was there, and as she looked she saw something almost
buried in the newly turned soil. It was something like a
ring of rusty iron or brass, and when the robin flew up into
a tree near by she put out her hand and picked the ring up.
It was more than a ring, however; it was an old key which
looked as if it had been buried a long time."
~'The Secret Garden'
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books when I was a little girl. I loved the idea that the little girl in the story found a key to a garden that no one had been in in years and made it her secret place. I went to see the movie with a friend of my Mum's and when I came home I wanted to find a key just like the one I had seen in the film! It wasn't the first time I had thought about keys - they had always seemed a little magical to me. They opened doors to castles, magical worlds, dungeons, towers, and secret places. I loved them and luckily I had a Mum who loved antiquing so we came across many beautiful old keys that my sister and I have kept over the years. When the antique store I work at started to get little bins full of old keys I found that childhood excitement awakening again. I couldn't help going through them and finding the prettiest ones or the ones that looked so old and big they could have opened a door to a palace. I bought a couple because I couldn't resist and they sit with my small childhood collection. Here are a few pictures of my keys and my sister's. The large round one on the pink ribbon is over three hundred years old! I hope you like them and that, maybe, they awaken those feelings of magic that they always do in me.
For a special surprise I am listing a small original drawing on my etsy store today! It is called 'Lavender Lace'. Stay tuned for new prints being added in the next week or so!
I am joining this blog party today:
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Drawing by Jennelise