So in keeping with the snow covered view out my window as I write I thought I'd search for some items I have around the house with a winter theme. If you can't fight 'em, join 'em!
I found three very furry hats (real fur, but I'm not sure what animals gave their lives for them!) They were brought back by my mother-in-law Wanda when she returned from a world wide tour many years ago after my hubby and I were first married. Also there is a white fur neck piece that has no markings on it, so I am assuming Wanda purchased all of them in one of two regions she visited. I made notations on the items listing where they came from.
Also shown are a small collection of totem pole salt and pepper shakers. One set is marked Banff Canada, the other two look older, are not marked, but have cork stoppers which can indicate they are older. Also in this collection is a dark brown fuzzy figure that looks like it should be on top of a kachina doll, but it fit in somehow as did a wooden totem pole memento from Alaska. The collection is completed by a little china bowl from Royal Albert Bone China of England, with an "authentic totem item" stamped on the back. It depicts three black totems representing British Columbia.
Since purses are something I have a lot of I added a one-of-a-kind rag purse I bought from a woman at my French Cooking class I attend once a month. It is crocheted with a thick warm looking yarn and I use it once in a while in the winter if I go to dinner, or somewhere special. It was so eclectic and colorful I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it! It also added a needed pop of color amidst all the winter items.
The "model" is my wicker elephant friend (from my wicker collection)
|This animal print hat is from Srinagar, also known as Kashmir by hat maker Shyam Bros.|
|Real fur from Echter Pelz of Austria|
|Fur hat from same hat maker in Srinagar, white fur neck piece with no I.D.|
|Original, one of a kind hand made purse with fun attachments added|
|Front view of purse with gold clip covering opening underneath|