Our trip took us from Milan to Vicenza to Venice to Florence and finally to Lake Como before we went to Marrakesh.
Of course, Italy is magical. For us, it was the evidence all around us of creativity, a pulse that persisted through hundreds of years, wars and political systems, fortune and failure. But there you will find even today artisans making a living creating beautiful and unique things, and their work is a respected part of the fabric of life there. As we crossed the River Arno and made our way into the Artisan's Quarter in Firenze, shop after shop held a creative person at work. A mountaintop near Lake Como had tables with locally crafted teas and jellies. Milan celebrated the artisans who bring the opera to life. And so on.
Today's shop Tuttosicrea, which means "everything is created", has a beautiful selection of handmade articles. The shop name (which I couldn't agree with more!) and the nature of her items brought me back to that trip, and the places and people we visited. A shop, a place and a country where everything is created. Etsy says the store is based in Monza, a place I haven't been to so I checked out Google Maps. It's a little north and west of Milan, and of course beautiful.
|from Google Maps imagery|
Now for her wrapping magic. Elena put together a beautiful gift wrapping package for Valentine's Day. Handstamped paper, string, gift tags, a vial full of heart stickers and finally some beautiful polymer hearts! This would be very special wrapping for a special person.
|Valentine' gift wrap package|
She had a similar package for fall/winter:
|Rustic gift package, all you see here.|
Pretty stuff celebrating love, life and the magic of creation!