It is of course the fault of my crazy muse, as for some reason she turned Caprilicious towards whimsy this week. Dragonflies, butterflies, ladybirds, flowers, leaves and romantic vines crept into my work.
I think it was all because Ms Muse and I happened upon Anna Brandford and her delightful books for children. I was an imaginative child and an avid reader as I was growing up - I would have loved her books. This article in particular caught my interest.
And from reading this passage, the idea for a piece of jewellery grew and grew until I simply had to sit down and make it.
"Because fairies are quite shy of being seen by most humans, they are very good at turning themselves into dragonflies the moment we look at them. This is a very clever trick of theirs but there is a good way of checking whether what you are seeing is a real dragonfly or an actual fairy-in-disguise.
What you need to do when you see a dragonfly is try not to look at it directly. Instead, look just to one side of it and watch it out of the corner of your eye. If it is a fairy it will think you are not looking at it at all and then you might be able to see it, just for a moment."
One rainy afternoon, Mike and I sat down with a load of Jack Lemmon movies and some wire and this is what came out on the other side!
If you meet a fairy, don’t run away;
I knew a girl who met twenty three
It's not surprising then, that The Dragonfly Fairy was my magnum opus for the week. I have the weekend unexpectedly free to do with as I wish, perhaps inspiration will strike me as I do a bit of gardening, if the weather is any good.
Have a lovely week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same place, same time