For my 3rd anniversary gifts, I made rusty suitcase gardens. Like the preceding years, I set some secret criteria for who would get the gifts. I made known these criteria only to the friends who fulfill them. For my 3rd anniversary, it was for my friends who left comments on all my anniversary posts and last year, I made 3 of such posts. Ewa was the first to qualify and after asking her for her preference, this is what I did for her.
Some of you may remember these flowers. They are called statice or sea lavender. I used them as kurinji flowers in my tribal house. Although Ewa told me she was really attracted to these violet flowers, I did not want to use these at first. Just three months after I planted them at the front yard of the tribal house, the colours have started to fade. I then remembered Karin Corbin's suggestion to Jeanette that one can use acrylic paints on natural moss and dried flowers so that the colours will not fade. I mixed what I thought was a kurinji blue and proceeded to paint each petal .
I then painted a metal spade, bagged some seeds (yes, Ewa, there are seeds inside the package) and then added some moss (painted with acrylic grass green) to the garden. I was thrilled to find out later that the blue handle of the spade matched P'Nilli's gloves perfectly! P'Nilli who? Oh, she's only the coolest gardener I have ever met and if I may say so, she looks a lot like Sans! Will you believe her hair matches the colour of these flowers?
Ewa, like me, is one of those rare rusty can connoisseur. Not many of us left.
So of course, I had to make her one. These cans are real easy to make. Just take 5 steps and for some of you, merely 5 minutes.
Ewa, I am sure you don't know this but that is where I signed my name. Don't worry, just flip the case over to look. Nothing will fall over, not even the sand.
Now, I will have to go think about how to make the rest. I am afraid suitcase gardens are all I will be making and posting about in the next few weeks. Yes, I am thinking the same thing you are. How different can they be from each other?