What’s in a name? Well in our case, quite a bit. Along with being Sheet Copper Dragonflies with various attachment methods for incorporating into your life, Darby, Delta, Dixie, Dexter, Dirk Daphne and Dinah are also characters in children’s stories that Sue, our creator, writes for ages 3 – 10. Hers are stories that centre acceptance but more, inclusion of everyone. In our home of Oh Valley, our differences are accepted, even celebrated. Follow the happenings in Oh Valley by opening any of her posts that has a title beginning with “Fancifull Story.” Be prepared to feel better… even if you’re already in a warm place. Stretch your imagination to encompass Sue’s blend of whimsy and old-school writing.
Getting back to our names, they are also our style codes, signifying the attachment method of our physical copper counterparts. Yes, we do all look the same…. We think all of you do too. 🙂
First up is DARBY. He is the first Fancifull designed at Hazy Dayz Dragonflies. Originally created to adorn hanging baskets and planter boxes, he’s since been seen as an accompaniment in fresh flower arrangements, bridal bouquets, and one customer purchased a dozen Darbys just to make herself a Fancifull Dragonfly bouquet. Another customer has wound the steel stem support around her bedpost as a touch of whimsy.
DELTA, my personal favourite, is a perfectly balanced hanging ornament. She too, was designed for your garden and comes with a green steel ornament hook. From a distance, she appears to be floating and her 6-gram weight ensures the slightest breeze can entice her to ‘dance.’ Retailers have been asking me to assemble her with a red satin ribbon for the coming holiday season. She will make an lovely addition to your Christmas tree.
MEMORY L’ANGE, and DANCING L’ANGE – More solemnly, customers have purchased DARBY (Steel Stem Support) as a cemetery “Remembrance Marker” in place of flowers and as a removable memento to the arrangement gracing the closed coffin as your loved one is laid to rest. For you, I have made “Memory L’Ange” – a remembrance marker available in aluminum, and while the oxidization is very slow (Aluminum Grade 1100-O), L’Ange will gradually wear a white angelic habit when placed at the grave site or closer to you in your own garden. Dancing L’Ange – pronounced, “Lounge”, French for “The Angel” is DELTA’s aluminum counterpart another new addition to the Dragonfly Collection for those of you who prefer silver colour to rose-gold colour.
DIXIE, who I affectionately refer to as DIXIE-CLIP can be situated anywhere she can sink her alligator-clip teeth. Yes Bobby, one dragonfly does have teeth, our Dixie-Clip The small 5-amp copper clip can open up to 5mm (3/16″) to clip onto woody stems, trellises, hat bands and most assuredly Christmas Tree tips.
DEXTER, otherwise known as Dexter V. Dexterous, V standing for Very, has a small 20mm (3/4″) very durable suction cup wired securely under his upper abdomen. In my North-facing, tree reflecting 3rd floor Bay window, he’s been able to withstand all the elements summer threw at him and has not budged. Like many of you, I’ve had problem with small birds swooping head-long into my somewhat-clean windows and falling 3 floors, unconscious or worse Since installing “Dex” early July, and spending countless daylight hours at this computer, I’ve not heard a single, telltale ‘thump.’ Dex is also great as an accompaniment on a tall glass of milk for your grandchild to go with his milk and cookies… or as a conversation starter on a glass of wine or beer… or to give you added incentive to drink that power shake that you know will be good for you but the taste leaves… well you know. He’ll coax you to drink it all.
DAPHNE is a striking hair comb. Once inserted, the comb disappears. One of my first combs purchased was by a little girl of about 6 who had just finished competing in her highland dance competition at the Glengarry Highland Games, in Maxville. She was all aglow when her father said she could have a dragonfly. I’ll never forget it. She asked me to put it in her hair for her… ON TOP of her head. She loved it and I guess passersby did too. I had three customers mention seeing the dragonfly perched there, causing them to seek out my booth and purchase their own Daphne.
DINAH. Now Dinah’s name precedes her. If you follow my Fancifull Stories, Dinah is a Movie Star, recently wrapping up her latest movie, “Amber Light.” She is also a lovely brooch that can be used with scarves or shawls, on your coat or blouse, hat or anywhere else you’d like pin her. Maybe you’d like to have a dragonfly resting on your heavy drapes this winter to remind you that Spring is coming. She’d be sure to oblige and tell you all her movie life secrets. 😉