Sunday, 26 February 2012

Day 296-297-Suitcase Garden For Ascension

This garden started because I fell in love with Ascension's series of Little Old Elves vignettes. I know Ascension enjoys my rusty miniatures so I offered  a swap with her. I told her I would build her something rusty in exchange for one of her little old man reading a book. That was in October last year.

It took me 2 months to think of what to make her and I eventually only finished it on Christmas morning. It was a rusty garden with fantasy flowers (Red Blisters, Blue Measles and Yellow Mucus)  for her witch Hagatha. I adore Hagatha like I do Ascension and once I decided it was for her, everything happened quite fast and I finished the garden in 2 days.

All the plants and the planter boxes are plastic, even the magic onions or Voodoo Crybabies. They are so named because a bite of the tiniest bulb makes you cry non-stop. Witches have described the experience as akin to watching the best sad movies.

This plant is the Green Toads' Tongues and no witches' brew worth its salt can do without it.

Sapling Mickey's Ears being cultivated, another essential ingredient in any potent potion. 

A close-up shot of the saplings. By the way, they are very good for raising hypertension, blood pressure and cholesterol too.

Last but not least, the Rotting Virgins. We will have to check with Hagatha what they are for. Deflowering something maybe?

I used a metal table and painted it blue. I also coloured the pail to match the table. Both are rusted with brown, black and sienna acrylics.

All the other planters are painted different shades of blue including the suitcase. The one in this picture is a plastic pill box with 3 compartments. It is sitting on a rock made with paper.

This is a worm house. It's painted metal. The worms are not only good for the soil but they are also good meat substitute in a soup. 

That's it, I guess. 

A simple rusty garden that I hope is wicked enough for a worthy witch like Hagatha.


Katrina said...

Fantastic colours again! I love your rustic and colourful style. Have a nice week Kati

CWPoppets said...

Hehehe, Ascencion and Hagatha will love this garden!

Maria Ireland said...

Fantastic work Sans. Lol what a wonderful imagination you have to go with the wonderful talent :) I love the plants names. Hagatha will be overjoyed with these fantastic gifts.
Hugs Maria

Piikko said...

Oh my... Sans!! I don't have words to say how much I love this garden!♥
It is perfect for Ascension's Hagatha! I'm feeling in my soul and heart a happiness of Ascension when she got this great garden gift of yours. :) Hugs, piikko

Caseymini said...

Sans! That is one wild garden! Love every bit of it! Great work!

Daydreamer said...

Oh SANS!!!! This is SO Enchanting! I LOVE the Worm House!!! (We have Toad houses over here... Truly!) I Love the names and stories for all the plants...!!! You are TOO MUCH! As usual... you have made a Wonderful and Thoughtful Gift! You are Amazing!
(This is SO MUCH Fun to see what you made for Each gift!!!) :):):)

Lize said...

Looks so adorable Sans!

Gemma said...

Te ha quedado de sueño.Un beso

carmen said...

como siempre..sublime!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Sans, you are sooo talented! I would love to have a swap with you too, :)))))

BiWuBär said...

I'm going to ask the de Spell-sisters about the Rotting Virgins - or maybe... perhaps I should start to ask their uncle Magicus, what do you think? - I'm rolling on the floor laughing, and that's not easy for me at the moment because I'm pressing an ice pack on my left face side the whole day long - yap, my teeth problems turned from annoyance to desaster, so I was desperately in need for something to cheer me up - and here it was... I've always said it and i say it once more: Hagatha is one lucky witch, that's for sure! Great work, I love every single bit - you've done magic again!


Ascension said...

Que preciosas fotografias has hecho y que malisimas son las mias, no se aprecia la maravilla de trabajo que me has mandado, lo sientoooo!!!!
Estoy feliz con mi regalo, es fantastico, me encanta remirarlo una y otra vez jejeje
Estoy deseando conocerte y darte mi regalo de intercambio para ver si te gusta.
Cuando ponga en el jardin de Hagatha tu regalo, pondre la maleta encima de la mesa.
Si encuentro el gusano de la casita, no creo que yo sea capaz de hacer sopa, pero Hagatha seguro que si jejeje
Gracias corazon, por esta alegria que me has dado.
besitos ascension

Rosamargarita said...

Todo un arsenal de plantas para la bruja de Ascension!
Tus trabajos me maravillan.

rosanna said...

I missed it on Ascension's blog. It is so funny although I am not on the witchy side : the names you made up are so incredible , only you could think of them. Now I'll go to Ascension's place and congrat her. Hugs, Rosanna

Eliana said...

This is so beautiful! I am touched by the beauty of your work! Congrats!
Luck of the Ascension. ;)

WeeLittleWest / Kathy Olaf-Obrenski said...

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!! I really like it!!

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

That is so Awesome I don't even know what to say. Lucky Ascension, Hagatha is going to love her little gardens.

Your creativity amazes me :)


Anonymous said...

OMG!! You've outdone yourself Sans!! Unbelievable mini artistry.

The Old Maid said...

I've already said that on Ascension's blog: AWESOME!!! I don't know why you wrote about plants being of plastic, they look so realistic!
This plastic pill box is fantastic!
I can't stop admiring your endless imagination, Sans!:)

Drora's minimundo said...

An awesome combination, Hagatha and your garden! Both you and Ascension are great artists with wonderful imagination. I love this garden.

Mieke*Petitevictorianrose*and*PastTimeChildhood said...

Wow Sans, this is awesome, another dream comes true,I like every bit off it ! You are a great artist :)

Hugs Mieke xxx

Eva said...

You are the best one doing rusty miniatures and youa re right!
Ascension loves them!!
You have done a great SWAP
Soon starts the countdown...☺

Eva said...

Cuando vi este trabajo en el blog de Ascensión no dudé ni un momento en conocer tu blog. Tienes unos trabajos y un blog estupendo. Un saludo, Eva

Josje said...

Great little gardens Sans, very imaginative. Rotting Virgins? Hahahaha!

cabezuela said...

impresionante tu trabajo
es un placer mirar tu blog

Eva - tatalamaru said...

Es precioso todo lo que le envias a Ascensión. Ya vi en su blog las fotos que ella puso y se le nota que está feliz. Un besote y felicidades!!! Tus trabajos son estupendos.

Kathi said...

This is wonderful! Love the story too. :D Very creative!

Ana Anselmo said...

I love your plastic flowers, your rusty plastic tiny boxes,it is just fantastic how they look after your "treatment"!!!
lots of hugs

Sans! said...

Thank you Kati (Katrina) :). My week is going to be another blurry flurry activities-filled one. I just wish I have some time to....Ok, I must stop wishing for more time!

May you have a really great week too, my dear :).

Sans! said...

I believe Ascension does enjoy the garden, Christine. Not sure about Hagatha.

Psssst, a little worm told me Hagatha may still be a virgin :). No offence to any virgins reading this post of course.

Sans! said...

Heh heh. Thank you for the compliments, MI!

A small confession, Maria. I coined the names only last night when I wrote the post. I have 2 conditions, the name must be a) charming and b) nauseating AT THE SAME TIME :).

I stopped myself from going into the ultra-irksome like "fermented earwax" (Mickey's ears) hehehehehe...sorry, maybe only I find that funny ..hehehehehehe

Sans! said...

Piikko (oooops I have just realised after many many moons of knowing you, that there are 2 "k"s in Piikko).:)

So Piikko, keep praising my suitcase gardens and you may get more than you bargained for :) . Like me making one for you :). So how do you like your garden? Rust, Medium Rust or Well and Truly Done Rust?

Fabiola said...

Beautiful work. Hagatha will be happy.
Bye Faby

Dru said...

Me encanta!!!!!! que maravilla con tantos detalles...felicidades

Raquel DeGamonal said...

¡Fantástico! Y creo que Ascensión se merece este regalo. Felicidades a ambas.

Sans! said...

Casey, Thank you! I consider your compliments high praise coming from the guardian of the wickedest witch of all! :)

Sans! said...

Heh heh Betsy! You are NEXT! :)

Sans! said...

Thank you Lize :):):):)

Sans! said...

Sueño? dormir? zzzzzzzzzzzzzz? Gemma? jejeje.

Estoy seguro de que Google Translate está haciendo un mal trabajo, pero dice que usted me acaba de decir que "he estado durmiendo"!

Sans! said...

Muchas muchas muchas gracias, Carmen.

Sans! said...

Natalia, I am honoured and flattered that you wish to do a swap with me :). The answer is a 1000 yes of course. I will email you :).

Kikka said...

Wonderful Colours!
Ascension and Agatha are sure to Love these!

Amy said...

Sans! You are making my head spin! All the delicious details, the labels on the cans, the pockets in the suitcase, the grass that is just the right scale, the spilled soil. Sigh. Swoon.

Rotting Virgin? Wow.
Voodoo Crybabies. I can hear tiny cries. I think I hear weeds crying when I pull them out, as they beg me to admire their adaptability and pluck, not their invasiveness. Poor things.

Thank you for continuing to inspire and amaze. Your tiny masterpieces have that rarest of things, a visual language that is not only imaginative and beautiful, but particular to you.

Sans! said...

Birgit, how's the tooth today? Or rather, how's the ache? I wonder where your tooth is today, probably in the dentist's back *ding! That's an idea for what to build a dentist ! A suitcase garden of teeth! Rotting Teeth ..heh heh

I saw my postage to Germany. WOW! Super economical! I hope it doesn't mean the parcel will be travelling by camel's back to you!

malu2 said...

Susan, fantastico regalo!!! geníal!!
es ideal para la bruja de Ascension!!
Ya queda poco, Susan estas emocionada, yo sí!!! muchas veces me acuerdo de tí!!
Besos desde Barcelona de las Malu´s.

Ara said...

All I can say is G.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.!!! hugs, ara

Virginia Isabel CoMa said...

es una maravilla de jardin. me encanta como pintas las cosas.

Mini Minnie said...

These suitcase gardens are just too adorable! I've never seen these done before (neither mini nor full size) and just think they're great! The attention to detail is amazing and and they're super cute!

I love, love, love especially all the rusty bits! :D

dale's dreams said...

This is fabulous and you've done such a grand job with it. The idea of a garden in a suitcase is ingenious!

It never ceases to amaze me how you can rust up plastic items and make them look so real.


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