Ahhh, Pinterest. How do I love thee? Let me count the pins…. Let’s see, that would be 883 pins on 36 boards. Whew!
Along the way, I’ve even taken the time to convert a few of my pins to actual projects. Like this teacher’s appreciation gift…
These yummy cheesecake stuffed, chocolate covered strawberries…
and this fun frozen treasure activity for the kids…
But when Sherry and Katie came up with this Pinterest challenge, I realized my project to pin ratio was pretty low, like 12 projects out of 883 pins. That’s less than a 2% conversion. But on the other hand, the projects I was inspired to complete were ones that I probably wouldn’t have known about or attempted otherwise.
But back to the challenge. Sherry and Katie have challenged everyone to make one thing you’ve been inspired to do from one of your Pinterest pins. The first thing that popped in my mind was the recent fairy garden board I created on Pinterest.
We have this kind of random planter area in our back yard when you walk in the fence. It use to contain two ginormous butterfly bushes that overgrew the space to the point where they were totally bent in half. We had to remove them a few months ago and since then, the space has been pretty empty except for limbs, leaves and a few random toys.
After visiting Blackhawk Hardware’s garden center a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the idea of a fairy garden and thought it would be a fun to turn this blank area into a creative play space for the kids. So off to Pinterest I went for some ideas…
And then, off to Home Depot for a few plants and Hobby Lobby for a few accessories for our ‘starter’ fairy garden. The bird house was made from old barn wood by our friend Robbie (shout out to Robbie, Jayne and the girls!). So basically, I used things that I had, plus a few plants and a few miniature accessories from Hobby Lobby (in the dollhouse and wood craft area). I also used some of the stone from our planter wall to make a stone path. I used a sharpie to write “Fairies Welcome” on one of the stones.
I ended up with a pygmy palm, 2 hostas and some purple ground cover. A few holes and a several mosquito bites later, we ended up with our “starter” Fairy garden. “Starter” because we didn’t cover the whole area. We started with a little corner on the left side of the planter and hope to grow it over time.
The kids are captivated and keeping vigil waiting for the apearance of a fairy or gnome or smurf, whichever decides to show up.
So have you converted any pins to projects lately? Landscaped any fairy gardens? I’d love to see what you’ve done.
Also linking to: Thrifty Decor chick, Tip Junkie, The Shabby Creek Cottage,
Somewhat Simple, At the Picket Fence, Remodelaholic, Serenity Now, Addicted 2 Decorating, Tatertots and Jello, Under The Table and Dreaming, The DIY Showoff, The Nester Planty Party