Humans have been superstitious for about as long as we have had the capability of higher thinking. It takes a fair amount of brainpower to think you can harness soul-crushing randomness of life, however futile a feat that may be. Many people have lucky objects that mean a lot to them personally, but throughout different cultures and times there have always been objects almost universally believed to bring good luck.
One of the most widely used charms believed to bring good fortune is the four leaf clover. Horseshoe, evil eye and hand of Fatima are other widely used objects, and most of us believe in lucky stars.
The Japanese have long had a fascination with lucky stars and it seems that we are beginning to adopt this fascination in equal measures too. A great idea to spread some good fortune is to give a jar of origami good luck stars to a well deserving person as a gift.
These small, origami stars are originally from Japan. The legend goes that once upon a night, a small girl saw falling stars disappearing from the sky. As less and less stars remained in the sky, she folded tiny paper stars from scrap paper she had on hand and placed them in a wishing jar. Each time she folded a star, a falling star was saved and appeared again into the night sky. Hence, they were called lucky stars. The stars are told to bring luck to the receiver of such a jar!
My friend Kirsten of Paperluck is the maker of all kinds of lucky stars. The stars (and DIY kits) you see there are handmade from high quality paper and put together with care. You’ll find instructions on how to fold the stars included. The lucky stars are not only adorable to place inside a jar or vase, but are also wonderful as a babyshower or good luck gift, and can be used in buntings, cake toppings, or whatever a creative mind can come up with. I can think of a million perfect occasions for spreading a little luck about. How about you?
And so my last day in Amsterdam began! Marianne and I had organised to meet Michelle (www.scaapi.com) at Echtstudio, another beautifully decorated and very inspiring yarn shop, a short drive on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
A couple of hours of yarny chat and another delicious lunch and it was time to say farewell to Marianne and Amsterdam.
A new day and a new adventure. The next two days will be spend at Scheepjes HQ meeting all my fellow blogger friends and learning new exciting things.
A sad farewell to Claudia and before I knew it I was on another plane headed for Amsterdam and a long awaited meeting with my long time Instagram friend Marianne.
After a very short time in the air, pick up of luggage I was greeted by Marianne with that big beaming smile that we all love so much. Big hugs and well…the rest is history as they say. We instantly felt as we have known each other forever and haven’t stopped talking since my arrival. I was welcomed into Marianne’s family with warmth and affection, and conversation, as well as the wine, were flowing easily from the start.
Yesterday we took a trip to Wolplein (Wool Place) where we met Maaike (www.crejjtion.com) for some coffee, exchanging stories and of course yarny goodness. The wonderful Ladies at Wolplein surprised us all with a huge box of cotton yarn to take home. (More about that in another post) Time went way too quickly and soon it was time to leave.
Thinking I was going to spend a few hours of quiet crafting with Marianne at her canal cabin, I had the biggest surprise, when on being dropped off by lovely daughter Quinn, seven wonderful creative ladies were waiting for me. Having known most of these creative souls for a long time on Social Media it was lovely beyond words to meet them in person. Marianne’s cabin by the canal being the picture perfect setting, a fun evening was had by all with lots of laughter.
As always it all came to a close too soon and farewell’s were said with the promise to do it again soon. Happily I fell into bed.
I want to thank everyone for making in many cases very long journeys to be part of one of the most fun evenings, for being so generous with all your gifts and a huge big thank you to Marianne for organising it all. I am truly touched and thankful. Friends are precious and I am lucky to have found you, a real soul mate.
More excitement today as we are having lunch with Michelle (www.scaapi.com)