Miniature Gardening and the World Cup
Adapting different themes to your miniature garden is yet another fun way to enjoy the hobby. This miniature garden is from the 2014 World Cup and was also the cover girl for our first Gardening in Miniature book. The tree is the Elf Dwarf Spruce or Picea glauca ‘Elf.’

Well, it happened.

Yesterday, I found myself on the couch, yelling at the TV at 10:45 in the morning watching the World Cup. The guys were just playing around with the ball, the team I was rooting for needed to score and the time was tick-tick-ticking away. I jumped up, “Would somebody JUST GET THE BALL!?!?”

Wait. Did that just came out of MY mouth? Hey, at least I wasn’t drinking beer for breakfast… yet. :o)

Miniature Gardening and the World Cup
The accessories you use can deliver a mood as well as a story. The cluttered table full of food and drink is typical as every game is at least 90 minutes with one short break at half-time. Unlike American football or baseball, the game keeps going and there’s little time for chores – you might miss something! – So, ya gotta just sit back, enjoy the party and root for your favorite team. Sigh. Sounds tough, huh? If ya can’t beat ’em… :o)

The World Cup is hard to miss these days, as the competition heats up and the best teams weave their way through a seemingly endless schedule of matches over the few weeks, every four years. I’m beginning to understand why soccer fans are so passionate about ‘football’ – as they say outside North America. To see a player get the ball close to the goal on such a huge field, it is a rare feat of agility, speed, strength, perseverance and luck. When they do score, it’s a rarity – which is why you’ll see the fans just go nuts when they do. It’s hard!

I keep thinking what a game it would be with a smaller field and a smaller net that the goalie has a better chance to guard. You know, a LOT less running back and forth… But, I think that’s just me as I get no feedback on this idea from the husband.

And, to be a player in the World Cup, with the whole world watching – no pressure guys, really – just pretend no one is watching, eh? Lol!

Miniature Gardening and the World Cup
Make sure you have a viable source to listen or watch the game to make it believable. The “bowl of chips” are dried sweet pepper seeds. Find a bunch of garden miniatures, plants, trees and patio materials at America’s Fave Mini Garden Center,

I spent years as an outside spectator of major league sports, always wondering what the fascination was with chasing a ball up, down and around the field, getting hurt, slammed or tackled, depending upon the game. But, getting lured into Seahawk games by the hubby, and now the World Cup, I’m finally realizing what professional sports means: it gives you a chance to escape the everyday and really have as much fun as you want. It’s whatever you make it.

Wait-a-minute. That’s what we do too! Just no running, no sweating and the “game” lasts for years and years… but I digress.

(( I may need an intervention though, for those that know me. I now “talk sports” with my hubby and neighbor. Send help! :oD ))

Miniature Gardening and the World Cup
Some of the flags came from a toothpick flag set found at party store. And some flags were made from images from the internet, printed and glued onto toothpicks. The ‘miniature garden bedding plants,’ starting at 9 o’clock and going counterclockwise: Miniature Daisies, Red Thyme, Creeping Euonymous, Dwarf Mondo Grass, Alpine Water Fern and the rosettes in the back are the Dwarf London Pride. All the plants, the tree, patio and most of the accessories are from
Miniature Gardening and the World Cup
Photo bombed by my dog, Kitty. She was a rescue from Kauai that has turned out to be one of all-time best decisions of my life.

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