Always on the look out for the unusual and unique for the blog, I came across Vanir Creations, the brainchild of Rebecca Millar a lovely, soon to be mummy from Manchester.
Being interested in all things spiritual and symbolic, I was drawn in straight away by the significance of her creations and the ancient marriage rituals that once surrounded "Wedding wheels" in Native American culture.
Did you know?
A wedding wheel is hung at the site of many Iroquois weddings, including those of Mohawk people. The first thing to be seen when coming to the wedding, the ornamental wheel is a symbol of the couple's hopes and dreams for a happy future in marriage.
The wheel is traditionally handmade of a wooden branch, bent and decorated with white deerskin strips and often having a "burnt feather" design, recalling the Feather Dance performed after the marriage ceremony, as discussed later. The burnt aspect is represented by dark-tipped features that may stand for burnt sacrifices or the tradition of smudging the air with burning herbs for cleansing and good fortune.
When children are born to the married couple, dream catchers are made for each child and hung above each youngster's bed. There, they catch bad dreams and allow good dreams to come through to each sleeping child. Each morning, mother and child go to the front door and shake out the bad dreams from the catcher.(With thanks for the source of this information Owlcation)
I was intrigued to know what had been the inspiration behind Rebecca's business and what her aspirations for the future might be.
Rebecca told me:
" I've always been creative from my early years from drawing on my walls when I was a toddler, to winning art competitions in primary school.Following this natural calling I developed a love for textiles costume and fashion in my college and uni days.By the end of uni I'd completed a degree in textiles but had no idea what to do with it and it was time to find a"proper job".
I spent the next 10 years in fashion retail and worked up through the ranks to a senior position, it seemed my creative side had become a distant memory.In my 30s myself and my husband bought our dream home and this stimulated something inside of me, I found that all of my creative juices came flooding back!
My friends family loved the creations I was making for my new home and kept saying I should be selling them. I fell pregnant and thought , do you know what? I'm going to do it! I'm going to open my own etsy shop.
Within a week I'd sold my first dream catcher, wow what a feeling!
Although my business is still very new, I'm finding my etsy shop is proving to be to be very popular and my creations have been in great demand from wedding boutiques and venues.
I've now started my maternity leave and I'm feeling very excited to meet my little man and to see how my new business takes off.
I take orders from bridal shows for wedding decor. I'm currently working on an order for a wedding venue in York. Some ladies just buy one or two for wedding decor, or instead of flowers for themselves or bridesmaids and some people buy them as wedding gifts".
To find out more about Rebecca and Vanir Creations visit:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org