And now, a Treasure Hunt!
Not sure how I found her, but I came across Anne Holman on Etsy and fell in love. Of course, I felt a bit guilty for cheating on my favorite jewelry designer in the whole world – Aimee of the Cool Name – but I figured Aimee would forgive me when she saw the Antique Map Pendants that Anne sells.
See, my family is from Germany. In fact, my grandparents picked up soon after World War II and moved to the land of opportunity with their two small daughters. (That would be my mom at age 12 and my aunt at age 6). They landed in Baltimore and built a life. But they never lost ties to home. In fact, my great aunt still lives in the house where my great grandparents raised rabbits to survive during the hard years.
In a tiny town no one has ever heard of.
Such a pretty word right? We even considered naming Declan “Naila” if he were to be a girl.
But since I did not get a baby girl named Naila, I asked Anne if she could find Naila in her collection of antique maps and make me a necklace.
She said it was like a treasure hunt.
Ha, I guess I should say that the pronunciation is like Nii-la.
i totally JUST saw those necklaces and marked them as a favorite on my etsy.
we’re so alike! hee hee.
That is sooooo coool! Love them!
Awesome! …both the necklace and the story!
Beautiful! I’m bookmarking her site right now.
Dude, it would be so wrong to name a girl Naila. Hey, Naila, mind if I nail ya?
But those are interesting links. If only I had disposable income to dispose of…*sigh*. I LURVE jewellery.
that is so cool.
THAT is a beautiful neckelace! Wow.
That is so great… hmmm… thinking of looking into a necklace with the river in Wales my last name came from… but that would have to be a REALLY ancient map, methinks.
The necklace reminds me of one I have from New Orleans with the water meter symbol. I am going to check it out.
Even though I’m a total Anglo, I did think that Naila would be pronounced as Nii-la! HONEST! But it wouldn’t matter to high school bullies, cos they tend not to be the most sophisticated.
Still love the name Declan, however.
LOVE the necklace! Gorgeous!
Also Naila, is a VERY cool name for a girl (making notes).
Aww thanks Aimee! I am so happy you like it! I am flattered you wrote such a nice post in your blog!
It was a lot of fun to make!
Alpha, LOL! Although we are still waiting for the first time someone calls Declan “dickless.” 😉 And for the record, our final choice for a girl was Rowan.
And Nadine… yes! You do need to make some notes!!! :)))
And Anne, you are very welcome! Thanks again for the necklace!
How cool is THAT?
THat is excellent!
That is lovely! I think it is just very neat, love the story and the name, if alpha dogma had not mentioned the obvious drawback…
I love love love that necklace – too cool!