We couldn’t help falling in love with an irresistible little stuffed ostrich back in July though via one of our favorite social entreprises called Sevenly (www.sevenly.org). Sevenly is an inspirational online store that picks a different charity each week, and donates $7 from every purchase to benefit that cause in need. Not only do you learn about noble entities week-in and week-out, but you get to see some really powerful messages printed on t-shirts, posters, and such. One week in July, we noticed that the charity beneficiary was Love Without Boundries (www.lovewithoutboundries.com), a non-profit that raises money for surgeries for orphans in China. We also noticed Sevenly was carrying a new line of stuffed animals. And we couldn’t help but notice what had to be our peanut’s first stuffed animal: a wide-eyed, spiky-haired, lanky-legged ostrich. I mean, what little girl doesn’t need a quirky stuffed ostrich? We affectionately named the little man Snacks, and have let him hang out around the house ever since he arrived. It’s become a fun “prank” for Sarah or me to stash him in a funny place, for the other to discover unknowingly. The dude is flexible, so poor Snacks has been stashed inside the cupboards, in the fridge, and often sits on the blanket with us as we watch TV. He’s been a good friend to us so far, so we’re confident he’ll be a loyal companion to the lotus once she arrives.
The second item we swooned for came about randomly too, after discovering an artist named Elizabeth Foster earlier this year at a unique neighborhood art gallery (http://www.elizabethfosterart.com). Elizabeth’s work is incredibly dreamy (quite literally, her oil-painted canvases are magically wispy and dream-like), but unfortunately we’re trying to save every penny for the adoption and couldn’t afford to buy a piece. We did notice, however, that she made some small, more affordable to us faux taxidermy animals, ranging from fox to deer to… the cutest guy ever, an adorable, long-eared rabbit. We still passed on buying one, knowing we needed to save money. But after our neighborhood’s annual Tomato Art Festival in August when we saw that Elizabeth made a special round of taxidermies – featuring the animals wearing little tomato necklaces, the symbol of our neighborhood – we couldn’t resist. Again, how appropriate and so East Nashville for this little guy to be the first item on the nursery wall. There were originally 10 of these rabbits on display, each with a slightly different mischievous look. Rabbit #9 was our clear favorite, so we snatched him up, but had to wait six weeks to bring him home because he was technically still on display (it was like a mini-adoption wait!). Once home, we named him Rabbix #9 (with an emphasis on the “icks”). Long story. You can ask if you’re really curious.