Lately, my imagination has been firing on all cylinders as I develop my Jewellery Collection for sale in my Etsy and Folksy shops. As my heart leapt at the arrival of a sparkling treasure-trove of beads and charms, and my fingers worked them into various vintage-inspired adornments, I began to feel a surge of stories well deep within.
To me, if much-loved jewellery could speak it would share a rich seam of memories. Although inspired by the past, my pieces were new, never worn. In some cases mere willo-the-wisps floating around in the ether. But still the stories persisted. Not just my own imagined stories, but enchanted tales that have stayed with me since childhood. And the one that I heard speak to me again and again? 'The Secret Garden'.
Perhaps Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic has been a long-forgotten catalyst for my love of walled gardens. The lure of unearthing an ancient key that unlocks a creaking gate hidden behind a tangled veil of ivy whispers to me of magic; of paradise lost waiting to be found, where anything is possible! Maybe that's the real reason I love to stroll within the towering stone walls, among the herbaceous borders, sundials and rambling roses.
'Boho Butterfly' Ribbon Bracelet
'Vintage Rose' Necklace
This source of inspiration runs deep. I'm at the beginning of my journey. The perfect excuse to indulge my senses in the beauty of a walled garden or two very soon. And who knows, perhaps if I look hard enough I may even spot the rusting lock to a forgotten door hidden in the ivy....!
'Green Goddess' Necklace