Wednesday, December 11, 2013

.ABS Ornament Blog Hop: It's a Narnia Kind of Thing..

This is my second year participating in the ABS Ornament Blog Hop hosted by Heather Powers of Humble Beads.  When pondering the possibilities, I fell in love  Heather's Woodland Evergreen holiday pendant, and immediately thought of one of my favorite books, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis is a favorite author of mine, and I've read the series ( as well as many other books of his) numerous times. While it's an entertaining read, he weaves all sorts of wonderful truths into the story and it becomes a lovely allegory. With that in mind, and loving the annealed steel wire that others have recommended, here's what I came up with:
Into Narnia

If you're a Narnia kind of person, there's a few little things built into this. The dark wire reminded immediately of the lamppost that Lucy sees upon entering. Wrapped inside the first bundle is a crystal to emulate said lamppost. There are four beads- two lava blue ones for Edmund and Peter in the main body of the ornament, and two crystal ones for Lucy and Susan. If you've read through the series ( I won't spoil it for you) you could see also where the wrapped crystal bead represents Susan, and the big, clear crystal symbolizes Lucy. It needed a little texture, and I couldn't find anything that seemed to go with it, until  spotting the raffia.  It was an aha! moment when I knew it would represent Aslan's mane.

Here's another view:
This isn't the greatest picture, but it's hanging on my new topiary ( gotta love Pinterest) that I've been dying to make and finally got done yesterday :) By now you know that I also love Rhonna Designs, so a shout out to her wonderful picture app.

One final peek:
Here's a couple of favorite quotes about Aslan:

"Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Here's wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, the wonder of Narnia, an encounter with the Son of the Emperor, and a season filled with joy and grace.


Stop on by the rest of the participants...


  1. Wow, you have put a lot of thought into this. It's really neat, love all the elements you added to it to make it special.

  2. Oh! I LOVE Narnia! What a great ornament- I can't believe how much thought went into this.

  3. Awesome! I could see Mr. Tumnus coming around the corner any minute wrapped in his red scarf. I love how you put meaning into each bead and component not only making a lovely ornament but telling a story in beads!

  4. Oh, just wonderful!


  5. What a beautiful and gallant ornament. I love those colors together with your wire work and the raffia ribbon!

  6. Very pretty ornament ,especially love the bead pendant.Beautiful

  7. I love the ornament,very simple and beautiful.

  8. Love how you pulled off the design with different kinds of beads! The Beading Gem!

  9. Very pretty! I love your wire work and of course, the beads!

  10. Gorgeous ornament!! Great job and a wonderful theme too. I love C.S Lewis and Narnia books :)

  11. I love the Narnia books and your ornament is so beautiful, you clearly put alot of thought into it and it has payed off!

  12. I love the Narnia book and your ornament is beautiful you have really put a lot of thought into it and it has payed off!

  13. Beautiful ornament, and all the meaning you have put into it is wonderful. I can just imagine the tips of the trees revealing themselves as I push through the coats. Thanks for sharing.