At our next meeting, April 1st at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Julie will be demonstrating how to create a fairy garden.
Here are some tips from Julie's instructions
How to Create a Fairy Garden Bowl by Julie Bishop
1. Gather supplies
i. Best Size: 12” diameter, 6” deep.
ii. Style: Terracotta, glazed ceramic, sturdy plastic, wood, metal, etc.
i. Use standard potting soil and fill up to approx. 2” from top of container.
c. Landscape materials
i. Moss, faux moss stones, colored sand and pebble chips, glass stones.
ii. Faux foliage: succulents, flowers, ferns, mushrooms, etc.
iii. Other natural materials: Pinecones, acorns, dried berries, etc.
d. Figurines and accessories
i. House/ Theme object: mushroom house, welcome door, castle, cottage, rainbow, etc.
ii. Fairies, gnomes, unicorns, creatures, favorite theme character, etc.
iii. Animal critters: frogs, birds, butterflies, bunnies, squirrels, owl, etc.
iv. Misc. accessories: pumpkins, beehives, welcome signs, etc.
2. Layout supplies into the container as follows:
a. Place the house or theme object at the top center as the main focal point.
b. Place the faux flowers on the upper right and left sides next to the house.
c. Gently push items into the potting soil until stabilized.
d. Place a handful of moss around the house and the foliage.
e. Create a pond on the lower left side using the glass stones and colored sand.
f. Create a path to the house using the pebble chips. Line path with mushrooms.
g. Place the gnomes and fairy figurines on the middle right or left side near the flowers and pond. Place the succulent bush on the upper left middle section.
h. Place another handful of moss around the figurines.
i. Place the animal critters, butterfly and other accessories accordingly.
3. Adjust items as necessary
a. Move any items and rearrange landscaping material as necessary.
4. Insert a chalkboard pick sign - optional
a. Theme of custom fairy garden or message may be written on the chalkboard.
Here are some theme ideas:
Birthday Gifts for all ages and for Special Occasions such as Weddings, Baby Showers,
Personal Achievement Celebrations, Holiday Seasonal Décor and More!
Seasons and Holidays: Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Easter,
Summer, Fall Harvest, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter.
“My Favorite Things” for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day.
Natural Environments: Forest, Meadow, Beach, Desert, Farm, Island, etc.
Unique Gardens Options: Florals, Succulents, Cacti, Rocks or Sand and Shells.
Travel Locations or Vacation Memories: Paris, Hawaii, NYC, Japan, Africa, etc.
Fantasy: Fairies / Wizards / Unicorns / Gnomes / Trolls / Mermaids / Pirates
Space / Star Wars / Aliens / Superheroes
Dragons / Dinosaurs / Pets / Zoos
Castles and Royalty / Disney Princesses
Cars / Trucks / Machines / Robots
Movies / Books / Music / Sports / Hobbies
Spiritual / Zen Enlightenment / Day of the Dead Death Memorials
This is the proposed schedule for meetings in 2023
Please check or facebook page for the latest information and contact us there to get information if the meeting is at a member's house, as we don't want to publish personal information on this page. Thanks!
All meetings start with a social "meet & greet" at 10am, with the business meeting following at 10:30. After the business portion of the meeting there is usually a demonstration or project.
February 4th - Member's Residence
March 4th - to be determined
April 1st - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
May 6th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
June 3rd - Member's Residence
July 1st - Member's Residence
August 5th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
September 9th - to be determined
October 7th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
November 4th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
December 2nd - to be determined
At our first meeting of the year Connie Sauve showed us how she uses kid's toys and various plastic models to create the look of statues, lighting fixtures and more. She often cuts them apart and re-assembles them into the shape or configuration she wants, then primes and paints them. She also uses Rub n' Buff to give some of them a metallic finish.
This year we have officers and some that will be continuing into 2024. Here is the new slate of officers
President 2023 - Lani Smith
President Elect 2024 - Connie Sauve
Vice President 2023, 2024 Ray Mendonca
Secretary 2024 Revecca Walcutt (minutes and announcements)
Treasurer 2023, 2024 Sue Jordan
Thanks to all of you for agreeing to serve and keeping the club moving along and organized!
Acting President - Lani Smith
Vice President - Pam Young
Treasurer - Sue Jordan
Secretary - Lani Smith
Show Chairperson - Jamie Kuchar
Exhibits Chair - Connie Sauve
Volunteers are needed to present projects at the meetings, so if you'd like to do a project for the club or have suggestions and ideas, please submit them!
Our first meeting is January 8th and Pam's home - Here is the remainder of the schedule though some dates and times are tentative - members will be receiving updates from Rebecca via email. Non-members who wish to attend, please verify the meeting time and place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring your own beverages to the meetings. Though snacks are often provided, you may also bring your own and/or a sack lunch to the meetings.
Mask requirements are at the discretion or request of the host/hostess or facility. In any case, please stay home if you are not feeling well!
February 5th - Jan's home
March 5th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
April 2nd - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
May 7th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
June 4th - meeting place to be announced at a later date
July - Meeting undetermined
August 6th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
September 3rd or 10th - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
October 1st - The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
October 28th, 29th & 30th - Tucson Miniature Showcase at the Tucson Woman's Club
November 5th - meeting place to be announced at a later date
December 3rd - Christmas Party - meeting place to be announced at a later date
The TMS Board consists of:
Kathy Grissom - President
Pam Young - Vice President
Rebecca Walcutt- Secretary
Jim Walcutt - Treasurer
Showcase Chairperson is Marlo Buchmann
The newly elected TMS Board consists of:
Sallie Grumka - President
Ray Mendonca - Vice President
Kathy Grissom - Secretary
Jim Walcutt - Treasurer
Showcase Chaipersons are Marlo Buchmann and Mary Preston
We've voted on the theme for our 2020 show, which will be "Miniatures of the Southwest" The club project is going to be an adobe-type building with small patio. Project patterns are available here on the "Tips and Projects" section of the site.
Our tentative schedule and meeting locations for the coming year are as follows:
January 4, Ward Office*, 10am
February 1st, Ward Office, 10am
March 7, Ward Office, 10am
April 4, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 10am meeting and "white elephant" sale
May 2, Ward Office, 10am
June 6, Ward Office, 10am
July 11, Ward Office, 10am
August 1, Ward Office, 10am
September 5, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 10am
October 3, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 10am
October 16th, 17th, & 18th, set-up and show dates
November 7th, Ward Office, 10am
December 5th, Christmas party, Museum partial space/
* Ward 6 Council Office
3202 E. First Street
That's the title of the new Community Corner exhibit at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures - The exhibit features the work of Mario Patino, lifelong Tucsonoan and spouse of our club member Jeannie. Mario's attention to detail is amazing! He works in various scales, and adds all the grunge of real-life. The exhibit runs from September 10th through December 15th.
For more details visit the museum page
June found our members hard at work on their show display pieces