Once upon a time there was a girl that traveled to to lake that divided Italy from Switzerland.
On that lake was an island that was once ruled by a noble family for many years.
On that island was a house (hmph) that the noble family lived in for many centuries.
Surrounding that house were extensive beautiful gardens.
Beautiful gardens that housed such exotic creatures as albino peacocks...
and enchanting statues...
and don't forget captivating views.
And then that girl came back home & used everything that she saw to use as inspiration in her art and jewelry.
So my gradmother's garden & greenhouse were nowhere near this grand, but all that time I spent with her either working on her flowers or crafts definately rubbed off on me. Oh, and if you're wondering where the pictures were taken - here you go: Isola Bella (fitting, "Beautiful Island") on Lago Maggiore in northern Italy bordering Switzerland. Links to more history & travel specific info here.
Hope you're inspired!