Mad March and Luna Hares...
So here we are again in mad March and the clocks have now gone forward for British summer time!
Last weekend was glorious sunshine, so I went out for a drive in our new car around the Wiltshire countryside, visiting Avebury and on the way home stopping off for a cold drink at a country pub called the Golden Swan. I thought the name, Golden Swan was kind of magical, like the The Prancing Pony in Lord of the Rings.
Avebury was very busy and this time, we only managed to walk around the ancient stones. Usually, I like to visit the old Manor house and gardens with it's spring flowers in bloom, but since the house has been redecorated it was closed and only open at certain times of the day.
The Fairy Queen and Moon Jewellery!
Spring has truly sprung and I have been busy sorting out fairy postcards and making new moon jewellery.
Secret projects are going well at the moment and I feel very fortunate to have been asked to paint a collection of illustrations. I would love to share the new work with you, but the creative process needs nurturing and time to grow.
The Little Wren and Fairy Queen image will soon be listed as packs of five postcards in Etsy.
I illustrated the queen 2 years ago and since finding the feathers in the garden there will be some more illustrations of fairies wearing feathery hats. I'm in the process of building up a collection of drawings for prints. This picture might become a print as well.
Moons, hares and oak leaf pendants are the the new designs in the shop... Silver hares are also available on brooches too!
Last year I was lucky to sell a bracelet to a lady who is a good friend with Evanna Lynch. Most people know Evanna as the magical girl, Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter Movies. I sent Luna one of my Fairy Hare cards as well because she inspired me to create the illustration about 3 years ago.
The beaded bracelet was for Evanna's birthday and I have made another green bracelet this month that is similar to her's, but with different semi precious stones. It has now been sold in Etsy along with the necklace shown in the photo above.
If you follow the Harry Potter stories, you will know that some of the characters in the books have Patronus animals as protective shields. The hare was Luna's Patronus Charm. Here she is conjuring up some hare magic!
What would be your special animal that protects you?
I think the obvious choices would be a cat or a dog, but I would quite like to have an owl or a raven as a guardian! ;-)
Dear blog friends I hope you all had a lovely Easter!
This is just a small message to say that I'm having a break for a while from Blogger and Facebook because of work commitments. I hope to see you again soon when things are less hectic... Have a good spring and summer. Best wishes. xxx