“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Back in 1975 Coco Hall founded Freemountain Toys out of her home in Burlington, Vermont. She expanded into a local gristmill and at one time her stuffed “Vegimals” were hand sewn by as many as 140 local women.
Freemountain was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Public Action Coalition on Toys for its safe, imaginative products in non-sexist packaging. The United States Department of Agriculture included several Vegimals in its National Agricultural Library of educational materials.
Isn’t it amazing what one, imaginative woman can do?
Coco sold her business in 1980 but before she did, The Bike Rack in Bloomington, Indiana, sold the stuffed “Vegimal” toys to bicycle, canoe and hiking enthusiasts. The future Mr. Catered Crop was co-manager of the shop and we had just started dating.
Mr. Catered Crop and I met on a bicycle club picnic. And the first gift Mr. CC gave me was a Vegimal stuffed bear, “Emile Bearhart,” with a pocket containing a red velour heart.
I still have him – both of them – the bear and the man.
And, somehow, after being married 31 years on Wednesday, I haven’t lost the heart in the pocket – of either of them.
Tips & Techniques
- It’s My Favorite Things teaser time again. I’m highlighting one of the newest Pure Innocence images, On a Picnic. Oh, Swoon. The My Favorite Things boss lady has all the scoop about our Teaser Time at the My Favorite Things Blog – details about the latest stamps and Die-namics, links to all the designers’ crazy-fun creations, and, yes, prizes.
- The little doll is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper pieced.
- I used Michele’s gorgeous pointilism technique to color the bear.
- The sketch is from this weeks My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club, MFTWSC (WFTWSC127). Isn’t it gorgeous?
Here are the Copic markers and MFT products I used today. The links for all of the new products will be live and the products will available for purchase in the MFT Boutique on June 11th at 10:00 PM EST.
Finished size: 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients include Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink and Authentique Pride 6×6 Bundle.