Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Etsy Love Challenge

Love is in the air with Valentine's Day around the corner and Etsy is having an Etsy Love Challenge. We are challenged to make items that tell a story and here is my entry.
Young Henry was quite taken with sweet Emily, but he was too shy to approach her. Emily had noticed Henry, but she had never even held hands with a boy and she could not meet his gaze.

Henry was convinced that Emily wanted nothing to do with him, so he tried hard to ignore her and when his friends were around he laughed and joked a little too loudly.

Emily's friends told her that Henry had a crush on her, but she was afraid that all those jokes that kept him laughing were about her. She plucked her mother's flowers when ever she walked past, asking each bloom whether or not he loved her, dropping petals like Hansel and Gretel's trail everywhere she went.

Mother was getting quite upset that her garden was looking so bare. She had a local potter make these cups and instructed Emily to reach into the cupboard with her eyes closed each day and she would know how he felt by the cup she chose.

Emily's mother was a smart one, so after a few days she removed the LOVES ME NOT cup from the cupboard. After three days of choosing LOVES ME, Emily believed it. She found the courage to meet Henry's gaze and he knew in one look that she LOVES ME.

Now here are some of my favorites from the challenge so far. Click on the photos to find out more about each entry.

This Valentine's Day card from Gigi Phillips is too cute! She makes the little figures in the cards and them creates the scenes to photograph them in.

This original drawing from the Pairabirds says so much with the minimum of lines.

Studio Elan always impresses me with her perfection of form and gorgeous glazing.
This cup is no exception.

This original painting from TP Design, an artist from my home town of Dallas, is all about love... love for your fellow human beings and love for your planet. It is painted on repurposed wood and reads, "The greatest of these is love."


High Desert Diva said...

Love those cups! And that line drawing from Pairabirds....fantastic!

Studio√ČLAN said...

I love your story! I want to know what happens next to Henry and Emily -do they put handmade dinnerware on their wedding registry? -do they live happily ever after??? Does the mother ever confess or does she just go back to her garden?

And thanks for the mention of my cup -I was trying to figure out where the flurry of views was coming from!


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aMuseDoodles said...

I love the cups and the story! So cute!

Pam McFadyen said...

Fabulous story to go with those fabulous mugs!