Katarina, Lilla Jizo: acrylic, wood, pencil
Meet Katarina! The newest edition to my family!! Don't you just love the wisdom in her eyes? I adopted Katarina last week from the home of one of the most loveliest Etsy souls -- Lilla Jizo.
Petra, the artist behind Lilla Jizo, was introduced to me by LeAnn at Summer Studios. The moment I saw her shop and read her blog, I couldn't help but be drawn in by her devotion to Buddhism and her serene outlook on life.
Petra's generous spirit spilled out of my package in the shape of all sorts of little goodies to make Katarina feel at home. I now have two deliciously smelling beeswax candles that were made at an Orthodox Catholic monastery in Finland (Petra found out I was part Finnish!).
Look at this amazing gift! My husband tells me this nut may be a buckeye, a symbol of good luck. What a surprise to find the face of Jizo Bodhisattva (special protector of children, women, and travelers) smiling up at me from this seed of hope.
Lastly, Petra enclosed a precious card with her empheral painting of Jizo. I am so grateful for all my new treasures, a friend in Sweden, and a blessed kitty to add to my altar. Thank you for sharing your light with me, Peta!