Inspiration for my House Fly Ornament
I’m afraid that these were not inspired by the beauty of the common house fly – but more by the amusing thought that frogs, lizards and chameleons need food and are rather partial to a nice tasty fat fly! The original fly was modelled as a “food target” for my first chameleon necklace, to sit at the top of the leaf about to be grabbed by that amazing sticky tongue. But, once I had the componements for the necklace, I decided I liked the simplicity of it without the fly. So the fly went into my drawer of shame… Until one day when I was bored and looking for something to entertain me. I finally polished up the little fly – only to discover that he worked perfectly on his own. So I made my first pair of fly earrings, from which this fly ornament originated.
I was thrilled and giggled at the idea of my frogs and lizards finally having a source of food. But when I showed my newly created fly earrings to my husband, he declared: “You’ll never sell those!”. In fact, they were the very first thing that I sold at my very first fair at Saltwood Castle. Can’t remember if I did one of those “Told you so” dances! And “Dinner”, as my fly is affectionately known, has been popular ever since, especially with my Lizard Ornament.