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NOTICE: Our REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS have CHANGED AGAIN for the Holidays (just a little)!
Our Weekday and Saturday hours are now 10:30 AM until 6 PM and Sundays remain at 11 AM until 5 PM. We will again be OPEN on WEDNESDAYS, so NOW OPEN EVERY DAY, through the end of this year!
Was it insane to drive across the desert to Kingman Arizona and back in the dead of summer? Yes!
Was it worth it to meet this little guy? ABSOLUTELY!
Meet "Gilead" being held by Breeder Julie Vanderlinden of Shadow Mountain (now Long Valley) Aussies about a week before our visit (at about 4 weeks old) on July 29. His Dad is "Gideon" and we wanted to name him something at least as distinguished! The esoteric history associated with this name, per Wikipedia, includes the fact that Balm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally, that was mentioned in the Bible, and named for the region of Gilead, where it was produced. The expression has come to signify a universal cure in figurative speech. "Gilead" as a given name means roughly "everlasting joy (or happiness)" in Hebrew.
"Gilead" will likely quickly be shortened to "Gilly", which our favorite Reference Librarian (thanks Bonnie!) informs us is colloquial English for a carnation!
What do you think?
Gilead is GROWING! Here he is at about 6 weeks old!
And at 8 weeks!
Here's Gilly settled into his palatial digs in his newly remodeled kennel at home--with elderly rescue-dog, Dusty, worrying over him in the background (it's GOOD to have company again!).
Gilly, coming from the Arizona desert, is completely certain that the "water" bowl on the ground in his kennel is for playing in, especially scraping all the water out (we are REALLY glad we put in that decking or he would most certainly be a mud-puppy both morning and evening)! Hence the narrow-mouthed, chin-high version on the fence in front of him that he actually drinks out of!
Ah--that HUGE crate at the Shop is not so bad, afterall--and Gilly's toes are MUCH safer here than under Kathy's desk chair! There's plenty of room (and food and toys!) in there and Gilly gets to come out for potty breaks (he's already about trained himself about these), brushing and anytime a customer would like to greet him for free hugs and puppy kisses. Help keep Gilly from getting bored from not having enough people to meet and welcome to the shop, his official day-job now!
Gilead got to spend our "day off" on Wednesday, October 21, testing a NEW TOY and learning to negotiate a LOT of exercise/exploration possibilities on his awesome tie-out run! No wonder he was sleepy on Thursday!
At about 5 months of age Silly Gilly's grown-up fur is beginning to replace his fuzzy puppy coat--and it's coming in all swirly-curly, at least on his back, so far! We LOVE those cute little ringlets of fur doing just what it "wants" to do--and becoming beautiful in the process!
We received a very special shipment from Two-Group/Breeze Decor Flag Co. on Monday, June 29! It included some custom House and Garden Flags in a special design we created just for Redlands!
These flags are the ONLY regularly priced items in our shop to which you CANNOT apply our COUPON DISCOUNT. This is because we will be donating approximately 20% of the sales of both sizes to one of the local Redlands outreach groups that especially supports young people in our community. We hope there is enough demand for these flags that we can eventually support additional groups, but the beneficiary of our first significant batch of sales will be Music Changing Lives founded by Josiah Bruny. Josiah is a friend of Brian Seghers at Rendition Tattoo here in Redlands who inspired us to create these flags with all of the Orange Hearts he has painted on windows, boards on storefronts and yard stakes for Redlands to keep our spirits up during these trying times!
Small Business Saturday is TOMORROW on November 28 this year!
Don't forget to support LOCAL Small Businesses, not only on that day, but whenever you can!
We'll have some special "Thank-you's" if you stop by our Shop this Saturday!
Look what just arrived in time for holiday gifting to some special little girl! Meet "Olivia", a beautiful soft doll from Ganz with curly strawberry blond hair and the cutest dress and leggings on the block! At about 20" long stretched out and 10.5" high when seated, she's big enough to get noticed at the next Dolly Tea Party--and to absorb plenty of hugs (and secrets)!
Soft Doll "Olivia" from Ganz brought along her friend, "Annie", who has neatly tied up auburn hair, dark eyes and a pretty pastel pink dress covered with clover (or shamrock?) leaves! Similar is size, these dolls are about 20" unfolded and maybe 10.5" seated--and would be great addition to any little girl's collection of dolly friends!
Doesn't it seem that soft dolls from Ganz, Olivia and Annie, could use some masculine company? Henry here is happy to oblige! In his classic farm-style flannel shirt and overalls, he looks like he is ready for work in our Stable--in fact all of these softies have a comfy-country look and have all decided to hang out there!
This beautiful soft doll from Ganz is named Vivian and (since we never met any color we didn't like) we are especially fond of how stunningly her chocolate "skin" sets off her lovely blue and pink and green floral dress! In this day and age it amazes us how difficult it can be to find dolls like this expressive of different cultures and ethnicities, especially with so much interest (hopefully!) in all of us learning more about each other (it's hardly like the fabrics used for their bodies do not come in a range of tones and tints, just as the yarns used for hair!), so we were thrilled to nab this particularly attractive African American version from Ganz--and already have only one left!
For soft doll Sophia from Ganz it's all about the color purple! Purple shoes, purple leggings with white spots, purple flowers scattered all over her pretty frock--there's even a tinge of purple in her curly hair! Almost everyone knows at least one little girl who agrees with Sophia about the best color in the world!
A little bit of Christmas "Stuff" has begun to appear on our shelves...
Three-dimensional PopUp and Swing Cards for Christmas are on display in store NOW!
It's time to start thinking about those Holiday Elfing "responsibilities"! This little Guy got so excited about his that he seems to have decorated the tree he is working on with... himself! If you start soon enough, hopefully, you will be organized enough not to find yourself in a comparable situation! You can display his Christmas "predicament" as a House or Garden Decorative Flag, double-sided, printed with appliqued fabric, embroidered accents and even a jingle bell at the top of his hat to help remind you to pay attention--and retain a sense of joyful whimsy--this holiday season!
Did we mention that (really nice) Christmas Flags are up in store NOW?
Speaking of very nice Christmas Flags--and Elves, too--this one is a dimensionally textured, appliqued version of a classic Santa Face, complete with a fluffy beard and furry trim on his hat which is also accented with a sprig of holly and berries! With chubby cheeks rising from behind his substantial mustache over smiling cherry lips, his cheery expression is framed in sumptuous green satin for a rich nod to his busiest time of year! Heavy fabric, double-sided for viewing enjoyment from either front or reverse! Both House and Garden sizes available--for now!
If you find the idea of following a theme in your decorating scheme from one season to the next fun, creative and attractive, you can do it with Decorative House and/or Garden Flags from Evergreen Enterprises featuring Mason Jars! You've seen the double-sided printed and applique-embellished style for Fall featuring chrysanthemums, colored leaves and mini-pumpkins in a dimensional design repeated on both sides of each flag (we still have some of these in stock!). Here is the extra-fancy Christmas version showing printed winter greenery and berries in a festive GREEN Mason Jar with a metallic golden holiday greeting scrolled right across it! Folds of lush red fabric complete the facing layer of Poinsettia bracts, completed with a golden bead center!
Here's another opportunity to retain an incredibly popular design theme from Fall into Winter while staying "seasonal" all the while! We thought the Garden Flag featuring sage and rusty-colored Succulents in an Autumn-orange Pumpkin "Planter" was an especially good use of these plants as "timely" design elements--and we love the Christmas version (available as BOTH the House and Garden sizes) in bright reds and greens just as much, if not more!
While the first Christmas Flag featuring a Santa face that we showed you was a richly hued, classic rendering in satin-like and fur-textured appliqued fabric, this one, while also complexly constructed in layers of fabric and embellished with embroidery, is a decidedly stylized and whimsical take on the same "subject"! Available in both House and Garden sizes, this is a Santa Flag to display with a light-hearted sense of good cheer and humor!
Looks like these birds are in a seriously festive mood about Christmas, having made certain each of their houses is up to seasonal decorating snuff! This (double-sided, appliqued) design is available, not only as a House or Garden size Flag, but also as a Door Hanger/Statement Stake, so you can be sure your house is every bit as fancy for the holidays as theirs!
Here is another collection that includes both House and Garden size Flags PLUS the fabulous matching Statement Stake/Door Hanger, all three double-sided and every bit as gloriously detailed front and back! This is a FANCY trio of Christmas Nutcrackers printed in fine detail and embellished with textured and metallic fabric accents and embroidery and even a feather! The central Nutcracker actually has plastic googly eyes! You NEED these classic, possibly a little(?) over-the-top Christmas icons to be greeting guests and passersby at your house this holiday season!
We missed the House size version of this beautiful Flag design featuring Poinsettias, Pine Cones and Holly (it was already sold out when we tried to add it to our order months ahead of Christmas!), but we do have the Garden size in store! This is another double-sided design printed (front and back) on heavy synthetic "burlap" and embellished with felt and metallic fabric and embroidery accents--we especially like the shaped lower border detail that gives it an additional element of formal sophistication--to help you let your guests and passersby that you wish them all a "Merry Christmas"!
No Garden size, just the House size in this gorgeous Christmas Flag!
The suede-like silhouette of a leaping Reindeer elegantly placed on a midnight blue satin ground is decorated in stylized contrasting leafy curls and flourishes composed of felt applique and silky embroidery, its swirling felt Antlers adorned with embroidered Holly sprigs. This lovely fabric graphic is underscored with a beautifully scripted "Merry Christmas" Greeting embroidered directly on the shimmering nighttime "sky" beneath it!
This elaborately detailed illustration of a Country Porch festooned for Christmas takes us back nostalgically to what may have been simpler (certainly less "interesting") times of welcoming holiday decorating and cozy visits. Printed to catch all of the little design nuances, this pretty Flag is (currently) available in both House and Garden sizes!
Should you love the idea of displaying a Christmas Decorative Flag with a beautiful traditional image and classic greeting, this might be the design fro you! Lovingly printed on both sides to read correctly front or back, we have this style in both House and Garden sizes PLUS as a matching 6" Accent Magnet!
Here is a "seasonal" Decorative Flag with no reference to any winter holiday, just in case you might be looking for something a bit more generic than your standard Christmas themed designs. This perky Snowman's attire is not even restricted to the usual red and green, so he could stay up into January or in between Christmas and, say, Valentine's Day or Spring/Easter. He seems quite friendly enough to have attracted at least one visitor--and while we may not have much in the way of snow except in our local mountains, we do, indeed, have Chickadees like the on perched on this Snowman's carrot nose! This pretty printed Flag is currently in stock in both the House and Garden size!
Why decorate a Christmas Tree when you can decorate your Llama instead--especially if trees are hard to come by wherever you happen to live? These guys seem to be completely amenable to the idea, looking every bit like they are happy to be invited to contribute to the celebration! Just one of these delightful printed designs left--and only in the House size!
Here is another Decorative Flag for the Winter season without any specific holiday reference, good for when you take down your Fall Flag right through Christmas and New Year's and into Early Spring of next year (or Valentine's Day/Easter, if you celebrate either of those)! Festive Winter Mittens filled with seasonal greenery nostalgically hung on an outside clothesline by old-fashioned clothespins--to make you happy to be warm and cozy indoors! This design is available in both House and Garden Flag sizes as well as on a matching 6" Accent magnet!
These crazy Penguins might be having a little too much fun as depicted on this double-sided printed, appliqued (including some yarn accents!) and embroidered Garden Flag from Custom Decor! Too heavy and complicated to produce as a full-sized House Flag, we have it only in the Garden size which is smaller, but still packed with plenty of Penguin winter playtime silliness!
This beautifully printed Winter Decorative Flag features a lovely Cotton-boll and Berry Wreath framed by an open-weave country-style basket displayed against a distressed wood background with a classic red and green plaid border--and would not be complete without the classic Red Cardinal perched on the lower center edge! House and Garden size Flags, as well as the matching 6" Accent Magnet, are available in this design!
Fall "Stuff", including some cool plush decorative Pumpkins, is now available!
Why not add a little Bling to your Autumn decorating? This sparkly little (about 3" tall, not counting the hanging ribbon) Acrylic Crystal Squirrel from Ganz would love to help dress up a window or light fixture or ? for the season!
More BLING for your Fall decor! This one is a BIG golden acrylic crystal Acorn with a bronze "hat", framed by encircling Oak Leaves. What look like they could be galls on those leaves in nature are actually more little sparkly crystals!
One more REALLY autumn Acrylic Crystal Ornament from Ganz! This one is for the Sunflower lovers out there with golden and orange versions of this beloved fall icon complete with smokey centers and surrounded by Leaves on their way to fall color! A magical swirl of shining autumn hues for your fall decor!
Here's an extra-fancy, double-sided (House or Garden size) Decorative Flag designed especially for Thanksgiving! This Turkey, printed with applique and embroidery accents on (polyester) "burlap", is well aware that even in the worst of times he has something to acknowledge he is "Thankful and Blessed" about (although he may have had to think about it for a minute this year)! His greetings read correctly on either side of this handsome potential addition to your Thanksgiving decor!
This lovely double-sided, printed and dimensional applique-embellished Decorative House or Garden Flag is another, this time floral, take on the "Thankful and Blessed" theme, related, but independent from any Turkey reference limiting the sentiment only to Thanksgiving!
This brilliantly printed House Flag needs no written reference to the holiday in question with this stunning huge--and riotously colorful--Turkey shown picking its way through a sumptuous Pumpkin Harvest!
This elegant Turkey, portrayed printed and embellished with applique and embroidery, including a framing border of Fall Leaves, on an intensely indigo-blue "burlap" background, is available as a double-sided Garden Flag, guaranteed to be colorful enough to get noticed by the neighbors!
If ever there was a harbinger of Fall, it HAS to be a Scarecrow!
Here we have a House Flag, appliqued and accented in glorious detail, personifying just such a fellow, complete with his (not-scared-at-all) sidekick! Composed of substantial (weather resistant polyester) "burlap" this three-dimensional flag is fully reversible, reading correctly on both sides!
One of our very favorite things about Fall decorating besides pumpkins and sunflowers has to be beautifully Colored Corn, not to mention those iconic autumn flowers, Chrysanthemums! Because this is a printed Flag, it was possible to depict a LOT of detail in a beautiful design featuring both, along with some oak leaves, acorns and even a few fall berries collected with the corn in a burlap-bowed garland perfect for the season! We especially like the crispy curls of the corn husks and the wood-grain and nails intricately portrayed on the rustic background fence!
We have this style in both a House and a Garden version and there's even a matching 6" round magnet available!
We missed nabbing the House size of this sweet country folk-art vision of an inviting Autumn Porch, but did manage to grab up a few of the Garden size! Can't wait to be relaxing somewhere like this during more fall-like weather!
The print process used to create this beautiful Fall Harvest Flag allows for the intricate and subtle detail and color nuance to so effectively capture such a quintessentially peaceful Autumn moment! This stunning image is available as either a House or Garden size flag (one of each, at the moment).
Bicycling is such an integral part of Redlands life that we HAD to have this pretty Fall Garden Flag starring a brilliant red-orange bike with a basket full of autumn sunflowers and colored leaves! Double-sided printed and appliqued (polyester) "burlap" (the perfect background tone for fall), with embroidery-embellished felt and additional fabric, this Garden Flag is a simply stunning way to "Welcome Autumn" as it rolls into town!
Another spectacular double-sided, fool-the-eye realistically printed Decorative Flag design (House or Garden size) with fabulous appliqued Chrysanthemum petal accents, featuring a big country-style Mason Jar full of a hefty bunch of Fall flowers, leaves and berries, this time against a rustic white fence background! Fully dimensional on back and front!
This kicky modern design is ONLY available as a Garden Flag because... it is double-sided and layered with so much awesome appliqued fabric and embroidery (this is a graphic illustration of the flag from Custom Decor, not an actual photograph) it would be just too heavy (and expensive) as a full-sized House Flag! A cheerful way to wish your guests and passersby "Happy Fall" up close and personally near eye-level!
Here is another strikingly beautiful Fall Flag design, available as either a House or Garden sized version! We fell in love with it because of the inclusion of not only the familiar Acorns and colored Maple and Oak leaves, but also the Pine Cones and Aspen leaves, both found in our CA mountains, where we are most likely to see the changes in seasons! Printed with a rustic white barnboard background and starring this perky little Bird who is no doubt getting ready for cooler weather, the intricately detailed elements not achievable with an appliqued design, but easily so in print, combine perfectly to wish us all a "Happy Fall"!
Another Decorative Flag to honor Apple Season, this one richly printed in harvest comfort colors featuring a golden-tan bushel basket full of crimson Apples and fall leaves against a lighter, leafy background, all inside a mottled rusty brown border. Less pop and contrast than some of our autumn flag designs, but a warm, reassuring and inviting way to "Welcome" early Fall! This one can be had as either a House and/or Garden size version!
Here is a stunningly printed House or Garden Flag featuring rich, ripe red Apples framed in a velvet-black border embellished with golden leaf scroll work accented with red-rimmed blocks repeating the leafy theme in green. A VERY classic (and classy) way to Welcome your Fall visitors and brighten your neighbors' view!
We have a goodly number of Fall Decorative Flags featuring Apples (we sort of collect them because we are so close to Oak Glen!) and this is one of the most unique printed designs we've found! With lots of big red Apples filling a quaintly painted Bucket rather than the traditional bushel basket, sitting, not directly on a carefully decorated garden Storage chest, but on a clean, bright white Kitchen Towel and dressed up even more with fresh delicate blue Wildflowers, the presentation is all country, but with a special touch of sophistication! House and Garden sizes available in this style!
This sweet little Scarecrow (NOT scaring many crows...) "guarding" his Pumpkin Harvest is softly printed in muted Autumn hues for display on your home (House size only) to welcome the more subdued days of Fall--now that summer might be thinking about waning, at least a little!
There is nothing subdued or muted about the riotous hues on this gorgeously printed Fall Harvest Decorative House Flag! Apples and Pumpkins and Gourds amid piles of colored Leaves and huge Sunflowers and clumps of glorious fall Asters, Daisies and Mums--with a distinguished Tuxedo Cat thrown in for good measure--Oh my!
Here is a unique printed celebration of the quieter moments we sometimes achieve in Autumn, as the days shorten and the light wanes and Nature prepares to relax into winter. A richly beautiful and peaceful, albeit somewhat somber (kind of fits the weird year, right?) study of Fall tones that could take you through Halloween almost into Thanksgiving...
The epitome of Autumn in the Country, besides all of the harvest fruits and vegetables, can be as simple as a huge bunch of big yellow Sunflowers in an old-fashioned Milk Can (did you miss the well-camouflaged Butterfly?)! We love how the black background on this lovingly printed Flag sets off those brilliant flowers! This design is available in both House and Garden sizes and there's even a matching round 6" Decorative Magnet!
Here is another take on Autumn Apples, this time accompanied by cute little Chickadees (do you have some in your yard--we've been listening to them lately?)! A pretty printed House Flag with a less intense than summer, blue with a hint of gray, background sky as we head into cooler, maybe even cloudy/foggy days for Fall! Those lush crimson Apple surely do catch the eye--aren't they tempting?
This pretty House Flag features blocks printed with familiar Harvest icons. Pumpkins, Apples, colored Leaves and ripe Grain "Welcome" you and your guests and passersby to Fall!
Display this "curtain" of falling autumn Leaves and Acorns and Berries (printed House Flag) in recognition of the softly changing season!
One more brilliantly printed House Flag staring a pert little Chickadee perched on a bough full of bright ripe red Apples! Time to think about making some pie!
Here's a wild and crazy depiction of Fall Owls LOVE the colored leaves as wings!), double-sided, appliqued and embroidered and even accented with BIG plastic googly eyes! For anyone who delights in whimsy and isn't afraid to show it, we have both the House and Garden sizes of the Flags PLUS the stacked Owls to fit onto a Statement Stake in your yard or make an impression hanging on your front door! A truly unique take on Autumn to dress up your home!
We just realized that we ordered so much "Stuff" for our Medical Area from both I Heart Guts AND Giant Microbes that we had to expand our display for this "interesting" Collection...
The I Heart Guts shipment arrived in June and plush Body Parts/Organs from this supplier found their way onto the shelves of our newly expanded Medical Area! They have now been surrounded by plush Cells, Organelles and Molecules in a shipment from Giant Microbes that was delivered a few days later!
Giant Microbes used to package a number of their cells and germs as mini pieces of three inside of a deep Petri Dish. They no longer do this, probably for the same reason sleeve after sleeve of Petri Dishes shipped to the research lab Kathy once worked at were returned for replacement--Petri Dishes are incredibly subject to fracturing with the slightest ding in the right spot, so losses probably made this kind of packaging, while adorable, a case of diminishing returns! That is certainly not to say we no longer can get, for example, plush Red Blood Cells. They simply are only available only as individual, larger (the "giant" in Giant Microbes!) pieces. As you can see, these are at least as cute, if not more so, as the mini versions! In order for you to better see them, we will be showcasing additional plush Cells that arrived in the most recent shipment from Giant Microbes and are now surrounding the I Heart Guts plush Body Parts in our Medical Display Area!
If you are going to make plush Red Blood Cells you pretty-much HAVE to make plush White Bloods Cells as well! No worries! Giant Microbes does just that! (Now in store in our Medical Area!)
And to be sure those Red Blood Cells can properly clot as needed, there must also be Blood Platelets, AKA thrombocytes) Not enough Platelets in the blood can result in bleeding that cannot be stopped, but too many can cause spurious clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes.
And, of course all of those different kinds of Blood Cells need some kind of medium to swim around in while being transported throughout the body to do their jobs. Enter Blood Plasma, a bit of a challenge to convey as an individual plush item. Giant Microbes' solution to the problem is to present Blood Plasma as a single "liquid" droplet, albeit a slightly fuzzy one (which we also think looks a little like a fried egg...), lacking nothing at all in terms of "personality"!
Meet a plush version of a Stem Cell! Stem Cells are undifferentiated cells, for example those found at the center of early mammalian embryos, that have the capacity to develop into almost any kind of specialized cell needed to function in various developing/adult tissues. Deciding what specialized cells stem cells ultimately become is a highly complex process depending on precise regulation mechanisms, but until that happens a Stem Cell has the capacity to develop in any direction. Note how this trait is suggested here by the rainbow coloration and neutral expression of the as yet undefined plush Stem Cell!
Our very favorite thing abut supplying our Medical Area is what a great marriage the plush Body Parts from I Heart Guts make with complimentary plush Cells from Giant Microbes!
Here is a perfect case in point: The plush Heart is from the former and the Heart Cell is from the latter. We love how anatomically correct I Heart Guts has made the Heart--and that the Heart Cell from Giant Microbes not only makes a faint heartbeat sound, but lights up in concert with it when pressed...!
If we can have a plush Pancreas from I Heart Guts, it seems only fitting to also have plush Pancreatic Beta Cells from Giant Microbes! Since Beta Cells are the ones specialized to produce Insulin to manage blood sugar levels, Giant Microbes includes a plastic model of an Insulin (gigantic!) Molecule stashed away inside a special zippered pouch inside each Beta Cell!
Today's Medical Dynamic Duo is plush organ, the Stomach from I Heart Guts accompanied by an individual Stomach Cell from Giant Microbes!
It take a LOT of Muscle Cells to build a big strong Muscle. Luckily, Giant Microbes makes plush Muscle Cells and I Heart Guts has the "Muscle" to provide the plush organ they make up!
This I Heart Guts plush organ represents a Kidney. The particular plush Kidney Cell that Giant Microbes decided to make is a Podocyte, a very specialized kind of cell that, with the help of very specific proteins, wraps itself around tiny knots of blood capillaries within the kidney to facilitate filtering of waste from the bloodstream, an amazingly complex process that allows two kidneys to clean 400 gallons of blood every day!
The huge Knee Joint on the left is one of the newest "organs" from I Heart Guts! As it happens, theirs is a healthy joint. Giant Microbes, who in addition to cells and molecules also specializes in germs and various maladies, chose to make their Knee Joint their "showpiece" for Arthritis!
Bone Cells make up our skeleton and are therefore found helping to hold our shapes, bend and maneuver, throughout our bodies.
However, sometimes things go amiss, usually not so much with bone itself as with how bones connect and interact with each other so we can move. Along with their Bone Cells, Giant Microbes offers two examples of these maladies represented in plush: Back Pain and issues leading to the requirement for Hip Replacement!
Not only does Giant Microbes make entire cells in plush, but they have even added some important cellular Organelles to their line-up!
According to Giant Microbes (we LOVE that they include information like this on all of their pieces), The "Golgi Apparatus" manufactures and packages proteins, lipids and other macromolecules produced by the cell. It assembles simple molecules into complex ones in conjunction with the Endoplasmic Reticulum..." in all eukaryotic cells, including those of both plants and animals, acting as the cells' factories.
Here is another organelle vital to eucaryotic cellular function and presented in plush by Giant Microbes! While the Golgi Apparatus is considered to be one of the main construction sites within a cell, the Mitochondria would be the energy producing centers! Biology students, this should be familiar; remember the Kreb's cycle, respiration and all those ATPs and ADPs? This is the organelle where all that happens! This is also the organelle whose own small amount of DNA, different from that in the nucleus, comes ONLY from your maternal parent, the "Eve" DNA, and thus can be used to trace maternal family lines.
Besides producing Cells and intracellular Organelles, Giant Microbes even makes plush versions of some very important Molecules on which life depends! Of primary importance in reproduction, growth, development and maintenance of living cells is, of course, DNA--and here we have a plush portion of a DNA Molecule, complete with its double-helix twisted "ladder" of coding base pairs!
Another extremely important molecule produced by our bodies is the Antibody, in the news a lot lately because researchers all over the world are trying to develop a vaccine that will effectively encourage our immune systems to create antibodies able to suppress infection by the COVID-19 virus! Each kind of Antibody is very specifically designed to capture and help put out of commission a very particular microbial invader such as COVID-19 , likely in the case of a virus by targeting an exposed protein on its external coat. Giant Microbes has even illustrated this "capture" of a target Antigen on one of the "arms" of their plush representation of an Antibody! Doesn't it look SO busted!
OK--Home-schoolers and Distance-learners, Giant Microbes (along with I Heart Guts) is here to help with those biology lessons! As we've shown, Giant Microbes makes a plethora of cellular Organelles and Molecules and here to put some of them in context is their plush version of a generic, unspecialized Animal Cell, with a handy-dandy reference card attached!
Although plant and animal cells share many internal organelles, their structures and modes of operation vary quite significantly. Here to illuminate the wonders found at the cellular level in plants is a huge plush Plant Cell, brought to you by Giant Microbes and also featuring a handy-dandy cheat-sheet, er-um, information tag, identifying its parts!
Back in stock from I Heart Guts: a plush set of Lungs, accompanied by a hang-tag with another famously bad pun!
Who else but I Heart Guts would endeavor such an "in depth" 3-D "study" in plush of a Colon? The pun on its hang-tag is even worse than the one for the plush Intestines above!
The perennial get-well gag-gift for anyone who has had to have one removed! I Heart Guts brings us this ginormous plush Appendix. If you "Feel it in your Gut" as the hang-tag suggests, unfortunately, it's probably time to be seeing an emergency room surgeon!
Having done detailed plush studies of both the Colon and Appendix separately, I Heart Guts combines them here in the "context" of the entire set of "Intestines" and points out on the hang-tag that you do, in fact, "Go with your Guts"!
Another hugely "popular" post-surgery get-well gift is this plush Gall Bladder from I Heart Guts! It is SO popular, in fact that we are often out of them and waiting for them back-ordered from the supplier! Back in stock...for now!
Among the silly things listed as fun information (besides the requisite pun on the front!) inside the hang tag for this plush Bladder from I Heart Guts is the fact that most bladders have the capacity to hold as much urine as the contents of a can and a half of soda...!
Complete with the Hammer and Anvil (both are ossicles which transmit sound vibrations from the eardrum to the snail-shaped) Cochlea (that converts those vibrations into electrochemical signals sent on to the brain to be interpreted) and even the Semicircular Canals that help maintain balance, this plush Inner Ear from I Heart Guts helps to explain how we HEAR sounds!
Here's a plush set of organs from I Heart Guts that anyone with allergies will appreciate! Allergens like pollen and dust are one group of things, along with bacteria and other breathed-in invaders that are trapped by the Sinuses by encasing them in mucus for expulsion in snot, hopefully before they get to your throat and lungs, but making your head feel like a cotton-filled balloon in the meantime!
We have amazing organs in our throat and head to allow us to make and hear sounds and even catch unwanted things we may breathe in, but one of the most awesome organs of all is the Eyeball, here rendered in plush by I Heart Guts! Very detailed information on how the eyeball and brain accomplish this miracle is available on the hang-tag!
Your Pineal (refers to its being vaguely shaped like a pine cone) Gland, a rice-grain sized organ buried inside of your brain, plays a significant part in the mediation of your waking days and sleeping nights as it is where the hormone, melatonin, that tells you when it is time to sleep, is produced. Sometimes called our "third eye" because in terms of biological evolution it can be interpreted as something of an atrophied photoreceptor, the Pineal Gland responds to information actually obtained by the retina about the state of light and darkness in the environment. Melatonin is made by the Pineal Gland when darkness is signaled. The Pineal Gland is also implicated in the regulation of bone metabolism and the functioning of another important gland, the Pituitary, including influencing sexual hormone production.
Meet The Thymus Gland, presented for your enjoyment in plush by I Heart Guts! Important to know in these times of contagion and confusion, the Thymus, seated right above your heart, is where those amazing T-cells that fight infection are made and mature to help your body defeat specific intruders!
Read just a portion of all the awesome information included on the multi-page hang-tag of the Pituitary Gland from I Heart Guts: "The teeny tiny pea-sized gland has a lot of big jobs. The Pituitary, which dangles from underneath your brain, watches over the body and works to keep everything running smoothly. The Pituitary releases hormones into the bloodstream that tell other organs and glands to do their jobs. These hormones help control growth, metabolism, sex hormones and blood pressure as well as maintain water levels in the body. That is one busy gland!"
Additional hang-tag Fun Fact: This so-called "Master Gland" actually takes orders from the Hypothalamus.
One Adrenal Gland is perched atop each Kidney in the body. These are the glands that produce Adrenaline, the famous "fight or flight" hormone that increases your heart rate and generally pumps up your strength to enable you to effectively do one or the other (there is a cute chart on the hang-tag detailing how and what body organs are affected by Adrenaline during this response). They've been very busy in the last few months producing another hormone, cortisol, also a stress hormone, in almost all, if not all of us! The Adrenal Gland is also in charge of producing sex hormones, so, all in all, a rather important organ!
We could never come to be were it not for the fluid produced by the walnut-sized Prostrate Gland in men to protect and nourish the sperm generated in their testicles. It is actually mainly the Seminal Vesicle Glands atop the Prostrate that makes most of what goes into semen, the medium wherein sperm cells swim.
Hang tag info for the plush Lymph Node from I Heart Guts:
"Sprinkled throughout the body, Lymph Nodes are filled with White Blood Cells which patrol the lymphatic system for bodily bad guys. When these cells identify harmful invaders, they drag them back to the Lymph Node to be destroyed...!"
Having these organs removed is every kid's nightmare! Tonsils were once believed to be not of serious usefulness and thus got taken out at the first sign of a sore throat located in them. Fortunately, modern medical practitioners recognize the value of Tonsils in fighting germs in our mouths and antibiotics can assist when it seems the tonsils are becoming overwhelmed by an given invader. Wishing to preserve the infection limiting potential of these organs, physicians now tend only to remove them when the tonsils become too compromised to provide that function. Whew!
We can hardly discuss organs of the mouth without mentioning Teeth! Here from I Heart guts is a big plush molar --in pearly white, of course! It even has its own "toothy" grin...!
The coup de grasse of Teeth would HAVE to be a GOLD Tooth--and far be it from I Heart Guts to forego the opportunity to make one! One of our customers has already provided this stunner to her Dentist as a "Thank-you" (sort-of) gift!
Here are some adorable, extra-quality Baby Spring Barnyard critters from Douglas:
This cute cast of 4" long Barnyard Babies includes two fluffy mottled (but quiet) Chicks, one Golden-tan, one Black and White, and a downy Yellow Duckling that comes with a quacky sound chip!
Look at ALL of the Plush Dog Breeds we have in stock!
We have refilled all those empty "leaves" on our "Tree" (now again) full of Audubon Birds with the authentic sound chips recorded by Cornell University! Back in stock are Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds, House Sparrows, House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees and Eastern Bluebirds!
We also just filled in a bunch of gaps in our Forest Habitat with new pieces from Wild Republic!
Here is a montage showing critters added from the most recent shipment!
These unique pieces from Wild Republic just assisted in repopulating our South American Rain Forest Habitat!
Sad news:Our beautiful day on April 1 appreciating California's native plants flowering in our local deserts (far away from other people) ended sadly when we returned home to find our beloved Australian Shepherd Foxy expired as if asleep in her kennel. We are devastated because this came as a shock, especially as Foxy was always one of our healthiest dogs, and had our vet look into possible causes. It turns out the Foxy had a silent tumor, hard to detect with no symptoms to suggest its presence, on an artery at the base of her heart. It finally caused a rupture that bled into the pericardium of her heart. We consider it a blessing that she showed no signs of distress until her last few days and then slipped away peacefully after a long and happy life of being much loved. Eventually, we will replace the gaping holes in our heats with another fur baby, but for now our hearts are aching..
Rest in peace, Foxy. We'll see you on the other side of that Rainbow Ridge....
It is hard to believe that Star Tulip Stuffies, House of Fine Stuffed Animals has been open for over four years home again in Redlands, CA (we started here back in 2003 in the now-defunct old downtown Redlands Mall)!
We have lived and worked and been your neighbors in this area for more than 40 years! Star Tulip Stuffies was originally opened as a storefront in the Redlands Mall back in 2003. Since then a growing following of stuffed animal aficionados has managed to find, support and spread the word about us.
From the very beginning our intent has been to bring our customers the very best selection of the finest quality plush creatures we can find while keeping our prices as rational as we can.
We are all about choices; we like nothing better than to present several different companies’ version of the same animal because we have found that every designer will have a different take on that same critter. Thus, if you visit us, which we certainly hope to make you curious enough to do, you should not be surprised to find that, not only do we have an “unusual” creature, say a porcupine or an opossum, rendered in plush, but that we also will likely have four or five or even more styles from as many different manufacturers (with accompanying differences in sizes and prices!) of that individual kind of animal! This also means that while you will find respected and familiar names like Gund, Ganz, Douglas Cuddle Toy, Fiesta Toys, Aurora, Wild Republic, etc. on many of our products, we make a point of searching out quality companies less well known, especially in California, that you may only brush up against on a trip to the zoo or aquarium (we really love the educational kick provided by those extremely realistic representations!) or while traveling east of the Rocky Mountains (many retailers are simply unwilling to stand the cost of shipping some of these…)--or that are just outrageously esoteric (we have plush germs--in Petri dishes, no less--by GiantMicrobes and body parts--if I only had a brain--from I [Heart] Guts!
Our selection is so diverse (we are simply stuffed with “stuff”, but then “stuff” is what we do!) in order to keep track of everything we have resorted to arrangement by habitat! When you visit (by now you know you have to if you can…) you will eventually notice that our entire shop is suggestive of the interior and exterior of a gigantic fantastic playhouse or dollhouse. “Inside” live authentic Raggedy Ann and Andy, Sesame Street characters, etc. Also living the pampered “indoor” life are plush Cats and Teddy Bears “Outside” you will find our rather extensive collection of realistic Dog Breeds (this is a personal favorite category of ours, so if someone makes a decent version of a specific breed, we will try to have it for you!), Barnyard Animals, Horses, Frog and Turtle ponds, Forest critters, Desert animals, Birds, and creatures of Central and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia as well as an area devoted to Ocean life! There is even a section “inhabited” by the fantasmagorical creatures of the imagination including dragons, faeries, unicorns and the like!
About Our Name: The “Star Tulip” part of our name alludes to our other life as occasional botanists! “Star tulips” are members of a rather large genus, Calochortus, meaning “beautiful grass”, of native Californian lilies that includes species with enchanting common names like “butterfly” or “mariposa tulips” and “faerie lanterns”. The butterfly tulips have large goblet-shaped tulip-style flowers, often marked with spots and bobbing in the breeze above their cohabitating grasses like the insects they appear to mimic. The more diminutive faerie lanterns have closed flowers on slender overarched stems and could easily be imagined to light the nighttime activities of elfin woodland inhabitants. Our tiny namesakes open fully wide and close to the ground as if they were stars scattered across the forest floor! The alliteration of “Star Tulip” and “Stuffies” was just too tempting to pass up!
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