I've been poking around on the internet in the past day or so, looking for weathervanes for the cupola on top of the bead cottage. This is a difficult task. It's like choosing the perfect ring tone, the perfect avatar or perfect quote for your yearbook page. It has to be meaningful to me, most importantly, but also has to convey a message. I need to find just the right one to sum things up directly and succinctly.
Here are the two we like the best.
The first is a happy sun, coming out from behind clouds. I like this because it's positive, and actually relates to the function of a weathervane. In life I always try to find the good behind the not-so-good --like SpongeBob -- and this weathervane reminds me that there is a silver lining in every cloud. The sun also symbolizes successful ventures, which is always a good thing.
The second is St. Michael and the Dragon. I like this one because of the association with fire. Each hobby that is going to be present in the cottage deals with fire. Michael is the archangel of the South, the direction associated with fire. I guess if there's a message it's the triumph of good over evil.
Another design we thought of was a phoenix, but I'm not so keen on putting a bird that is burnt up over and over again on top of a building that I'm hoping never burns down.