So happy to introduce you to new friend…
who runs the fabulous
THINK amazingly high quality reindeer leather
and lambskin bracelets with a reputation
for becoming wildly ADDICTIVE.
As much as a
face-to-face with Margareta
would be delightful
(she truly leads an inspired life),
I’m so grateful the busy Massachusetts
designer took time to chat.
Stunning snowflake design
Of course I had to ask about why we should honor creativity.
“Creativity tickles our minds…cultures evolve and expand
by using whatever is at hand to create items
needed for its existence.
Creativity should be encouraged
from an early age. “
“A good example are how Sami (Laplanders) artisans
from their 10,000 year old culture have used
the hides, meat, milk, fur, antlers, and sinew on a reindeer
for everything they need in their daily lives…
food, clothing, beds, tents, shoes, jewelry, art, craft,
household items, tools, sewing thread from the sinew, etc.”
Margareta’s sense of humor charmed me the minute we began corresponding.
“I love telling kids who come up to my booth to touch
the reindeer hide on the table why
I think Rudolph might be a female reindeer.
It is actually a true story and makes people smile.
Male reindeer shed their antlers after the rutting season in Sept and Oct.
Females are pregnant over the winter and need their antlers
to protect themselves and their unborn calf and
don’t shed them until late spring.
Yup, reindeer females are the only deer
animals to sport antlers.”
(So if Rudolph had antlers in December…)
Then she turns to the mothers and says,
“And that is why Santa never gets lost!”
Three things inspiring her at the moment?
“My wonderful customers in 15 countries.”
“Seeing how well my design of pearls and
hand faceted silver beads on leather bracelets
turned out, I am now looking to add more new materials
to keep customers coming back to look for new SwedArt creations.”
“My garden starting to turn fall colors.”
Guys love her bracelets as well.
Margareta’s tips for finding lovely and sacredness in “the everyday.”
“Reading blogs like the lovely and inspiring Hello Lovely Inc.”
“Doing mini mediations when feeling stressed.”
“Long walks in the woods”
Thanks so much for your time, inspiration,
and uplifting energy, Margareta…you are as lovely
as your beautiful handmade bracelets!
Peace to you right where you are.
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