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Holland’s Flowers and Fairy Garden Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Teri Calia

Note: 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 lists for both projects on the new site: Rhonda’s Memories of Holland and Teri’s Miniature Fairy Garden Under Glass.

Wow! Happy coincidence! Not only are there TWO colorful floral projects to oggle today, but I’ve just put the ENTIRE Fairy Garden Miniatures Section on sale for 20% off now through Monday night, April 11th! Now I know… some of you are still having snow, but I am not pleased by the 88 degree temperature here yesterday, only 2 weeks into Spring…

Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas is rolling in on this beautiful Spring day with Memories of Holland’s Flowers.

It is so therapeutic to me to have time to create. Lots of us find joy in flowers, adding beauty and warmth to our life. I decided that my latest therapy session called for creating my own flowers once I saw the new Peddler’s Cart from Alpha Stamps.

It was like taking a trip down memory lane when my husband and I visited Holland. The train station had a flower vendor and there were massive amounts of flower bundles. My husband was there on business and would bring me a bundle almost every day of our trip. We even brought some home to the states.

So what could be better than using the Peddler’s Cart to create a mini flower cart of your own, full of everlasting flowers? I think this cart is absolutely charming and it was so easy to put together and decorate.

My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. Every year, my family gives me a hydrangea plant for Mother’s Day. I have nine healthy hydrangea bushes in front of my house now and love it when they bloom. Naturally I love the tiny Miniature Blue Hydrangeas in Flower Pot, so when I saw the Hydrangea Mini Punch that can help me create my own, I flipped out! Not only is there there the hydrangea punch, but there is a huge selection of these wonderful paper punches. You can create actual flowers found in nature or create your own in any color combination!

I really loved working with the Leafy Green Underbrush; as it was perfect for the center of some of my flowers (see photo below). I dipped the floral wire in glue, the underbrush, then squeezed it tight with my fingers. For the yellow and rust centers I used the Clump Foliage – Fall Mix. Also, if you wanted to use different colors, Flower Soft would work as well and comes in a variety of different colors.

It does takes a little practice to create and punch your flowers. I used an extra wide needle to make larger holes so that I could use a variety of items to make my stems. To wrap my finished flowers, I used pages from a vintage french book. After getting the shape I wanted, I used one cutout as a stencil; then all it took was a twist, a dab of glue, and a clothes pin to hold it in place for a couple of minutes. (Don’t let it dry completely though, the paper will stick to the pin and then you will have to start all over.)

By the way, how ’bout the nifty idea that popped into my head to use flower stamens that come in a huge variety of colors for the middle of the flowers?! I simply cut the bottom end off and threaded my paper flowers on with a dab of glue. Using Forest Moss Distress Paint to dab my “stems” worked perfectly. What do you think?

I think they turned out beyond adorable! Also worth noting are the other super sweet flowers that Rhonda used in stocking her flower cart. Mini Rose Buds, Calla Lilies, Lavender Gypso, Pink Geraniums, Potted Roses, and more!

Memories of Holland Supply List

Visit Rhonda’s Blog for more details on how she created the Memories of Holland and for more photos.


Design Team Emeritus Teri Calia has created a quick project to bring a little fairy garden wonderment down to a portable size; with the Miniature Fairy Garden Specimen Under Glass

It seems like everybody and their sister has gone nuts over fairy gardens lately. I’m not complaining as I think they are a lovely way to decorate your garden but, how about shrinking it down a bit so you can display it on your desk, shelf or table?

It may look complicated but it was really very easy to do… although there are a lot of steps to doing it. I wanted to share my process with you so I created a Snapguide to show you how you can make your own miniature fairy garden under glass.

Love, love, love that tiny tree with sweet blossoms under the Large Glass Bell Dome. Which really, coming in at a whopping 3 1/2″ tall I can see that it is quite ginormous…

I also love the tiny garden patio Teri created by use the Texture Paste – Cement with a Tim Holtz Mini Brick Stencil (the grey area on left side of the close-up pic).

Miniature Fairy Garden Under Glass Supply List

You can visit Teri’s Blog for more photos and don’t forget to check out her super easy Snapguide tutorial!


Hooray for the Flower Cart Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Rhonda’s expansive Memories of Holland’s Flowers supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Kristin used):
New Peddlers Cart
– Blush Charmed Scrapbook Paper
– Leafy Green Underbrush
– Hydrangea Mini Punch
– Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots
– Pink Rose Garland
– Women & Flowers Collage Sheet
– Trailing Ivy Border
– Tiny Rusted Metal Pails

To enter the Flower Cart 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, FRIDAY, April 8, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make the Peddler’s Cart?

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 check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won April Kits Giveaway? That would be Glennis F! And we had a 2nd prize for the two 6×6 pads that coordinate with this month’s kits… and that winner is Marykay Chisum! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, April 7th, 2016

63 responses to “Holland’s Flowers and Fairy Garden Sale!”

  1. Kim Lucak says:

    I love flower carts!!!

  2. Nancy Penir says:

    Cutest flower card ever! Each dreamy little pot sweet as can be!

  3. barb macaskill says:

    OMG!! This giveaway SCREAMS my name!! I would definitely make a flower cart! This is filled with so many things that would look awesome in my Fairy village!!! LOVELOVELOVE!!! Please let the crafting goddesses choose me! 🙂 It has been a crappy week, found out I have shingles and my hand is very infected! This would make it a lot easier to deal with!!! Fingers crossed!

  4. Katherine says:

    I would love to make a magical little fairy flower cart. I would include gemstones, tiny fairy dust potion bottles and little shells.

  5. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is gorgeous! I would make the flower cart because those flowers are wonderful!!! flower punches – new discovery! thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!

  6. Teri Downs says:

    I would have a blast with this project! Love flowers so the sky is the limit! My birthday is 4/9 so would be so exciting to win!

  7. Barbara Rossman Scheffer says:

    I would make a flower cart of Oregon wildflowers. Recently I moved from Oregon and the wildflowers here in Missouri are somewhat different! Would be a special memory for me.
    The cart is fabulous!

  8. Eve Watters says:

    How marvelous! I’d think I’d like to make a magic flower cart, with little cheerful messages attached to each flower pot!

  9. Susan Watkins says:

    The flower cart will be so gorgeous with the beautiful colors. Especially love the flower pots. This project would make Spring come faster and last a long time.

  10. Jen says:

    Such a fun project!!! I would do a flower cart but with cut flower bouquets instead of pots! Thank you for another giveaway–these are always so well put together!

  11. Leah Fein says:

    That little specimen under glass

  12. Karen says:

    This is described as a peddlers cart and so I would love to create a sewing and fabric peddlers cart. It would have a little sewing machine, little fat quarters bundles, pin cushions and more. I have made many of these embellishments in the past for other projects.

  13. Leanna Alverson says:

    I would peddle baked goods & any other cool miniatures that I think someone would buy! I love this giveaway!

  14. Amy says:

    Another charming little project to make.

  15. I love it! But I’m thinking a scary fairy flower cart full of dark & twisted plants!

  16. Oh I love this kit! I would have to make a spooky Halloween cart out of it. Spiders and webs and ghosts, oh my!! So I would love to win this kit and make it scary! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Nadine says:

    I also want to make a flower cart!

  18. Barbara A. says:

    I love Christmas, so I would make a peddler’s cart with tons of Christmas
    ornaments & decorations on it.

  19. Carla says:

    Great flower cart…but possibly a fruit and vegetable cart or a general peddler’s cart……or toys……too many choices!

  20. Elaine says:

    Love everything about this !!

  21. Karen Sandvick says:

    I do love flowers but a Peddler’s cart would be unique and I could just my odd and end treasures I have in a shoe box ready.

  22. Mary Helene says:

    Flower or vegetable cart would be fun. Love the idea of old gypsy cart.

  23. jean marmo says:

    Oh my gosh! How do you guys do this?? I would love to make a flower cart for my sister. She has the most amazing gardens and always has bouquets of flowers for my mom!

  24. marykay chisum says:

    Two things I would make. A Christmas bakers wagons and a toy sellers wagon!

  25. Jenny Bumb says:

    I love the little cart. I would create a flower cart with dozens of fairies sitting on the shelves and tucked into the flowers. This is an adorable giveaway.

  26. how cute these items are I would like to tr making a cart as well I love these! thanks for the opportunity!!

  27. Maggie M says:

    I love all of the miniatures Alpha Stamps carry! I would create a fairy peddler cart with lots of flowers and magical miniatures. This giveaway has my name written all over it!

  28. Jen R says:

    I would make a gypsy peddlers cart with all sorts of magical goodies for sale.

  29. Ritva says:

    Possibly a Flower Cart, its beautiful, although, a cart from which people sold remedies in the old times would also make a fun piece; like a moving apothecary.

  30. Traci says:

    Beautiful flower cart-I love the cart and the flowers are gorgeous. Would love to make one too!! >^..^<

  31. I would love to make a flower cart!!!

  32. Matxalen says:

    This is gorgeus. I love everythings about this

  33. Lou Anne says:

    If I win this I have to make a peddler’s cart full of flowers! This one you made is gorgeous.

  34. Ina M Good says:

    Floral cart for sure I love hydrengas also!

  35. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the flower shop cart! That’s what I’d make also!

  36. Elizabeth K. says:

    This is truly fantastic. How fun! I have two ideas… One would be to make it truly a old Peddler’s cart with all sorts of odds and ends and possibly trinkets hanging. The other idea would make it a vintage cart that sells little goodies for dogs & puppies!

  37. Emily Ann Dale says:

    That flower cart is so cute! Love the little logs too!

  38. Since my birthday is April 8th, this would be a nice present!

  39. Kristie says:

    Although I adore fliers, I would make my cart in a Paris Vintage theme. It’s a great kit!

  40. Alma Casiano says:

    I think I’d have to try to duplicate this cart just as it is… It’s ADORABLE !! thanks for a chance to win

  41. Ginette says:

    My circus diorama would loved to use that cart.

  42. Kari Gluski says:

    I would love to make a flower cart, working on a 1:4 scale one right now!

  43. Dawn says:

    Love the flower cart! Would be such a cute addition to a fairy garden.

  44. Cg says:

    I would totally make flowers on top and breads/cakes on the bottom with paper clay and the bread moulds!

  45. Oh boy! My grand babies and I will fancy up this cart with tiny flowers and a hiding space for little lost teeth. Thank you

  46. Melody H. says:

    how sweet is this ! love the flower cart, I think I would do a tea cart, with some pastries, love this,

  47. Susan T says:

    Always creatively inspirational..adore the AS minis and cards. I would include a variety of items reminiscent of a Victorian peddlers cart with pots, pans, bottles, books any and every little thing..aged, crackled, and wonderful. Thanks for the give aways!

  48. Evelyn Reyes says:

    Oh I can see that little cart overflowing with tiny dolls for sale, including in the flower pots!!!!

  49. Cheryl Lee says:

    Another very cute item! Love the flower cart and would use it with some of my other miniatures! You all are so very creative!!!!

  50. Margaret Dolan says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!! A flower cart! I would make a flower cart! Those little punches are fabulous! I have bought so many flower dies and they are so fiddly that I haven’t used them as often as I thought I would. I love hydrangeas! The cart is precious. That cart would make a wonderful goblin market cart too with all kinds of tempting things to buy, come buy. I would love to have this . Wonderful give-away!!

  51. Lisa R. says:

    I had an idea for this cart. If I won, I’d like to make a flower cart filled with the nations flowers!! Well, would TRY to fit every state flower!

  52. Rose says:

    I love the flower cart, so I’d absolutely go that direction.

  53. Luanne Shoup says:

    lots of little stuff!

  54. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I want to make a cart similar to Rhonda’s.

  55. LeAnn says:

    I would also make a flower cart. Nice work Rhonda!

  56. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway! I think I would make a peddler’s cart. I have some minis that all don’t go together but would on a peddler’s cart!

  57. Jo says:

    i would make a gyspy peddler cart – for mice!

  58. Ann Pierce says:

    I would make a peddlers cart selling mothers day gifts!

  59. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make a flower cart as well. Love flowers!!

  60. Barb Striethorst says:

    Most definitely, a flower sellers cart!!

  61. sheila AR says:

    Love Lora’s Holland flower cart!! Can’t decide between the making of a Flower cart or a Perfume cart…perhaps the cart can sell both! All sorts of pretties for the ladies…

  62. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make it, as you did, as a flower cart. I would add more pots etc. I would add a little old vender as part of the group.

  63. Lana says:

    Gypsy peddler’s cart and I LOVE the cloche!!!!! What will you guys think of next?