“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on the grand opening of your flower shop” announced Mayor Carl Cuddle-Bear as the villagers cheered. “You are a wonderful resource for Crabapple Crossings – your knowledge of plants and flowers is truly unsurpassed. I know that you will have great success!”
Today was the grand opening for Mrs. Mitzi Mouse’s Flower Shop just off the town’s main square. Entering her shop, one is treated to a riot of color and aromas, with beautiful plants all around, ready and available to purchase. “It’s truly a dream come true,” Mrs. Mouse explained. “I hope that I have something for everyone – from exotic orchids that need care and attention to cacti and succulents that are quite happy with very little effort.”
Little Wesley Whitetail was captivated by a pot of velvety African violets, but that wasn’t quite what his mother, Wanda Whitetail had in mind.
“I am looking for a plant that will help keep my house healthy and fresh,” said Mrs. Whitetail. “And maybe something that doesn’t need very much attention?”
“I have just the plant for you!” said Mrs. Mouse, excited to share her expertise. “I think a snake plant is just perfect. It doesn’t need a lot of care and is wonderful for improving indoor air quality.”
“Oh, that does sound wonderful! Thank you so much, it will be perfect for us,” said Mrs. Whitetail, purchasing the plant.
Mrs. Mouse made sure to let us know, “Don’t hesitate to come to the shop even if you aren’t looking to buy. As president of the Crabapple Crossings Gardening Club, I am happy to answer any questions or help you troubleshoot a sick plant. I just want to share my love of flora with anyone and everyone!”
This is a a bit of a two-fer post. It’s both the finished (as much as any of my projects are ever really finished) flower shop and my first project for the 2018: Year of Creative Crafting Challenge.
A bit about the challenge – I’ve had such fun and been so motivated to craft when I’ve had challenges and deadlines. So I decided I wanted to run a year-long challenge to get myself crafting again. Having others participate make it so much more fun than just doing it myself, so I am posing the challenges on the Sylvanian Families Forum. Every two weeks on Wednesday, I will post a challenge, and then have 2 weeks (really 13 days) to complete that challenge, posting the completed projects on the Tuesday before the new challenge.
The theme for the first challenge was “Happy and Healthy” “Make something that relates to the concept of “Health.” You could make a healthy food, some exercise equipment, something for the doctor or dentist office, or anything else “healthy” you can think of.”
As I was finishing up working on the Flower Shop, I wanted to make a plant that can help clean the air, as clean air is very important for good health. I researched a bit, and found that the snake plant is a wonderful plant for healthy air, so that’s what I decided to make.
These plants were super fun and easy! Here’s a tutorial on how to make them!
The second part of my post is sharing my completed flower shop. I did a bit of repainting of most of the Li’l Woodzeez plants and flowers. Most were actually quite nice with color choices. For many I simply added some color where it didn’t quite cover the whole molded shape. Others I just added a bit of another color to make them more realistic (for example the daffodils got orange centers to give them more dimension.) Another improvement I undertook was making the cacti more realistic.
(Sorry about the blurry pictures…my camera hates this cactus for some reason.)
This was quite an easy fix and made a big difference. I carefully painted the “dirt” base a dark brown. After it dried, I applied white glue and sprinkled on some decorative sand from the craft store’s floral department. It looks much more realistic and was so easy.
I love how the flower shop looks with all its plants and flowers – very happy! Although I have a terrible black thumb in real life (I can’t seem to keep plants alive…) at least my villagers have lovely greenery for their homes!