Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Make a Wish

I'm a compulsive wisher. No dandelion or birthday candle goes unblown, no wishing well is without my penny, no first star goes without a poem recitation, no wishbone goes unpulled, and no clock, at 11:11, goes unkissed.

I'm turning Gracie into a compulsive wisher, as well. Every night, she searches the sky for the first star. She knows "Star light, Star bright, The first star I see tonight..." by heart. And just like me, she recites it, then scrunches up her eyes to make her wish. I don't ever tell my wishes. I'm superstitious like that... but Gracie is more than happy to share her wishes with me.

"I wished for a whale to fly in the sky with the man on the moon." She proudly announces. Her wishing well wishes and dandelion wishes are pretty much the same. Sometimes she switches things up - asking for alligators or an octopus - but they all tend to be up in the sky and a little surreal.

I don't know if all my wishes come true. I make so many a day that it is hard to keep track. But it is nice to know that something as simple as wishing on a star, or the seeds of a dandelion can give me a sense that wishes can come true, if only I take a moment to think of one.

For all you other wishers out there, here are a few items from some excellent Etsy shops, for you to enjoy.

Macaroni and Glue is a sweet and stylish shop full of chic, vintage-inspired stationery.

I just adore this Wish set of 8 blank note cards. It is completely adorable!! You can find her shop at http://macaroniandglue.etsy.com.

The photography of Lorissa Longfellow, of LJDesign and Photo is some of my favorite ever taken. I have several of her photographs on my walls, and this dandelion photograph is just fabulous.

Aren't you just itching to make a wish and blow? You can find this print and many others at http://ljdesignphoto.etsy.com (the Route 66 collection is my favorite!!).

The artwork found in Gumball Grenade Illustrations never fails to make me smile. I just love this piece, titled Whale of a Wish. Isn't the cutest?

You can find this print, as well as a whole collection of dreamy and wishfull art, at http://gumballgrenade.etsy.com




allieart4children said...

What a wonderful post, Marisa! Beautiful choices! Such talented artists!

Andrea Baker said...

beautiful photos. I love the one of your girls by the fountain!

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Lorissa J. Longfellow said...

Wonderful post. Thank you so much for including my photo and mentioning my shop.

I love the things your daughter wishes for. Wonderful.

kim* said...

the whale is cute. i likeher wishes.

Kelly said...

What a lovely surprise! Thanks for including my "wish" cards. And I loooooove the pic of the girls by the fountain.

Art By MAR said...

Adorable pictures! My daughter was like that too but she has grown out of it. Glad to hear not everyone grows out of wishing!

Doreen said...

What a sweet picture of your girls by the fountain...so sweeeettt!!!

Love your wishes.

take care,

Whimsical Creations said...

Beautiful pictures. I love wishing, too and need to wish more with my kids. =D

Klymyshyn Design said...

I found the comment button!
...now what was I gonna say?...
Dreams, wishes, and ideals may seem frivolous but they are essential to keep a positive attitude!

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

What a sweet post!! The Etsy items you found to go along with it are terrific too!! Gracie's wish sounds very creative and imaginative. So adorable!

Janna said...

Love this post! I try to indulge in some of the magic of wishes with my kids too. Your photos are wonderful.

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