For our tenth anniversary (in April of this year), Hubs and I took a trip to Acapulco. When we travel, I like to shop for a small piece of art (usually a watercolor or print) to bring home for a souvenir. During our trip, we hired a driver to take us on a tour of the city (which was beautiful). In the morning, we stopped to do a bit of shopping (pretty sure our driver had cut a deal with the shop owner to receive a portion of any business he generated). The shop owner was kind of gracious and kind of a pain in the butt. There were no prices on anything. Instead, he said, “Just put everything you like in this basket and I give you a good price.” Sure you will. Long story short – we found a few things we liked, which totaled up to about $400 (he was giving us “his best price”)… a few minutes later, we finally settled on a price we could all agree on – about $150.
One of the things in my basket was a hand carved black onyx elephant. I thought it was beautiful and that it would make a great art souvenir. And so began my elephant collection. Since April, I’ve picked up three more elephants – two at antique markets, one at TJMaxx. And of course, there’s my new Stella & Dot Bryant Park Scarf in Poppy, which has an elephant pattern. I adore this scarf!
And then a massive pencil mural of elephants by Adonna Khare took first place at ArtPrize this year…
Seems like I’ve been seeing more and more elephants lately, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from around the world wide web ;)
1. Original Watercolor Elephant Painting (4×6) $18
Love the color palette and simplicity of this piece. It would look great in a frame with an oversized mat.
2. Extremely Tiny Micro Crochet Mini Elephants (set of 2) $230
Seriously, how is that even possible?! They are SO TINY! Not sure who would pay $230 for two itty bitty crocheted elephants, but they are pretty incredible.
3. Brass Elephant Bookends $125
LOVE these. They would look so good on my bookshelves.
4. Elephant Tissue Holder $39.99
The tissue coming out of the trunk – how clever. I want it.
5. Elephant Baby Booties $20
Every baby should have a pair of these, don’t you think? How stinkin’ cute.
6. Trunks Full of Taste Shaker Set $12.99
I love that their trunks intertwine.
7. Fill Me with Sunshine Canvas Shopping Tote $35
Love the happy, bright yellow color paired with the whimsical illustration.
8. Pink Elephant Flour Sack Towel $12.00
This retro-vibe, super soft cotton towel is screen printed by hand. Luv it.
9. Elephant Mug $6.99
Reminds me of my onyx elephant from Acapulco. Some people say I’m hard to buy for. Um, HINT, HINT!
10. “Blue Mountain” Original Elephant Print (11×14) $22
I think this is just beautiful. I already know where I would hang it.
11. Thanks a Ton Note Cards (set of 4) $7.50
I’m a sucker for good graphic design.
12. Soft Turquoise Elephant Block Print (11 x 8.5) $14
I’ve always admired the rustic texture of blockprint. How convenient that this one is in my current favorite color ;)
13. Elephant Quilt by Serena & Lily $180 – $220
I wish the matching sham wasn’t $68 because I would snatch it up in a second.
14. Elephant Baby Mobile $50
There’s so much cute nursery decor out there. Maybe I should create a nursery for my two dogs. Just kidding.
15. Seafoam Resin Elephant Head $134.99
Faux taxidermy has been a big trend for a while now. I’m diggin’ this aqua elephant head.
16. Original Elephant Watercolor Print (11 x 14) $25
Mama and baby – awwww…
How could I write an elephant post without mentioning Water for Elephants? Read the book. Saw the movie. The book was better. But the movie was pretty good. Just sayin.