Thursday, January 17, 2013

For the Love of Grandchildren and Silhouettes

To many of my friends it is no secret that I really like french inspired things. It is also no secret that I really like silhouettes. As much as I adore a pretty silhouette, I love my grandchildren even more. My daughters know this too, so I was so excited when they gifted me with silhouettes of all five of my beloved grandchildren. These are way up there among the most favorite things I have ever received. They were designed by two different artists at two separate times at Walt Disney World  in
Orlando, FL.  The bottom two were actually designed by a french artist who was set up at the France Pavilion at Epcot. The top three were actually created by an artist at The Magic Kingdom. These were all created a couple of years ago, so the grands have grown a lot, but it is amazing how they perfectly represent each of the children.

These silhouettes inspired me to make some projects which I'll post about on another day.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Visit To An Enchanting Flower Garden at Disney World

My family and I love to travel, especially together. I love to garden, both flower and vegetable gardening. If you like to travel or if you enjoy gardening and garden design, I think you might enjoy this post.  These photos were taken at Walt Disney World's EPCOT during the International Flower Festival in the spring of 2011. The theme is Tinkerbell's Pixie Hollow. The fabulous topiary and design elements of the enchanting vignettes, including fairy "houses" are positively awe-inspiring. I am definitely not a photographer and it was over-cast and cloudy, so the pictures don't do the garden justice. I think you can get a pretty good idea of how amazingly beautiful the garden was.                                                                                                      

                        Some of Tinker Bell's Fairy Friends were there at Pixie Hollow the day we visited.

This is the official "garden" fairy friend, her name is Rosetta. The fellow behind her wing and wearing sunglasses is my son-in-law, Jason. The child standing on the little platform and playing some interactive game is my granddaughter, Sophie, with her mom, my daughter, Stephanie.

What an Awesome Idea for Re-Purposing an Old Kitchen Sifter!

A hot air balloon made by using cotton and the bottom of a gourd. Looks like the top was lined with plastic under the string(in case of rain). Some pom-poms, I believe, were hanging above the gourd-basket. What fairy wouldn't just love to climb aboard this thing and take a ride?!

This adorable little house appears to be composed of a lot of different natural elements. This would   be a great project for kids as well as grown-up kids!
A toy roller skate was employed to construct this fairy house. Note the little mailbox and the rope ladder.

Here, a lid from a crock or pot of some kind was used for the roof of this sweet little dwelling!

And, last but not least, the star of the show herself, Tinker Bell.

Now, I believe some of us gardeners, crafters and DIYers out there could probably put together some pretty imaginative little garden projects using some of these amazing examples as inspiration. What do you think?