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Gardener's Grapevine 2015.11.25

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By JO ERBSKORN

"Heaven and nature sing…" goes the old hymn. Well, that was certainly the case on Saturday and half of Sunday. My daughter and I went to the Sand Creek Arts and Crafts Show early Saturday morning and it was beginning to snow. There were just light flurries which were beautiful, but later when we looked out the cafeteria windows it was really coming down.

This morning after church we went out to Art’s mother's house for a little while and as we traveled up and down North and Main streets I thought, this is like a beautiful painting. Stan Rendel’s pine trees were loaded with fluffy white snow. They are really tall and mature so it was stunning to see. All along Main Street everything was white and gorgeous. I am not a very big fan of winter. I don’t even care if we have a white Christmas, but even I couldn’t find fault with this snowstorm. Ask me again in January and the answer will be completely different. Jesus wasn’t born in a snowstorm or even a cold part of the world, so why the white stuff is associated with it is beyond me. 

Few people take the time to realize what a gorgeous little town we live in. Winter may not be a time to play in the dirt, but it is a time for many other things like crafting, up-grading the house interior and planning for the next gardening season.

Art and I do a lot of “going.” We love museums and flea and farm markets. We even took a day and went in all those antique shops on U.S. 12. While on our excursions we see a lot of things we like,  but we bring very little of it home. Instead we bring ideas. We are both creative so that’s fine. Last weekend we went to Frankenmuth and as everyone does we wandered the shops. There was a fairy store that intrigued me a lot. I love fairy gardens and they fascinate our grandson Max.

Winter is the perfect time to create items for a fairy garden such as buildings, and fences. The all take time and are a lot of fun. We have a test we run at work that they send thin little sticks like popsicle sticks in miniature. Since the sticks are not needed, they get pitched. I got the idea to turn them into fencing for fairy gardens. I coat them with polyurethane and the weather does not effect them at all. Making buildings is not much different than what model railroaders do; maybe just a tad cuter though.

My fairy garden has a miniature campground with trailers and this winter I’m adding some tents to the mix. Making fairy buildings can be as easy or complicated as your imagination can make them. Long pine needles make great thatched roofs. Between our yard and the Johnson’s is a huge blue spruce that has a large area missing on the back due to being trimmed of it’s dead branches. Under the blue pine branches is the perfect spot for fairies to gather. I can't  wait to get crafting for the coming year’s fairy gardens. When the cold January storms are growling, start your own creation. It’s fun.

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