I had a request of the friends who wanted one of these rusty suitcase gardens during my 3rd anniversary secret draw. I had confessed that each garden would take me a few days to complete. That was why I couldn't make one for everyone who commented on my anniversary posts. Since I knew my rusty garden might not suit everyone's houses, these friends had a choice for me to send them other store bought minis. If they should pick a rusty garden however, then all I asked of them was that they find a place for it in their dollhouses or roomboxes.
Drora had showed me a picture of this wonderful outhouse she built with a group of miniaturists in Israel. She told me she thought a rusty garden with plants could be used in a shabbied neglected setting with this outhouse. I really loved that idea. In fact, I had very ambitious plans for the suitcase garden I wanted to build Drora; something with pipes and water that would connect the outhouse to my rusty suitcase. I didn't have the confidence nor measurements however to make water running through a pipe so the idea was abandoned.
This particular garden took me so long to conceptualise. In the end, I drew inspiration from my own throne/lavatory/powder room. I have always loved good smells and my bathroom has always been decorated with bowls of potpourri and incense, oils or soaps. So I thought of building a natural air freshener for Drora by creating a potpourri garden.
This is a little potpourri flower arrangement from a dried flower from the garden. I thought of making this after exchanging with Illona emails on ikebana. This is a very rustic and rusty version of course!
Potpourri Suitcase Garden, 9th June 2012
From My Throne
Potpourri bowls and incense burner