Yesterday I saw a ring of blue flowers. And I thought that it must be a fairy ring... What else could it really be? I did not dare to step into the ring though, since I have heard all those stories about what happens if one steps into a fairy ring. But still it was beautiful to find a fairy ring! And if there is actually a human who planted these flowers in a circle shape, it must me someone with a lovely fairy imagination... someone who once upon a time maybe even stepped into a fairy ring herself to be captured by the world of faery... and when she came back to the world of humans, she couldn´t resist creating fairy rings in nature... Or maybe she co-operated with the fae to create this blue fairy ring.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper". This quote is by the poet WB Yeats and it is a favourite quote of mine. This miniature antique photo and the dried nature specimens I received as a gift from Delila, a friend very close to my heart. I think these are some magical little things...
Delila also gave me a tea crystal to put in the tea pot while brewing tea. But first one should place the crystal in the moonlight during the night hours. I keep the crystal and the natural specimens in a tiny antique box that I bought in a village in England when I visited Delila last year. The box is for nectar tea. I can imagine nectar tea to be the kind of tea that elves like to drink! When I open the little box I feel the wonderful scents of the natural specimens.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
I found some lovely things when visiting some local flea markets.. This Art Nouveau miniature frame I will use to make a necklace. I will put a beautiful little antique photograph inside the frame and hang it from chain and strands of beads.
I couldn´t resist this tiny spoon. It will be used when I have my tea. There is something about the slight Art Nouveau curves of the pattern that are pretty adorable. And the spoon is a bit doll-like.
Some other things that I bought...The green necklace I will take apart so that I can use the green beads individually when making necklaces. I love that particular green colour, it makes me think about moss and little creatures that live in the forest... The perfume flask I purchased because it makes me think of elves and Tolkien. I will remove the strand of beads that it hangs from though; those beads look far too cheap and new for my taste.
This brooch so much represents times gone by. It says something like "Resting home for the Swedish railwaymen" and it´s from year 1911. Definately an item that works as a reminder of a Sweden long gone.
I have a love for antique photographs, so I was happy to find this one in a flea market. The picture with the little girl holding a branch with leaves is now a favourite in my collection of old photos. There is something about the atmosphere here that I think is pretty magical.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
I love it when someone asks me to create a special necklace for them. Last week Lycke asked me if I could make a necklace with a Frida Kahlo picture pendant for her. Since Frida Kahlo is a woman she admires a lot. Looking around for Frida Kahlo-pictures, I found this photo where she is wearing beautiful shades of blue and pink. Today I finished the necklace, putting the picture behind glass and adding a blue bead, and now it is on its way to Lycke.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Today I have been visiting Malmköping, a sleepy little village in the countryside south of Stockholm. This is a place that seems very isolated and far away from the big world. I could almost hear the sound of quietness while walking around on the streets. In some ways I love a place like this. But I think I would feel like a very lonely and isolated girl if I lived here.
This is a very dear friend of mine, Christel. In Malmköping we visited a café, Cafe Ottilia, that is one of the loveliest cafes I have ever been to. It is owned by a mother and daughter and it´s the kind of place that almost doesn´t exist any more; there is no music played, everything is cheap and the cakes are truly homemade.
But it didn´t matter that much that the antique shops were closed. Because there were flowers everywhere! February and March were very hard months for me, because of the darkness. Now when the light and and the life in nature comes back, I almost feel as if I am reborn.
Malmköping is an idyllic village, with old, pretty houses and flowers everywhere. So it was lovely to walk around here. But I did realise that part of me is a city girl too. I just like to be able to go to the shop and buy my favourite organic, non-artificial, animal-friendly candy! I guess I need the city as well as the countryside and the pretty little villages. I am very glad that I can have all of that; I don´t really need to choose. I can spend my days in the countryside when I want to, going to pretty places and visiting the woods. And when I want to, I can visit my friends who live in the cities and go to the thrift shops there.
Friday, 11 April 2014
This is the bedchamber of my fairy dolls house. And the fairy queen sleeps in a room of gold! The bed I created with the help of my fairy friend Helena. It was made from twigs and materials from flea markets. I also decorated the room with pressed leaves and flowers that I purchased in flea markets. In the foreground is a greenish and transparent fairy orb. A fairy orb is a strange fairy phenomenon that can be seen by those who have the sight and wisdom.
The fairy queen lives in a world of magic, crystals, snails, flowers and strange dreams. In the land of fairie nothing is what it seems. And to decorate this fairy dolls house is totally absorbing. I feel so wonderfully lost in the world of the imagination. The empty snail house I found just outside the countryside antique shop that I work in.
When the fairy queen wakes up she can look out through her solar shaped window, greeting the sun while it rises in the east. On top of the bed sits her friend, the butterfly. She feels particularly close to butterflies, birds and snails. The butterfly I cut out from a vintage polish childrens book. The pink fabric flowers have been in the home of my grandparents since I was a little child, so in some way those flowers are a bit special to me.
The fairy dolls house was built in wood by my very talented friend Johan, a young man who seems to have one foot in the land of fairy. He has created lovely fairytale-like details such as this door that makes me think of elves and Tolkien. I find it very touching that he has spent so many hours creating something beautiful for me.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
I created this little dream catcher for the fairytale queen of the north, Lycke. Now I hope that Lycke will dream about blue butterflies, blackcurrant leaves, strawberry jam and summer songs.
Little boxes are so sweet. So I put the dream catcher into a thrifted box that I decorated with a Beatrix Potter-picture that I had cut out from a flea market book purchased in London. The colours are in soft shades of purple, pink, cream... truly my favourite colours.
I love to combine materials from nature with old materials from flea markets and antique shops. And I can´t resist lace... it´s truly a favourite material of mine. Lace is so dreamy, romantic and etheric... And I love dream catchers, there is such a joy in creating them and to give them away to those that are close to my heart.