We have been working like squirrels here!
My husband, Holly, has been refreshing his photography; Rebecca has been planning and placing the photos and Marietta, my daughter, has been rearranging and juggling them and these pages for longer than you might guess!
The result is this shiny new site! We are excited to be able to tell you stories, introduce our wares and our wonderful staff, and (best of all) to hear from you.
AND! We have a new trick up our sleeve!
Up until now, we have given a preview of developing product only to our retail partners a year in advance of it becoming available to the public. Their reactions provided great feedback as I work on future ornaments and gifts.
This year, with this new site, we decided to show a few items to YOU in advance!
There are two zebras (Zeke & Zelda) from my growing “Jambo!” African animal series and two little mice from a “Woodland” line (in development for 2015)!
I had just a very limited supply of these four standing ornaments made in advance for the opening of our new site!
Now I can get a reaction from you directly, which helps me tremendously!!
I picked the zebras, Zelda and Zeke because the carving and painting was done so beautifully. We used new materials and techniques for the first time. Notice that the zebras have sisal manes and tails. Fibers are gathered, cut and braided, then dyed to look just like the real deal on zebras roaming the Serengeti!
Like you, I am very concerned about African wildlife and the importance of their survival in the delicate balance of our planet right now.
I am working on a way to make these little ornaments create funds to protect the most endangered elephants and rhinos. (More on that soon)
The little woodland mice are simpler at first glance, but if you look closely you will see they are both wearing the tiniest little hand knotted snowshoes and Pip carries tiny ski poles!
Here we are for you, just as the temperatures drop, leaves fall and seasonal planning begins. I invite you to cut up a honeycrisp apple, brew some tea and take a look!
Chirps and cheers all!