At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Wednesday, December 5

WOYWW 183 - Busy, busy, busy...


I cannot believe it's been so long since I posted... but I have been busy making gifts...

This is a mini friendship book for a dear friend's birthday in January :o)

And I'm being watched over by my new best friends...


Well, actually the centre raven (carrying a star), and the snowy raven (right) are new, but the one on the left is a card I found while searching for stuff for the mini book - and would you believe, the card I found is by the same artist as the snowy raven???

And I found more beauties while rummaging...


Both of these are by a favourite artist Fran and I know I bought them years ago!

I thought this 'obsession' with ravens was new - I've been dreaming of a raven (she's taken me flying over my childhood home a couple of times recently), but obviously I've felt an affinity with this wise and clever creature, for quite a while...

The woman in the picture is called 'Memory' and she wears a small star around her neck...

Like the star the middle raven is carrying in its beak in the pic above, and I've recently learnt the Norse god Odin, kept two ravens Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Memory)...

I don't really know what any of this means... but I feel it means something... and this is where my thoughts travel while I'm making the mini book for my friend...

Can't wait to see what you've all been up to this week... so I'm hopping over to Julia's at Stamping Ground...

With love xxx


28 comments:

Ali H said...

Morning ! The ravens are stunning ! I always feel my spirit guide would be from the raven family - they seem to turn up a significant moments of my life ! Have a great week Ali#9

MiniOwner said...

Good morning, Clair. It's lovely to be up with the early birds today. Thank you for visiting my blog already! I was fascinated to read your blog post and the ravens are amazing. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@1)

Apryl said...

A busy desk is a happy desk :)
The ravens are great.

#11 Apryl

Happy WOYWW

sandra de said...

Wonderful cards and the raven is such a striking bird.
Sandra @27

inkypinkycraft said...

those ravens are wonderful, love them!
thanks for sharing.
happy woyww trace x #33
p.s. I have festive candy

Lynn Holland said...

Check out a blog called WITCHMOUNTAIN by Kim Tillyer I think you will like her style.
Have a good week
Lynn//35

Maria said...

Those raven cards are just lovely, and wow love the information about the Norse God's two raven's , I'm sure your friends book will be beautiful when it's all done...
Have a great week creating...


Maria in Oz #4

Andrea said...

wow hat a busy desk and your work is amazing the ravens are so beautiful thanks for sharing hope you have fab week x #25

Redanne said...

Now you have me thinking about what the significance of ravens could be.......the raven cards are all stunning and the pic of the lady is beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful WOYWW, Anne x #49

Roudi said...

Lovely birds. I'm sure you'll friend will appreciate the gift.
Happy WOYWW!
Roudi #48

Jaki Morris said...

Who would have thought that ravens could be so lovely?

Take Care

Jakix #68

tuesday afternoon said...

Love your snowy raven, and indeed all your bird cards, but he is my favourite.

Sunshine Girl said...

Nice busy desk there and those cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl - no 21.

Monica said...

very interesting post as ravens are central to so many cultures.

butlersabroad said...

Ravens are incredibly interesting birds, extremely clever too. They symbolizes protection, initiation and healing in some cultures, good fortune in most. Only a few cultures or people through the ages thought of them as a bad omen, most come down on the side of good. It is said that if the Ravens leave the Tower of London then a great misfortune will befall the country. The last time they left was just before the London bombings in WWII. I believe their wings are now clipped and they have someone to look after them! The cards are beautiful and I'm sure your friend will love your book.

Hugs
Brenda 79

Krisha said...

Wonderful art on your desk. Love Brenda's explanation of the raven. I think Poe gave him a bad name and it stuck. Poor little ravens
Krisha #96

MvM-design said...

Lovely cards!
Thanks for the peak on your desk :)
Happy Wednesday!
Hugs Marleen #3

Julia Dunnit said...

I don't doubt that there's a reason and a meaning to your dreams...and wisere people than me can help you with that! The fact that you've been making gifts for next year is deeply impressive...love the idea of a friendship book.

Deb's Pen Pot said...

What a lovely idea, a friendship book :0) I've made one of my best friends 3 small canvases for xmas - here's hoping she'll like them! Hope the ravens continue to inspire you. Have a good WOYWW, best wishes Deb #106 x

Caz said...

Lovely cards
Love the idea of a friendship book and your info about the god and his ravens.
Interesting posts
Happy WOYWW
Caz
#88

poppy m said...

Hi Claire I did the flower quizz - I'm a sunflower!
There are a pair of ravens that regularly check-out our Site - we really hope that one day they will nest in the tower (tho I expect that will upset the jackdaws who have been there for decades!).M

Renee said...

Love the ravens! We had a family of ravens in our yard this summer...Mom brought her 3 babies to my suet feeder every day...they were nearly as big as her & very noisy! Awesome to watch. The natives believe ravens are the reincarnation of loved ones. Thanks for sharing your space!
Hugs, Renee #103

Nan G said...

Beautiful ravens! Looks like a pretty book. Happy WOYWW! Nan 85

Lucy said...

The ravens are very beautiful, I'm glad you found them. Good luck making the friendship book, what a lovely idea! Thanks for stopping by, keep up the good work. Lucy #18 x

Sue Brown said...

Been missing your posts - nice to see you back here :) Love the ravens. Hope you have a wonderful Xmas and New Year x

red2white said...

the picture of the 'Memory' woman is just beautiful.

Francesca said...

Lovely to see those again! :)
Yes Ravens have always struck a chord with me too, in fact when I was a child I had quite a magical experience which featured (probably) a large crow, but to me it was, and always will be, a raven.

Jenni said...

Love the cards. And what a lively gift for your friend. Ravens are apparently quite clever... Can learn words etc.