What beautiful artisan handmade items are included in this blog post! But, then, ALL the items included in my blogs the last two years have been beauties. This edition of Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade is a melange of items, a random choosing of the second item on the second page of the artist's shop. I hope you enjoy the items featured.
Week 3 of the Countdown to Mother's Day, hosted by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions on their The Blu Print blog, has come and gone. Sixty-three mostly handmade items, with a few vintage pieces, were left in its wake. Now is the perfect time to start browsing gift ideas and buying that perfect gift(s) for your Mum. Any one of the mostly one of a kind handmade items and the vintage items shared this week are perfect for even the pickiest Mom. Visit the shops of the artists featured and buy Mom something that was handmade from the heart or that will re-live as a vintage piece.
Symbols have always had a great significance in the lives of humans, from pre-historic times to modern man. Since ancient symbols are ingrained into our lives, most people don't realize these symbols are everywhere. From the logos of modern companies (Starbucks with their mermaid), to television shows (spirals in True Detective) and movies (Legendary Pictures with their Celtic knot logo) from religious books and texts (The Bible, The Koran) to decorations on buildings (sunbursts and dolphins), ancient symbols are everywhere.
Anyone who has spent even a small bit of time around me knows that I love animals, animals in all shapes and sizes and colors and temperaments. Even the so called “icky” ones are admired since they have a role to play in the complex balance of Nature. One of my favorite all time books is “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriot, where the theme for this post was lifted. And, after all my work with and around animals, my favorite quote in the book is this: “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” So very true!!!
Doing so many arts festivals weekend after weekend really cuts into my time, trying to recover from the show and organizing, trying to make new items, trying to catch up and trying to finish scheduled things, like this blog. Oh . . . and also have a life - LOL! But it's all good and usually keeps me out of trouble!