Today’s mermaid music to listen to while reading:
These two embroidered toiletry bags were made last year (pre-blogging). I embroidered the mermaid design on the fabrics before sewing the pieces together and installing a zipper. The bags are pretty roomy, I've stuffed a rolled-up bath towel inside and there's still room.
The bags are lined with vinyl and I painted a wood bead to add to the ribbon hanging from the zipper for each bag.
To make the toiletry bags, I used the instructions from Romantic Home Sewing: Cottage-Style Projects to Stitch for the Home.
Books are one of my loves in life as much as mermaids. I checked to see just how many mermaid books are listed at Amazon.com—33,290 at last check. The following are three in my collection (for adults, not children).
The Forgotten Voyage of the H.M.S. Baci
This photo of the front/back cover provides a synopsis of the tale (click on the picture to enlarge for reading). Think Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle, but Sir Roberts’ expedition has mermaids and he falls in love with one. This is the companion volume to Robert Kline’s erotic Sea Maiden paintings (definitely not for kids) which I went to see at a gallery at Topsail Island, N.C. last year.
The Mermaid Chair
Jesse discovers a secret that shaped her life during a time when she is also discovering herself. It’s about guilt, redemption, sin, and forgiveness. Jesse wonders if the Mermaid Chair really has power and discovers it’s something that comes from within as opposed to without. Loss of self is one Sue Monk Kidd’s premises. The author describes her protagonist as a woman “who wanted only to belong to herself”. Isn’t that what all women desire?
A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids
Advice, wit, and wisdom about getting your life together; the book is described as “an enchanting way of hydrating your weary mermaid soul”—I love that phrase.