These wings remind me of the gentle rain drops that have been visiting us the past few days. Not quite heavy enough for winter storms, and crystal like with sun beams peeking through them. Autumn treasures...
A wealthy but childless merchant wishes he had a child, even a hedgehog, and comes home to find that his wife has given birth to a baby boy that is a hedgehog from the waist up.
After eight years, the merchant goes to a fair and asks everyone in the household what they want. Hans My Hedgehog asks for bagpipes, and when he receives them, asks his father to have the cock shod so he can ride off to seek his fortune.
When he gets them, he goes off into the woods and watches over his donkeys and pigs. A king, lost in the woods, hears him playing the bagpipes, and Hans My Hedgehog promises to show him the way home in return for whatever first meets him when he returns. The king promises, but writes down instead that Hans My Hedgehog should not have it, which he is glad of when he returns and it is his daughter; she is glad of it, too. A second king is also lost, and he does write down the promise, and his daughter, on hearing of it, gives her promise that she will obey.
In time, Hans My Hedgehog goes to claim his promises. The first king attempts to withhold his daughter, but Hans forces him to yield her, and then takes her off, forces her to take off her clothing, pierces her all over until she bleeds, and sends her back to her father. The second king agrees to the marriage, the princess holds herself bound by her promise, and Hans My Hedgehog promises her that his prickles will not harm her. Then he tells the king on their wedding night, he should build a big fire, and when Hans takes off his hedgehog skin, he should have four servants burn it. They do this, and Hans My Hedgehog becomes a handsome young man.
This miniature 'Mausehaus' was created by Rita Pillmann in Germany. Inspired by the ever charming Brambly Hedge Characters, here the 'Apple Family' is enjoying play time in their winter kitchen! I could move right in - couldn't you???
Every year of my life, on this morning I have been serenaded by song, and this morning was no exception! From near and far, phone calls, emails, letters and hugs have arrived - letting me know how truly Blessed I am! My Mother told me (again) this morning how happy she was that day 49 years ago, at 2:12 am when I arrived, and I told her how happy I am too, that I am here! Life is indeed good!
These amazing antique movable Silhouettes are a small part of a stunning gift given to me yesterday by The Queen of Ribboned Crowns who always makes me smile and laugh and helped me celebrate my day - a day early. Doesn't that look like me above, singing with Sadie? And surely tonight the golden candle will be lit when my dear husband opens the door!
I did it! The six tutorials that I presented at last weeks Tinsel and Treasures Show have now been made into PDF's and are ready to purchase in My ETSY Shop! For ease and convenience I have added the Etsy Mini-shop to my sidebar. Just press on one of the tutorial images and it will take you right there!
These first six are all 'small' projects, as opposed to my larger 'classroom' projects. Each takes about an hour to complete. The PDF's have been formatted to fit American standard letter size paper, as well as Universal A4 size paper. Each tutorial comes with detailed instructions with lots of photos, and beautiful patterns and images.
I can't wait to hear what you all think of them!!!
What a day we had yesterday! The Wedding Chair Class at the CASTLE was quite a hit! Six lovely women, friends all, joined me in creating one of a kind French Style Wedding Chairs. TRULY GLORIOUS little chairs were fashioned of a gold mine of Dresden, that the CASTLE is known for, hand dyed velvets from my own stash, various gold colored wires, and the ever present Hot Glue Gun! It was such a treat for me to see the chairs take on the personality of the makers! I think we need to change this classes name to 'Golden Fairy Chairs' - Don't you? Enjoy!!!
Last but not least, Amy Dean of San Francisco's Crown and Crumpet, (photo directly above) brought in this wonderful vintage photo of a French Photographers shop window, shown below. Just look at the top shelf in the window, filled with glorious old 'Globe de Mariee', in glass domes! Wow oh Wow! If only we could go back in time...