Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fairy Gardens and the Art of Distraction by Anna J Stewart

Greetings, Sweet Romance Readers!  Great to be back with you again.  :)

As I claw my way to my latest deadline (and trust me, that's how this book is feeling at this point, LOL), I find myself gazing out the window a lot. I'm in Northern CA, where I'm sure you've heard we're in the middle of a serious drought (as is all of CA). It's pretty bad. Like putting a bucket in the shower to save water to water the plants kind of bad.  But as I've been letting myself get distracted, I'm reminded that my back yard has gone from seriously neglected to completely desolate.

I am NOT a gardener. I can turn fake plants black, I swear. But I've recently discovered a new kind of gardening that I am dying to try (and yes, this could easily be a new form of procrastination).  I have a serious magical leaning...I love nature (despite that pesky black thumb) and the peace it gives me. Show  me tumbling waterfalls and lush green trees, let me take a walk in the woods with no one around and I'm a serious happy girl. Add in a wisp of fairies, and the idea of creating a fairy garden has got my creative juices flowing. Trying my hand at this might just get me over that gardening challenged hump while incorporating my (long lost) hobby of dollhouse miniatures.  How did I not know this was a thing?!


I can't decide if I want to live there or if I need to put up a sign for tenants. How cute is this?! Okay, surely I can find some hard to kill herbs, succulents,  and maybe throw some fake greenery in there...I can do this! I can see it now...lots of pots of different sizes, with different themes for different fairies...can you see me veering even further off the deadline course? Here I go....whee!



Tinkerbell will come calling (and maybe bring some magical inspiration with her) if something like this is in my yard, surely.  Or how about this? Every fairy needs a swimming hole, right?




Come on, book, don't fail me now, cause I've got something new to work on! I'll let you know if and how this progresses. It has to happen, because seriously, that back yard of mine is depressing. And nothing brings cheer like a little magic and some fairies.

How about you? What's your favorite distraction? I'd love to know.  :) Let me know in the comments and I'll choose one of you at random to receive a free e-copy of my first Lantano Valley novella, READING BETWEEN THE LINES.

Happy reading!
~Anna J


National bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family centric romances with happily ever afters for the independent heroines she writes for both Harlequin Heartwarming (Butterfly Harbor series) and Berkley (The Tremayne Family Romances). Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). Visit Anna online at www.authorannastewart.com.




8 comments:

  1. I love these, Anna! I just bought a little fairy door for my garden that says "Shh, the fairies are sleeping."

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  2. I've seen these and wanted one, but I'm like you with the black thumb. I can get distracted by way too many things, either home repairs or quilting or crocheting...or trying something new.

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    1. Oooh, crocheting! I haven't tried that in a while. :)

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  3. I have three plants I keep alive (they do not thrive, they exist). I feel I couldn't nurture a mini-garden the way it deserves, so I'll resist the temptation to create one :)

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    1. You never know, Judy--maybe I'll figure out a good fake one

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  4. Congratulations, Judy! I'll be contacting you about your copy of READING BETWEEN THE LINES! Thanks for visiting the SRR blog. :)

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  5. My girls and I made a fairy garden last year with shells, stones, figurines and a little house that they painted. They had a lot of fun.

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