Friday, March 22, 2013

Focusing on Life :: Observe the Curve

Sally's prompt this week for Focusing on Life said "curves can keep things apart, hold things together or create a path." I am focused on the later. Creating, or altering a path.

A few months ago I got together with Sally and Christine. We met up to go to a local bead show, and I mentioned that I wanted to try out some new wood cut feathers that another bloggy friend of mine had made; custom just for me. Thanks Edi! (check out Edi's Etsy

I thought the feathers would be great in creating a dream catcher. I left a handful with both Sally and Christine, and then I got side tracked on my other projects. I haven't yet finished my dream catcher. But a week ago I saw Christine, and she surprised me with her version of the dream catcher. Isn't it wonderful! Plenty of curves in this baby.

So getting back to 'creating or altering a path.' The dream catcher originated from the Ojibwa Nation, and was adopted by many Native American tribes. The traditional dream catcher is hung over the bed and used as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. The Ojibwa believe that a dream catcher changes peoples' dreams, allowing the good to be filtered through, and the bad to hang in the net and disappear in the light of day. How amazing would that be? 

May you all change the path of your bad dreams leaving them in the net to disappear in the light of day.

38 comments:

Islandgirl said...

I had a hard time coming up with what i thought was the perfect curve.. everyingthing is curved but it didn't seem right! your dream catcher is lovely!

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, what a wonderful surprise. My dream catcher pieces are on my bead table waiting for a surge of inspiration. :) Beautiful curves!!

Beti Horvath said...

The curve that holds the pattern together. Perfect!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Cynthia, Love the idea of the dream catcher as curve connection. And Christine's version is amazing - it seems to capture the warmth of the sun in the colors. Very pretty!

Alicia said...

Love your dream catcher, Cynthia!

When we came to Canada our first vacation we spent it driving around - mostly country side. We entered many 'Trade Posts' and I fell in love with 3 things: the stone sculptures, the moccasins (pretty much everything made from deer skin, in fact), and the dream catchers. We have countless dream catchers in the house - including a set of jewelry, in silver with little turquoise :)

May your bad dreams be caught in the net too!

thewovenspoke said...

An awesome dream catcher, lots of curves and I like your post very insightful.

Tanya said...

That is a wonderful dream catcher. Those feathers are awesome! I can't wait to see your version as well.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Interesting. I always just assumed a dream catcher caught the good... never been pointed towards the true intent. A beautiful interpretation of a curve. Now I will keep this knowledge in my back pocket to crete a dream catcher when that inevitable day comes a little one has a nightmare. I imagine great confidence could come from being the creator of it.

Annette said...

What a great idea for Edi's wooden feathers! I do love the curves and colors in your dream catcher.

Patty Woodland said...

It's beautiful! I had a traditional dream catcher but my caught it and well....that was that.

Debi said...

Beautifully made dream catcher. I've always liked the meaning behind them and when I see one it makes me want to design one of my own! One of these years...maybe it'll happen!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Gorgeous! I love the exquisite beadwork here -- Christine has created a special dreamcatcher. And Edi's feathers are amazing wood sculpture. My first dreamcatcher was for a Dr. Martin Luther King necklace. May all our negative dreams be caught in the weaving, and only good ones channel to us through the feathers!

Gloria said...

That's so nice, love the colors and great use of the wood feathers- a collaboration. ♥

Patti Van said...

Those feathers are so freaking cool! I love the idea of a Dream Catcher - and not just for children! Yours is stunning!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Dream catchers and the story behind them have always been one of my favorite things. Love the one your friend made.

Stacie said...

I've always loved the concept of a dreamcatcher too...how pretty and it sounds like your day out with Sally and Christine was super fun too..

Memories for Life said...

How cool! I love how Christine used the feathers! It's so fun to see my pieces used in such an awesome way!

Becky Pancake said...

Good job on findings curves Cynthia.

Duni said...

That is an awesome dream catcher! Love the BBA collaboration on this piece :)

Christine Altmiller said...

This was meant to be yours :-) I hope it filters out all the crap and keeps the path clear for the good dreams. Patti is right, adults need them too~maybe even more than children. Thank you for the challenge, my friend!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love dream catchers. I used to hang them over my children's beds when they were young. The one you're posting about is beautiful.

Doug van Dyke said...

I was looking at this & saying to myself "dream catcher" before I even read it. Used to keep one up in my classroom when I was teaching on the West Side of Chicago. Ever read Fools Crow by James Welch? The Blackfoot are the protagonists, but the Ojibwa make an appearance here & there. I love that book. Taught it often.

Mama Zen said...

How pretty!

LoriF said...

Very cool! I've not really understood the concept of a dream catcher before, thanks for the explanation!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Beautiful - I love Edi's wood feathers, too. I love your Spring bracelet in your previous post, too. The teal looks so pretty with that light green.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The dream catcher is awesome--Christine did a lovely job pairing Edi's feathers with that gorgeous orange color!

When our daughter was little & would have bad dreams we bought her a dream catcher & hung it in her room. It was a source of comfort for her.

Magic Love Crow said...

This is truly stunning! I love this piece! I love dream catchers!

glassbead, isinglass design said...

Love the dram catcher idea! I may need one of these babies over my bed...

Additionsstyle said...

Fabulous dream catcher, and Edi's feathers look great.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Courtney said...

What a beautiful post. I can't wait to see your dream catcher!

Caron Michelle said...

Beautiful! The colours are fabulous as well!

Shel said...

Lovely Dream Catcher - just gorgeous - lots of cool curves (and colors!!) I love the story behind the dream catchers and made one for my son when he was little to hang in his room and there's still several at my sis's cabin in all the bedrooms - they're very cool indeed!!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Love the Dream Catcher our friend Christine made. It is very bright and cheerful who could have a bad dream with this hanging above the bed. I have a Dream Catcher that my friend Judy Riley sent to me and it works I have not had a nighmire since I put it up.
Therese

Shaiha said...

Oh that is just lovely! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Holly said...

What lovely curves these are! I've always enjoyed seeing what other people create for dreamcatchers - I find they are really so personal and individual, which makes sense ;)

Introverted Art said...

what an amazing dream catcher!!!

Adrienne said...

Wow, that is amazing!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Fabulous Cynthia! I love the vibrant orange! Edi did an awesome job with those feathers too. Bad dreams always freak me out. Maybe I should hang a dream catcher!

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