JoyMaster Nancy wanted to take a side trip on our trip to Paris and stopped at Monet’s Gardens in Giverney, France. These famous gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet include elements that inspired some of his most famous paintings: the house, his magnificent water gardens, and acres of flowers. These little houses were found at a garage sale after JoyMaster Nancy returned. They reminded her of her travels so she picked them up for a Magic Garden that celebrates this artistically beautiful place.
A Magic Basket, is a collection of extra fun that kids can take into their Magic Gardens. It can be bark, rocks, pinecones and toys - the sky is the limit. For this garden, here are a few other ideas:
More characters painting
Characters modeling for the painters
Tourists having a picnic
What to Look for at Garage Sales
Shopping garage/yard sales and at thrift stores is a fantastic way to affordably get a Magic Garden started. You can shop based on an idea or shop for inspiration. Here are some basic things to watch for:
1Containers: This can be an actual planter, but also look for things that could be planters – wooden boxes, plastic buckets – creativity can really pay off here.
2Main Features: Look for houses and statement pieces – it’s great to look collectables and toys. There’s always treasures if your eye are open
3Garden Dwellers: Think outside the box – look for action figures, trolls, fairies, elves. They can be painted too! Look for plastic if you have little hands playing.