This summer I got wild hair! I made Dreamcatchers. Inspired by my sweet, creative and dream chasing daughter Molly and our dear friend Lily, I created custom dream catchers for the girls. Dreamcatchers are known to filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Native Americans believed that good and bad dreams drift through they air at night. When hung over the bed, good dreams pass through the web and slide down the feathers to the sleeper. Bad dreams get caught in the web & when the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear.
- beads /crystals
I wanted positive energy and personal favorites to be woven into our webs, symbolizing the girls' interests and aspirations. We shopped for interesting crystals, beads, tassels, feathers and charms that were unique to our "dreamer". This was fun. We got lost in the aisles of Hobby Lobby filling our baskets with tons of treasures. Once we had all the supplies we raced home to create.
First, I covered the hoop in a natural cotton string. We liked using a thin metal hoop - even covered in string it modernized the traditional Dreamcatcher. This part was super fast & easy.
After the hoop was covered I started to weave my web to catch dreams in. There are several YouTube tutorials on weaving dream catchers. I watched a couple and sorta did a hybrid. I wanted our catchers to be more boho chic than traditional...
As you can see, I left lots of open space for charms and to add additional colors to our web. I used embroidery thread to tie on charms and make mini webs within our cream cotton framework. We tied on tassels, beads, charms & feathers.
On Lily's we added a passport - she loves to travel, a small notebook, as she is a journaler, wishing bones for good luck, a compass to guide her way, keys - symbolizing doors being opened for her future, etc. We left room for the girls to add and remove charms as they grow and develop interests.
I am always preaching the power of intention to my kids. This project was a fun creative outlet for me- I love a good project... but more than just a chotchkie for her room, Molly's dreamcatcher is a symbol to remind her of the power of her dreams. Molly can manifest anything she desires and I hope that this mobile that hangs above her will remind her to dream big. As she drifts off to sleep at night, I hope that Molls can reminisce on her gratitude for the day, and set her intentions for tomorrow.
Conceive, Believe, Achieve.