You might remember a matchbox swap that I was working on a few posts back...the idea was to make using any craft/art method something small enough to fit in a matchbox. Originally I had started on a tiny doll that I was going to paint...I decided midway,that she needed legs which meant that she no longer fitted into the matchbox! So that little doll has been saved for some other purpose.
Luckily I had another idea brewing ( actually I think I added the legs on purpose so that I could start my new idea!)
While putting together some paper packs, I found a lovely poem by T.S Eliot called "New Hampshire". Inspired by this, I made a small illustrated accordion book and tiny embroidered tree. And they fit! ( the tree only just but it does fit!) I am really satisfied with the result - it is exactly as I imagined it to be.
The matchbox was covered using a page of text from an old Yates Garden guide titled "beginning a garden".
Children's voices in the orchard
Between the blossom- and the fruit time:
Golden head,crimson head,
Between the green tip and the root.
Black wing,brown wing, hover over;
Twenty years and the spring is over;
To-day grieves,tomorrow grieves,
Cover me over, light in leaves;
Golden head,black wing,
Swing up to the apple tree.
I want to start another poem in a box right away......