Thursday, May 24, 2012

Magical Garden Lights

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Now that my back yard is fully amazing, with a fresh and tidy patio, baby chickens, and circus tent seat covers on my French-looking white furniture, I want to sit out there at night, too, so I wanted to add some lights.  I saw this idea here, and it is so fantastically thrifty!  All you need is a string or two of mini lights and a few opaque glass domes, and I don’t know about you, but I see these domes in the thrift stores every time I go.  Yet another lesson to me in thinking outside the box. 

I accumulated six glass domes, and sent an explorer into the sweltering attic to find the Christmas tree lights. He found them (a miracle) and I tucked them up into the glass domes, ran a green outdoor extension cord invisibly among the violets, and hooked them up to a timer so they magically begin glowing at dusk, and then click off again after I’ve gone to bed.  In the daytime, they look like ordinary garden sculptures:

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But at night, they look like something out of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, full of fairies and magic. 

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I have always felt that a string of fairy lights can make all the difference.  They can turn a dark tunnel into a wonderland.