Growing up, my Dad had the coolest stuff. He had beautiful chess sets, cool travel kits from IcelandAir (our relative, Sigurdur, was credited with pioneering the hippie airline), volcanic rocks, fossils, binoculars, and a small stuffed Icelandic horse. The horse was given to him by his father, and his brother had a black one.
Left to right: my father’s horse, mine.
I frequently scour Etsy for Icelandic things, with little results. Is it because it’s such a small country, or are they just so smart that they hold on to their coolest stuff? I’m not sure, but one day a few weeks ago, my clicking labor paid off BIG. I found the beautiful brown Icelandic horse above in the shop Plant Dreaming and had to have it. Of course it’s cool to find something handmade or a piece of affordable art on Etsy, but this will always be my favorite find. The most meaningful.
My family is the best, but I can’t always be with them. I don’t often get to see the Icelandic side of my family that lives scattered across America, let alone have the luxury to visit family in Iceland, but at least I can surround myself with hand-me-downs and this special find to remind myself what’s important and keep myself inspired year after year.