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You know all those lovely old etchings of mermaids lounging on a rock at water’s edge? Well, around here all the furniture-sized rocks are pretty much covered with sharp, scratchy barnacles, which can’t be comfy to the tush. To address this age-old dilemma, we here at Crabby Chris & Company have developed the (drum roll, please) -- Mermaid Tuffet.

The Mermaid Tuffet it is cleverly disguised as a sea urchin. In the Pacific Northwest U.S. we have oodles of beautiful little Green Sea Urchins and Purple Sea Urchins; but by the time we come upon them they are most often hollow shells (seagull sushi), and of course the spines are missing. The domed off-white sea urchin skeletons are quite lovely, and feature row after row of symmetrical dots, each marking the spot where a spine was attached.

The pillow measures about 13” in diameter by 10” high, and is lovingly decorated with rows of muted gold dots. It makes a sweet coastal accent pillow, but the little merpeople in your life will likely take a fancy to it and sit on it, mermaid style. Tell them to go ahead – the sturdy hopsacking fabric and nontoxic permanent textile paint are tough enough to take lots of use and abuse. Just spot clean as needed and air dry.

Lovely to look at, and refined enough for the most finicky of mermaids. When the word gets out, who knows how many may show up at your place?

NOTE: If you live outside of the USA and really want one of these, convo me regarding sending you the cover only, which you can stuff on site.

© Copyright 2011 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Frequently asked questions about crabbychris

Crabby Chris™ is pleased to render almost any of her designs in almost any color on almost any shape of pillow. If you would like to discuss your ideas or request adding a name or text to your order, please convo the artist.
Pillows can usually be made smaller or larger to fit your needs. Please feel free to inquire of the artist to work out the details.
Every handcrafted Crabby Chris™ textile item has a sewn-in care label for easy reference.
All items are enclosed in a sealed cello bag and shipped in a sturdy recylable polypropylene mailing bag. A matching wide grosgrain ribbon and bow can be added to your purchase at your request. If you would like a short personal message hand-lettered in a greeting card, make your request in "Note from Buyer".
Please feel free to inquire through Etsy convos as to whether your order can be customized to your specifications. Once details are worked out, Chris can create a custom listing, the purchase of which starts the project. Customized and personalized items are non-returnable and non-refundable as they are not marketable to others.
All designs, photographs, descriptions, images and other contents of this shop are protected by copyrights of the designer/shop owner under U.S. and international law. For licensing information please contact the artist.
Your information will not be shared with anyone, or used for any purpose other than to complete your Etsy transaction. Crabby Chris is a confirmed anti-Spamite.
No; the nickname started as a joke. Like many things, it simply got out of hand.

All content © copyrighted 2008-2016 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: unbleached cotton fabric, waterbased textile paint, polyester fiberfill, love of beach lifeforms
  • Only ships within United States.
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