Cleggy once bought a little book he got for the boys when they were younger called 'Stone Crazy'
It was one of a series - all featuring Tracy's work and words - just gorgeous.
Cleggy bought all four books in the series and we all loved the little people in them.
I did a bit of research a couple of years ago and discovered that Tracy sells some of the figures in the illustrations. I was BEYOND excited, not least because, like most men, Cleggy is near impossible to buy presents for, and I knew he would LOVE to own one.
I contacted her - and she found the perfect one for me - this little guy looking through his heart stone.
I had to keep him secret for a few months so he stayed wrapped up in the workshop...although I got him out now and again for a sneaky look!
Tracy also really kindly sent me some photos of the place where she found the heart stone which I had enlarged and blocked.
(on a bizarre aside, the gallivanting Granny saw the photos and said 'I've been there'. I scoffed slightly - but she named the exact place - Washington National Park! Nuff respect!)
Anyway - we treasured the little man, but thought it would be nice to have two more, to represent our three boys.
Most of the figures are within natural things like stone, bark, shell etc. I specifically wanted a boy in a box as it links perfectly with Cleggy's pedagogy.
It was really hard to choose (I wanted them ALL!) but plumped for a shell for the third figure
We adore them - and I find myself photographing them regularly.
We don't own many 'precious' breakable things (for obvious reasons!) so these little people live on the fireplace in the lounge...where there is a strict NO WRESTLING rule!!!
(don't worry Tracy - they are all safe)
I like to wonder who will treasure them in years to come....
Here's some more beautiful examples...a feast for the eyes:
Tracy lives in Michigan and is also a wonderful
writer and illustrator
Here's the link if you want to see more.
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