Uliana is located in Ukraine, but I didn't let that stop me. I spent a lot of time looking at her beaded works of art and I kept going back to the Clowns. I couldn't resist - so I sent an e-mail to her via her website to ask about purchasing them.
She is not on Etsy and doesn't use Paypal, but it was explained to me that I could send payment via Western Union. Having never done that before, I ventured into a Vons store in San Diego where they have offer Western Union to their customers. It was so easy - just a form to fill out and cash in hand to pay. I was given a "Money Transfer Control Number" which I e-mailed to Uliana. After she confirmed that she had received the money, she mailed the package to me and amazingly to me, it arrived in less than 1 week!
Here is the most joyful beaded work of art I have ever seen. It makes me smile just looking at it. If you are afraid of Clowns - don't look!
And part of the joy of the piece is that you can turn it over.
And to top it all off, the clowns came in a beautiful gift bag closed with a hand beaded "closure."
I definitely know how to buy presents for myself! And I'm so pleased with my gift! Thank you Uliana.