Monday, May 19, 2014

MAKING Mondays {Fairy Herb Garden Teacher Gift}




Ok, I know I've done this all before but it just so happens that this came in very handy this weekend!  This project was inspired by a Fairy and Gnome House I made last year and one made by a very special friend.



 Miss Sue is my next door neighbor.  She is more than that really.  A friend who has not only taught me about the garden but about life from our over the fence chats.  My beans love looking on to her garden from their bedroom window.  Everyday they knock frantically in hopes that she will turn around and do a happy dance!  She is old school Greek which I relate to quite well as my Pop is old school Italian!    It is just a blessing to have someone like her right next-door.
  


Miss Sue's herb garden


Now with the oldest of our 3 beans finishing up her first year of preschool, I thought that a fairy herb garden would be the perfect gift for her teacher.  A thank you to a wonderful teacher who created a loving learning environment for this fairy!


{Fairy Herb Garden Teacher Gift}

Materials...

~pot
~soil
~herbs (we used basil and oregano)
~stones
~small house (we picked ours up at a hobby store)
~a fairy or a gnome for a little boy 
(we picked this up at our local nursery)
~natural twine
~sign and paint pen (both from the craft store) 


Thank you for helping this fairy fly!


made sure to leave some space for them to fill in as the season goes





A simple end of the year gift for all of those incredible teachers out there!

And to all of my blogging buddies...thank you for inspiring me!
Chasing after my beans keeps me on my toes and about knocks me out at the end of the day!  Being able to visit your blogs reminds me of the many treasures that life offers everyday and refuels my creativity!  It has been a cool adventure for sure!

Wishing you a week full of good things!





57 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. You always sound so happy on your posts, it just makes me smile ๐Ÿ˜„

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  2. Good neighbors are a blessing (and she's Greek too :p ) !

    I love people who show their appreciation to teachers; your gift is an amazing idea, I'm sure she'll love it!

    Enjoy your week!

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  3. Lovely gift your neighbour sounds lovely love Miss Sues herb garden xxxx

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  4. one of my favourite things in the gardens at the museum is finding little fairy gardens or tea parties that kids have made - so sweet xxx

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  5. What a great gift Nicole! And I love the sentiment of "helping this fairy to fly".

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  6. Stop! That's the cutest... (hint,hint all my preschool parents!! hehe!) I am sure Oldest Bean's teacher is going to love that! So very thoughtful :) Hazel x

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  7. What a creative gift. Good neighbors r blessing.

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  8. What a sweet gift - one that can be appreciated for a long time and make the woman think of you little bean.

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  9. So cute and what a sweet teacher gift. I LOVE the photo of your daughter swinging with the fairy wings. What a treasure!!!!
    Cindy

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  10. You and your beans are blessed to have such a wonderful neighbour. I have two garden mentors, one from Columbia and one from Italy. Gardening is a very generational thing for them. Great gift and a reminder to add some whimsy to my garden.

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  11. That is such a wonderful, thoughtful gift! Her teacher will love it. Nice job, Nicole. I loved reading about, and seeing, Miss Sue's garden too, she sounds like the best kind of neighbor. No wonder you all love her so. :)

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  12. What a sweet present for a teacher - I'm sure your Bean was as excited giving it, as her teacher was receiving it. Always the best ideas, my friend - you ROCK!!! Hope your week is wonderful...XOXOXOXOXO

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  13. Ah...Nic! This is just absolutely darling! What a fantastic idea! Your children are so very lucky to have you as there Mama! xoxo Jen PS Wish I had a neighbor like yours. Ooh...maybe we could be neighbors! hehehe ;)

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  14. Eeeks! I love this! Wow, what a wonderful preschool teacher you must have. Your gift is adorable! :D

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  15. This is such a great idea! I bet your little girl's teacher will love this thoughtful and creative gift! We have very nice neighbours too, one in particular as he takes care of our front garden for us. I'll often come home from work and there he is, mowing the lawn or weeding. He really is a special person. We take care of the back garden, but it is nice to know we don't have to worry about the front. Miss Sue sounds like a fun and lively character, no wonder your beans love her. Have a wonderful week, Nicola. As always, feeling very inspired after coming over here. :))

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  16. Love it! Such a great idea for a gift. I was looking at my fairy garden the other day thinking it needs an overhaul. The sign you put in is just perfect. Have a wonderful week xo

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  17. What a fantastic idea - and so creative!
    Wonderful week
    Helga

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  18. Hi Nicole,

    What a wonderful herb garden gift for a special teacher - love this and know the teacher will be thrilled with this too.
    Your children are lucky to have such a very talented sweet Mamma.
    Happy week dear friend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  19. Oh how lovely Nicole, you've created something so special. Lucky teacher!

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  20. So lovely to see your fairy garden again and also to see the new one for your friend. It is a great idea for a gift and she can add to it and watch it grow as time goes on! A really lovely gift from a child/children I think. xx

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  21. How lucky are you to have such a wonderful neighbor! This is such a delightful idea for a gift and it just looks so sweet! I bet your oldest bean's teacher will absolutely love it. Have a fantastic week Nicole!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  22. Love chats over the fence, and the fairy gardens are so sweet.
    Merle..............

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  23. I love the fact that you have a mentor! Most of the pleasure in life is from relationships and having someone to encourage you who has experienced it beats all! Sues herb garden is darling as is the one you created for your daughters teacher. Please let us know her reaction.....she should love it or she needs.....neva mind.....
    Happy Gardening, Flower Freak....xoxo

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  24. Awesome! Now I'm hoping someone gives DH a fairy garden for an end of year present. He's a high school math teacher, so I'm guessing it's probably not going to happen ;)

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  25. What a wonderful and unique idea!! I am sure her teacher loved it! And how nice to have an older, wise women living next door. I am sure you and your beans will be blessed so much by her!

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  26. That is such a lovely and thoughtful gift i'm sure she will love it. What a blessing to have a neighbour like yours.

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  27. what an awesome gift-I love it and your teacher will too

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  28. I love your fairy homes! I wish I could make some look like that! I try, but they just never turn out as wonderful as yours! And what a great idea for a gift!

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  29. Hi Nicole! Such a this is such a lovely gift idea. I bet your daughter really enjoyed working on it with you.

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  30. Good neighbours are a blessing, life could be so much harder if you didn't get on. What a kind thought to make this fairy garden for the teacher - she will be delighted I am quite sure of that. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  31. Such a lovely thoughtful gift to make. Well done, I bet the teacher will love it. I love the sound of your neighbour, she sounds huge fun.

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  32. Miss Sue sounds like a lovely neighbour and I'm sure she loves having you next door too! I love this fairy home project, so cute and absolutely delightful!

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  33. how lovely is it that you have such a great neighbor! and this project is the sweetest! perhaps one of the best and unique ideas to gift to teachers! bet the teacher will love it!

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  34. Nicole, that is the loveliest gift for a teacher. I wish we all had a Miss Sue living right next door. I bet she loves having little ones right next door.
    Hug,
    Meredith

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  35. Very thoughtful and cute. A fine gift.

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  36. This is such a super sweet gift, I love it!! How thoughtful and perfect! And great neighbors are the best, I am so glad you have one! Hugs Nicole!!

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  37. What a gorgeous and thoughtful gift! Love it Nicole! and your neighbour sounds like an absolute treasure, how lovely for you all xx

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  38. That is SUCH a cute idea! I love it. What a special way to say thank you to a teacher.

    Gotta love the Greek neighbor. I dated (shacked up with) a Greek guy for 8 years before I was married with children, so I know the lay of the land. :)

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  39. Hello Nicole! I really like Miss Sue's fairy herb garden. It is just the sweetest thing evah. But your version of it as a gift is fantastic, especially the sentiment. It is so good you have a great friend for neighbor. Our new neighbor gets up and goes back in her house when we come out on our back deck. She doesn't like it that my kids talk to her :(

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  40. Aw this is such a lovely lovely idea!! Her teacher must have loved it!!

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  41. That is such a hear felt present, well done you. we don't have a fairy corner in our garden... why an earth not I wonder. Thanks for the inspiration. Jo x

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  42. This would be such an amazing gift! I keep all the gifts my students give me, even all the mugs. I even swapped plants with a two of my students this year. How cool is that? This is incredibly thoughtful of you! Have a great week! :o)

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  43. Those fairy gardens are awesome! What a fantastic idea. My kids would LOVE one!!

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  44. Love, love, love it! So much better than an apple! :)

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  45. Hey, that's fun!!!
    Sunny days and all my best
    Elisabeth

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  46. So super sweet Miss Nicole. My girls are big fairy fans and always wanting to make places in the garden for them. Thanks for more inspiration in that area!
    xoxox
    C

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  47. You have inspired me to make a little herb garden with a fairy theme of my own. I am very impressed how good yours turned out X

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  48. Oh, how cute! What a lucky teacher:) How lovely for your kids to have such a gorgy neighbour too:) x

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  49. How did I miss this?? What a great idea!! As a retired teacher, I know your bean's teacher will LOVE this! This is such a wonderful idea and perfect for the end of the school year/beginning for summer! Have a great weekend, Nicole!!

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  50. Adorable idea! Sadly my son is past the grades where giving teachers gifts was so much fun for me. It is a great gift for anyone!

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  51. Wow your garden is so adorable! You did such a lovely job with it. Nice to have a garden.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  52. What a great idea, and such a change from the chocolates they must receive a lot of. Everytime she uses it over summer, she'll remember your child.
    You are lucky to have such a fabulous neighbour too.

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  53. Oh my, what a cute gift, such a good idea! Also, your garden is looking very lush in the previous post! xxx

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  54. I've just found your blog and love the fairy garden. What an original teacher gift with so much thought put into it.

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  55. That is such a thoughtful and wonderful idea.

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  56. Oh I love this so much. I bet the teacher did too! You are endlessly thoughtful and kind Nicole, I hope you and you family have a beautiful week. Belinda xx

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