I’m a little behind on my schedule from all those days I was sick, so Little Big Kitchen will be back later this week, or, depending on how much I can get done, next week. I have settled on a favorite simple smoothie to share with you and I just have to finish up the photos.
The month of May is responsible for some very awesome people but two ladies in particular are very special to me: Melynda and Lupe. They held a joint birthday party at Mel’s house and she baked a wicked rainbow cake at the last minute and somehow converted her garage into a rockin’ dance floor. It was good times.
I (unintentionally) put together gifts for them that sort coordinated, but that was a total accident. I have a shelf in a closet in my house that I reserve for all the stuff I find for birthdays and Christmas while thrifting and I’ve been accumulating stuff for the two of them for awhile.
Mel was (and is) an avid bird enthusiast way before the advent of “put a bird on it.” She doesn’t just love to collect bird accessories–she loves to collect actual birds. Suck on that, Portand. Which means Mel is incredibly easy to shop for because of all the birds everywhere these days.
The bowl was created for serving olives but I nearly kept it once I saw how lovely garlic cloves looked stored in it. It would also be great for jewelry. The plate is large and made of heavy stoneware. According to the artist’s signature and markings on the back it was hand painted in Sweden.
Mel is also quite a fashionista and loves to wear black and browns, so I figured the abstract zebra-like pattern on the scarf above would be very at home in her wardrobe. Lastly, I picked up the rainbow mug and added it to her gift.
Lupe is very health conscious so I thought what better gift than vintage wire bowls to hold fruit and veggies on her counter. She is feminine so I thought she’d appreciate the heart and flower shapes. Lupe is also fashion-conscious and has great urban style so I found a checkered scarf for her. I also gave Lupe a pair of matching colorful butterfly mugs but I forgot to snap a photo. Oops!
I wrapped each item carefully using recycled gift wrap and tissue paper and topped each present with a painting from Isobel’s immense art collection. I have what seems like several hundred of her paintings tucked away for this purpose.
What is Thrifty Giving? I’m recording all of the secondhand and thrifted presents I give to friends and family in an attempt to inspire others and myself to look to thrift stores and other ways to reuse and repurpose gifts in a way that is both thoughtful and generous. I’m doing this for reasons both financial and ecological and hope to shift the focus of giving away from blind consumerism. These are my attempts, anyway.