I saw the little garden here:
and knew it would be perfect for Cecile.
The first problem was finding a tin, the mints sold here in tins are rounded oblongs with the hinge on the small end, not really workable. I looked at ebay, 10 empty tins for $12. Great! $43 postage. Not so great. I guess I do live on an island after all. I looked in a import shop in my home town and there were altoid mints. But expensive, $7 a tin. I bought them anyway, I'm not sure I want to know how much they are in the states.
I wanted to make it as a kit, with seeds and paper towel and all. I decorated the top:
the inside has the Latin for cress and a warning not to feed the gnome, in hindsight stay off the grass would have been funnier.
Here is a close up of the polymer clay gnome I made, it was originally a mobile phone charm, hence the eye, but it was too perfect for the little garden.
thanks for looking!