I've had it in the back of my mind to make these little birdies for ages. They look deceptively simple; that is, I am not trying to say they are rocket science to make, they're easy to cut out and you can use up your scraps, but boy, are they fiddly when it comes to sewing the seams. The air was blue, bloggers...
The reason for this bizarre method of self-torture, I hear you questioning? All in good time... Today, I have turfed out just about every drawer, tin and jar in my den. This is a project that required buttons, beads, ribbons, trims, lace, crochet bits 'n' pieces, and goodness knows what else. It is, therefore, the sort of project I'd usually relish and I did enjoy it, oh yes indeedy I cannot deny it, but at the end of it, my head hurt and I looked in horror at the (late) time on the clock! Decisions, decisions.
This photo is taken at a relatively tidy stage in the proceedings! There was, of course, the frequent interruption of my half-term friend to contend with. His latest game is "let's fiddle with the granny squares" and play "which is my favourite"?
Today, it is this one. Obviously.
So, what do you get when you combine a copper ring courtesy of Mr HenHouse (thank you, mon amour), and all the aforesaid ribbony buttony paraphernalia, and the birdies, of course?
This little number is called a "dreamcatcher". It has its origins amongst the Indian tribes. The idea is to hang it, ideally above the bed of a sleeping child, to ensure they have good dreams. The good dreams will pass through the dream catcher and fall upon the sleeping soul, the bad dreams shall be trapped in the centre of the ring. I think that is a very nice idea. Of course, they didn't look quite like this one, they looked more "Indiany": a willow ring, strings made from who knows what (yeuch) stretched across the middle, and feathers hanging down. The idea was to tie on little bits and bobs which meant something to the individual. The original idea for this girly frou-frou take on the dreamcatcher is not mine, this is just my take on it. I have seen various ones on Flickr and wanted to have a go... and ensure some good dreams, of course. For me, they'd be dreams of eiderdowns, embroidered tablecloths and pretty china!
I would have liked to take my customary glut of pretty photos from all angles but by the time I had finished the dreamcatcher, it was pretty damned dark! Never mind, there are more on the production line! Guess who else wants to ensure he has good dreams? Dreams of fishies, birdies and Whiskas treats, perchance?
Finally, here's how the ripple is going. Again, it was dark by the chance I got round to this photo, sorry about that! I'm sure you get the rippley idea...