As we browsed around the shop, a large vase caught our eyes. We looked at it, thought about it, and it was clear we both loved it. But it was a bit pricey, and we really didn't need it, so we decided not to purchase it.
That evening we talked about the vase, where it might fit, and just how much we liked it. The next day, my husband went down to the potter and purchased it.
This shot gives you a better idea of size.
There have been so many times in our married lives when we wouldn't think of such a spur-of-the-moment purchase like this. We always lived well below our means, never feeling the need for a lot of "things." We were the last family in the neighborhood to get a large color television, the last to get a VCR, and the last to get a DVD player. Except for our first cars and our houses, we never bought anything we couldn't pay for right then. So, it's nice to be in a position to have our future secure financially, and to be able to purchase some lovely art work just because we love it.
Oh...what did I get for my friend? It is a two-foot-tall woman holding a bowl.