This project began with the name actually. Sometimes it’s the other way around. If you have read the classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you’ll remember the state of the garden. I like to think of it as abandoned but not hopeless.
As I mentioned in the previous post, my secret garden needed a gate. That’s where I will begin. This is the back (or is it the front?) of the garden. The gate has rusted and is slightly overgrown.
This is a view from the other side of the gate. Flowers still grow and bloom inside.
And from a different point of view, the wall and brick walkway.
I did say something about the flowers having a unique feature. Maybe it’s a magical garden? How so? Some of the flowers glow from within! Here is the best photo I could get that shows that ethereal quality.
Who keeps this garden? This little sweetie.
Here you can see the entire garden with the lights on.
And this is the teddy in her finest garden dress in the secret garden.
An aerial view. Look closely at the bottom of the photo. See the moss covered knob? That’s the ‘secret drawer’ for the switch for the flowers.
Finally a photo of outside the gate at the bottom of the steps.
You can see the enamel nametag at the bottom right in this photo. There is also a cloth label with more details on the bottom of the piece.
This was a terrifically fun challenge to make. It was on my bucket list of pieces I wanted to try my hand at. I’m actually glad I didn’t get to it a few years ago, because I doubt I would have thought to include the lights. Or if I had thought about it, I probably wouldn’t have known how to work it out. With each piece I learn something new. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put it together. It is currently available.
Now I am ready to get back to another piece I left unfinished. But first! TBAI! Also, just a reminder, if you are interested in seeing photos from the Tokyo show, Japan Teddy Bear with friends 2018, check out my piece parade Facebook page. You can follow some of our adventures there and also on Instagram.
As always, thanks so much for reading!!!