Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Llama gave me a poncho.

Oh boy...I sure got lucky.  Some say blessed...I say however you want to say it, I scored.
I was the fortunate recipient of a gift certificate at an online shop called Novica.

I went online and started looking...clothes, jewelry, pottery, rugs, home furnishings, Shawls! Capes! Ponchos!  I am a real die hard shawl person.  I love them and I am  always wrapping myself up in them... I get ready to leave the house and no matter what I am wearing, I grab a shawl or scarf.  And you should see the choices at Novica.

Now this is not some fly by night establishment.  It is in association with the fine folks at National Geographic Magazine.  They searched out some of the finest artisans to supply the shop with some of the best and finest goods in the land.  These are folks that would not be able to sell their goods without
shop.  These are people who have been handed down their skills for generations....and without this
shop they might not be making it.  So not only are you buying quality, you are supporting these people...
not greedy money grabbing big corporations but honest to goodness hard working people who have been doing this for generations.  You are keeping them and their art how cool is that!

  Well I looked for awhile, honed in on the shawl department and saw that they have Alpaca.  Do you
have any idea how long I longed for anything Alpaca?  Have you ever touched Alpaca?  Dream fiber..
soft and warm ...luxurious.  I narrowed it down to several choices,  and finally chose Warm Earth
Poncho.  A blend of colors... browns, beige's,creams...loomed into a little piece of heaven with a hood!


I placed my order online and within a week or so my package arrived.  Not in a big giant
overkill box but a simple bag.  I opened the bag and inside, wrapped in a brown paper Aztec print paper
with a fiber ribbon and a tiny little lama charm was my poncho....Well swoon... words can’t describe.
Soft, glorious, cozy, glamorous...  one of the most  beautiful things I have
ever had the pleasure of putting on. Also there was a little envelope...
inside was a picture of a Llama...My Llama...and a card from the artist who made the poncho, Alfredo Falcon.                                                              

   I don’t gush over something unless I mean it.  I want to turn you on to this place. If you ever need to send someone a present, how about a feel good, win-win gift.  One that makes you feel great about your purchase.  Your money is going where it is sorely needed...and you get a wonderful treasure for yourself.
  Go and choose something for your friend or loved one  and buy an extra one for you.  I already
have my eyes on my next treasure from Alfredo..Here’s the Shop link...Novica

And here are links leading you directly to what you are looking for:

Men’s Wallets 
womens accessories
womens shawls Bali
Mens India accessories
Pearl Dangle Earrings
Sterling Silver Jewelry


Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

It sounds so great! You make me want one. :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This Website is overwhelming...! So much to see---so many Beautiful things....WOW!!!! I will have to go back there to look at more....I got totally!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How wonderful to see the llama it came from! Oh, that poncho will keep you so warm and cozy when it's cold. And hooray for Fair Trade goods. I'm off to visit that website now!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh how gorgeous Cynthia .... I could do with one of those right now as it's freezing here !!
You have written with such passion about the website that I'm sure everyone will be rushing over to buy something. You really should be their publisist !!!!
Next, a photo of you in the poncho please !! XXXX

13 said...

I'm with Jacqueline, still very cold over here in the UK. Fantastic to see the llama whose wool was used. Bet it's really snuggly. Keep it handmade I say. x

Anvilartifacts said...

yay for you! Novica has some amazing items. What a great gift to receive.
There's some forged boat-shaped earrings on there that I've been drooling over forever, course I can't remember what they're called. hahaha

La Petite Gallery said...

Enjoy the Poncho, wear it in
good health and stay warm.

We have some farms here
in Maine that raise those LLama's.

Pam said...

Thanks for your link to a site with such wonderful things. Love your poncho with its personalized history.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

AWESOME.... you lucky girl . I love it
~laura xx

Joanna Jenkins said...

Congrats on the win. You scored a great gift. Iv'e ordered for this company before was was also VERY impressed with the silk scarf I purchased. Who knew National Geographic's store would be so fantastic.
xo jj

Chris said...

Gorgeous poncho~~! I love this post! Your gratitude, the process to find your gift, the explanation of this wonderful shop~~and a happy purchase that helps an artist and keeps you warm & lovely!

Coffeefreek53 said...

Wow, someone else who is a shawl/wrap person. I love shawls and wraps. The one you chose is beautiful. I have worn shawls/wraps my whole life, and I ain't no spring chicken!! In style, outta style, they are always my style.


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