Have yourself a merry little Seahorse moment
Well, I've discovered an easy way to get yourself a Seahorse Moment every day.
This is how you do it:
1. Go to Rare Bird Finds.
2. Subscribe to their emails.
(See? I told you it was easy.)
Every evening, just before bedtime*, they'll send you a charming email containing pictures of the fab and unusual things they've found that day. (They call them "gift ideas". They have clearly failed to take into account my propensity to buy fab things for myself.)
You won't want all of them. Which is probably just as well because, if you're based anywhere other than in the US, there's a reasonable likelihood that you wouldn't be able to buy half of them even if you did want them. But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy looking at them. Or appreciate the people who have designed and/or made them.I stumbled on their rather wonderful site when I was Googling for images of blue morpho butterflies (as you do). Lo and behold, I discovered that they had had the remarkably good taste last August to feature the Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing necklace made by the lovely Neile C and sold through Etsy.com
I've been looking for an excuse to post a photo of this for ages. I've had mine a couple of months now, and it is just the most beautiful piece of jewellery I've ever seen. The photo doesn't do it justice because the camera can't capture the irridescence of the wing.
Neile's pendants are very reasonably-priced, and she'll happily post them to the UK for a modest fee. Most importantly of all, she is lovely.
Before you step back in horror and accuse me of supporting the practice of tearing the wings off live, screaming butterflies (yeah, thanks for that, Mr Melbamae), I should point out that the butterflies have lived through their entire life cycle, and the wings aren't removed until after they've died of natural causes. There's more information about the benefits of butterfly farming here.
Do feel entirely free to order one of these beautiful items from Neile, even though I found her first. Just never wear it to the same event as me. Particularly if you are Boogaloo Dude.
* That's bedtime if you live in the UK and you consider 10 pm to be a suitable time to retire to bed.
In related news, those searching after unusual gift items from small, independent sellers may be interested to know that the summer sale has just started over on Not On The High Street dot com. Some items are 75% off. This might very easily have found itself in my basket if I had thought for a moment it might be big enough.