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.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Etsy: Summertime Favourites

Will was six years old when I started this blog and decided to name it after his pocket stuffing habit. He and I and this space have all grown and changed in the six years since then, but I always find it reassuring to see that some things remain constant at their core, even as time passes. Here are some of the bits I've pulled out of Will's various pockets in recent days:

(I didn't include the pair of dirty socks that were all wadded up into little balls and stuffed in his shorts. You're welcome for that.)

I think many of us are collectors of some kind, no matter what our age. Tucked away in pockets, boxes, file folders, or drawers, we gather items that inspire us or make us remember, smile, or wonder.

Lately, I've been gathering up summery things in my "Items I Love" folder on Etsy. Here are some of my favourite handmade and vintage finds for warm weather adventures. (Click on the highlighted text for more information about each item.)

Ice Cream Bowls and Spoons from PennySpoonerCeramics

English Oak Bird Feeder from LayerTree

Raccoon Sleep Mask from JulienEmilyDesign

Bicycle Bell from BringaLingBells

Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket from EllieEllieltd

Tiny Brass Bunny Earrings from saffronandsaege

Custom Leather Keychain from madebyperri

Toasted Marshmallow Soy Candle from SmellsLikeCanada

Lawn Dice Game from ArtiZanGroup

Farmhouse Tray from ChalkedBySam

Sagan Star Chart in Navy from wildwanderco

Tablecloth Playhouse from StripedCoast

Blue Agate Slice Coasters from BullCityGems

If you live in the Waterloo area and are interested in doing some in-person shopping for handmade treasures, you can visit the Etsy Local Market at RIM Park this Saturday. There will be more than sixty creative and talented artisans displaying their handiwork there, and admission and parking are free. It's a good place to discover something new and lovely to add to your collection.

Have a wonderful June weekend!

*Full disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for shopping Etsy through Pocketfuls.

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