Fuzzball is one of two kitten mascots of Esther's Place. Outdoor cats, they were a new addition this past Summer, and we had all intentions of keeping them here at Esther's Place to get them socialized before taking them over to the farm to become barn cats. Well, it turns out they captured our hearts and guess what? We have a barn here at Esther's Place too! More specifically, a "carriage house", but to them, it's a two story jungle-gym playground. Hay in the loft for sweet-smelling sleeping, lots of boxes of wool to climb around on, and even an old Allis Chalmers tractor with a nice little seat for a resting spot. They get plenty of food and water and treats every day, and they run out to greet customers with great enthusiasm. They are also always there for my daily dose of "warm fuzzies" and a perfect break when I'm busy creating.
So Fuzz and his brother Gingersnap are a fixture here, they live a life of "shop mascot" and I think they are pretty happy with that. All our neighbors love and adore them too, so I'm happy to spread a little kitten-kindness in this corner of the world.
Other human fixtures here include myself, my husband Jonathan, my mom Donna and a host of friendly fiber folks who love sharing their skills, talents, ideas, creativity with our community. Our farm, just a few miles down from the shop, is where my folks live, along with my dear, 90 year old grandma, and my brother, when he is home from college. We have a diversified small farm, raising sheep, producing for a CSA, growing hay and providing educational tours and classes about sustainability. Put this together with the fiber arts studio in town, and you get a picture of what we're about! I'll be sharing in the blog some of the things that inspire my creativity. Enjoy!