ONCE upon a time,—so long ago that the world has forgotten the date,—in a city of the North of Europe,— the name of which is so hard to pronounce that no one remembers it,—there was a little boy, just seven years old, whose name was Wolff. He was an orphan and lived with his aunt, a hard-hearted, avaricious old woman, who never kissed him but once a year, on New Year's Day; and who sighed with regret every time she gave him a bowlful of soup.
Earlier this year, I feel completely in love with the photo above from Amy Elizabeth Merrick's blog An Apple A Day! It speaks to me of kindness, goodness, and magic. So I was thrilled when I discovered that Domino Magazine has a Online Tutorial by Amy, so we can make our own terrarium jungle! Now to find some glass domes...!
Deep in the ancient woods of Finland, Lea Turto covered tree stumps in red felt as a way to examine the spiritual meaning of the forest and her own deep rooted Finnish culture.
Hiisi is a Finnish word, originally meaning a sacred grove. Hiisi was thought of as a temple: people gathered there to celebrate with food and to sacrifice to the forest gods. Hiisi was also a gateway to the past and a connection with the dead. It was an intermediate space between two worlds, and the Tree of Life was often situated in this grove. When Christianity arrived, the secret groves were destroyed and the name hiisi was changed to mean either devil or hell. Even so it is only some one hundred and fifteen years since sacrificial offerings were last found on the branches of the sacred trees, although the clergy had begun their destruction in 1229. Our native beliefs were strongly embedded in people's minds.
I love how the stumps seem to take on a life of their own. One can almost hear them whispering...
December 4th, is St. Barbara's Day and Wheat is her symbol. In France, especially in Provence, wheat grains are soaked in water, placed in dishes and set to germinate in a warm corner. The grain is carefully tended with the belief that if it grows fast - next years crops will do well! Personally, I love the way a bowl of green looks this time of year. Easy instructions to grow your own field of wheat Here!
Wouldn't you just love to know what this story is about??? Truly delightful illustrations from a "1920s/1930s Polish children's book entitled 'W karainie karzelków' (In the Country of Little People) with nonsense verse by Cz. Kedzierski and only the monogram of AsO to identify the illustrator." Link via BiblioOdyssey!
Anne Luther is a Contemporary Surrealist artist residing along the California coastline near Santa Barbara. A collector of little bits of life that others have discarded she deftly assembles her finds into art-pieces with new stories. Her handbag series began as a personal shrine dedicated to her mother, which led to a series of powerful works, revealing portraits of 'womens secret lives' found within. Truly Delightful!!!
This weekend I went down to Santa Cruz to spend some quality time with my dearest friend Marty. Over the years, Marty and I have shared one of those special relationships where no matter the distance or time we can always re-connect and inspire one another as if it were only yesterday that we were last together. I met Marty when we were both doing crafts fairs in the early 90's. I was instantly attracted to her smile, generous spirit, true business savvy and unmatched eye for detail. We became fast friends and have supported one another through the thick and thin of life's adventures. This weekend was no different, being able to spend time with Marty's Granddaughter Molly!
Marty lives in one of Santa Cruz's beautiful Victorian gems. Her home is like a museum, filled with a lifetimes worth of artistic treasures! Her love of the exotic, gothic, original, whimsical, and antique evident everywhere you look.
But the brightest new jewel in her collection right now is truly little Molly! A strawberry blond sprite (look at those Flintstone piggy tales!) with giggles that can curl your toes, she kept us laughing all weekend long!
It's Marty that I owe my love of bats, skeletons and the macabre. Her passion for creatures that others may not find as appealing always inspires me! Who else but Marty would get 3 orders for Tree Sloths while I was there? Here is a favorite necklace that she designed called 'Skeletons in the Closet'!
My own Marty Magic Jewelry collection rivals any shop display! If the number of ones jewels equates the level of our friendship over the years, then ours is truly tops! In the center is my newest addition a Rhinoceros Beetle Charm!!!