Elephants In My Garden: Mixed Media Mail Art

Elephants in My Garden

It’s that time of year and I am planning my vegetable and herb garden. Due to all the rain, weeds have taken over and I am wishing I had a gardener to do the weeding for me. Thankfully, I have two little gardeners in training. I have learned to use chores to my advantage and tonight my one little spent the evening cleaning up my front flower beds which were over run with Creeping Charlie.

My boys have expressed an interest in having their own little patch to tend. As most children they think big. Like really big! They imagine stuffing their cheeks full of berries every time they tend their garden. That and they think it will require little to no effort to maintain. I am excited to see how their expectations play out.
I have decided they can start out with a few plants- probably a few strawberry plants and an herb. Strawberries spread easily and are probably the most easy of all the fruits to grow. I am hoping this will be a great lesson in responsibility for them and hopefully set them on the path to having green thumbs.
Did your children ever show interest in gardening? And for you master gardeners, what do you think would be a low maintenance, high-yield plant for children?

Creating the Mail Art

I have had this envelope lying around my table for a while and recently decided to put it to good use. I started out by painting the envelope using Fresco Finish Paints. Next, I stenciled the Elephant March Stencil. The elephant has been painted with Fresco Finish Paints and doodled with a black pen. Lastly, I stenciled and painted the Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms to add some greenery.
Thanks for stopping by,
Kate

Challenges Entered:

Wednesday Simon Says: Stencil it

Monday Simon Says: Stencil It

Love To Craft: (May) Anything Goes

 



15 thoughts on “Elephants In My Garden: Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • My dear Kate, this is just the sweetest! I love the elephant among the flowers and the colors are so cheerful and bright.
    Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

  • My daughter is the only one in the family who likes raw tomatoes. We live basically in a forest, but we had great luck with planting a cherry tomator plant in a big pot and she loves getting the little cute tomatoes off of it. There were way more than she could eat from one plant!
    The elephant is beautiful!

  • I worked in the garden today also-and I feel like I have a lot left to do! I can’t wait to hear how the boys garden goes. Loving the elephant. It is quite cool. Love that stencil. I think I might “need” that one. have a great rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

  • First up, – I LOVE mail art and your elephant envelope looks superb!
    Now as to gardening, me and hubby were never great gardeners, and our 3 kids mostly used our garden for romping around in. Scottish climate is also not very condusive to growing all that much, but our most successful crops were radishes, chives and parsley. Interestinly my two sons, now in their 40s are very keen and successful gardeners (oldest lives now in Cornwall, where the climate is much warmer) and the youngest lives in Australia. I hope your boys keep enjoying their plots!!

  • Wonderful elephant. Super post Kate. You all must have such great fun together. What about french beans. They don’t take a lot of room up. They produce such a great crop. Nice and green bushy plants. Freeze nicely so they will feed the family as well. Good luck with the weeds.
    Hugs Flo xx

  • I think your elephant is fabulous. It is a great stencil and you did wonders with it. I really like how you mottled the rug/blanket that sits on the elephant’s back. It is awe inspiring.
    When I was a child, I was a tomboy. I would rather run around with the boys in the neighborhood than play dolls with the girls. However, I did NOT enjoy gardening. I think it takes a special type to appreciate gardening. I didn’t like weeding then, and I don’t like it now. I think you have to limit the amount of weeding the boys must do each week, or they will soon tire of gardening. Getting dirty is one thing, weeding is another! Good luck, dear.

  • Your mail art with the bright and sunny colours and gorgeous elephant is beautiful!
    So nice for children to have their own plants to tend and see how everything grows.Hope they will enjoy it. My children had a small patch too and in school they went to “school yard” where every child had their own patch. They grew flowers and vegetables.

  • Fabulous piece of artwork, this is just beautiful and the sunny colours just make you smile and feel happy! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… <3

  • I hope your sons do well with their little patch of garden, Kate. My boys never showed much interest when they were growing up. I used to love gardening but have lost interest of late and so my garden has become a bit neglected. We do have a gardener to mow the lawn and trim the bushes but, unfortunately they don’t do the weeds. Even more unfortunately, neither do I .. LOL!!
    I adore the elephant! Beautifully bright and colourful! Gorgeous!! Have a great day! hugs x

  • Great way to recycle! This turned out beautiful and I love the rich bold colors. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina dt

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