Of course I have corrupted a line from Longfellow's 'The Rainy Day' in the title of my post today, but it perfectly expresses my feelings. Due to family illness the Midnight Garden exhibition has had to be cancelled - but that does not mean an end to the Midnight Garden! Unexpected and disappointing things happen. In my real life garden a cheeky little mouse has made a tasty meal of my baby carrots and voracious slugs and snails have made short work of my runner beans - I was looking forward to eating those homegrown vegetables myself, but it was not meant to be this year and it does not mean I will not plant new ones. The walls of the Midnight Garden are still firm, the twisting twirling leaves and vines are still thriving and the owls, hedgehogs and turtles are still watchful and waiting for a time when new creatures will join them. The garden was already beginning to take on a life of its own and new ideas were starting to take shape, so perhaps this change of direction was always on the cards - the gardener just wasn't aware of it!
So, although I cannot go through with the physical exhibition in September, I will continue with my personal colour challenge (albeit at a slower pace), I will still be the caretaker of the Midnight Garden and I will carry on with my freelance work. Talking of which - I have just managed to complete a couple of new Thorn Flower bracelets in different colourways! These will join the existing bracelet at the York Beads booth at Bead Fest in Philadelphia from August the 17th to the 19th. And don't forget that you can purchase the pattern for the Thorn Flowers via this page of my website!
To round off today's post I would like to thank everybody for the wonderful support the garden has received so far. I would also like to reassure you that although my work will no longer be displayed at Stitchncraft in September, I will still be working hard on creating this body of work and I will of course keep you updated with all news on my blog or Facebook page.
Bye for now!