I've been spending a lot of time on Etsy lately, looking for unique, handmade gifts. For me, as I'm sure for many people, the stories behind the gifts I receive often determine where they end up (on display, on my person, or in my closet collecting dust.)
In my opinion, there is no better gift than one that comes from a pair (or pairs) of hands that has been working hard to carry out a wish, a dream, or, in this case, a heartfelt act of remembrance.
I am often touched by the stories behind the hard working artists, designers, and families who make up the extraordinary community that is Etsy, but I felt uniquely compeled to pass on the story of Myra's Lavender. (Full disclosure: my college friend is the daughter of Myra's Lavender shop owner, Liz Craig.)
Myra's Lavender Field was started in 2006 and is a family owned and operated lavender crop in the high desert of southern New Mexico. It began as a project for Liz's sister, Myra, who was going through chemotherapy at the time for ovarian cancer. Myra loved gardening and this became a way to bring peace and beauty to her life and to those around her. Now, in loving memory of Myra, her family gathers each year to harvest the lavender and to create beautiful products by hand for their Etsy store such as sachets, soaps, and hydrosol.
Beautiful story, beautiful products. Handmade with care in memory of a sister who loved gardening, fresh air, and family.
Images: Myras Lavender Field