"Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight.
Be a connoisseur."
Do you have any favorite web stores? Have you found some that are more than just stores, rather they are places where you can browse for inspiration, perhaps for a few giggles and for that ever important visual stimulation that actually delights your soul?
I have a few favorite web sites that represent what I would create if I was going to open up my own virtual gift shop. One that tops the list is called VoluptuArt. If you have never experienced this treasure trove, than you are in for a super duper treat (picture a large ice cream sundae with all the trimmings.)
VoluptuArt's Mission speaks volumes:
"VoluptuArt has been created to bring you art that will inspire you to celebrate the fullness of your life!
Our art and gift items portray bodies of all sizes, shapes, ethnicities, ages and genders. We strive to find images that 'embody' a sense of aliveness, self-love and body esteem. We've also chosen items that we hope will encourage you to stop, take a breath and remember what is important in your life and to be grateful for your amazing body!VoluptuArt is packed with: sculptures, jewelry, functional art, wall art, journals, cards, magnets, candles, t-shirts, Yay! Scales and more!"
They also invite visitors to let them know about artwork or artists they believe would be a good match for VoluptuArt.
Some of my favorite artists have art work available on the web site: Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Mara Friedman, Anahata Katkin (PaPaYa), Krista Lynn Brown, Kristine Paton, K Robins Designs and SARK. It is a wonderful place to discover new artists too.
Here are some of my favorite creations by Kristine Paton. Many of her images are available on bookmarks too and she pairs each one with an empowering quote. They make wonderful bonus gifts if you happen to be giving someone a book.
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." ~ Oscar Wilde
This image is called Flamenco. The book mark has the following quote:
"Be Yourself The world worships the original." ~ Ingrid Bergman
VoluptuArt has quirky and unusual one-of-a-kind items. Take for example the YAY!
Scale. How would you feel if you stepped on the scale in the morning and it always gave you a compliment? "you're perfect", "you're gorgeous", "you're hot!" You'll never have another bad scale day with a Yay! Scale. Thanks to the principles of quantum physics - a Yay! Scale never lies! Conceived, designed, handmade, and signed by Marilyn Wann of Fat!So? fame. Note this is the silver version, another version comes in purple sparkle and one even comes in a plush hot pink carpet.
There are also amazing sculptures to feast ones eyes on. Here are some of my favorites. These two are by Shelley and Michael Buonaiuto called Gladys and Wind.
Looking through the various themes can lead one to fun new discoveries as well. Some of the themes include: Goddesses, Divas, Funseekers, Frida Kahlo, Woman of Valor, Relationships, Rumi, Bellies, Breast Health and Ahhs and Giggles.
Another treasure that I enjoyed discovering is this petite earring Goddess holder shown to the left.
If you visit the VoluptuArt you may also want to visit their Resource page. They list articles, poetry, films and link to other inspirational web sites.
If you visit and find something that strikes your fancy come back and share.
If you have some favorite web sites please share links here too.