Lilla Jizo

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!


  1. Oh goodie! You now have very special Jizos also. Mine is one of my most favourite treasures and provides me calm way beyond reason. Actually, no need for reason, Jizo just is. Mine sits with a Tibetan prayer wheel, a tiny Thai Budha, and a mix of other special family things. I'm so happy you and Petra found each other!

    Oh and that does look like a buckeye. We collected them as children for our elderly neighbor. He kept them in a big burlap bag as special treats for squirrels in winter. That's a sweet memory I had forgotten.

  2. This is a beautiful post. Every time I visit your blog, I am overwhelmed with the way it looks and makes me feel.....so calm and peaceful, the way you speak also, calm. I am very attracted to that and also Petra's serenity
    on her blog....maybe because I don't seem to have that, but always want it. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's what it is...and your place makes me feel better. I would appreciate any tips on becoming closer to serenity...seems you have it. I have felt a little better working on my faith through jewelry and art....but still not there. Thanks for a lovely post and listening to a mostly unsettled, mind rushing and swirling w/ideas all the time, artist.

  3. What wonderful surprises to arrive all together for you. They're not even mine, but I'm having a hard time looking away from them and thinking about where they have been and the good will they brought to your home

  4. LeAnn, yes I was so excited to receive this calming energy. Thank you so much for introducing me to Petra and Jizo. And what a neat memory of buckeyes. Gosh, I've just realized I've never put anything out for a squirrel. Now I'm inspired to feed my friends next winter :)

    Sharon thanks so much for your kind words about my blog. I'm so glad it offers peace. I love your suggestion about tips for serenity. This is a cool blog idea and I'm putting it on the list. Best serenity pill is at least 1 hour meditation a day. When I go without people really notice a difference in my personality!

    Kelley, I love my new kitty on my altar, she is bringing me peace as I write this, so much gratitude in you feeling that sensation too!

  5. Thank you so much for your beautiful words, Beth...
    and thanks to all of you for your sweet and kind comments... :´)

    I thought maybe you knew this little nut, it is from a "Horsechestnut Tree" or "European Horse Chestnut Tree" (Aesculus hippocastanum), this is what these fruits looks like: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Aesculus_hippocastanum_fruit.jpg
    quite like the, but a bit different though.

    They are quite common here in south of Sweden, a marvellous often very big tree!

    It was so interesting to read about the "buckeye" which I hadn't heard of, these two seems to be relatives, so I guess you can call the one I sent you a "buckeye" too, but a of different kind...

    So happy the Chestnut Jizo and Katarina is making themselves at home at your place, so lovely to know you are taking care of them and they are taking care of you...

    I am contemplating the chestnuts :) and the lovely trio that I got from you, this is touching my mind in a meaningful way.

    Thank you :)

  6. Petra, thanks so much for teaching me about the Horsechestnut Tree! This beauty is totally new for me, so many thanks for uncovering the mystery of the nut :) Glad you enjoyed the words and finding meaning in the charms!


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