Looking through my photos on my camera I found these photos which I took ages ago and totally forgot to share them. What a dope!
These fairy shoes belonged to Lady Lillie Fairy. She’s rather a big deal in The Land of the Fae. She’s the Fairy equivalent of our Dame (a title bestowed only by the Queen (or who ever is the Monarch at the time) in the UK). She’s well-respected and treated as a high-ranking Fairy among those who reside in the Land of the Fae.
She has her clothes made by Fairyland Designers, and shoes made by a Cobbler called Cobwebs. (Yes, I know, how incredible is that? Me=Cobwebs; Cobwebs=Cobbler! Who woulda thunk?!).
Possibly made from the petals of a Lily which one can find only in Fairy Land. (or they might have been made from Polymer. [cough]) Can you see the teeny tiny stamens – which don’t leave any stains on your clothes – peeping out from the insides of the inner petals of the Lily? They’re made from the same stuff.
The decoration which you see to the front of the shoes are teeny tiny green glass beads, which are hung on copper wire. These beads give the most delightful tinkling noise as the shoes are moved, which makes every step taken ring out in an ethereal, magical, almost imagined sound, – but it’s not imagined, for you really can hear it – as you would expect from a Fairy!
Of course, no shoes were stolen in order to share these shoes with you. These shoes were left under a Fairy toadstool, in a place which is clearly labelled “Sharing the Shoes” – so that a passing Fairy might stumble upon them and try them for size, or a human, with an eye for Fairies, might find them and either add them to a collection (as I do) or might begin a collection.
These Fairy Lillie Shoes were brought to you by Cobwebs.
Have a spiffing Saturday! Be good to yourself, and be lovely to anyone you come into contact with. The Fairies would approve. 😉
Cobwebs the Cobbler is back – this time bringing shoes which once belonged to a Fairy Prince! Prince Extea to be precise.
Prince Extea is a Fairy Dragon Warrior, and also a Dragon Trainer. He enchants Dragons, bewitches them, mesmerizes them and then, finally, captures them and trains them to be the protectors of all who live in the Land of the Fae, and even to carry elderly Fairies on their Dragon backs, just like a horse would carry you or I to wherever we wanted to go!
Prince Extea is a very handsome chap with the most fabulous gossamer wings made from the cobwebs spun by the smallest of spiders. As the light catches his wings they flash the colours of purples,greens,blues and hints of rose-pink. Naturally, Extea likes shoes which compliment his wings.
Although he doesn’t actually ever wear his shoes out – (being able to fly is very economical with regard to footwear!) – he still requires a new pair of shoes every now and again, perhaps for a Fairy Ball, or maybe a Fairy Tea Dance, or simply because he has a new set of clothes which he wants matching shoes for. He brings back his no longer required shoes so that they can be sent to the Fairy Museum. And that’s why I’m able to show these to your today, before I carefully box them and send them, by Dragon flight, to the Fairy Museum, which is hidden deep within the Enchanted Forest of Fae.
Ok, well back to reality for a moment…. Cobwebs Fairy Shoes are all handmade from a mix of Polymer clays. There are no mold/moulds used in the making, and all the Fairy shoes you’ll find in The Cobweborium are designed entirely from the strange and enchanted corners in the mind of Cobwebs (or ‘me’ in other words. lol).
I make each individual shoe to look as if it’s been carefully worn, – so you’ll find all the ‘creases’ in the shoes which you’d expect to find in your own shoes which you wear daily.
The buttons ‘sewn’ to the front of Prince Extea’s shoes are again all hand-made and shaped, and the sewing thread holding the button to the shoe is actually a very fine ‘thread’ of polymer clay, carefully manipulated to make it look like sewing thread.
As you can see from the photograph above– even the soles of the Fairy shoes are ‘worn’ and showing signs of where the wearer has stood momentarily on a rose thorn or branch of a bush; or stood cheekily in a Birds Nest admiring the baby birds; or even walked amongst the twigs on the forest floor.
I love making Fairy Shoes, and I think that if I could, I’d probably make them all day every day.
Do you have a favourite thing which you make – or something which you do – that you’d love to do more often? Do tell me about it via a comment. I love people to actually get talking here as it kind of gets everyone talking and getting to know each other. The internet then gets to be a much more friendly place, and goodness knows we need more friendly places on the net!
Whatever you’re doing today, may you have a day of fun and love … and…. do something nice for someone else today. Pray for the next person you pass on the street. If you don’t pray, then simply wish something wonderful to happen for the next person you see. Push that wish right out of your head and heart. Let’s all band together and do something good in the world!
Cobweb the Cobbler is the Shoemaker to Elves, Fairies and all in the Land of the Fae, and inside this tiny box are a pair of shoes that the esteemed Cobbler is secretly rather proud of.
Made for a young, sweet, impish, dis-orderly, tousled haired and ever so slightly rumpled, teenage, 140 years old Fairy who recently discovered that she kind of likes the Goth scene – only without the grumpy bits. She has the blackest of black hair, which, if she’d only stop back-combing it, would be long, sleek and shiny. She has a variety of fairy wings – but does favour her black insect wings which were found among the autumn leaves last year and fashioned into fairy wings by Drucilla herself.
She wears (mostly) her much-loved, slightly raggedy, black Fairy tutu, teamed with her very most favourite top in the whole world – a cream and black stripe top with long sleeves which droop down onto her hands. The sleeves are just loose enough for her to hide her fairy wand up them, but tight enough to hold the wand there safely.
Onto her top she pins the thing she’s known for best …. a red rose brooch pin which was made for her by her Grandmother. Whatever she’s wearing, whatever the day, time, or occasion, she is never seen without that red rose.
But… she was in need of some special shoes for her ‘look’ to be complete, so Cobweb the Cobbler came up with an idea, and the Drucilla Penny Red Rose Fairy Shoes were born.
The tiny 2″ long shoes were rather difficult to photograph, – you see … they’re actually the darkest of black, but they have a very special silver dust finish to them which makes them twinkle madly – however the camera has picked up that shimmery twinkle and made the shoes look as if they’re a steel grey. They aren’t. They’re truly black!
They have a gold, hand-made buckle on the front, and red roses on a vine which winds its way around the shoes.
On the edges of the shoes, just where Drucilla puts her feet into them, are round, amber glass beads on golden wires, which arch gracefully outwards, with the amber beads loosely suspended from them so that the amber glass ‘tinkles’ and makes the most wonderful sound as they move against each other when the shoes are worn. (Imagine a small bag of coins being gently shaken – but then turn the sound down so that it’s really gentle and only just audible. That’s the closest I can get to describing the sound!).
Drucilla Penny loves her new shoes and can’t stop looking at them. Pausing over ponds and lakes so that she can admire her shoes in the reflection in the water. Aw, bless her heart.
Where Did Drucilla Penny get her name from?
Many years ago I was a big Carpenters fan and had almost all of their records. One of the songs on one of their albums was a fabulous little bit of fun called ‘Druscilla Penny’, and it was this song which I was singing to myself as those fairy shoes (above) were being fashioned. Once finished, I decided that they’d have to be for a fabulous fairy called Drucilla Penny (different spelling), in honour of the song. And that’s how the Fairy Shoes came to ‘be’.
I found a video of Richard and Karen Carpenter singing the song and I did originally put the video here, but I found it was (for some reaon) attracting tons of spam messages, apparently from some very odd WordPress blog sites, so I’ve removed the video. But if you visit youtube and put ‘Carpenters’ and Druscilla Penny’ in the search bar there, it will give you a choice of a couple of videos you can watch and listen to.
Lyrics – so that you can sing along if you’re in the mood!
Druscilla Penny, what a name Are you sure you didn’t make it up yourself? Youre very pretty, yes you are But with all the junk you wear, its hard to tell
Man you must work hard to get your hair to look like that I don’t need a horoscope to tell me where you’re at Your family’s probably given up on you Since you began to follow groups of long-haired rock ‘n’ rollers I can hear your mother crying for her daughter
Druscilla Penny, what a girl Where’s the purpose to the crazy life you lead? It doesn’t matter after all You’re so sure that instant love is all you need
I’ve seen your face at least a thousand times You’re always standing there behind the stages at the concerts Waiting for an offer to be with someone after
Druscilla Penny, how’s your head? Do you ever wake up lonely in the night? It isn’t easy for a girl when she can’t decide if love is wrong or right I hope I live to see a change, could you ever really love? Ever really care? Ever really get it together? No.
Thank you for coming to visit my blog, and for taking a look into the fabulous world of Fairy Shoes. I loved making these shoes. They’re so detailed, and I really love those little details in art works – whatever they’re made from! Hope you like them too.
Have a wonderful weekend, and a truly blessed rest of your day!
Pollen the Fairy has a very important job in the Land of the Fae, and that job is to dust down the flowers after the Bumbles have paid a visit. You see, Bumble Bees can be very messy sometimes and in their desire to collect pollen from flowers, they will occasionally get a little over greedy and splosh tiny specks of pollen all over the flowers and their petals! So Pollen the Fairy was put on the job and he dusts down the flowers with a very special brush, made from the hair of the Fairy Princess. (what? you thought that a bristle brush would do the job? tsk tsk)
But .. Pollen needed new shoes and so wanted Cobweb the Cobbler to make some which had a nod to the important flower dusting job. Cobweb thought long and hard about this and eventually came up with ‘Pods’. The cobbler took some pea pods, and fashioned them into the right shape and correct size, but felt they were the wrong colour.
So the cobbler asked a passing Kingfisher bird if he would be willing to gift one of his beautiful blue feathers to the cobbler. The Kingfisher obliged! – and Cobweb then went to town and, using the feather donated by the Kingfisher, painted the pea pod made shoes!
Slowly, as the cobbler painted – the bright blue colour of the feather began to seep into the green of the pea pod made fairy shoe and dyed it the incredible bright blue colour you see in the photographs!
But … that wasn’t enough!A fairy wouldn’t just have plain blue shoes for hecks sake! No fairy would want just a boring plain shoe! Nooooo. Fairies have to have something special. And that’s where the magic began.
These fairy shoes are covered in the pollen of all the different coloured flowers which the Bumbles like to visit, and the vines which wind their way around the shoes are there to gently hug the ankles of the fairy wearer so that the shoes don’t fall off in mid-flight, for that would be disastrous!
A comment made by another blogger made me realise that I’d hadn’t shown any of the boxes which the Fairy Shoes arrive in, so I thought that perhaps I should include these boxes in the photographs from now on. So the first photograph(at the top of this post)and the last one (below) show the top (and sides) of the hand painted and decorated box which Cobweb the Cobbler delivers the special Fairy Shoes in.
The other box in the background? ….. Ohhhhh … well you’ll have to wait till next time in order to see the shoes which belong to that box! 😉
This post is dedicated to a fellow blogger, who’s photograph of a Bumble Bee was the inspiration behind this post. You can find her truly beautiful and peace filled blog here: http://friendlyfairytales.com/
Have a blessed rest of your day, and … thank you for visiting and taking the time to read. I hope you like the shoes!
Peapody is a fabulous rascal in the land of Fae. He’s tall – in fact quite the lankiest of the male fairies that I ever did see – and wears long-legged brown woollen trousers with turn ups – which, he tells me, are there to catch seeds!; an old (but still very serviceable) white with the faintest of line checks, collar-less shirt – with the sleeves rolled up; and braces which hold his trousers up and are attached to them with white bone buttons.
He’s a gardener in Fairy Land and has been around for a gazillion years. Well – that’s what he tells me, but I’m not entirely certain I believe him. To me he looks around his late eighties / early nineties – but hey, what do I know. I’m only a ”whipper-snapper” according to Peapody!
He gardens every single day. He says that no one else is going to take care of that forest so he has to work every day! To be honest, I think he just likes to garden – but he also likes to have people tell him he’s doing a wonderful job – so I did, and still do, often!
He used to wear boots. Brown, wrinkled, crinkled, cracked, leathery looking boots with laces, but he said that he’s far too busy and can’t be bothered with boots now and so decided a while ago that he was going to retire his boots and instead wear something more comfy. He asked Cobwebs the Cobbler to come up with something which he didn’t have to fuss with. He wanted: comfy with no laces; no zippers; no doodly uppy bits; no hobnails; no rivets and no holes. He said he just wanted to push his feet in and walk. And this is what Cobwebs the Fairy Cobbler came up with.
They look, to all intents and purposes, like they’ve been crafted from the pods of the peas which Peapody grows to make Pea Pod Soup, and they’re even adorned with peas!
Peapody was thrilled with them when he saw them, and, I’m told, hasn’t taken them off since because they’re sooo comfortable. One satisfied customer I think!
If you’re now wondering what Pea Pod Soup tastes like, Peapody very kindly shared his recipe, scroll down to find it!
Pea Pod Soup
A colander full of freshly emptied pea pods, rinsed
1 onion or a handful of spring onions, chopped
A generous handful of fresh mint
Light vegetable stock
Seasoning: a little salt, a little pepper, a little sugar, a little lemon juice
To garnish: more chopped spring onions and chopped fresh herbs of your choice
Optional: a little yoghurt or cream (use vegan varieties for vegan soup!)
In a large saucepan, gently fry the chopped onion or spring onions in a little olive oil for about 3 minutes. Put the pea pods and mint into the pan – discard any very woody stems but there’s no need to chop everything up, this soup will be going into the food processor later on. Add enough light vegetable stock to allow the pea pods to float about happily. Bring to the boil, then turn to a low heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Check the water level and top up if you need to.
Allow the mixture to cool a little and then transfer to a food processor or liquidiser and whizz until smooth. Pea pods can be stringy, so be prepared to run the machine for several minutes and taste as you go so that you can be sure that the consistency is right for you. If all else fails and the consistency is still a bit too fibrous you can put the soup through a sieve.
Return the soup to the pan, check the consistency and thin it down with a little more stock if you like. Check the taste and adjust it to suit your own preference using salt, pepper, sugar or lemon juice. This soup can be served warm or chilled. Top with finely chopped spring onions and fresh herbs, or a swirl of cream or yoghurt.
Yes, it’s a genuine recipe. You really can make and eat it.
Thanks for coming to read and take a peep at Peapody’s Slippers. I love them. What do you think?
The Cobweborium Emporium welcomes you into the Realm of the Fae, where magic can be marvelled and wonderment rules.
Here is where Once upon a Time comes back to life . . .
Many years ago I was taught to sculpt in heavy, grey Stoneware Clay and I remember one day, my teacher coming to my work bench and seeing at what I was sculpting he smiled warmly at me and said “… it’s all in the details for you, isn’t it.“. He’d noticed, over time, something that I hadn’t realised before, – I loved to make tiny little extra additions to all my sculpts. It was a lightbulb moment for me! Before this I just thought I was just doing finishing touches to any sculpts I produced, because they seemed to bring my sculpted things to life.
I began to look for a medium which would allow me to sculpt little things.Although Stoneware is amazing – it’s a little too gritty to make the smooth surfaces I wanted in my small things. I found a particular mix of polymers was the perfect thing and these tiny Fairy Shoes came out of my fingers about 9 years ago.
I christen all of my handmade shoes with the name of the Faery, Fairy, Elf or any other inhabitant of the Faery Realm who wears the shoes or boots which I make. These, are Bodwinks Boots.
They measure less than one and a half inches long, and they have a finish to them which makes them look like they’ve been spray painted in pearlescent paint. Very twinkly, with a depth which suggests they’re ‘other worldly’.
While you’re here … and I’ve got your attention.. I’m figuring that you perhaps like Fairy or magical type things since you’re reading this blog post, and if so I would love to share with you something which I’ve held dear to my heart for years. There is a company called Duirwaigh (it means ‘door way’) who produced a mini film called: A Knock at the Door
This was Duirwaigh’s first inspirational mini-film. It contains beautiful works of art from a range of fantasy artists, combined with some beautiful, inspiring text that leads the viewer of the film back to the magical place inside themselves.
From their website: “A Knock at the Door takes us to the beginning and end of every journey; a place of wonder and innocence, but above all a place of remembering – to the most magical secret place of all – the place of believing.”
Sit back, relax and watch the movie. Your inner child will thank you for doing it.