These past days have been devoted to creating some small mats that can be used as story props, yet this mat, although completed, lingered a few days in need of a a story theme and its characters.
Quite unintentionally a little felt figure emerged when a knotted piece of fleece needed to be untangled. Could that be a head perhaps? If this scraggly bit is twisted a bit more could that make a body? Now if this strand is wrapped around some wire and needle felted then maybe a character might happen.
Yes! a little figure has emerged. But who is this?
This little character, it seemed, needed a folksy shirt and trousers, as well as a hat. He opted for a gnomish one as he claimed his garden.
All that was needed was to create a small plot for him to tend.
As well he insisted that he he needed to show the results of his patient care, so miniature vegetables were placed in his tiny trug.
As all gardeners dream fresh, flowing , permanent, clean water is on hand. A stream runs through the garden and plants thrive.
Content, the gardener tends his garden and plants seeds of wonder that grow into objects of beauty . As he digs stories unfold and together the plants and imagination flourish.
The intent of this mat is so children can interact and learn that gardens need water, sunshine, attention and love to nourish the plants and soil, just like people. It might encourage them to make their own garden, to grow their own organic produce, to learn about healthy food and lifestyles. It is designed especially to reveal that gardens are places for dreams, play, peace, wonder, and provide invaluable experiences to discover the magic of nature.
The garden we have is mainly straggly bush but recently it has rained and the garden has offered such loveliness, like the jacarandas that form a delicate, mauve arch over the driveway and rain lilies that pop up so miraculously.
On nearby Mount Tamborine the flame trees are in bloom as well as jacarandas. The purple and red bursts of colour seem to explode in the rainforest and mingle creating a vivid and uplifting display.
Perhaps one day they too will be forever captured in a tiny felt garden giving delight and fascination as well as inspiration and encouragement to nurture and care for the earth.
Aah the joy of a garden! As the ancients realised a garden is a place not only to provide food for the body, but the beauty of flowers gives food for the soul.