At the centre of the piece there's a tree that represents the Benevento Walnut Tree. This magical tree was said to be a gathering place for Italian witches. It's roots reached down to the other world and the witches would draw up its power by dancing around the trunk. Nyx was one of the goddesses venerated at the tree.
There are also some tiny handmade paper poppies in there too, said to be sacred to her.
That little glass bauble? A piece made by my friend and glass artist Marc Bourdon.
When I completed this doodad I slipped outside, into the dark. Despite the sky being covered in clouds, I saw a shooting star whiz by. I'm going to take that as a good omen. Maybe even a wink of approval! And I think I'll keep this piece with me for a while.
The materials for this piece are from all over the place but I'll do my best to list what I can.
Wooden House Frame - from Michaels
Bronze Hand CharmFloral Border Sticks
Adhesive back pearls
Woodland Scenics Clump Foliage
Glass bauble - glass artist Marc Bourdon
P.S. If you're interested in learning more about this sort of thing, goddesses, spirits and the like, Judika Illes' book 'Encyclopedia of Spirits' might be just the resource you're looking for.