Here are the two "about stories" I wrote to accompany my plushes in Stuffed Magazine's Summer 2012 issue.
Eben and Ella (Ellie Friends)
(Picture from our trip to Acadia National Park at our cabin in the woods)
Eben and Ella are husband and wife. They live in a small and secluded valley where no other elephants live for miles around. This is okay with them because they prefer to be by themselves. Their house is a lovely, cozy, stone structure that is in a small grove of sycamore trees.
Ella enjoys tending her extensive flower garden behind their home. She spends her winters studying new plant species and in the spring, she’s always trying new varieties. She loves plants that can grow tall and are very colorful. Her perfect way to spend a day is with a nice pot of Oolong tea, a good gardening book, and her planting trowel within reach. She is also an avid quilter and creates her own flower motifs for her pieced designs.
Eben spends his days making furniture from trees in the nearby forest. This forest is one that was planted by his great grandfather and Eben plants three trees for the one he cuts down. He has a small mill not too far away from Ella’s flower garden, so they can talk and break for tea together in the afternoons. Eben has quite a collection of beautifully made furniture and every so often, he opens the mill for a special sale, which brings in animals from all over the valley.
Olive and Ethan (Twin Boys)
(Picture from our trip to Acadia National Park on Sand Beach)
Olive and Ethan are twins that live in a small coastal village on a small island in Maine. They come from a long line of lobstermen, starting back with their great-great-great-great grandfather. The brothers have a lot of similar interests, like the sea, flying kites, and watching seabirds. They often spend time together exploring the island, but also like to pursue their own hobbies.
Olive never goes outside without his lucky orange scarf, even in the summer. He can usually be found down at the harbor watching boats sail by. He hopes to one day have a small boat of his own and already has the perfect orange and blue paint picked out for it. Olive often thinks of sailing around the neighboring islands and looking at all the sea life beneath the surface. His current under the sea fascination are jellyfish and he’s keeping a log of all the different species he finds. When not dreaming of sailing, Olive can be found playing in the village park or enjoying some honey brioche doughnuts from his favorite bakery.
Ethan’s favorite color is blue. He can usually be found, like Olive, down at the harbor. Ethan usually stays along the quiet side and combs the shore for beach rocks and small pieces of driftwood. He has quite a collection and hopes to one day display his findings in the small village historical museum run by his grandfather. Ethan makes sculptures from the broken pieces of rocks he finds and sells them at the old general store. When not at the beach, Ethan can be found at the library, reading about his favorite animal, puffins.
Hope you like them!