I have always loved getting gifts. Bring on Christmas and birthdays, special occasions and pretty packages!
And an unexpected surprise of this blog has been gifts. Even my mom, who knows how thrilled I get at a present, commented on it. “Well, you certainly got into the right business!”
These gifts are from readers who have become friends over the years of following my journey and want to send me a token of that friendship.
Just like the one I learned to ride on and recently sold at Lucketts…
Another was a grain sack with blue stripes and an “MM” monogram.
This custom sign with an excerpt of “my” verse on it…
And a local reader brought me this rusty metal doll bed that she fetched from the trash…
I sort of loved the fact that she declared she found something in the garbage that I would love. I mean, who tells someone they are giving them a gift that was picked out of the trash?
Well, a kindred spirit, that’s who. She was right that I loved it and we celebrated the fact that someone threw away such a treasure for her to find.
I happened to have a piece of a wooden drawer that fit almost perfectly in it.
I took a minute in the studio to put a few of the gifts together.
I love how individual items are just that…individual items. But, when you put them together, you see a style emerge. Such was the case with all of these gifts. Smaller pieces, curated by strangers, that came together in a way that was totally Marian.
And I’ve received a lot of other beautiful gifts over the years. Everything from cow paintings, candles, bath salts and t-shirts, to jewelry, cookies, books, ironstone, and even furniture!
I know every blogger says it, but I really do have the best readers. Not because you send gifts, but because of the sentiment behind those gifts. A sentiment of encouragement and friendship that has made this blog a special place in cyberspace.
Thanks for being a part of it.