October 22, 2010

A gift for grandma

My grandparents recently moved to a different state, to be near my aunt. I have a lot of memories of collecting oak leaves and acorns at my grandparents' lovely forest home, so I bought this necklace as a housewarming gift for my grandmother.

The Etsy seller ArtisanHandcrafted makes these necklaces from real leaves by "electroplaning" them in metal. (Don't ask me what that means!) The necklace arrived in a pretty little box, and looks even more beautiful in person than it does in the photo. I told the seller about why I was buying the necklace, and she sent me the sweetest reply. That's the fun part about shopping on Etsy: the personal connections between artists and customers. It makes every purchase seem extra special.

Here are some more necklaces from her shop; I especially like the Japanese maple leaf.

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