Things I’ve learned this Week.

Hello ….  I’m baa-aaaack!

My apologies for being M.I.A (missing in action) – my body is still being bombarded by bugs, but I’m trying to fight ’em.  My bed is winning at the moment.  I seem to get up in the morning;  have a shower, and before you know it, I’m back in bed again.

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Off to see my GP in a couple of days, and he if doesn’t have a magic wand to wave and put things right, – then I’m making plans for a ticket to platform 9 and three-quarters to be purchased, and I’ll be off to Hogwarts to see if they can mix up an elixir which might sort me out once and for all!

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Anyhooo .…  let’s dip into the world of lessons, as learned by one Cobwebs of The Cobweborium Emporium and find out what life has taught me this week….

I’ve learned (not for the first time) that if I stay away from my craft room for too long, then my mojo wanders off and it’s really not easy to get the little divil back again and in working order.  This is such a great BIG GRRRRRR!  to me.

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I’ve learned that I’d got SO into making Christmas cards and thinking ‘Christmas’, that it’s been an absolute pain in the rear end to try and get myself out of that Christmas frame of mind.

And while on the subject of Christmas ….  With the help of Mr. Cobs, I’ve packed away all the Christmassy Craft things into my special Christmas Box (a red box labelled  “Christmas”), and have learned this week that I won’t need to buy even so much as a rubber stamp or even an extra die … or indeed any Christmas papers …  for at least two or three years, because I have SO much stuff that I haven’t used, and yet I keep adding to the pile!   tut tut.

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I’ve also learned …  that because of being pretty much confined to the house, I’ve discovered the attraction of dipping into the sales on-line at this time of year and have …  (this one will surprise you) … done some shopping for Christmas gifts for NEXT CHRISTMAS!  Me!  Yes!!!  My mother wouldn’t have believed me if I’d have told her that.

There are (or have been) some really fabulous bargains to be found on the interwebby thing.  Particularly some really beautiful pieces of jewellery.  Although … the downside of this shopping is that I’ve found rather a lot of things which I want myself.  [sigh].  I admit to buying myself a (late) Christmas present of an Electric Blue Swiss Topaz ring and also a pair of silver earrings – both of which I bought for a bargain price and both of which have become my favourites in the jewellery box.  – However …  they haven’t had chance to make it to the jewellery box.  They’re both living on a little ring saucer on my dressing table, and I keep putting them on, and wearing them for a few minutes, just so that I can look at them and love them for a while.  Just to make my heart smile.

I’ve also learned …  that, in this country (Great Britain – land of my heart and home) – the TV programme schedulers (planners) obviously go totally brain-dead once they’ve planned the Television programmes for the Christmas week, because the offerings they’ve given us here in the UK as choices to watch on TV are TOTAL RUBBISH!

Seriously … I could have done better given three hours, some coffee and a laptop!

So here’s the plan:  British people reading this blog …  I think we should get our brain cells working and make a list of the things we’d like to be watching in the TV programmes schedule for after Christmas this year.  Each of us can then email that list to the good old BBC,  ITV  and Channels 4 & 5.  If we all do this, then maybe they might get the hint that they’re not doing their job properly, should buck up their ideas, and maybe follow our suggestions and play the programmes we suggest.

Now I don’t ‘do’ Facebook, but I know some of you do, so please feel free to quote this idea to your friends and let’s get this thing going.  We’ll beat ’em into submission!  We have to pay a licence fee (we have no option), so let’s make them work for what they charge us.

I also learned some really great stuff this week.  Give your mind a work out with these:

Giraffes have the same number of teeth as humans.

Leonardo Da Vinci was a vegetarian and was known to buy caged birds simply to let them free.  He was also questioning man’s superiority over animals and his right to raise them for slaughter – this attitude was unheard of in his time.

Your lips don’t touch when you say the word ‘touch’ but they do touch when you say the word ‘separate’.

When you cut a hole in your fishing net, it has fewer holes.  (Think about that one for a moment)

Japan now has a new class of citizens – the cyber homeless. They live in cyber cafes because it is cheaper than an apartment. The cafes oblige with free showers and even sell underwear.  (This one really surprised me, until I thought about it for a moment, and then I realised that actually … nothing that happens in Japan which fulfills one of their needs or requirements, surprises me any more.  They seem to have a simple solution of solving any problem).

AND FINALLY . . . . .

 . . .  the bit I know you’ve been waiting for.  The Jokes!

Q: “What’s the difference between a guitar and a fish?”
A: “You can’t tuna fish.”
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Q: Did you hear about the hungry clock?
A: It went back four seconds
Q: What do lawyers wear to court?
A: Lawsuits!
Q: What do you call a fat psychic?
A: A four chin teller.
Q: What is it called when a cat wins a dog show?
A: A CAT-HAS-TROPHY!
Q: What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A: a thesaurus.
Q: What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?
A: “Where’s Popcorn?”
Q: What do you call sad coffee?”
A: Despresso.
Q: What do you call a man with no body and just a nose?
A: Nobody nose.
Q: What is brown and has a head and a tail but no legs?
A: A penny.
Q: What has one head, one foot and four legs?
A: A Bed
and finally . . .
Q: What do you call a bee that lives in America?
A:  a USB
I hope your chuckle muscles got a workout.
Let’s get this Friday the 13th off to a great start shall we?  Remember …  there’s nothing especially unlucky about it being Friday the 13th and the only scary thing about it is attempting to say this: paraskavedekatriaphobia,  – which is the name given for people who fear Friday the 13th.  Bad things, carelessness, something breaking, car accidents, falling over, breaking your toe, losing your phone … these and many more things, can, and do,  happen on any given day.  So please don’t worry over it.  But … if it makes you feel better to spend the day in bed and not go out of the house, then do whatever makes you happy.
Have a really great day.  Share your smile with someone.  You never know … your smile could be the very thing that changes someone’s day around and makes it a good one.

Sending you oodles of love and squidges ~

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Beautiful Words make a wonderful gift.

Framed Word art gift

I am very rarely given anything handmade by someone else, which is such a huge sadness to me because I love handmade things.  So imagine my heart soaring surprise when my fantastic delivery lady brought me this incredible work of heart.

Made from Scrabble letter tiles, to spell out the words – but not just any words.  They’re words which she associates with us.  It must have taken an age to plan it out,  and work out how to make the right words work with each other.  It’s such a truly wonderful work of art and I’m thrilled to have it – so much so that I’m in awe of it.

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The ‘cobweb’ is made from sparkly, twinkly black wool and is so beautifully done!  She even went to the great trouble of making the fabulous backing paper herself!  I love it, and love my delivery lady too.  She’s the most incredible lady and I’m so very lucky to have her.  She’s always so happy, so cheerful, so quick to smile, so caring,  and … I love her to pieces just for being the person she is.

I should have actually shared this some weeks ago when I first received it, but between one thing and another I didn’t manage to get it to the blog here.  But better late than never, as they say.  This phenomenal gift lives in my craft room and hangs on the wall above my printer where I see it every time I enter and leave the room.  It makes me feel all warm and loved up when I see it  – as it’s kind of a visible validation that someone cares enough about me to take the time and trouble to make something so very special, just for me .  It’s an instant warmth to the heart and smile to the face.

Well, I hope everything in your world is groovy (cooo … there’s a word from several years ago!).  Do let me know you’ve visited simply by chatting in a comment.  I’ll always reply.  You don’t have to chat about my word art gift if you don’t want to.  Tell me what you’ve been up to or even where you’re going on holiday if you like.  Anything!  Chatting in blog-land is such a fabulous thing to do as it gets us all talking to each other, and that, in this day and age of technology and 140 miserable Twitter characters,  can only be a good thing!

In the meantime … have a truly blessed day and …  thank you so much for coming and spending a few minutes with me. 

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Drucilla Penny’s Fairy Rose Shoes

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What’s in the Box?!

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.

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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!

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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!).

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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’.Drucila Pennys Fairy Rose shoes 1

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!

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I’ll Rope You A Star ~ a handmade, little stars, Wand.

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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.

Embarrassing eh?

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.

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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.

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Have a truly blessed rest of your day, all,  . . .  and a fabulously twinkly, star lit night. 

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The End of the Rainbow, Wand of all Rainbows.

The Wand of Rainbows

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:

  1. wisdom,
  2. knowledge,
  3. faith,
  4. gift of healing,
  5. to operate miracles,
  6. prophecy,
  7. distinguishing spirits,
  8. to speak in different kinds of tongues
  9. and the gift to interpret them.

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.

The Wand of 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.

Wishing you a magical day!

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Tiny White Angel Feathers – make a most beautiful handmade wand.

The photograph above doesn’t show   the daintiness:  the apparent delicacy or the true beauty of this little handmade wand.  To see how intricate this really is you need to see it with the human eye,  however,  I’ve managed to capture a little of the details by taking a ‘closer up’ photograph which helps to show a little more of the adornments. and the fineness,  both in the appearance and the work which went into making this incredible little work of heart.

Close up of the Angel Feathers Wand

Close up of the Angel Feathers Wand

The wooden part of the wand is made from gifted pine wood, which was crafted by hand, by a wood worker,  into a short, beautiful, almost straight length, just right for what I had in my minds eye.  Pine was chosen for this wand because it offers the properties of protection, healing, rejuvenation, strength, life, purification and … a wonderful added bonus .. it attracts money!  (and I don’t think I know anyone who couldn’t do with a little more of that!)

The handle of the wand was crafted   Made entirely of individual, handmade white Angel Feathers.  Each one is completely different from any other.  [No mould was used in the making of the feathers].  As each feather was made it was transferred to the wand and slowly but surely the handle was born.  Gold dust was then applied, with a very fine paint brush, to the tips of all the feathers, in order to give them their own glowing light.

At the head of the handle  is a large white pearl, and further pearls can be found dotted throughout the handle, tucked between, or peeping out from beneath various feathers.  There are then more pearls which are hung from tiny silver loops hidden within the folds of the feathers, and further tear-drop pearls which hang from little gold chains.

Pearls were chosen for this incredibly special wand both because of their association with the moon, and also because of their symbolism of purity, innocence, faith and honesty.

There are also Opals hung from the handle – a beautiful gemstone, chosen because it’s a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity.  A protective stone;  a stone for love;  and associated with peace, and consciousness.

In various places on the wand handle there are literally hundreds of the tiniest golden glass beads – which give the appearance of something bubbling forth from beneath the feathers – and the ‘something’ I envisioned that this represented,  was love.

The whole wand symbolises love, happiness, warmth, and joy – and in keeping with the traditions of wand making, the wand was blessed and charged,  before being passed to its destiny owner.

Thank you so much for coming to read.  I really loved making this wonderful little wand and am proud to be known as its maker.  I so hope you like it too.

Have a beautiful day ~

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