I have organized a corner in my room, which my mother and sister call "place for gathering dust that can't be easily swept". But for me it's a very important place where I keep my memories: small souvenirs, candles, statuettes, gifts from different people.
I can smell the combined nice flavor of different scents whenever I'm around it and sit to work at my desk (it's on the left side, inside the bookshelf). With this post i want to present my most favorite items.
The items are of the following categories:
- scented candles of different forms that i didn't resist not to buy, since I'm a candle maniac :D
- souvenirs of my friends from the places they have traveled and from friends abroad.
- small pieces of something that remind me of a memorable day or event.
I'd like to mention a notable contributor to my collection - my lovely cousin Gohar, who's lucky to travel a lot for her job. She always brings me nice things :)
Here's are some of the items and the story behind them:
this colorful candle is a gift from Italy from my friend Masha
this original candle was a new year gift from my cousin Gohar
this strange pieces were actually part of Berlin wall - gift from my friend Arsen
this 50ml bottle of Armenian cognac "Noy" with a lable "Анти-кризисант" (anti-crisisant) is new year gift from my former workplace EPEBAH magazine
This cute cat is a native of St. Petersburg - a souvenir from my friend Garik who currently lives there
This egg of clay, with ancient Armenian carvings is made and given for my birthday by my friend and colleague Abo
this happy hen is а gift to myself for Easter from Rotterdam where i met the holiday last year
this compass is gift from my friend Marko Petrovic from Serbia - the one that helped him to get overland from Serbia to Armenia and not to get lost on the border of Turkey and Georgia
this native American dream catcher is a gift from my friend Jared from New York
this painted egg-shaped jewelry box is a souvenir from St. Petersburg from my friend Ani
this Eiffel tower model is brought by my mom, you can guess from where :)
this flower vase is brought by my sister Evelina from Barcelona
this green apple is actually a candle - i bought it since i love green apples, and it smells like an apple!
this ceramic green apple contains an apple-scented candle and is a gift for my birthday by Emma
some nice purple scents - birthday gift by my friend Tata
this ceramic (i think it's kind of a hat) is a souvenir from Georgia from my friend Gohar
the typical dutch-style painted small box I bought from Amsterdam, and the heart is from Venice glass and I bought it as a souvenir from Casa di Giulietta in Verona
this cute hedgehog carrying a ladybird is a magnet - gift by my friend Haykush from Moscow
this hello kitty branded box of candies is a gift from Luska from US
this origami bird is from my Japanese friend Kanako
orange and cinnamon candle set - bought by me in Padova, Italy.
A reminder of a very nice shop called "Sapo"
this nice candle set was a gift for new year by my friend Ani
this small wooden dachshund is one of my favorites - gift from my younger cousin Karen, he made it at a school handicraft class
this Japanese girl is a souvenir from Japan by my cousin Gohar
this keyring is a souvenir from Chicago from my friend Gohar
this typical dutch souvenir was brought by myself from my second trip to Amsterdam in 2004
these small animals are of Venice glass and i bought them from Murano island
this rabbit is a gift by my sister Gohar from Japan (if I'm not mistaken)
this Nefertiti is a souvenir from my friend Ani from Egypt
this picture "frame" is very old and a gift from my father's friend. That's me and my sis on the pic :)
this golden thingy that can be used both as a bookmark or a pendant - gift from Tokyo by Gohar
perfume oil in a bottle from Egypt brought by my friend Ani
this piggy bank I brought from Netherlands
thingy for lighting incenses - gift by my cousin Gohar from Dubai
this sea-shell jewelry box is a souvenir from Sochi from my friend Ani
this pieces of rocks are taken from Armenian regions, during a trip i'd like to remember
this traditional sweet is a gift from my Croatian friend Iva
this tea box filled by my favorite Sencha Royal tea is a gift from my friend Avet
small souvenir bottle of tequila - gift from my friend Maricruz from Mexico, with whom we spend many nice days in Italian student camp
Using the opportunity I'd like to say hello to all my friends that found their gifts here and to those who will find :))
I love you all, wherever you are!
I don't see anything from Canada. We need to change that. The next time I come to Armenia I will have to bring you some maple syrup. lol
okay Ani ;)
I have that same girl and boy from Amsterdam! I love your collection :)
what a sweet corner! it's a great idea - my souvenirs and candles are scattered on practically all surfaces of the apartment.
and oh i can so relate to your love towards candles. though i prefer geometrical shapes - when the candle is shaped like a flower or a butterfly or something else i just can't set it on fire and destroy it!
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