I have a new favorite hostess gift to give this year. I just adore these beautiful pewter wishbones designed by Tamara Hensick. It's a thoughtful, yet tiny reminder to believe in the power of dreams.
Each wishbone is handcrafted in Los Angeles and sold as a set of seven. You could easily breakup the set and tuck one wishbone in with a gift, tie one around a bottle of wine or give the box of seven to a special person - one wish for each day of the week. Here's to dreaming and wishing you all the best in 2009!
The Ledgend of the Wishbone:
Legend has it that the Etruscans began the wishbone tradition. They believed chickens had fortune telling powers, so in the event that a chicken was killed and consumed for a meal, the sacred collarbone was saved and left to dry in the sun. Tribe members were allowed to make a wish while stroking the drying bone.
The Romans took many of the Etruscan customs as their own and since everyone wanted good fortune, they fought over the bones, breaking them. The tradition eventually was passed on to Europe and America.
It is said that the phrases "I need a lucky break" or "I never get a break" come from being the loser in this tug of chicken bone contest.
$40.00 for a box of seven