10 December 2009

just perfect -

when my son was young, i had nurses in my home 12 hours a day... naturally we became very close and would give each other gifts... there was one nurse who taught me the most wonderful lesson... she would give one perfect thing... and it wasn't necessarily big, it was always so thoughtful and 'just right'... i had always made people gifts, but somehow thought it was never enough... but she shone a light on the whole gift-giving dynamic for me... and i will be forever grateful... 
in this blogging world we become close to people... and all around us we see people sending off gifts to each other - a very generous group that loves to share... nurturing & supportive... i recently did a swap with cindy... and what she sent took me right back to that nurse... don't we want our gifts to be reflective of thought, of something personal and meaningful? well, cindy didn't have anything available in a shop... and i thought she just HAD  to... 

and now she does... what is really neat is that she explores so many different media... handcarved stamps, jewelry, polymer clay, felting, etc...  i really encourage you to take a look - and ask her to make more! i can see those printings on canvas turning into a version of prayer flags when strung along a string...
i am going to share a wonderful quote from her etsy shop - alchemy of life...

"You must understand the whole of life,
not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read,
that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing,
and dance,
and write poems,
and suffer,
and understand,
for all that is life."
J. Krishnamurti

best luck cindy on your new journey!


  1. I agree...these are just perfect.

  2. What a lovely poem, and the gift is lovely. This is so true, we need to keep it in mind.

  3. great post and earrings, thanks for sharing

  4. Thanks for a beautiful post, and a great reminder that 'more' is not always better. I come from a family that thinks gifts must be big and given in huge amounts. It's overwhelming to say the least, and many times sucks the joy out of the day. I'll take small, but special any day!

  5. Beautiful. I've found through the years the times that I've had less is when I've truly given more. Thanks for the reminder and putting me on to a new shop!

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I feel so honored.

    It was a joy to make and gather together the items for the trade. And a joy to receive your gift (which was also the most perfect thing)!
    Your appreciation and support are priceless to me. Thanks for challenging me to get my shop going.

    How fortunate you were to have that nurse in your home at such a stressful time. There is a light that shines inside me from my own past. When I was little I would make my own cards for my grandparents for birthdays or holidays (I don't remember exactly), but I do remember their joy in response and being told that the cards were so special because i had made them myself. I don't ever forget that. It comes back to me at times when i most need it. Isn't it amazing how these things can affect our lives for so long?!

    I love the idea of prayer flags...now I'm on a new search for ideas for that!

  7. Another example of this fantastic community! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. You are so right, a gift does not have to be showy or expensive. The best gifts are those that come from the heart.

  9. beautifuls eaérrings from your friend!! thank you for the link, Cindy is very productive in all kind of works!! enjoy !


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