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Sunday: 11 AM -5 PM
1410 Industrial Park Ave. at the Tri-City Shopping Center in Redlands, CA, 92374
Extremely easy access from Interstate 10 in Redlands between San Bernardino and Palm Springs!
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Fall Decorative House and Garden Flags are up on our Flag Wall (with a few designs giving a nod to Autumn Apples)!
Getting our Early Fall on inside our Shop! Fall Flags are up! Fall "Stuff" coming soon...
Today is Saturday, September 19, 2020
We will be OPEN until about 6 PM today
(REMINDER: We are CLOSED on Wednesdays for a couple of months)
NOTICE: Our REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS have CHANGED (just a little)!
Our Weekday and Saturday hours are now 10:30 AM until 6 PM and Sunday's remain at 11 AM until 5 PM. However we WILL BE CLOSED at least through August, September and October on WEDNESDAYS. Since we are prevented by COVID-19 from visiting Kathy's Mom at her nursing facility in Pomona, we will be OPEN regular weekday hours (10:30 AM - 6 PM) on Thursdays until we are again permitted to go see her.
As we head into official Autumn (first day of Fall is Sept. 22), we are also on the threshold of Fall celebrations and occasions. Remember us and other local businesses as you shop to get ready for them--we love it when you include us in your preparation plans and we really enjoy helping make those occasions special for you!
Please pardon our disarray should you happen to come in while we are in the process of changing out our own summer decor for Fall--and don't forget that BOTH general Fall and specifically Halloween Decorative Flags are up on our Flag Wall NOW!
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!
And here is Gilead at about 11 weeks old, playing with his buddy, Sam (an Aussie Doodle bred especially for Julie's Father-in-law and getting a little pre-training before he goes home to HIS new "Daddy"). Tug 'o' war with the rope toys seems to be a fave of both. They are best buds since they are about the same age (and who wants to hang out with all the annoying new baby puppies?). From the look of the opening to that doghouse, Julie's aussies are carrying on the time-honored tradition of chewing on the edges of the doghouse entrance! Gilead will have a new doorway all his own to address when we get to bring him home on about September 26!
We've been busy getting ready to have Gilead here at the shop with us during business hours! We have this HUGE crate in one of the back rooms and we've tried to collect all the mops and brooms that might be fun to chew on and sequestered them in a big trash can jammed in behind it. All those nasty cleaning supplies are secured in that big storage box with a snap-tight lid (we'll put a concrete block on top if we have to--or some portable kennel fencing around it!). He's got some additional space to run around in adjacent to this behind a doggie door that we've tried to block off from areas which might be a little too tempting for him to "investigate". Puppy-proofing is a LOT like baby/toddler-proofing and playing head-games with any Australian Shepherd is always a "challenge"! Of course he will have some of his own designated toys to play with--and hopefully lots of customers to greet!
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!
As those who have been following know, we just went through yet another round of storage area reclamation and reorganization and guess what! We found a batch of TREASURE!
Long ago and far away when we had a much larger shop and tons of time to decorate it we set up an account with an outfit that made decorative mini-light strings with all kinds of themed plastic covers. We don't know if they are even in business anymore, but we do know we had to order by the case and we just rediscovered BOXES of assorted styles.
Rather than trying to find space to display them for sale in our current location, YOU get to benefit more directly from this find! We will be GIVING THEM AWAY for FREE, one string at a time with any purchase of $25 or more BEFORE we subtract any relevant (coupon) discounts!
Some are various animals like Cats or Dogs or even Dalmatians with Fire Helmets and Hydrants; some are even seasonal (there's a killer string featuring gnarly Witches for Halloween!) for at least Fall and Christmas. We haven't gotten them all out of the building yet, so don't know how many there are and the selection will change, but we will be giving them away until we run out! Just one more special bribe, uh, incentive, to get you out of your house in stupidly HOT weather (it WILL cool off eventually)!
So HERE is our newest reward for shopping LOCAL with us!
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"!
Just a big old Crow back-lighted by a huge full Moon and sitting on top of a slightly sideways (and leering a bit) carved Pumpkin laying out among the dead leaves on the ground... Nothing eerily creepy about this image, right?
This Halloween Owl is way too cute to be anything like creepy--but she IS ready with her Witch's hat, Potion Bottle and Book of Spells! She's even "invited" a couple of "friends" to come along for a ride on her Broomstick! Are YOU ready for Halloween?
The characters on this Halloween Flag are making no pretenses of being anything but "Creepy". We love the "gallery" of Jack 'o' Lanterns precariously dangling or perched on that gnarly haunted Tree holding them toward us for our inspection; said Tree must, of course also harbor a decidedly imposing spooky Owl!
This stunning House Flag will alert visitors to the fact that a Witch can be pretty elegant! Appliqued with silver metallic swirls and a glittering golden buckle, this richly hued Witch's Hat even sports a flowing, diaphanous veil! Cool enough to attract an arty spider to provide some additional "decoration"!
Here is a "dramatic" (aren't all witches drama queens?) Halloween House Flag featuring a Witch traveling in an entourage of swirling bats in silhouette across the shining full moon! She is framed by black and white polka-dotted satin fabric trimmed in decorative ribbon and black lace befitting such an elegantly spooky Lady (sort of) of the Night...
We have to admit that we are less drawn to scary-macabre Halloween icons than to more whimsical/magical ones--possibly in a nod to (if not downright identification with) some of our younger clientele! This Happy little Ghost popping out of an equally cheery Jack 'o' Lantern is designed to frighten just about nobody! Both seem entirely joyful about the prospect of Halloween candy, too! A cute House Flag to celebrate a Happy Halloween!
OK--this Halloween House Flag is not so much scary as it is BIG and dramatic! All the stops are pulled out on this appliqued crazy-smiling Jack 'o' Lantern face topped with a star and polka-dot spangled Witch's Hat, in turn tipped with chartreuse and vivid orange streamers! This happy Jack is guaranteed to get your home noticed!
Nothing to see here, folks, except for a big Scarecrow Jack "outstanding in his field", enjoying a moonlit Autumn night with a few of his Friends--and waving all a "Happy Halloween" to all, of course!
Just a few more dippy-looking Jack 'o' Lanterns to add to your Halloween decor! We have to say these guys seem more frightened than frightening--or maybe they just look a little confused... In any case some big black Spiders seem to be happy to anchor their webs to them and keep them company!
These gorgeous BIG (about 7" wide by 7" long!) Acrylic Crystal Parrots from Ganz come in two brilliant color designs! We love the detailed eyes--and how either one (or both) flies in a lush feel of the tropics on the wing!
Each perched on its own branch, we have three color versions of this beautiful Acrylic Crystal Cockatoo from Ganz! There is a yellow accented, solid yellow-crested clear version, a clear version with a multi-colored crest and a solid clear peach colored one with slightly darker crest and accents! Each of these lovelies is about 6" tall from tip of the crest to the end of the tail. Summery decor inspired by tropical Australia!
And just for warm-weather kicky silliness we have these cute Acrylic Crystal Flip Flops from Ganz in four different hot tints, each decorated with a pretty contrasting flower! Big enough at 4.5" long to discern all that detail, too!
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!
OK--we almost always go to Douglas Company for beautifully executed realistic plush animals, especially like Dogs, Cats and Horses and wildlife like Raccoons, Owls, Sloths, Wolves, Foxes, et. al. (and we got a bunch of all of those in our most recently arrived shipment, too), but this time we could not resist their NEW offering of ridiculously cute silly plush Foodie Animals!
Graduation "Stuff" (also House and Garden Graduation Flags) is still available in-store!
Here are the just arrived NEW Patriotic Decorative Flags from Custom Decor! We ordered BOTH the House and Garden sizes AND the matching 6" round Accent Magnet for each design, except the last one, which was only available as a House Flag.
OK--We made the "mistake" of taking a look at Custom Decor's selection of "Farmhouse" designs--and we simply could not resist the House and Garden sizes of these two more delightful than we expected Pigs frolicking among the pretty spring flowers along with all those Butterflies. Looks like "Hog Heaven" to us! In store NOW!
As it starts to heat up as we head into Summer we figured our Flag selection should be doing the same! In store now are the House and Garden versions of this Flag featuring HOT colored Summer Zinnias being visited by equally intensely hued sunny yellow Butterflies. And we also ordered the matching 6" Accent Magnet!
Summer is the time for lemonade and if you're gonna have lemonade, you git to have Lemons! We simply could not resist these citrus themed House and Garden Flag and matching 6" Accent Magnet designs, given their Redlands-compatible subject matter and how at home this mini tree planted in a Victorian-looking ceramic pot would be on the terrace, front porch or in the foyer of any of the beautiful local historic mansions in town.... In store NOW!
We are not sure which element of design on this flag style is more attractive, the Columbine Flowers or the nearly matching Hummingbirds happily feeding on their nectar, but we love this richly hued and highly detailed summer vignette as a subject! No matching Accent Magnet exists for this design, but we BOTH the House and garden size flags are in store NOW!
This pretty flag featuring a potful of hot orangey-pink Geraniums attracting equally colorful Bees and Butterflies is on the retirement list at Custom Decor, so only the House size was available, but we couldn't resist nabbing a couple of those for Summer! In store NOW!
Here is another lovely flag on the retirement list at Custom Decor--and it was so pretty we had to grab a couple of the remaining House size Flags before they were gone (Garden size was already sold out)! In store NOW!
Here is our additional selection of Patriotic Flags! Quantities are limited as indicated!
One of these "Patriotic Owls" in the Garden Size only
"Patriotic Barn" One Garden size left!
"Patriotic Birdhouses" in House Flag size only
"America Banner Star"
Two House size available
"Patriotic Bunting and Geraniums"
One House size left!
One House size left!
"Patriotic Chair Welcome"
One House size flag left!
This fun printed and Appliqued Flamingos Flag has a trio of these elegant, albeit somewhat silly Birds with felt wing accents standing visually intertwined above a base of flowers, some of which are also dimensionally rendered! Also equally detailed on front and back, we do have this style in both House and Garden sizes!
Here is a printed, Watercolor style rendition of a pretty Pink Flamingo surrounded by swirls of fanciful pastel tropical leaves and blossoms! Printed opaquely to read correctly front and back!
Similar motifs as the design right above, but nothing pastel about this intensly hued, printed Tropical Flamingo Flag! Available in House and Garden sizes!
A printed plethora of Ladybugs and Daisies! House and Garden sizes available
Orchids and Birds "splendidly" printed on both House and garden size Flags
Printed Toucan and Tropical Foliage House and Garden Flags
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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