This week I pretended I bought a lucky lottery ticket and used my winnings to go shopping. First, I pretend-gave part of my winnings to my favorite charities. After that, I looked for extraordinary items created and curated by highly skilled Etsians. I looked for originality, beauty, warmth and a bit of magic. Since price was no object, I was able to select gifts that were perfect in every way for my family, friends and, yes, me. I suggest you allow your fancy to run free by sorting your search results by highest price. I have found many well made and affordable items by first looking at a shop’s most pricey listing.
[Clockwise from top left: Beaded Guatemalan Huipil and skirt from beadedbear; Shady Lady ceramic wall mask from unmasked; Made in America iron cast map from FeLionStudios; Class to build your own canoe from Tidalcraft; Vintage shoe form encrusted with milagros silver from Elizabeth Rosen Art]
How about serving some hash brown potatoes from Maine, along with some Texas fried steak?
[Clockwise from top left: White and gold felt coat from vilte; Homage to Ray Johnson pencil drawing from CTChew; Original mint condition ’50s glasses from Paris Couture Antiques; Victorian ladies sewing set from Adin Antique Jewelry; Wood carved vessel from Hearthstone Studios]
After receiving it in the mail, I could mail the tribute to Ray Johnson, mail artist extraordinaire, to my friend who is a mail artist.
[Clockwise from top left: Middle class quilt from Daintytime; Fozzy bracelet from AngelaGerhard; Snug as a bug rug from Cricklewood; Superhero circus longjohns from sartoria; 1920s metal lithographed toy airplane from Schoolhouseantiques]
My friend dreams frequently of flying solo across the Atlantic. This plane represents the actuality of the trip.
I know I sometimes need a reminder that a generous life is rewarded with great bounty of spirit. No matter my own beliefs, I learn this from every religion.