Carefully chosen magical links: some favourite things
Katarina and Juraj resource, design and produce highly authentic, hand – made medieval footwear and accessories here in the UK, just as our ancestors would have done.
They are perfect for historical costume and re-enactment loving mortals – but I'm sure every foot conscious faery or elf would simply LOVE to wear them!
Working with authentic 100% natural, vegetable-tanned leather from goat, cowhide or calf and tools used down the ages, the shoes are modelled on historical finds sourced from Museums.
These shoes are not just for 'costume' wear, but are high quality, wearable works of art.
Every detail is researched from real shoes and boots down the centuries - the materials, decoration, leather punching, fastenings and colours are all as historically correct as is possible.
Their web site is a learning resource in its own right, and they also give medieval shoe-making demonstrations as you will see.
used here with the kind permission of Katarina and Juraj
One of a kind silver jewellery for the faere of heart
Faery Oak Bell Pendant
Magic Ivy Garland Ring
Jeweller and textile artist Claire takes her inspiration for all things enchanted from the bounty of the earth in nature.
" By The Seasons,
By Magical and Healing Properties of Flowers and Trees,
By the Beauty and Energy of Precious Metals and Gemstones
And of course The Faerie Realm"
Ogham Leaf Bracelet
Claire will design a one off piece of faery treasure especially for you - hand-worked in silver, perhaps with precious stones, and was commissioned to make a wonderful brooch for faery-author extraordinare Susannah Clark, which you can see on Claire's web site.
She also has a range of jewellery made to compliment the 'Stonewyld' book series by Kit Berry - this includes a pendant to wear for each of the eight wheel of the year festivals.
Stonewyld Talisman, Beltane Green Man - pendants or charms
In Claire's words -
" If You would like a Special Commission ~ However small, However Large, or However Unusual ..."
please contact her via her web site.
used here with Claire's kind permission
Fantasy Jewellery and Costume DesignSusan Tooker creates elaborate, fantasy accessories inspired by the realm of Faerie and its Shadowlands.
Blending natural woods, horn, feathers and sometimes ‘momento-mori’ with beautiful crystals and beads, she makes original designs, each one individually handcrafted.
If this weren’t enough, she uses the knowledge gained during her Masters Degree in Theatrical Costume Design to fashion elaborate, rich costumes from silks and brocades, adds her crowns, staffs and jewellery and performs in character at fantasy events in the USA!
Dragon's Claw Tribal Necklace
Carnelian, Onyx and Amber
real skull amulet necklace
And more Tribal Jewellery at Olivia's Oubliette for
'Found Objects and Forgotten Things'
Please see also a video of her crafts on my
diaryblog page for January - February 2011 here
used here with Susan's kind permission
Wonderful wooden bowls, faery doors,
curiosites and creatures.
They also facilitate learning workshops for bushcraft, woodland jewellery, willow weaving and wood carving to name but a few.
I do wish you could see from my pictures just how lovely all these things are - there are creatures to dangle, very unusual, decorated bowls from single pieces of wood and natural jewellery to wear.
Jack will make and fit faery doors.The one below is mine!
Jack made my front door! Recognize it?
For more about Sadie and Jack see my diaryblog page here. Click on any picture to go to their web site.
Fairytale mirrors large and small, caskets, and furniture in pewter and jewels
perfect for any room
Repousse is an ancient form of art where metal is embossed, hammered and decorated. It can be applied to any panel or flat surface with endless possibilities.
Tiny Treasure Box 10cms
Each piece is individually hand crafted & designed by London artist, Sue Rawley using semi-precious stones, crystals and agate - to make each object a true fairy-tale in itself.
Sue also offers a design service for a customer's own ideas - and any piece may have a message or name. Contact Sue via her website :www.suerawley.co.uk
The Thaumaturgist's Chest - 3 sizes
pictures & designs © sue_rawley
used here with Sue's kind permission
One of their happy customers enthuses .... ".. upon opening it I was wowed again and again at the wild fairie beauty of the contents. Your website just does not do them justice. and the sizing is perfect. "
The Senjo faeries say "We should all have the right to express ourselves in our own unique way, with our own unique style."
used here with their kind permission
Derelict cottages restored to former glory, happy holidaymakers and revived communities – all the result of one man’s vision. That man is
“Being green and ethical is something we strive to be. Our profits are used to rescue historic buildings at risk and conserve them in their traditional way for the future.”
The home page at underthethatch.co.uk, shows an intriguing collection of self-catering properties, from a converted train carriage, a Scandinavian-style log cabin, and romany caravans to charming thatched cottages. They are relatively inexpensive, traditionally restored and furnished and in beautiful settings, most being deep in the Welsh countryside.
Part of "The Wolf Moon Shines...." was written sitting by the river, with the fire burnng and potatoes baking in the ash during a magical stay at the Romany caravan in West Wales.
Hope that I will be back to write there again.
See too, "My November Diary" page for another magical Under The Thatch holiday - this time in Ireland.
top four pictures©undrthethatch
used here with Greg's kind permission
An amazing site for both parents and children alike - teachers too!
Chris Barbardo, whose aim is to enrich the lives of single dads and their families, the site spills into imaginative stories and craft projects to delight the hearts of anyone
who spends time with children.
Look at the craft projects in the Making, Cooking and Doing sections - brilliant ideas - easy to follow. I love 'The Dragonery', so does Storm, but of course he would!
See the spell book and wand on my 'Talking of Magic' page - both dadcando projects!
So many amazing ideas with easy to follow, downloadable
and printable project sheets like this one on the left available for a few pence.
Just have a look!
used here with Chris's kind permission
Courses and training in rural traditions,
baskets, sculpture and living willow.
New 2013 programme of courses - now booking.
AJS is the Kentish home of rural craftsmaster and artist Alan Sage - here he makes products and runs courses at his lovely old stables premises in the grounds of Godinton House, near Ashford in Kent, or out in the Sparkes Gill woods.
Alan offers and teaches courses in many sorts of basketry, willow sculptures, Druid oak chairs, Living Willow, Woodland Management, Coppicing, Wattle hurdles and many more. Participants are kept to a small number to ensure plenty of one-to-one teaching and attention.
As I am a magic myself, I am most looking forward to a day on Besom Broom Making!
Alan also offers services such as hedgelaying, habitat creation, woodland management, art, sculptural and design commissions to name but a few.
Read about Muddypond's willow basket course experience on my Diaryblog entry for May 19th 2011 here
Then her Willow Sculpture course
on my Diaryblog entry for July 21st 2011 here
and her Hedgerow basket course
Diaryblog entry for March 21st 2013 here
used here with Alan's kind permission
A favourite place to just be ...
Sound Therapy and Workshops, Counselling and much more ...
In a serenely beautiful wooded setting in the heart of rural Kent, 'Rhythm of Life' is a wonderful place to be. For groups, it's a workshop for sound therapies and crafts - for individuals it's a home of counselling and private therapies of many kinds.
The workshop - in progress with a group of 'Medicine Drum' makers
Caroline Barnes is an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a qualified Therapeutic Voice Practitioner and Sound Therapist.
Set ready for a 'Sound Bath' evening session
with a group of up to eight.
Offering courses and 'sound bath' evenings among many other things, Caroline describes her sound healing as 'The therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health.'
Workshop with acres of space to spread out in the fields
and under the magnificent trees.
Just a little of the lunch - the cold course!
You can stay if you like - make a bed and breakfast weekend, a holiday or just relax for the night after a workshop - in the luxurious Yurt.
See the Yurt's own website at
Please check the 'Rhythm of Life' website for contact details, courses and lots of in-depth information.
See too my DiaryBlog entry for June 11th 2012
Hand Carved Wooden Jewellery, Combs and Kilt Pins
Pendant necklace in walnut with amber insets.
Geoff King has been working with wood for over thirty years, and now designs and makes all the exquisite hand-carved jewellery sold at Woodland Treasures.
With a deep reverence for nature, he uses only locally sourced, salvaged or reclaimed Scottish wood and bog oak, to which he may add marble, amber or semi-precious stones.
Hair comb, carved in yew, inspired by Mackiintosh
Scottish bog oak
Circle Dragon brooch
Geoff takes inspiration from nature for his ever-evolving ideas. Into the design pot go a soupçon of his knowledge of all things Celtish, of art nouveau, mythology and ancient symbols.
With his family, Geoff has renovated an old croft in the north of Scotland, where they've planted over three hundred native trees.
He is happy to take commissions for special one-off pieces Jewellery can be bought online at Geoff's 'Woodland Treasures' shop, where he may also be contacted for commissions.
Celtic Raven Kilt Pin
(this one belongs to Muddypond!)
used here with Geoff's kind permission
Hand knitted meerkats, trekkies, cards and more
Niftyknits is an online shop with original craft designs handknitted for you - meerkats, flowers, jewelry and other surprises!
Muddypond is especially fond of the meerkats, and has two of her own. They are hand knitted in Kent, UK by Heather, who is brilliant with custom meerkats and seems to love a challenge!
Here is a tiny selection, just so you get the idea! :-)
Meerkat orders and cards are now flying all over the world! You can even sign up for the new newsletter and keep up to date.
As Heather herself says – “Custom commissions always welcome. You name it, I'll knit it!”
used here with Heather's kind permission
Handcrafted, limited edition treasures in leather.
Oh how I LOVE the things in this shop!
Shoes, bags and treasures handmade by Ren
"Other fairies will be green with envy when they see these!"
As the Fairysteps website says :- "The most beautiful boots and shoes - look out for Pixies who might want to snaffle them if you're rambling in the woods ...... Fairysteps vintage fairy style shoes, will take you from breakfast to teatime without you even knowing they are on! "
"Scrumptious bags and purses for woodland raggle taggle fairies, knitwear, belts and more. Made with an emphasis on quality, style, durability, eco awareness (no throw away goods here!) and all with a pinch of whimsy and a smidgeon of quirk!"
All the unique things offered for sale are made using quality materials, sourced from within England whenever possible. Available as stock and bespoke in a soft and wonderful colour range of jet, peat, conker, nut, plum, violet, apple, rose and poppy leathers.
All on my MOST WANTED list!!
used here with Ren's kind permission
Exquisite hand made jewellery and
Runic wedding rings
Handfasting Rings a speciality.
magical or not, are unique, one of a kind and often specially commissioned.
The jewellery is inspired by nature, by ancient culture and his own Nordic-Briton ancestry.
Made on Dartmoor, regularly incorporating Ogham woods, runes and native stones, each piece is contemporary yet timeless, unique, organic and alive.
Handmade tiles with
living poetry of your choice
The tiles can be dotted as single items, or used as a custom kitchen design as in the picture above. Bigger tiles can be ordered and hung as decorative plaques in several shapes.
Garden furniture, steps and paths can be decorated with poetry too - just have a look at the website to see all her wonderful ideas.
used here with the kind permission of Iris
Jeremy Atkinson makes traditional English clogs.
The leather uppers are hand cut and he hand carves the soles.
Customers can submit designs to be worked into the leather.
Each pair of clogs is hand dyed to the customer's wishes and any crimping is hand done individually as the leather is too supple to emboss, hence the price – but aren’t they beautiful?
He works in Herefordshire, but also demonstrates his skill at County and Craft Fairs across Britain during the summer