My scented mug huggers, scented bookmarks, and ornaments are now available at the local Burbank gaming and tea shop, Geeky Teas! Now, when you stop in for your favorite loose leaf tea, also pick up a mug hugger to go with it! Here are just some of the suggested pairings...
Bergamot Scented Star Trek Mug Hugger with Earl Gray Hot
Icing Scented Superman Comics Mug Hugger with Oliver Green
Icing scented Orange and Blue Planets Mug Hugger with This Cake Is A Lie
All of my fairy doors, fairy houses, fairy dolls, scented bookmarks, dryer balls, and other magical creations are available at my upcoming events and in my etsy shop! Click on the images to learn more about each one!
Garden Critters Spring Collection
More of the Spring Collection...
When you are a child, you are handed down a lot of different things from your family. You have your name. Some idiosyncrasies you pick up along the way. You have the physical gifts and keepsakes. You also are given references, and by that I don’t necessarily mean what you would put on a job application. I mean, culture, whether it is the classics or more modern day pop culture. I mean, things they loved that they shared with you that you now have grown to love.
Growing up, if my family wasn’t randomly breaking out into song (because, yes, my life is and has always been a musical), we were tossing references back and forth. Close to every sentence has at least one reference, some so obscure those eavesdropping would have thought we were speaking a foreign language. This is probably why my newest book, Society’s Foundlings, is riddled with random references.
In the acknowledgements of my book I thank and tip my hat to a few of the people who have given me the building blocks of my reference palace, including by brother, Ben, my mother, Barb, and one of my best friends, Alyse. Someone who I failed to mention, though, was my Grandmother. And she is someone who deserves mentioning.
Anyone who knows about my Acorn Tops business knows well about my Grandmom’s influence and inspiration. One of the gifts she gave me, a picture, is now my logo and how I got the idea to carve fairy doors. She has also inspired products from my business, such as my collaboration with Seeds of Inspiration, the Seeds of Remembrance Rosemary Scented Fairy Pillows!
Though, she passed away when I was very young, she has given me a lot. She has added to my love of reading. I have her Anne of Green Gables books, the ones with her name written in them. I have her Anne of Green Gables doll. I order Eggs Benedict whenever I can for breakfast and orange cream ice cream at the boardwalk and the beach, just like she did. I share a name with her and am named after the same strong and incredible woman, she is named for. And, most relevant to this post, I share a love of Harvey, the movie about the 6ft 3.5in tall pooka. I even dressed up one year for Halloween as El Wood P. Dowd, with a hat that had slots cut in it for rabbit ears and business cards with one number crossed out (call me at this number, not at this number).
In Society’s Foundlings, the reference appears when three of the characters are gathered around the television. One, sitting upside down on the couch, offers non-stop commentary while they watch and another is showing off his knowledge of every movie ever made. It’s a very minuscule part, one that could easily be missed and would not even be worth mentioning, if not for the personal significance, and not necessarily my own.
A book, a movie, a song, a television show- they have memories tied to them. You see them, you hear them, and they make you pause for a moment with a small nostalgic smile. Because you remember that person it reminds you of, who first showed it to you, who watched it, read it, sang it with you. You remember that moment it’s associated with, like a photo album you don’t have to pull out of the top shelf of a closet. And you remember how it made you feel. The way it spoke to you.
John Green (yes I am referencing him once more), did a whole vlog about Harvey. As he says, “All I know is I woke up the morning after watching Harvey feeling a little bit better and in all the years since, I have never felt quite as hopeless as I did before I watched Harvey.”
If you haven’t watched Harvey, I suggest you do. It’s a life changer for sure. And maybe when you’re reading Society’s Foundlings and you come to the part where they are watching it, you will pause for a moment and smile.
I am my grandmother’s granddaughter in a lot of ways. I share her tendency to worry; the ever constant “what will people think.” I share her love of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley. That’s Anne with an E. I also share her love of autumn. She passed away when I was six, but I don’t think there’s a day that goes by where I don’t think of her. It’s happening a lot more than usual now because autumn was her favorite time of year. Now more than ever, my mom and I will exchange looks and ask each other, “You know who would love that?” Just this morning it was the collaborative gift box sets with Seeds of Inspiration, Jessie’s Custom Greetings, and DPR Collectibles.
I keep joking that if she was still around today, we’d never have to actually buy her anything. All these seasonal product we make, be it a mug hugger or fairy door would be the perfect gifts. And I bet she’d get a kick out of it being handmade. I could see it now. Scented acorns and pumpkins at the center of her dining room table. An autumn fairy house tucked away in her perfectly square garden of perfectly straight lined zinnias.
As I type this, I’m putting the finishing touches on an autumn fairy doll. I can’t help thinking of it as ‘Grandmom’s Fairy Doll.’ If she were still alive today, this doll would be hers.
“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” And I am so glad I had a grandmother who could pass that love on to me.
Originally posted on Acorn Tops Tumblr: On Fairy Wings and Acorn Hats
Let’s talk collaboration! I don’t just mean two business working together on a single product, like Jessie’s Custom Greetings and Seeds of Inspiration’s Mug Hugger Greeting Cards, or my collaboration with Seeds of Inspiration on our needle felted mushroom fairy bottle, (though I am a huge fan of both). I’m talking a different type of collaboration, that not only benefits both businesses but this beloved planet on which we live.
The beauty of an organization like Handmade in South Bay is you have a community of like minded business entrepreneurs who are able to rely on each other for things like support and promotion, but also materials. Sometimes this means sharing suppliers, splitting shipping costs with someone who uses your same supplier, or sharing supplies.
That’s the collaboration I’m talking about. Any one who knows Seeds of Inspirationknows they use fabric. They give Acorn Tops the scraps. Using those scraps, my raggle taggle fairy dolls are made. The scraps of the scraps then goes back to Seeds of Inspiration for their handmade buttons for a new product they’re working on. Between the two of us, our products are made and the earth weeps with joy over our clever reusing and recycling.
Always remember, sharing is caring!
On Fairy Wings and Acorn Hats
The magic behind it all!