Thursday, January 31, 2013

Designer Spotlight- Paloma's Nest- a Love Story

I love handmade! I've been known to spend an obscene amount of time exploring Etsy and when I go to the gift show in NY, I love meeting with the many designers and artists and hearing their stories and perusing the pieces they've created. Caroline Colom Vasquez and her husband, Jose Vasquez-Corbalan are two amazingly talented artists. They've been working together since they met in Austin, Texas. Caroline is from Mystic, CT and Jose is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was "love at first sight." While dating, they'd discuss their passion for their craft, hers - ceramic and his- wood. Their dream was to run a business someday. They settled in Austin and made this dream a reality. Paloma's Nest was founded in 2007 and is named after their first daughter (Paloma which means "dove" in Spanish). Together they create heirloom pieces that will be cherished for years to come! We have two items from them- both white ceramic bowls. One is hand stamped with "I love you" with a gold edge and the other is stamped with "I carry your heart" with a silver edge, inspired by the beautiful E.E. Cummings poem (below). They both come in a lovely little box sitting in a straw nest. These are perfect gifts for the special person in your life or a friend, mother or daughter.

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

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