planning ahead

Chia and I are still here in Seattle, gardening, walking, and planning ahead for our trip back to Florence. I have been brainstorming ways to help my artisan friends in Italy. Life is a huge struggle for them now, having been on lockdown for months, and no tourists to support their businesses.

Since travel to Florence by tourists will be minimal in the foreseeable future, I am working on a project to bring my favorite Italian treasures to the States. I am calling it Tesori Italiani – curated gift boxes comprised of various items. I’m currently working with Caterina, a silversmith, Anastazija, a ceramics artist and a leather factory that makes beautiful little Florentine boxes. Lots of others ahead!

I am hoping to have the boxes in several different sizes available for purchase for the holidays. I will have more information about them in November.

Here in Seattle I have found treasures as well. Happy Hands Lotion Bar in “Summer Flower” is a new favorite. The lotion is in a bar form inside a tin which can be refilled. No plastic! It is available from Seattle Sundries $7.50 plus shipping.

Cards of Distinction by Bruce Wells, pictured below. He uses lots of Florentine papers among others to create personalized cards. He also does lovely invitations to your specifications. Box of 8 $50, including US shipping.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy spring from my deck!

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