Monday, January 19, 2015

Bridgit, Celtic Goddess


Bridgit (or Bride, Brigid, Brigantia, etc., her name has many spellings) is a goddess in the Celtic tradition, a tradition I am much drawn to as I wrote in my previous post..  Her name means fiery arrow.




Her color is predominately shades of green and her planet is the sun.




Here she is dressed in green garments embellished with embroidery, semi-precious beads and Celtic metal symbols.  Her hair is fiery auburn.




She holds an oak branch, her sacred tree.  Soon her feast day will be celebrated on February 2- Imbolc.




I chose her name for my Etsy shop and this blog because she is the patroness of creativity and inspiration.  She is  a triple goddess of healing, poetry and metal crafts.  She presides over all elements but especially fire and water.  There are many sacred wells dedicated to her in the Celtic world.  Read more about her HERE.

Although it has been on my mind to create goddess dolls, she was completed due to an inquiry to my Etsy shop.  I always enjoy getting requests and special orders as inspiration comes in many forms.



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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Celtic Witch


In January everything slows down including Etsy orders.  This gives me time to work on designs and ideas that have been in the back of my mind.




This witch is from the Celtic tradition, dressed in shades of green with a Celtic Knot charm on her hat.  The embroidery echos the knot design and the semi-precious chips are aventurine and carnelian- colors often seen in Celtic images.












Source: Google Images
My ancestors came from Great Britten and France.  Celtic imagery is very powerful for me.  My Etsy shop and this blog are named after the great goddess Bridgit (Bride, Brigid, etc.) with ties to the ancient understanding of witchcraft: wisdom, transformation, healing.





I was happy to find this shade of auburn wool locks for her hair on Etsy.   It is beautiful.





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Holiday Workbench


What defines the Holiday season for your and your family?

Opening the Advent calendar each day?

Baking cookies to swap?

Lighting the Menorah?

Drinking eggnog?

Making candles for the Winter Solstice?

Making tree ornaments and trimming the tree?

Shopping?

Midnight church services on Dec 24?



For many it is attending a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.


Source: Google Images

Wikipedia states: 

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.
Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.


As I thought about this upcoming holiday season I wanted to make a Christmas fairy and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies came to mind. 

Source: Google Images

I have seen several productions of the Nutcracker, both professional and student and it is wonderful. The music and dancing lift one up above the crass commercialism that can mar the Holiday Season.

So I set to making a pair of Nutcracker fairies in cranberry and green,  I think I will make them traditional red and green as well.












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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Europe

I will be in Europe visiting my daughter till October 16th and my Etsy shop is temporarily closed.  Happy Autumn!





Alice On the Rhine





Friday, August 15, 2014

The Colors of Autumn

It has not been a hot summer here in New England and that is just fine with me.  This week it is even cooler reminding one that Autumn is coming.


Yellow the bracken, Golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples, crimson the leaves
Mist on the hillside, clouds grey and white
Autumn good morning, summer goodnight.
-F Hoatson


The colors of autumn are so beautiful-all the shades of red, orange, gold and brown.  I have been wanting to make a female gnome to go with my bearded gnomes I make, although who knows if they do have a gender.  I have some luscious fall colors in wool felt and some wooden buttons and metal charms in the shapes of leaves.  I am also signed up for several autumn swaps in some Facebook groups I belong to.  Click HEREand HERE for more info.  So I set to work imagining how the females are garmented.  Pictured are matching pairs.






Gnomes are the earth-dwelling elemental beings of myth and folklore.  There are also fire spirits- salamanders; water spirits- nixies or mermaids; and air spirits-syphs.  Read more about these beings by clicking on this article: The Four Elemental Beings by William R Mistele


I placed Mr and Ms Gnome amidst the moss and mushrooms in my yard.  I believe they eat a lot of mushrooms!




The acorns are falling in record numbers!  We have a number of large oak trees on our property so the squirrels and chipmunks are happy.



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Fairies Redoux


“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”― J.M. BarriePeter Pan



More summer fairies have arrived in yellow and purple to join the pink fairy from my last post.  I have included a smattering  of fairy related quotes to accompany the photos.  The pink fairy had butterfly wings.  I wanted to vary the style so the purple fairy has dragon fly wings.  


What do you think the the yellow fairy's wings resemble?






 J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”







Andrew Lang--"Of all the minor creatures of mythology, fairies are the most beautiful, the most numerous, the most memorable."








Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,For I would ride with you upon the wind,Run on the top of the disheveled tide,And dance upon the mountains like a flame.~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894









Where are the fairies? Where can we find them?

We've seen the fairy rings, they leave behind them when they have danced all night,
Where do they go? Lark, in the sky above, Say, do you know?
It is a secret, no one is telling.
Why, in your garden, surely their dwelling!
No need for journeying, Seeking afar:
Where there are flowers, there fairies are!"
--Cicely Mary Barker







Brian Froud and Alan Lee, Preface of Faeries--"The myths and legends about Faerie are many and diverse, and often contradictory. Only one thing is certain - that nothing is certain. All things are possible in the land of Faerie."








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Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Fairies

Do you believe in fairies?




She is not quite done.  What else does she need?



Something on the front of her dress, perhaps?



They say fairies are often seen in places where water and plants intersect.



Her hair is made of dyed Lincoln locks readily available from many Etsy sellers.  It is so luxurious.



Her wings sparkle with beads!



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