Welcome to a new a series we are going to start called Wrap it Up with Laura Lasorda.
For those of you who do not know me, I am Sassafrass Jones, a perky Pekingese with “Cateye” glasses who finally found her “Forever home” in Habersham Forest. In other words I am a dog and now, thanks to my mom Cathleen Smith, I have my very own Steiff dog with my name on the tags.
I blog about all things, but especially all of the exciting things that happen in our home, The Habersham Forest. Currently, my mom has just released her second book of the Sassafrass Jones series called Sassafrass Jones & Her Forever Friends ABCs. She wrote it with the ultimate Steiff authority, Rebekah Kaufman. But the book is just the beginning. There are jewels and crowns and dresses for all of us animals in the forest.
This post focuses on one of my favorite things: gifts! Laura Lasorda, my mom’s “forever friend” is a pro when it comes to giving gifts and especially the wrapping of the gifts. Sometimes the wrapping is so cool, that we don’t even want to unwrap the package (but of course, we always do).
My forever friends and I can always spot a Laura Lasorda gift a mile away. From the adornments and color to the themes and shapes, Aunt Laura is the “wrapping queen”. Her gifts (aka works of art) are magical, and the latest batch that arrived for us just the other day was no exception.
This is just the beginning……stay tuned for more Wrap It Up with Laura Lasorda for the holidays. And if you have any great ideas for gift wrapping, we would love for you to share them with us.Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for her holiday-themed series.
xoxo Sassafrass Jones
I know it’s late and mommy is sleeping but guess what….we are in the brand new December issue of Atlantan. I am so excited!
The mice, the owls, the pandas…all of us Steiff’s are jumping off the walls in the Habersham Forest.
My mom, Cathleen Smith Bresciani, got to show off a few of her favorite things.
I will have wonderful dreams now…..Verdura Jewelry, the ABC book, our big magical christmas party next weekend, and all the love in the Habersham Forest, my forever home #sjforeverhome
These are a few of my favorite dressed up Steffs. Here we have my family of mice decked out in handmade outfits, hats and bows, courtes of M(s. Lynn. Then there is the puffed up dog with the tulle outfit and my favorite: The Hello Kitty-themed skirt and outfit that was created just last week in the Habersham Forest Style Studio.
And these are just the beginning. Get ready to be blown away by the jewels, hats, clothing on our favorite gaggle of Steiff buddies.
Some of these are for sale, (each Steiff dressed in garb has been hand made with the best of the best) on the website www.sassafrassjones.com
It’s time. Drum roll, please. The second book in the Sassafrass series is out and ready to buy. Sassafrass Jones and Her Forever Friends keeps all of us critters and humans in the forest entertained for hours. Written by my mom Cathleen Smith Bresciani and the Steiff wonder woman and North American Authority Rebekah Kaufman, the ABC books definitely gets my Sassy Seal of Approval. Before I give you a sneak peek into this new children’s book (click HERE to buy), you my friends should know that ALL proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to the organization dear to our hearts, Canine Companions for Independence.
I keep a stack of money buried in the forest for only very special purchases. Well, I have already bought four copies and it feels great to help this cool organization that provides service dogs at no cost to the recipients. (More on this organization in my later posts).
Here’s the rundown of the book….each letter has a beautiful page with a corresponding Steiff animal, an amazing vignette (created by the talented set designer in Habersham Forest, Chris), a fun poem and Sassy Steiff fact. Oh, and to add another element of learning, the name of the animal appears in five different language (and a phonetic way to say them). That was a lot to get out in one breath, and I may have a lot of talents, but writing and talking are still a work in progress. So, I am going to let you see for yourself….just one of my favorite pages so i don’t spoil the book.
In case you have slight eye problems like myself, I will write out the cool stuff on this page:
“These pretty ladies love clothes with a passion; They’re the perfect zoo sisters to model high fashion!
And the Sassy Steiff Fact: These Steiff giraffes were made in five sizes ranging from 6 to 30 inches from 1953 through 1974. The smallest size was made from velvet while the larger versions were made from mohair, a woolen fabric. Steiff is also famous for the life-like and life-sized giraffes, some of which stand more than a whopping 8 feet tall!
Can you believe it, Miss Rebekah and Mama Cathy found a Steiff animal for every letter of the alphabet. Make sure to order your copy for the holidays. Kids and adults alike will love this!
I am so excited to welcome you to my blog! I have so much love to share and stories to tell. I will start with some exciting news about ME! Hard at work in the Habersham Forest Style Studio, the workers created my very own Steiff animal. Now, there are 600, limited edition Steiff Pekingese dogs named Sassafrass Jones. A dream come true! Oh, and I even have my very own set of Sassafrass Jones Chartreuse glasses (and an extra pink pair for a little variety).
I promise I won’t make every blog about me, but this is a very special occasion. I am a Steiff animal. From an abandoned dog with glasses to a Steiff! Amazing!
There are only 600 of this “mini-me” available so you may want to get your hands on me. Click here to buy this special Steiff.
But there is more, I even have a suitcase that is the perfect fit for my perky self and you can get all sorts of accessories to dress me up and make me even more fabulous. Personally, my favorite is the suitcase where I am wearing my cape and crown. But the ones with the hats, made by Madeline the Milliner Mouse is irresistable as well.