Monday, May 9, 2022

Tessuti Zoo - Land of Creative Enchantment

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.   Dieter  F. Uchtdorf                   

Hey there from Nannyland, 

I trip to the balmy California coast to visit my daughter wouldn't be complete without a much anticipated visit to my favorite shop in the whole world, Tessuti Zoo.  I have never admired two creative spirits more than I do the owners of this amazing bazaar of creative whimsy.   Emily Owens and Mary Troup have concocted the brightest, most colorful wild and fanciful one-of--kind art, clothing, dolls, creatures, quilts, wall-hangings, and furniture I have ever encountered in my many and varied travels.

Each time I visit, I can't wait to see what new creations come from their gifted imaginations and I always come home with an elegantly packed parcel of unique treasures.  This year I found the most  wonderful tree-like "pin cushion" with a darling felt bird perching on top.  As luck would have it,  the colors match Nannyland perfectly and it looks fabulous on my shelf with Gracie, the monarch butterfly and Hemely, the spikey haired diva.  Also in this picture is the darling spool clock I bought at another visit..a perfect addition to my sewing/craft room wall. 

Tessa, the glamourous sugar scull doll and Tula, the stitch-themed goddess, sit happily together atop my computer cabinet and greet me and my guests when we enter the room.   

Bonita hangs over my window and basks in the warm, cheery desert sunlight. 


Who needs fancy lingerie when these ladies can sew up the most comfy and stylish flannel and cotton night wear imaginable.  


Emily always makes an art of wrapping her guests' purchases with all kinds of frills and flourishes.  The room where she creates her magic is whimsical like her creations but is not available to the public. Somehow I always manage to sneak a peak.  

I was devastated when I learned the shop was flooded last year during California's extreme rains, but Emily and Mary's invincible spirits couldn't be dampened.  Their many admirers who adore them  rushed in and helped them rescue a lot of their irreplaceable inventory and happily, they were able to open another shop a few months ago, not far from the original location.  I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw their eye-catching shop right on the main shopping street, Lighthouse Avenue, in Pacific Grove.



I'm always over-the-moon the minute I enter this jungle of  enchantment and I leave even more elated,  loaded with  all my stunning finery.  And, at least now I have been there enough times to subdue my screams of delight to low giggles. I love watching the first-time shoppers display their shock and awe. 

Hooray for creatives who bring joy to others with their incredibly imaginative works of genius! May we all bless others with our artistic gifts of the spirit and our heartfelt creations.

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply)


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