Gift Ideas that Do Good Part 2

Now that you’re all set with the musician in the family, now it’s time to shop for something pretty to wear – “wearable juju” as Pretty Bird puts it.

My friend (yep another one – I’m lucky to be surrounded by a lot of creative folks) Dian Sourelis started Pretty Bird with her friend Nancy Denney Essex.  For them, “it is a labor of love—love of beauty, love of feminine energy, and love of spirit.”  For the rest of us, it’s love of pretty jewelry!

Dian and Nancy have gathered natural and semi-precious materials from all over the world to create beautiful jewelry, including Malas which they describe as a contemporary interpretation of an ancient tradition. Each mala is made with 108 beads, designed to assist in mantra meditation and prayer. Incorporating handcrafted Thai silver charms, globally sourced accents and eco-friendly linen, each is a handmade original — no two are alike — and can be worn as a necklace or wrist wrap.”  They also create custom pieces based on your healing needs, for your group, or (my favorite) using an existing piece that needs to be “re-purposed” into a wearable juju!

So, if you’re in need of a personal yet creative gift for someone special, check out Pretty Bird.  And, let’s say great-aunt Edna gives you some of her jewelry that doesn’t quite suit your look, look at Pretty Bird.  Check out Pretty Bird’s Web site by clicking here (you can also arrange a time to check out their Pilsen studio through the Web site) or see their work at the Chicago Art District’s Second Fridays Events (the next one is January 9).

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow!

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