I need say nothing more for it’s already said.
Be good to each other,
love ~ Cobs. x
aka The Cobweborium Emporium
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.
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.
Did you know … that a Wand isn’t in the least bit magical? It can’t do a thing. It has absolutely NO power. NOTHING. Let me explain more . . .
All a wand actually is, is a ‘tool’ on which to focus your attention. Believe me, if wands themselves really could do ‘stuff’ all on their own, I certainly wouldn’t collect the pretty wands which I do! (or any other sort of wand for that matter!).
Let me take you back to your school days. Imagine for a moment that you’re sat in the classroom, and you’re giggling and whispering with the girl next to you. Suddenly the teacher’s voice BOOMS out, and shouts your name! You look up and see him standing there, with a cross face, hands on hips. He looks right at you, gives you a stern telling off and tells you that you’re disrupting his class.
Now let’s replay that scene again . . .
The teacher’s voice BOOMS out, and shouts your name! You look up and see your teacher standing there pointing his index right at you. He’s looking very cross. Looking directly at you but still pointing his finger at you, shaking it the merest amount, he raises his voice and tells you off, – all the time he’s doing this he continues to point that finger at you.
Can you see (and feel) how much more ‘menacing’ the whole scene becomes simply because he’s pointing his finger at you?
That finger doesn’t have anything magical about it, and yet it seems to hold so much more ‘power’.
That’s exactly the same as a wand. All a finger pointing at you is doing is focusing your attention. (and the person who’s pointing at you’s attention). A wand is exactly the same thing. It just focus’ the attention.
Well now I’ve blathered on about how wands don’t have any power, you can perhaps now understand why they don’t ‘freak’ me out, and even why I love to make pretty, magical to the eye, wands! And this ‘Rope a Star’ wand is magical to the eye.
The inspiration for this wand came from my childhood. My mother used to tell me a poem, song, or story (I sadly can’t remember which) when I was little, but I do remember that I loved it. Sadly I cannot remember what the story, song, poem was – and my mother has passed on, so I can’t ask her about it – but I remember a line from it which went something like: ‘I’ll throw a rope out and rope a star just for you’ … and that line conjured up such wonderful images inside my little mind, and it still does now.
So I decided that I would throw a rope out and rope a star – but this time I’d make mine a rope which wrapped itself around a wand, and the stars would hang from the wand itself.
There are little silver stars which dangle from lot’s of places on the wand, and there’s a crescent moon with stars hanging from the heel of the wand (at the top end as you’re looking at it in the photo. The ribbon and star cuff around the top of the wand is removable.
Over the years I’ve tried to find the poem, song or story which mentions this ‘roping in a star’ and I’ve never found it. But if you happen to know it or know where to find it, I’d be thrilled if you could either let me know or pop a link into a comment so that I could go and find it.
At just 6½” in length, this is one of the collection of smaller wands which I make, and I absolutely loved making this one. It has Blue, Green, a deep warm Yellow, and light Lemon. Lavender, Lilac, Orange, Pink, and a wonderful rich Ruby Red. In total, nine colours. Why 9? …
The number 9 has great meaning:
It’s the number of Universal love, eternity, faith.
The spiritual meaning of number Nine bring us to the very height of vibrational frequencies in this number sequence.
Nine represents attainment, satisfaction, accomplishment, and our success to achieve an influence in our circumstances.
Nine deals with intellectual power, inventiveness, influence over situations and things. Nine beseeches us to recognize our own internal attributes, and extend these abilities out into the world to make a positive, influential difference.
In ‘Angel Numbers’, the number 9 is the number of Universal love; eternity; faith; Universal Spiritual Laws; Karma; spiritual enlightenment; spiritual awakening; Light working and Light workers; charity, selflessness; destiny; soul’s purpose and mission; generosity; a higher perspective; romance; inner-strength; responsibility; intuition; strength of character.
It also resonates with creative abilities; sensitivity; inner-wisdom; high ideals; humility; altruism and benevolence; empathy; compassion; artistic genius; an expansive viewpoint; communication; influence; perfection; magnetism; understanding; forgiveness and sympathy; the visionary; duty and calling; obligation; mysticism; optimism and Divine wisdom.
Nine is the number of the hierarchy, represented by nine choruses of the Angels.
It represents the three divine manifestations in the three planes: world of the spirit, world of the soul, world of the matter.
The Bible teaches us the nine spiritual gifts of God enumerated by Saint Paul:
Saint Paul enumerates also nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
I could go on but I think you get the idea. Nine is a beautiful, spiritual, fabulous, magical number, and likewise, this wand is a beautiful, spiritual, fabulous, magical, Wand of all Rainbows.
Once cured, I gave the wand a particular finish which is a favourite of mine. It has the finest twinkly, star-dust motes suspended within its particles. You cannot see specks of glitter or anything like that because it’s not ‘glittery’ in that way at all. It’s quite literally the finest of finest ‘dust‘ of a magical type stuff which is just fantastic. I’m convinced it’s the same stuff that sunbeams and moonbeams are made of! This finish made the wand twinkle, shimmer and dance with merriment. Once sealed, I added a collar of rainbow colours of ribbons, and finally, it was cleansed and blessed by the full moon, in readiness for its new owner.
Can you imagine what this would look like inside a glass case, hanging on the wall? Perhaps one of those box type frames – a picture frame with a deep box behind the glass. It would look great against some plain coloured fabric – maybe even black velvet – to really make the colours pop!
Thank you so much for coming and having a look at the Wand of all Rainbows. I found such joy in the making of it. I love this wand and am hoping that you like it too.
No matter how many photographs I took, where I took the photographs or what backgrounds I tried it against, I couldn’t seem to capture the real essence of this beautiful wand at all. So although the pictures are OK – they’re not the best that they could be. (apologies. – I’m great at ‘making’, but I pose absolutely no threat to David Bailey).
Where I live I have some huuuuge pine trees in my garden which are protected (by law). So it makes sense to use the wood which these trees gift to me by way of high winds etc.
The base which this wand is made from is beautiful pine, which was seasoned naturally and turned from a small broken branch, into a fabulously straight length of pine wood by a friend – who doesn’t use machinery (wood lathes and such) – everything he does is done the good old-fashioned way – which I love.
Measuring 14½” (or 37cm) from the tip to the heel of the wands handle. But not heavy. I know in the photographs it looks like it would be an arm breaker – but it really is very light – weighing just 60 grams – (or 2 ounces in good old-fashioned money). Every time I pick it up it still surprises even me – and I worked with/on it for weeks!
I knew that I wanted to base the wands handle around the Element of Fire, so began working by choosing my colours of clay. Obviously in shades of reds and yellows – both to represent the heat and the colour of flames, – and, because I wanted fiery flames to lick up and along the wand, I had to blend the colours carefully so that they didn’t become muddy – but blended together just as real flames do.
I also added green oak leaves. This was because I wanted to:
As I fashioned, I became aware of a growing desire to include gems and crystals of significance, so had to ensure that I took care to place these in just the right places so that the stones didn’t interfere with the comfortable holding of the wand in the hand.
Once the wand and it’s handle had gone through its various own ‘fires‘ (of the making variety) – I polished the handle to a lovely smooth finish and added some very tiny glass beads and an assortment of crystals, fixing them along the curves and folds of the flames along the handle – which helped to represent that ‘sparking, sparkling, crackling’ which a true fire has.
I then tipped the wand with gold leaf. It doesn’t want to show up in the photographs – despite me trying a gazillion photographs [sigh] – so you’ll have to imagine that the very point of the wand is tipped in gold leaf which has a fabulous shine and depth.
Finally – I sat for a while and selected what I felt where the right gem stones to add to this wand. I wanted the colours I was choosing to have a specific meaning and also wanted the gem stones themselves to be chosen for the meaning they held, for the many and varied reasons from feng shui through celtic, wiccan, spiritual healing lore, philosophers and mystics all the way to a gentleman called George Frederick Kunz – (who wrote the book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones published in 1913). Kunz wasn’t a mystic crystal-gazer but rather the leading gemologists of his time and the resident gem expert at Tiffany & Co.
Finding the right mix of gemstones and colours was a balancing act – I wanted to get the mix just right. When I was finally happy with my choice, I had: Carnelian. Yellow Jade, Black Onyx, milky green Malachite, Amethyst and Citrine, sat on my work bench, waiting for me to begin work.
The colours symbolize:
Carnelian was chosen because: (amongst many reasons:) Carnelian is associated with the element of fire and it has a projective energy that balances all forces. Carnelian holds a very special place in the Christian religion. According to holy scriptures, carnelian was one of the twelve gemstones worn on the breastplate of Aaron, the first high priest of the Israelites and a prophet.
Yellow Jade was chosen because: Jade is said to bless whatever it touches, serving mankind across the globe for nearly 6,000 years, and valued for its beauty and powers of healing and protection. It is the ultimate “Dream Stone,” revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and dream-solve. Jade signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative and is the stone of calm in the midst of storm.
Black Onyx was chosen because: it is said to have protective properties and to bring inner strength, self-confidence aid intuition and help with mental discipline, It’s believed to help to release negative emotions and alleviate fear and anxiety. Some cultures believe it to be unlucky, however others consider it to be virtuous and to protect against black magic.
Malachite was chosen because: it is a protection stone, absorbing negative energies, and shows what is blocking your spiritual growth, draws out deep feelings and psychosomatic causes, then allows you to break unwanted ties and outworn patterns. It supports friendships and empathy for other people. NB: Malachite is toxic and should be used only in its polished form.
Amethyst was chosen because: it is known as a stone of protection. Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy, and it has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It’s also known as the Bishop’s Stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom.
Citrine was chosen because: Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways.. It’s known as the ‘success stone’, since it is believed to promote prosperity and abundance, and because citrine can clear negative energy and influences from the aura, it is useful for meditation, psychic awareness, and spiritual development. Citrine is one of the most valuable and popular gemstones in the quartz group. Citrine also does not absorb any negative energies from its surroundings, and thus never needs energetic clearing..
And that, ladies and gentlemen readers, is the Element of Fire Wand. I hope you like it.
All hand-made, in a particular mix of polymers which I like to use. No moulds were used to make this pin/pendant. All the feathers you see are all hand-made, no two are the same, and each one applied individually by hand. There is, however, one golden, metal feather nestled amongst all the other feathers. Can you spot it?
Suspended beneath the Angel wings is a glass phial which holds a measured amount of Angel Dust. The lid was applied and then sealed, never to be opened, so that the Angel Dust will be with you forever. Finally, three more feathers were applied to the glass phial, each feather symbolizing Charity, Hope and Faith.
I loved making this pin/pendant and now that it’s finished I love it even more. Hope you like it too.
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Say hello to Bradley. Bradley is a scamp of a bear who loves to sit on a shelf and watch you as you go about your day.
Made from Polymer Clay, and jointed so that his arms and legs move. His joints are made by the use of gold wrapped elastic.
Introducing him has obviously worn him out. He’s had to sit down! In width, at his widest point, Bradley is roughly 3cm wide (which is 1.18 in inches)
Oh, it must be nap time. Shhhh… he’s sleeping. Can you hear him snoring? I’ve taken the opportunity to do a cheeky height measurement, and as you can see, he’s roughly 2.5″ tall. (that’s 6.35 centimetres for those who work in ‘new money’. lol)
Well that was a quick nap. We seem to be on the move again … probably off to find some honey!
This little bear was made from Polymer Clay, and then ‘dusted’ over with some really beautiful gold acrylic paint – which sadly doesn’t show up at all well in the photo’s but if you look carefully you can just about spot it here and there. The hardest thing about making Bradley was threading that gold covered elastic through the holes I made for his joints. You have to get the tension just right, otherwise a limb(s) will hang, or if you get the tension too tight, the limb(s) will kind of fan out and not work properly.
Because bears like Bradley are quick to make I will use them as removable card adornments for older children. Obviously with a note that they’re not a playing with toy, but an ‘ornament’. But I’ve also put them into adult cards too and they seem to go down very well with the folks who receive them.
Bradley, however, is my bear. He sits on a shelf in my craft room, mostly laughing at me when I swear under my breath as I drop something for the hundredth time and have to scrabble about trying to find whatever it is – before I roll the castors on my chair over ‘it’.
Thank you so much for visiting. Please have a look round the place while you’re here. There’s plenty to find and have a nose at!
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/