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The Forgotten Garden & New Items for your Miniature Garden

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Teri Calia
Update: a new post related to this artwork is here! Most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Teri’s project that are still available on the new site.

A couple quick reminders before getting to today’s newsletter (with a wonderful project by Teri Calia!): The 40% off Sale on ALL Flower & Leaf Beads and Charms ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday, March 14th)!

Did you see Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s A Spring Escape Garden last Thursday? It’s a beautiful (and tiny: 1:24 scale) garden scene with an arbor (that inspired those sale sections). And see below for the 1:12 version of the arbor, that Teri covered in vines and wisteria!

Note: If you are participating in the Mad, Mad, Mad House Swap, artwork needs to be postmarked by Monday, March 14th (tomorrow).

The Forgotten Garden is a beautiful (and a bit strange) miniature creation by Design Team Emeritus Teri Calia.

Strange as in mysterious, ghostly, weird and perhaps even a little unearthly. If you were to come upon it on a foggy morning, by yourself, out in the middle of the English countryside it may even unnerve you a bit.

Inspired by The Garden Kit, and Teri’s wonderfully, somewhat demented mind she came up with The Forgotten Garden.

Made from the new (and very sturdy!) Wooden Market Stall that is perched upon a 6x7x2 Platform Base. Clever girl that Teri is didn’t use the roof for the Market Stall, instead she used 1/4 Inch Square Dowels laid across the top of the stall.

As you approach the back of the building you may find yourself thinking, “Hmm… this place looks pretty dead but the roses certainly look like they’re taken care of, even if the climbing vines have been left to grow wild.” Being a rose lover, you turn the garden hose (that surprisingly looks quite new) on and give the roses a quick drink.

Walking around to the front, aiyeeee! What the hell is that? Is that… a skeleton? How many could be buried around here?

(Aside: I love the dandelion that Teri made… growing out of the skeleton.)

Instead of turning around to run, the Jessica Fletcher in you has to check out the inside. Maybe there’s something on the Workshop Table that can give a clue who the maniacal gardener may be!

Walking up the steps, there’s an ugly old shovel to your right, and then a bunch of rusted gardening tools as you walk in. Only bottles and boxes, a crate, just rotting gardening supplies it seems.

Not finding any clues, you wander over to the arbor (abandoned, too, but populated with some wildlife, and a toppled birdbath and mossy planter) to ponder: who is the keeper of the bones in The Forgotten Garden? You’ll have to read Teri’s blog to find out more info.

(Psst! Teri’s blog post also includes a tutorial on putting together the Workshop Table!)

The Forgotten Garden Supply List



Hooray for the The Forgotten Garden Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Teri’s (expansive) The Forgotten Garden supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Teri used):
– 3 Inch Lattice Shutters
– Arbor Kit – 1:12 Scale
– Cottage Base – 9x9x1
– Dollhouse Birdbath
– Enchanted Garden Pathway Scrapbook Paper
– Leafy Green Underbrush
– Miniature Garden Supplies Collage Sheet
– Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots
– Resin Straw Hat

To enter The Forgotten Garden Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, March 14, 2016).

AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What would you make with this Giveaway? A forgotten garden like Teri’s? Multiple projects or just one?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the More Tiny Flowers Than You Can Shake A Stick At Giveaway? That would be Verna S!

And she replied to my query “Are you going to try your hand at making tiny flowers? If so, how will you use them after they’re made? And what kinds of flowers will you make?”

I would love to try my hand at tiny flowers. I would make a pin for my spring sweater. I would probably find A LOT of places for tiny flowers! Thanks for the giveaway.

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, March 13th, 2016

74 responses to “The Forgotten Garden & New Items for your Miniature Garden”

  1. kate jo says:

    I’d use everything up at once, and then some! Looking to make my mom that secret garden for Mothers Day, and she’d enjoy it all year long, especially when she can’t get outside.

  2. Phoebe Diamond says:

    A lovers’ garden perhaps. Or maybe a garden where love grows, plants that produce love letters and hearts.

  3. Kim Fuller says:

    I am working on a vintage dollhouse (well its a log cabin) at the moment, and this would be such an amazing add on to it! I love working with miniatures, and having a garden beside my cabin would be the icing on the cake!

  4. Ina M Good says:

    I have been wanting to make a fairy garden for my new resin fairy and fairy door and this would be a thank you perfect surprise giveaway.I love all the creations and things alpha stamp sells.

  5. Mary C. says:

    The amount of detail is just incredible! I have a 1/2 scale dollhouse I inherited from my mom, and I would use these to make tiny dioramas and fairy gardens for the dollhouse. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Stefanie says:

    Beautiful 🙂 I would make a garden reading nook for a southern lady

  7. Karen S says:

    The Forgotten Garden is truly a work of art and beautiful. If I won the giveaway, I would make a garden scene a little different than Terri’s. thank you for the opportunity to win this marvelous package.

  8. I love these garden minis I would love to make a garden with them thanks for the chance

  9. Leah Fein says:

    Lovely. I want to make that wisteria arch

  10. Connie L. says:

    I would make an indoor fairy garden.

  11. Jen R says:

    I would make a potting shed and some other projects I have been working on.

  12. Holly says:

    I would make a garden for my office, so that when it’s winter and everything’s dead outside (like it is now) I could look at my little tiny forever-garden and remember summer.

  13. Judi Middleton says:

    Actually, I wouldn’t have a clue! I have seen the fairy garden supplies at the local nursery, and they intimidate me. (Besides, I have way too many “real” gardens to take care of.
    But I have only recently become aware of your site, and I am amazed by the dioramas shown. (Still intimidated!) However, I would love to have a garden, like the ones you show, to be able to enjoy all year long, especially through the long Winter months when I am wishing for Spring.

  14. Carla says:

    I am thinking a potting shed or a secret hide away…somewhere to get away from the world to read or write or just to be alone

  15. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the arbor and would make a little garden, similar to the example, it is just too cute!!! Love the birdbath and stone walk way 🙂

  16. DianeD says:

    I would make a potting shed with potting going on! It would be so much fun!
    Thanks for the chance.

  17. jean marmo says:

    The creativity of these projects never ceases to amaze me!! WOw!! Would love to copy this project!!

  18. barb macaskill says:

    THis is breathtaking! I would make a garden worthy of a Fairy Queen if I was to win this amazing prize package! I can just see the Queen sitting in the arbor making decisions for the Village. THere would also be a cabbage patch where the fairy babies love to play!

  19. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Love this stuff!! I would use the pieces in a real miniature garden.

  20. Laural says:

    I would have to follow Terri’s idea. I love gardens!

  21. Susan Devillier says:

    Make miniature fairy houses. Would love to use these for the decoration

  22. With all the stuff packed into this garden, I could use it to add a backyard to my mansion and still have enough for a front garden!!!! Spectacular!!!!

  23. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I would make lots and lots of gardens for my girls.

  24. Jen says:

    What a fun project this would be! I’d love to make a sweet little potting shed. Mine would keep some of the mysterious features, but a bit less, sinister! Mine would show evidence of a late night fairy gardener!

  25. Mary Helene says:

    I would love to try an old forgotten sewing room.

  26. Maggie M says:

    I would make a garden add-on to my fairy house project. Love the birdbath and all of the miniatures.

  27. Kathy Lawrence says:

    I would make the forgotten garden with fairy lights to illuminate at night for that magical feel. There are so many possibilities with this giveaway I would have to say I would make many different gardens.

  28. Barbara A. says:

    This is fantastic… the irony of the
    beautiful roses & skeleton…..Teri has
    a real winner here….I’d love to make something like it.

  29. sheila AR says:

    I would surely and am now planning to make an abandoned garden, Teri has inspired me beyond belief! It’s gorgeous, wonderful and mysterious!! And I love your comment on Jess, I’d probably make a figure of her too snooping around!!

  30. Barb Striethorst says:

    A lovely arbor for sure, what a great place to sit and contemplate on the next project!!

  31. marykay chisum says:

    Oh my goodness! The lost garden!! YES!! I would totally love to make one. What a beautiful kit!

  32. L.B. Sejourne says:

    This one is so inspiring! I love the serenity of this tiny garden.

  33. Winnie says:

    This is absolutely fabulous! I can’t wait to try a forgotten garden!

  34. Traci says:

    Love the forgotten garden-what a great idea. It is so pretty. I would love to make one too. >^..^<

  35. Ruth Anna says:

    I would love to make a garden spot for my tiny dolls.

  36. Lorna E says:

    I love Teri’s forgotten garden! I think I’d use the kit to make a haunted out door bridal reception.

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    I would love to make a forgotten garden like Teri’s! It is so lovely.

  38. HelenP says:

    I would make a tiny hidden art studio where I could go for some peace and quiet. Imagine how happy I would be upon seeing the arbor covered with all sorts of fragrant flowers, knowing that just through the arbor was my sanctuary!

  39. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is gorgeous !! I would make a secret garden from the movie! ! And maybe a butterfly garden!

  40. Pam Lally says:

    Teri’s garden is so pretty. I love all of the tiny details. I would use the kit to make a spring fairy garden.

  41. Dennis L. says:

    Terrific garden projects! I would like to make a quiet spot for calm reflection.

  42. Jennie says:

    Perhaps a tiny fairy court? Or a gnome garden… 🙂

  43. Suze says:

    The wisteria arch is stunning. I would like to make something along those lines.

  44. Ginette says:

    I’d complete the house I made with a garden

  45. Nancy S says:

    I’d make something with wisteria which is my fav!

  46. Judy says:

    I’ve already completed a fairy house using the old trunk of a tree…all of these little treasures would finish it off nicely.
    Thanks, for the chance to win.

  47. Peg D says:

    I would make a garden spot shadow box for my mother for Mom’s Day. I love that little bird bath!!!

  48. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make a garden for broken hearts. A place to take your broken heart, leave it and let it heal. A healing heart garden!

  49. Brenda Moehlig says:

    I think it would make a lovely dungeon addition to the haunted house, cemetery.

  50. Marilyn H says:

    Absolutely lovely. I’d have to stick with an arbor, but have a tray with seed packets on one of the benches and the pots scattered around with moss sticking out, like they were getting ready to be filled. The hat would be laid on the seat with the bird bath outside waiting for the birds. There is so much I could do with this. And, i think my order is growing.

  51. Susan Coolidge says:

    I would make as close as possible replica of my mother’s garden. She has been gone for many years and I miss her so much. The garden would be a way to remember her and her talent.

  52. Eve Watters says:

    What an inspiring giveaway! I’d like to make a little garden meditation sanctuary, so I’d have a lovely calm image to retreat to when the going gets rough.

  53. Nel says:

    This post gives me so many ideas. I want to make a garden potting bench and fill it with tools, books and potted plants. Then I want to make an archway with lots of birds, nests and bird feeders. Thank you for another great giveaway.

  54. Ann Pierce says:

    Forgotten gardens are always so magical, filled with promise, much like the dusty family attic filled with treasure. I could easily use everything in one scene and add still more!

  55. lorna says:

    I would definitely make a garden display for Easter and have bunnies hopping around and eggs hiding behind the greenery ready for the little ones to find them Easter morning.

  56. Katherine says:

    Oh so cute. I would definitely make my own secret garden.

  57. Parisa Javidi says:

    I’m thinking many blooms of roses over the arbor. A glass slipper sitting on the bench & a pumpkins growing around. Maybe little mice, a duck & two lizards in the corner…

  58. Cherie C says:

    I’d love to add this secret garden to my dollhouse! Skeletons would be welcome there.

  59. Lou Anne says:

    I would make a forgotten garden for my dollhouse. That wisteria arbor is to die for!

  60. I would use this charming giveaway for multiple Spring and Easter projects including several terrariums.

  61. Jennifer Bumb says:

    I would create a fairy sanctuary with the beautiful arbor hidden away by flowers and tiny trees. I would use all the fabulous giveaways in this scene.

  62. Leanna Alverson says:

    I love the wisteria! I’d make an arbor for my fairy garden!

  63. Jennifer J says:

    These garden projects are so beautiful and inspiring! I want to make a fairy garden. I still don’t have one

  64. Amy says:

    I am an avid gardener and would love to make a miniature potting shed, green house, garden…… how wonderful that would be to spend the rainy days of spring making something this sweet.

  65. Lois C. says:

    This is beautiful! I would pretty much copy it exactly for a birthday gift for one of my best friends who lives and breathes for her garden – especially in spring!

  66. LeAnn says:

    I love the forgotten garden! I would try making my own.

  67. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d make multiple garden projects! I would use some in my garden window making a fairy garden!

  68. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Since I am a failure at growing real flowers, I’d love to try my hand on this beautiful Giveaway.

  69. Sue Stout says:

    I love the forgotten garden!! I would definitely make that, complete with skeleton-he makes it even more fabulous!

  70. Alma Casiano says:

    I think if given the chance I’d try to copy what Teri did for this garden space with several different area’s love the skeleton in the yard ! LOL how many more might we find, while planting…he he he

  71. marcia says:

    Super cute. I have a gnome garden in my chicken’s yard under a sheltered tree, some of these items would find their way there. Of course, the chickens like to deconstruct my garden on a regular basis, maybe i need a yard for my gnome garden!

  72. Mariann H. says:

    Beautifully awesome! I have written a story about fairies and this will fit right in!

  73. Susan M L says:

    Totally enjoying all the recent and beautiful garden scenes! The skeleton is certainly a macabre idea; so I am LOVING it! Would like to do a potting shed with a garden spot off to the side. I enjoy making miniature scenes and this giveaway would be a welcome addition.

  74. joan says:

    I would love to make a hidden garden, thanks for the chance to win.