perchance to dream...
i'm sure you've seen a dream catcher...
they pop up every now and again
R.A.'s shabby chic couture ones are divinely
but as i have not found my way to the land of milk and honey
~ HA!! ~
that price sticker is a wee bit steep for me to fork over for one
(not that they aren't worth every penny!)
(i'm just sayin')
so what is a girl to do
to satiate a small desire of her heart
and to perchance
snare a dream in the process???
you know me all to well
we make one!!
before we do,
shall we explore the actual purpose of a dream catcher?
(just humor me and say, "a-huh"!)
a traditional dream catcher
was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams,
while letting positive dreams through.
the positive dreams would slip through the holes
and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below.
negative dreams would get caught up in "the web"
and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.
sounds like something i could incorporate into my dream land!
and i bet you already have most of what you need,
stashed away somewhere in your studio like i did!
you can use an embroidery hoop
like i have here
(yes, i spry painted mine a matte, sparkly champagne color)
a hoop or circular shape was used
because it symbolized strength and unity
and decorate it with whimsical findings,
bits and pieces of your everyday life,
for me, that includes feathers, pearls, lace, roses and silk ribbons
but you may have a love for other materials
so this merely a guideline
~ use what YOU love
lacy, crochet doilies are something i have a slight obsession with
so i have a few at my fingertips at all times
so it just seemed natural to use them here
no web weaving required.
whatever size hoop you will be using,
just make sure you doily is slightly larger.
position your doily between the two hoops
when you are happy with it's position,
simply push your two embroidery hoops together.
that is the beauty of using this type of hoop
no fuss, no muss!
see, wasn't that easy?
now for the fun part...
i tore strips of a white sheet into 1 1/2" wide strips
then hand stamped the word "dreamer" randomly down the length
of my new "ribbon"
to make your own sheet ribbon:
start on the selvage edge, make a snip in your sheet
and tear it all the way down
it's that easy!
as you are playing with "the look" of your dream catcher
it helps to lay your pretty materials on each side
to see what you like and don't like with it
here i added some lace ribbons...
and of course,
some sea silk ribbon!
on the top, i added a rose...
but as these are my dreams
i need ethereal blooms!
a swan feather with the word "beauty" hand stamped upon it
gets tucked beneath my rose bloom
and a few downy feathers are attached along each side
along with some wired pearl streamers...
when you are pleased with your selections,
simply tie them together and then tie them onto each side
an ethereal dream catcher!!
and with all of your personal pretties incorporated
how could you not have anything but happy, positive dreams
gliding down to you?!
i plan on making a few of these beauties for christmas gifts
as we could all use a little more whimsy dreams,
i hope you enjoyed your visit today.
and were inspired to create a dream catcher just for you!
also sharing this post with:
My Shabby Streamside Studio's: Holiday Decor Showcase
Common Ground's: Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry's: Air Your Laundry Friday
Romantic Home's: Show and Tell Friday
2805's: Potpourri Friday
Vintage Farmhouse's: Creative Things Thursday
here's to sweet dreams!