I used to stress over shopping for gifts. It seemed like I saw lots of great ideas EXCEPT when the time finally arrived to buy something. That day nothing seemed to fit.
Over the years my friends and customers have helped me find ways to take the pain out of the process, and I wanted to share some of those ideas.
Don't forget to make the presentation nice too. Many stores and sellers offer free gift wrapping and it pays to ask. If you have purchased the gift ahead of time, don't forget to put a post-it on the wrapped package so you remember what it is!
When I started painting animal coins, I never expected turtles to be the animal requested most often. That surprised me! Ok, I know that in many cultures turtles symbolize longevity, wisdom, and good luck. Was that why? So I decided to do a little research and found out some pretty amazing things.
Wear what you Love... AND know its story so you can share it!
This coin from Gambia has a lot of interesting things in its story. First of all, it is a 7 sided coin, which is not seen too often. First step to being fun and unique.
Even more interesting is the crocodile featured on the coin. Often coins feature something significant for the country issuing it, and this is certainly the case here. The crocodile featured is a "West African Slender Snouted Crocodile." Say that 3 times fast!
It's ancestors go back 20 million years and have been evolving in isolation ever since. If you aren't aware, crocodiles in general go back more than 230 million years, to around the time of the dinosaur. You might also be surprised to know that their closest living relatives are birds!
This crocodile is known for an unmistakable long and slender snout, which lacks any bony ridges. The snout is perfect for capturing fish, which is their main food. This breed of crocodile is a very shy species, and is known for its females being incredibly attentive parents. Each one of these interesting facts is a conversation starter, and your friends will be listening with interest!
It is only found in the West African region, which includes Gambia. Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, and nearly 50% of its population live in poverty. The Slender Snouted Crocodile competes with fisherman in this area, and is critically endangered. So we hope that the fate of this unusual crocodile is protected, but it now makes perfect sense why Gambia honored it with a coin. Awareness may just make a difference!
Did you know?
Crocodiles symbolize Courage, Strength, and Honor
This beautiful silver coin from Turkey is the shining star of the new Leslie Collection. A statement piece that is about the size of a US silver dollar and is In fact made of pure silver.
Maui - Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle pendant.
I am so delighted to release this new coin pendant as part of the Leslie Collection. Here are a few details...
Coin Origin: Maui Chamber of Commerce
Features: Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Natural Wildlife of Hawaii
Year: 2019 - only 1 year
Metal type: Cupro-nickel
Size: 1-1/2 inch (38mm)
COIN STORY: This is part of a series of coins issued by the Maui Chamber of Commerce. A new design featuring native wildlife is issued each year, and the money is used to fund various nonprofit goals including programs for public schools.
The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also called Honu, is the only indigenous reptile found in Hawaii, and is the symbol for wisdom and good luck.