Monday, December 21, 2009

I Just Couldn't Wait!

I normally try my best to not post twice in one day; afterall, if I do that, someone may miss an important post *gasp*.  However, Jay and I made the Best Christmas Presents EVER last night and I can't wait to show everybody.  I'm not giving anything away because they are for my grandmas, neither of whom have a computer or really give a damn about my blogging, so they'll never know that I shared their presents with you first.

Any gift giving is torturous for me - once I find the perfect gift I have to give it.  Right. Now.  Case in point: I bought my family members the Best. Present. Ever.  Normally, I'd go running to them to tell them what about the perfect present I found, but since it's for them, I can't do that.  Torture.  Failing that, I post it on my blog.  However, my family loves me and follows my blog.  Guess what that means?  Means I can't freakin' post about the Best. Present. Ever.

Thank God for my work family who at least pretends to be interested when I jump up and down and clap my hands when the Best. Present. Ever. is delivered to the office and I have to show it to everybody.  Every single person in my office knows what my family is getting for Christmas.  Sorry, I'm a blabber mouth, I can't keep a secret, so don't ask.  But...I'm also their boss, so they have to pretend to be interested and don't dare open their mouths, so - family, I'm talking to you here - don't try to bribe them unless you want to pay their unemployment.

Oh, I got off track...drum roll please...the Best Christmas Presents EVER...


I was at a loss for my grandmas.  One of my grandmas has a great outdoor flower garden that she has all sorts of ornamental stuff in, so I was thinking that she needed something along those lines for Christmas.  Then I talked to my mom, who reminded me that Grandma is always talking about the stuff she's got to haul out every summer and pack away every fall, so then I thought that it would be great if she had something ornamental for her house plants.  An inspiration from Sally at Environmental Art and Faerie Houses, who makes everything out of natural stuff, lead me to the indoor fairy houses.


I made this little gazebo from non-natural stuff we found at Michael's.  There's even a little cushy, soft bed for the faeries to sleep on and gossamer window treatments to filter the light.  And little flowerboxes outside of each window, just in case the faeries get tired of looking at Grandma's amazing houseplants.

This cute little A-frame is what Jay made for my other Grandma.  He carefully hand-placed each of the stones in the stone wall, which took hours.  We made this with the intent of nestling it down into one of her large indoor tree pots.  Don't ask - I don't know what kind of large indoor tree it is.  It's big and green with big, ginormous leaves.  The faeries should be happy to be sheltered by such a wonderful tree.  The trick now?  Keeping my niece from destroying it (even if she is old enough to know better).  Grandma doesn't have the word "no" in her vocabulary.




P.S. - Tink, I'll get to your generous award tomorrow.  Three posts in one day may be too much, even for me :)

5 comments:

Boyles Family Farms said...

Super cute. I got my mom a birdhouse. But I just went to the Perennial Gardener, so now I'm worried it might be inadequate :)

Nathanael Rey said...

hahaha, don't worry about it. This was award enough for me... i mean, think about the irony...


you made a little "faerie" house, and then you mentioned "tink" in the end. HELLO! Okay, I get it, I will move to Colorado and live in your grama's flower garden.

:-P


great gifts!

GunDiva said...

Boyles - I'm sure your birdhouse from Perennial Gardener will be perfect! My Grandmothers are impossible to buy for, so they'd better like these. Otherwise, I might be tempted to take them back. The people at work offered to take them off my hands.

Nate. Um, I don't know how to break this to you, but I think you're confusing your faeries and fairies :) These houses are for the little fictional critters...

Nathanael Rey said...

ugh. just when i was so excited about moving to colorado.

GunDiva said...

Oh, you can still move here. It's cheaper than NY, but you'll lose the city. Fort Collins, I'm afraid, can't hold a candle to the NYC scene. Bonus, though, we've got the most amazing mountains.