As many villagers will know, The Twee House in the village is the place to go for the smartest homewares – all the ‘touches’ that can turn a house into a home. The Twee House is a wonderful “Aladdin’s cave” of a shop and this week WLOV caught up with Kirsten van der Wette, the owner to find out about a new range of products they now offer – with a new ‘spiritual’ dimension.
“When I established The Twee House in 2012 I wanted to bring a touch of style and elegance to the village” Kirsten says “it was obvious to me that the women in the village, though well served with hair dressers who can style hair in several ways and outlets selling drab, flat shoes, they had nowhere to go for those little feminine touches they need around the house – things like coasters, table mats, small towels, air-fresheners and scented swing bin liners.
“We made it our mission to ‘spruce up the homes of villagers’ which means that we now offer the widest selection of reasonably-priced, classy homewares available this side of the Town.
“However, there is more to our homewares than this. Since we have been here we have also found that our local people are looking for homewares that offer a more spiritual dimension. Not just the range of soaps or scented candles adorned with pictures take from the works of Michael Angelo and other renaissance artists, but something deeper – things that brings our shoppers closer to nature.
I ask Kirsten what she means by ‘homewares with a spiritual dimension’ – I am intrigued to find out how objects that merely sit around houses collecting dust or providing somewhere handy to keep the TV remote can have a dimension that touches the very essence of the human spirit.
Kirsten explains: “where we live is very dear to us, we spend so much time there with our loved ones, with our families that the home has a very spiritual element. The homewares we buy to adorn your house should reflect that – indeed they should enhance that – even if it is just an air-freshener, or toilet duck or small decorative plate – they have a spiritual dimension. They share the same space as you – the same time and they are made of molecules that are vibrating - just like you are. Everything is precious and everything is vibrating.
“Take the new range of dream catapults we are now supplying” says Kirsten.
“I do a double take at this phrase, it’s not two words I have heard together before ‘dream catapults?’ I ask, “I have heard of dream catchers, but not. . .” I trail off, but Kirsten is already finishing my sentence for me.
“Yes, dream catapults, I invented them’ says Kirsten “I took an idea from the native American culture and I have improved upon it. And here’s the clever bit – not by bringing it up to date, but by adding to it another idea from the olden days – the catapult or trebuchet which was a weapon used in combat between the 12th and 15th century.
I ask Kirsten to expain further.
“Many people are familiar with dream catchers these days, traditionally, the native American Ojibwa tribe constructed dreamcatchers by tying sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow. This ”dream-catcher” was hung above the bed as a charm to protect sleeping people, usually children, from nightmares. Today, these are mass produced and we sell a lot of them in our shop.
Well, I had the idea that once a dream had been caught by this dream catcher it could then be propelled into someone’s head, just as rocks were propelled at the enemy by catapult in the 12th century. The basic construction is quite simple and so I constructed a simple catapult mechanism which can be made to fire dreams at people. You can catch and fire good dreams at yourself or people you like, and you can catch bad ones (from the other side of the ‘catcher’) and fire them at people you don’t like – or just into a rubbish bin as you don’t want them hanging around the place.
I ask Kirsten if she had sold many of these dream catapults.
“Yes, there are a number of the richer wives in the village who have bought these dream catapults, but I am not sure if they are firing good or bad dreams at their husbands!”
Dream Catapults are available from The Twee House for £49 for a basic one to £149 which Kirsten claims can capture and fire dreams of an erotic nature and is available for over 18s only.