The morning it happened-- the end of my lovely world-- I did not water the lilac bush outside my father's study. The time was June 1941 and the place was Vilna, a city in the northeastern corner of Poland. And I was ten years old and took it quite for granted that all over the globe people tended their gardens on such a morning as this. Wars and bombs stopped at the garden gates, happened on the far side of garden walls. Our garden was the center of my world, the place above all others where I wished to remain forever.
The Endless Steppe ch1
This kit requires the use of a flame. ONLY USE THE CANDLE UNDER PARENTAL SUPERVISION.
- Cut the green ribbon 2-3 inches long.
- Cut one side of your leaf and singe the edge so it doesn't fray.
- Cut the other side and singe the edge.
- Fold the leaf in half and warm the crease in the flame.
- After taking it off the flame, wait for a moment and then press. Make sure you are not doing this when it is hot.
Creating a Lilac Flower
- Cut the purple and pink ribbons into dozens of mini rectangles. You want them to be just slightly longer than they are tall.
- Hold each side to the candle flame to seal the edges.
- Do this very lightly. Just enough to seal without creating a thick melted edge.
- Start arranging your flowers.
- Gather stems together. Use floral tape to bind.
- Bend the individual flowers out to fluff your lilac branch.
Created with images by Jessica Fadel - "summer lilacs"