Dreamcatcher DIY

Originating from the Ojibwe people of North America, dream catchers come from a particular story about the spider woman, Asibikaashi.   This woman used to watch over all the children of her people, but as they began to scatter across North America, she was unable to do this for everyone.  So they began making dream catchers, made to mimic a spider’s web.  Bad dreams get caught as an insect gets caught in a spider web, good dreams pass through and down the feathers and into the sleeping person’s mind.

I created mine with a metal hoop wrapped in leather rope; I then wrapped alpaca yarn around a quarter of the hoop, then preceded to create my web.  In one I wove beads right into the web, in all three I hung circular beads in the center.  From the bottom I incorporated a few feathers, but focused on textiles; alpaca yarn and two types of ribbon.

It is said that whenever a section of the dream catcher moves of its own accord, a dream has just passed through it.

This work was similar to my work with crochet, it was meditative.  It was a change of pace to work with such a variety of media, now one hangs above my bed, one above my niece’s, and one found a home in Nashville, Tennessee with my best friend Sarah.

Hand Painted Chevron Accent Wall

 

I’m one of those weird people that thrive on a serious challenge.  Staring at my bright orange walls one morning I decided I needed to paint.   I’ve been obsessed with turquoise and grey for a while now and the chevron pattern has begun accenting many aspects of my life, from my phone case to my sheets.  So I figured why not paint it on a wall.

 

The method seemed obvious to me, measure out a grid pattern of dots on my wall (I settled on thirty inches horizontally and five inches vertically) and basically “connect the dots” in the chevron pattern.  The tricky part was when I reached the bottom and had some partial lines to make, but I solved that by making small triangles five inches from the line above.  Once it was all taped out I painted the turquoise over the grey I’d picked out but AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH I took it a step further and hand painted a tiny line of a glossy, muted yellow on the bottom of each chevron.  Following you’ll see my masterpiece.  I wake up every day, look at this wall, and pat myself on the back, it’s a total ego boost to be able to be proud of yourself at least once a day.