When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Etsy: Summer Treasures

I love the way that long summer days and lightened summer schedules give us time for discovering happy little treasures. This morning's find at our house was two baskets' worth of sweet black raspberries that were growing wild in the tangled mess of weeds that have lined the construction site on the other side of our back fence for several years now. I've often found the existence of that overgrown lot to be a nuisance, but I was glad for it today when I spotted the sweet offerings of the thorny vines that had pushed their way through the fence into our garden. We've been enjoying juicy, sunkissed raspberries by the handful all day today.

The summer months are full of treasures waiting to be found with a bit of exploring. Today I'd like to share with you some of the beautiful handmade ones I've discovered on Etsy recently.  I think these items, from creative artisans in countries all over the world, sum up much of what makes summer so enjoyable.  (Click on the highlighted text to find out more about each item.)

Porcelain Berry Basket from Heirloom Home Studio

Pretty, lightweight Turkish Cotton Beach Towels from Havlum

Negril Beach Chair from Gallant and Jones

Vintage Map Journals, perfect for summer travels, from Handmade Books By Kate

Rainbow Sailboats, for little adventurers, from Mama May I

Striped Tote Bag from Bayan Hippo

Scrabble Tile Pillow Covers from Dirtsastudio (fun cottage decor!)

Bangle Charm Bracelet from Imprinted Designs

Caravan Tea Towel from Emma Allard Smith

Ceramic Honey Pot and Dipper from Stuck in the Mud Pottery

Milan Straw Summer Fedora from HatsNCompany

You may want to do some exploring of your own on Etsy's online global marketplace this summer. Who knows what other lovely treasures you'll find....

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