The only way I can start telling and showing you about my funny little mice decoration, I’ve painted all over the house, is telling you about the very reason this inspiration came to be.
Before we moved into our new house, I was cleaning the attic of our old house, and saw a rather dull mirror, hidden behind some other stuff. It was my sister’s mirror. She wanted it out of her house, after her partner had died. It was a mirror that gave her too many memories she couldn’t handle at that moment.
I wanted to make it something new, something for Charlie, to have something of her father, but made especially for her.
I had a wonderful idea. I would turn it into a fairy tale mirror. And not just any fairy tale, but my own stories I have written about Kuzco, Malha, Spookie, Benjamin, Jools and Bruce.
I added some new shapes to the mirror, to make it less dull. And to make room for my fairy-tale, because there is a lot to tell off course.
The mirror is divided into night and day, with a sun and moon on top of the mirror.
On the bottom of the mirror, I placed two guards in front of their gatehouse holding the first letter of my nephew and nieces their names.
One is still awake and present in de daytime, and the other guard has fallen asleep at the night side.
They are supposed to stand guard to keep my nieces their child’s innocence, and beautiful souls as a reflection, every time they would look into it. So that even when their older, they would still see their reflection as it ought to be. Beautiful, and not tainted by the negative view of others.
Between the two guards there is Kuzco and Malha.
Ants marching by, with the leading ant wearing a fur coat…made of…..
Kuzco had to take another good look through his magnifying glass…..Cat hair?
In the right corner, in front of the guard, Mr and Mrs Goldfish parked their aquaria-camper when they finally found their son. It was the strangest place to be for a goldfish, but he was honestly cross my heart hope to die, high up in the sky. Mrs. Goldfish couldn’t believe her eyes. She had to put up the biggest binocular she had in her purse to see him.
Bruce was hanging under an air balloon, with a water-helmet over his head so he could breathe. He wanted to help Benjamin, whom was trapped high on a branch, because he wanted to be a superhero, but failed.
His sidekick was trying to help him. He reached out a ladder to climb down. But the mouse didn’t realize it was a tiny mouse ladder. Way too small for a cat to climb. So Benjamin was crying for help.
Bruce got caught in a whirlwind and went up high in the sky. He even went so high, he could see Spookie looking down from his star window, waving to someone. But because Bruce went higher and higher, he couldn’t see Spookie was watching Jools.
She had made a nice and comfy bed with… I guess it were at least 1001 fluffy pillows. She missed Spookie so very much, she wanted to be as close as possible to have a nice little chat.
She wanted to tell him that Jaap the sheep had stuffed himself into a circus canon. Because Jaap is a superhero, and he was going to safe Bruce from out of the sky. There was a little mouse, which was an officer in the army. This was the most logical mouse to detonate the canon and aim it straight to Bruce.
The only one who didn’t care for all this fuss, was Peter the Rabbit. Malha her best friend. The only thing he cared about, was his Olympic dive into the aquaria-camper. How cool would that be?
When I finished the mirror, I almost didn’t want to give it away. But every brushstroke was only made possible by the love I feel for my little nieces and nephew. This fairy tale mirror was made for them.
My father created a wonderful solution for both of my nieces to be able to use the mirror. He carved the shape of the mirror out of the wall between Charlie and Angel their bedrooms. With a pin stuck in the middle, the mirror can rotate. This mirror is where it should be.
But those little mice didn’t leave mind. I wanted to paint a few of those little mice in our own fairy tale house.
And so I did.