After a summer away, I stepped off the plane, happy to be home. I took a deep breath of the damp Virginia air. Within minutes, I recognized a familiar dull headache and congested nose. Allergies! I had forgotten about them in the dry heat of another country. I was back to the Richmond norm, dependent on folk remedies and over-the-counter relief. After all these years, allergies still surprise me at the end of a pleasant trip or with the turn of seasons. Since so many of us suffer from them, I took a look around Etsy to find items that we all could appreciate.
We live in a swirl of substances — some beneficial, others ready to harm. Keeping a balanced mind and body is always a challenge, even when I remember that moderation in all things is a path to health. Some days, I just have to let myself pick up the cat!
Cate Fitt, a.k.a. knitfitt, has been a member of Etsy since 2007 and is an experienced critic, curator and juror. She earned her MFA in fiber in 1978, later receiving an artist’s fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through the years, she’s been a maker of one-of-a-kind hand-painted clothing, pottery, jewelry, and linocut and monotype prints. She lives in a little house close to the James River with two whippets named Moose and Peach.