Oh Novica, how do I love thee?
When I was given the opportunity to review an item from Novica, I did the Snoopy dance. Honestly, I love this site. If you haven't heard of Novica or visited the site, you MUST. Novica, in association with National Geographic gives artists and artisans around the world a platform to express their artistic talents, and creativity. It is a huge marketplace where you can find unique and handmade items from all over the world. They have apparel, Corporate Gifts, furniture, housewares, Handmade Jewelry, furniture and tons and tons of Home decor items!
It took me forever to choose something for the house. I am a huge Day of the Dead collector and I found some fantastic items. These Catrina silver earrings are definitely going on my Christmas list. I also love retablos and masks of all kinds. If you came to our house, you would see why I love Novica. We have various cool folk art from all over the world. So this website is a one stop shop for me. I can find beautiful items and the prices are pretty good as well.
I have to say that I wanted them all. I found this wonderful retablo with a mirror from Peru. The detail work is wonderful and it would look fantastic in the house. I also found a beautiful Day of the Dead mask that I almost bought. But in the end, after talking with hubby, we decided on a beautiful "Sacred Monkey" mask from Bali & Java.
When I received the box, I noticed it came from Bali. When I opened it up, it was well packed and wrapped in a lovely package. I almost didn't want to open it since it was so cute. But once I opened it, I was so happy we decided on this particular item. The mask is hand carved from wood. And it fits right in with our masks from Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Africa and Mexico. It is beautifully painted and the hair is very cool. We also loved the fact that in Balinese Hindu tradition, the Monkey is considered a holy animal. According to the Ramayana legend, an army of monkeys helps Rama save queen Sita from evil. That story just made the mask that much more interesting. Now it protects our house from evil!
When we got the mask we had no idea where to place it but we finally decided to put it in the foyer next to a beautiful tin mirror we bought in Mexico. Now as people come into the house, the first thing they see is the Sacred Monkey mask. We love it. I know it might not be for everyone but it is something that we really love. We knew it belonged in our home.
So if you want some unique gifts or you love handmade treasures like me, you should go check out Novica. There is no better place to find fantastic gifts for anyone. Best of all you are helping artists all over the world make a living and be able to sell their art.
The people at Novica were so nice and gave me a $75 gift code to give away! Yes, my dear readers, you have the chance to check out Novica and purchase something cool for yourself. You know the drill!
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Disclosure: I received a gift code to choose a product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.