I met one of my customers last week. She lives in Tucson and has purchased several things from my Etsy shop but we had never met in person. Last weekend she stopped by my house on her way back to town from herding lessons with her dog.
I love meeting my customers (who, more times than not, have gone from customers to friends). We visited and she did a little Christmas shopping. She also asked me to create a custom Cowgirl Cuff for her from her dog Otie's collar (sadly, he is no longer with her). I thought that was a great idea and was happy to do so.
The design was hers. She knew she wanted something simple with a heart on it. I love how it turned out. And I really love the sentimental quality of it. She told me the collar had been hanging on a hook that she passed by every day. Now she can wear it on her wrist and have a sweet reminder of her beloved Otie.
I really am a sap when it comes to keeping momentos of the animals that have come and gone from my life. I'm happy to know there are others out there who feel the same way.
What momentos do you keep of the special animals you've shared your life with?