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September 17th, 2014

Whenever I travel to try to buy a patch for my travel patch quilt, but that’s about a kitchy as I get when it comes to souvenirs. Typically I prefer to purchase a useful item that I can either display or something useful that I can use daily. Last time I was in Seattle I purchase a lovely hand carved spatula. It’s made of bird’s eye maple and it’s quite stunning, I use it almost daily and it brings back memories of that trip. This time I purchase a small sign for my garden.
garden sign 1
I spotted it at Bloedel Reserve and knew it would be the perfect item since we spent the majority of our time touring gardens.
garden sign 2
The script font and the tiny bird are lovely, the rusty finish is also fetching. No worries about it rusting or leaving it in the garden.
garden sign 3
garden sign 4
I’m not sure where I’m going to put it right now, perhaps in my small entry by the front door. When I get a fence and gate on the main garden in back I’d like to put it there, perhaps I’ll cut a special rectangle in the gate and showcase this inside.

What kinds of items do you purchase to remember your travels?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.