“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it.
She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was.
It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories.”
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
Today I’m so excited to be part of a really fun challenge…..Creating With the Classics. If you stopped by from The Hunted Interior….so happy you are here.
Eight bloggers are partnering together to bring the classics to life through fabric and design. We were each assigned a classic novel and then we designed a space using fabric and the novel as our inspiration.
And you know how much I love a challenge.
My classic novel I was given is one written by Frances Hodgson Burnett that is close to my heart…..
….A Secret Garden.
Here on the farm we have a creek on one side of the property and a pond on the other.
And at the very back of our land…..there is a tall forest with trees and bushes and trails and fallen logs and garden paths full of honeysuckle and wild flowers and moss and trailing vines.
The perfect setting for a secret garden.
And when I was younger and I read about Mary and Colin and Dickon and the robin prancing and dancing on the garden wall….
….I used to dream of a place like the ivy-covered garden with roses and benches and garden walkways.
A place all my own.
Just for me.
A place where the trees overheads whispered quietly as the leaves rustled out an unspoken melody.
Where the crickets chirped and the bees buzzed.
And the forest wrapped itself around and around….
…..and encircled the garden with a simple beauty.
And the summer breezes blew gently.
And the sun peeked out from behind the clouds and sprinkled through the trees.
And a the ivy covered the branches and hidden pathways.
Where time slowed and the minutes stretched quietly into hours in that secret garden….
….surrounded by everything that is real and right.
And the garden waited patiently as the clouds drifted by.
And you dreamed all the dreams you had forgotten you ever wished for.
And there….for a moment…..in the middle of the busy that is this wonderful thing called life….
….you remembered the joy of taking a moment to do absolutely nothing.
To sit and simply….be.
Just a green carpet of grass and sunshine overhead…..
….and a secret garden.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ~Frances Hodgnes Burnett
Be sure to visit the next stop on the tour….The Handmade Home.
And just in case you are planning a secret garden of your own here’s the fabrics I used in my post.
You can click on the links to find out more about each fabric.
disclaimer: All fabrics are from Online Fabrics. I was provided with fabric by Online Fabrics as part of the promotion.
All opinions on totally amazing fabrics and secret gardens are completely my own. 🙂