexpensive beach fairy garden kit. Include a couple of zip lock bags for sand, shells, stones and any other beach treasures they find on their morning walks, a small vessel to hold the sand and maybe include a couple of beach items like a tiny chair, umbrella (drink umbrellas would work!) and some faux beach grass. You could attach a label titled "Our Beach Memories Garden" and include a little note encouraging your guests to visit the local sea shell shops or thrift stores to pick out special items to make it their own. They will have a lasting memory of their stay at your beautiful beach house and they will always remember their thoughtful host! It's the little things that make a big difference and keep your guests coming back year after year!
Thank you for taking the time to read my first post, I hope you enjoyed it! I can't wait to share more with you next month when I return from MY beach vacation! :)
Always on beach time.....