Sunday, 5 February 2012

a glass of freshly squeezed Mango Juice

Mango juice? mango juice?! blurted baby hare Mew, - Well, I don't know about that! more like a glass of freshly squeezed carrot juice!!
yeah! make it two! barked Sea Feather

I'm so thankful to Popi from Mangojuice Gallery down in Worcester, England, for placing a wholesale order with me! and having these two youngsters for sale in her new gallery - a dream of a lifetime for Popi! Thank you so much Popi!!

All my baby hares come with their very own original story and I print it out on paper and stick it in a small tag. When I sell my hares on etsy it's easy to put the tag in with the hare, and usually their story is also on their etsy page, but in a gallery where the customer has yet to discover the joy of a small story I thought I would make a special presentation of them.
If Popi's customers are like me, then I am sure they will like to read the whole story first, so I printed it out and stuck it onto an 'upcycled' book page.
Mew's and Sea Feather's stories are on a John Le Carre (I had 2 copies of the same book, Our Game, - typical for me :) and I put it into a cellophane sleeve so that no matter how many people read it, it won't become dog eared. Or should I say hare eared?

hey lady! how's about my story then - surely the non-gallery visitors want to hear all about me eh??

Baby Hare Mew

Mew has always been a very good baby and never caused mama any consternations or trouble what so ever. At first mama was a little worried that Mew might not be making the most of her leverethood, but mama soon saw that her youngster was more than capable of enjoying life. Mew was never really interested in playing with the other leverets and would much prefer to follow mama around all day long. It didn’t take much time before she had learnt all the different berries, what leaves were dangerous and which ones were beneficial to hares. She excelled in weather forecasting and that really surprised mama! Most weather watchers can spend many, many moons before they are able to accurately foretell a frosty day, a dreich day, a windy day or foggy day but Mew has been spot on from the very beginning. And coupled with her excellent domestic knowledge she will go far indeed!

However not all subjects have been as captivating for little Mew and she has shown her childishness by throwing a tantrum when it comes to insect identification skills. Mama had explained that all hares have to learn about the creepy crawlies (ofcourse never call them that to their faces she said! tut tut) but Mew turned a blind eye and a deaf ear when mama’s furred foot pushed over the rotting log and a million shiny black and brown bodies scuttled away, with a couple of over eager ones scuttling towards her! It gave Mew a big shudder up her spine! Yeuch! she grimaced, behind mama’s back. But mama was patient with Mew and explained that the crawlies have always helped hares in times of trouble and started to tell some very interesting tales. Goodness me! and did Mew not listen with both her ears, tiny mouth agape and wide, wide eyes!

Mew is looking forward to dozing cosily on your armchair. She’d love the window left open please because every morning she will be out with mama, learning new skills to add to her belt. And she is so excited because mama has promised to show her the different types of tree bark and which ones will taste best in the harsh winters! Yummy! She’s always eyed up those tree trunks as she’s loped past them and now she’ll be getting a taste of them. Though she did hear one of the other mamas say something about trunks tasting like cardboard. Not that that will bother Mew though, because once she did come across some cardboard in the glade and mama showed her the best way to eat it and it was surprisingly, really rather tasty. Except the sellotape on it, that was ghastly and nearly choked her, but she prefers not to think about that. Anyway, you are welcome to come along too to look at the different barks, maybe ever have a nibble here or there. Mind though, no complaining about any blandness, and who knows – you could even ingest a crawly or two if they are sleeping in the ridges! Hmm, now that would be funny!

and how about mine too then? eh?! bleated Sea Feather

Baby Hare Sea Feather

Sea Feather loves to play down by the river all day long. When he was tiny mama took him to kindergarten so that he could start his socialization skills with the other babies and learn the basics of reading and writing, but little Sea Feather had heard some babbling and trickling coming from just over the brae and at break time he scampered to the edge to see where the noise was coming from. Well, well, wasn’t he just delighted when he peered over and saw the sparkling water! He was straight down to the river’s bank in an instant and spent the rest of the day there, and the next day and the day after that! He soon became proficient with currents and eddys and flow and drift, he learnt swimming in no time and he made many new friends who taught him so many strange and interesting things. And we’re not omitting reading and writing either, because the water has brought a page here and a snippet there, sometimes a complete book, a guide sheet, a map, half used pencils, the occasional biro pen and even charcoal twigs! So Sea Feather has made great progress, though he is not sure actually how to tell mama that he hasn’t spent a single full day in kindergarten. Nothing that he has learnt down by the river has taught him how to tell mama about this passion. His friends have been racking their brains too, even the fish in the river have been helping him with their thinking, but no-one knows what to say to his mama. Sea Feather has been getting a little worried incase mama tells him to stop going there, so he decided to make a present for her. He’s collected some very beautiful shells and shiny things that he found on the bank and put them onto a thin, thin strand of colourful rope. Now he’s waiting for the current to bring him a beautiful piece of wrapping paper!

Sea Feather is looking forward to dozing comfortably in your armchair but he would love the French doors left open a little please because every morning he will be out to the river and won’t be back till evening. And when he comes in he’d like a warm fresh towel left on his chair to dry his feet thanks, they do get rather wet from all his adventures and it’s so much cozier to doze off with fluffy dry feet instead of cold wet ones. Have you ever had that happen to you? You are welcome to come down to the river with him, you would be surprised at all the things there is to learn. You can swim can’t you? if not, Sea Feather will teach you. Though if you have a fear of water and the still, dark, deep patches and think scary thoughts of crocodiles and stuff like that, then it will be best for you to stay paddling in the shallows instead. Infact you could look under the bushes and bank growth for some wrapping paper please. Everything Sea Feather wishes for, the river brings to him – why don’t you try it? Just don’t be asking for anything silly like matching gift tags or an encyclopaedia Britannica set – then again, you never know?

Popi also ordered some of my handmade cards - with hares on them - ofcourse!

the card for these comes from a paper mill in Scotland! yay! nice to stay local if possible, and especially nice because my cards go all over the world and it's nice to have a bit of Scotland in your home that's not whisky or haggis.

and along with the baby hares and cards are some tiny ornament hares!

When I sell them on etsy they are all packaged in a cellophane bag with a notecard and have a small card hare holding the bag closed, so I thought that would be a lovely way for Popi to sell them as well.
And it would also keep them clean because when I see fabric anythings in a shop all I want to do is feel it! Touch it, squeeze it! and this way the hares will go to their forever home in a pristine condition.

A little sitting hare - rather cute if I may say so myself

a sitting up hare in a warm totem style fabric

a bounding hare in all white - as white as the driven snow! and with delicate blue and grey eyes

and my very popular bounding hare in pink flowery fabric.

hey! snapped little hare - don't forget to mention that we have a small story too, a paper insert in the back of the sleeve!

and just before I seal the order up I hear a familiar voice - 'yeah c'mon - let's get back to the carrot juice!! is it ready yet??!'

If you are in England, and down Worcester way, then do stop in to see Popi's new gallery and say hi to my hares! maybe even adopt one?

many thanks again Popi!


  1. Congratulations!

    Beautiful hares, beautifully presented!

  2. I am sure that Popi's customers will be all a-squee when they see all those lovely sweet hares all tucked up and waiting for them. So cute! :)

  3. Love the names Mew and Sea Feather...perfect and their stories too.

  4. Part of the joy of purchasing anything from your shop is the presentation! Reading your animals' unique history makes the adoption process all the more enriching!

    Congrats on finding a new place for new people to see, touch and purchase your lovelies!

  5. Really exciting for me as I visit Worcester ever so often - we live half way between Worcester and Hereford. Next time I go I will be sure to seek out the new gallery and say hello to your hares!

  6. thank you Juliet :)

    ha ha Jade! you always make me laugh when you write 'squee' :)

    thanks Christina!

    Suzanne that is so, so nice of you to say! (*blush*) and I love the word 'adoption'! thank you!!

    Charlotte! wow! amazing! isn't so great when something you read about is so close! I hope you see many beautiful things in Popi's gallery and have a lovely day out :)

  7. Guess what? I went yesterday!

    I had to go to the Spring Fair and felt so disheartened and low about something to do with one of my main suppliers (far east manufacture, big brands etc etc) that I called in at Worcester on my way down the motorway and sought out the gallery.

    She has done such a lovely job of displaying your things!

    I bought one of your lovely card which I will be sending to my designer (Kaitie at Leaff design, also in Worcester, she helped me in a moment of crisis regarding said big brand yesterday) - the bunny with the pink rose on it's bottom.


  8. thanks for stopping by 0990

    Charlotte that's amazing!!! thanks so much for choosing a card :) I hope your designer approves!
    and so glad you enjoyed your visit.

    If I am down that way I shall have 2 places to stop by :)

  9. Congrats on the wholesale order Annette! Your little ornaments look gorgeous all packaged up like that ;-)


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