Dream Catchers

I work in a beautiful shop that sells beach and ocean inspired home wares and every now and again someone will want something we don’t have and I think, “Oh, I can make that”.  Of course I can make almost anything, the hard part is finding the right person for the piece.

The idea of dream catchers has always appealed to me and over the years I’ve had a few of them. I have a lovely one stashed somewhere and I thought I’d like a large one above my bed, but I can’t get excited about the ones I’ve seen in the shops, so I’ll make one!! I actually made ten and they’re lovely, just want to find the right places for them.

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My sister loves hers and it looks lovely in her room. It was actually the largest one I’d made (she had first choice) and I’m now going to make some larger ones as well. To be honest I think a couple of them would be beautiful in the beach house she shares with her husband and their two gorgeous girls.

Another one of my friends is in the process of renovating her home and I have the wall in her stairwell in mind for a really large ocean inspired artwork that I’m itching to get started on.

And Mum has an order in for one as well …. It’s a good thing I work with driftwood, shells, sea glass and other lovely gifts from nature, maybe I should give the jewellery a rest for a while!

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Dream Catchers – their origin (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamcatcher)

The Ojibwe people have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear.

Understandably, these small tokens would make a thoughtful gift for a new family member and I can make them in pink and blue as well as other lovely colours.

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