As a girl, I loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was one of my favorite books and I used to dream of slipping through its hidden door and tending to the flowers alongside Mary, Colin, and Dickon. Even as an adult, I enjoy taking my well-loved copy of The Secret Garden off my bookshelf for a re-read every spring. I am very excited because the CSLJ book club’s discussion of The Secret Garden starts tomorrow and I cannot wait to hear what everyone has to say about this classic story.
In the meanwhile, I thought it might be fun to put together a collection of the many lovely, handmade Secret Garden items that can be found on Etsy. There’s a lot to choose from but, like Mistress Mary searching for the door to the garden, I had a lot of fun looking for the very best handmade jewelry, accessories, art, and decor that Etsy had to offer a Secret Garden fan like me. Enjoy!
One of the things that I like most about this adorable Secret Garden fairy window is that the book is still readable! I also really love the fact that the artist used real lavender and the cutest little straw hat to make it seem like a real fairy garden!
This Secret Garden Pennant Banner would be lovely for any kind of gathering but I think it would be particularly sweet for a Secret Garden tea party. Don’t you agree?
Speaking of Secret Garden tea parties, this delightful tea charm necklace is available for book lovers of all ages. I really love the fern green teapot and rosebud teacup combination for a Secret Garden tea party but you can personalize it with your choice of tiny ceramic teacup and a teapot charm with a Swarovski crystal in your favorite color or birthstone.
Of course, I am not the only jewelry designer inspired by The Secret Garden. I found a lot of lovely Secret Garden jewelry on Etsy but these two necklaces were my favorites. Aren’t they wonderful?!
If you are anything like me, you can’t wait to get outside in the spring and start enjoying the warmer weather. I love taking a book out to my favorite parks and arboretums and finding the perfect spot where I can read and enjoy the spring sunshine. But even though winter is over, it can still get a little chilly in the early spring and that’s where this lovely Secret Garden book scarf comes in handy.
I also found some lovely artistic tributes to The Secret Garden in a wide range of styles and medium. From a beautiful cloth doll of Mary Lennox to embroidered hoop art, from dream watercolors to vibrant geometric illustrations, there were so many lovely pieces of art for Secret Garden fans. Here are some of my favorites.
(You can’t see it in this photo but this Mary Lennox doll is wearing a little key
necklace under her coat! What an adorable little detail!)
Having this beautiful watercolor map certainly would have helped Mary discover the key and the door to the garden but luckily, she had the Robin to help her find her way!
(The artist tells me that she only has a limited number of these gorgeous book
page prints left so if you love it as much as I do, go get one while you can!)
I really enjoy Curved Square’s clever use of geometric shapes, especially in this really cool keyhole illustration!
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Secret Garden without roses and flowers and lots of blooming things and I couldn’t leave out the Robin or Dickon’s creatures so, even though some of them are not specifically Secret Garden – themed, I thought they fit beautifully in this collection.
What did you think of my Secret Garden finds? Which piece (or pieces) was your favorite? Do you have a favorite Secret Garden inspired goodie that I missed? Leave a comment and let me know!
Thanks to all the wonderful artists and Etsy shops who allowed me to feature their work! If you have a moment, please check out the featured Etsy shops and see more of their lovely handcrafted work.
I hope to see you all here tomorrow when we start our book club discussion of The Secret Garden. Until then, take care and happy reading!