Monthly Archives: October 2011


It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in our store for 6 months now.


One of the things we have the most fun with is our windows.


The construction industry, where we both spent the past few years, is not the ideal market for creativity.


It’s amazing how that creativity is welling up now that we’re working for ourselves:)


Some come about because of the color combinations;


others because of something that is going on in town;

still others because of a particular date.

It’s hard to pick a favorite ….

but they amuse us to no end

or strike a chord with events that have happened to us.

One thing you can count on – the display will change often!

Stop by to see what it is this week:)

posted by Mary Beth



The History of Puppeteering

Puppets date back such a long time that everybody has grown up with some sort of puppetry in their life. Whether you’ve made sock puppets, or put on a full puppet show, you’ve probably seen the magic it brings. Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals loves puppets! We have a wide variety of great puppets that will enchant children and adults alike. Do you know where puppets and puppeteering came from? We do! And we want to share that with you.

As far as historians know, the earliest puppets were found in China and India, but they were probably used way before that. From China and India puppets traveled all over the world! In 384 BC Aristotle wrote about puppets in his book “On the Motion of Animals.” Can you believe puppets have been around for that long?

Puppeteering began with shadow puppets, which are a 2D cut out that is used in front of a light in order to cast a shadow on a wall. From here, we got 3D puppets and then marionettes. We know that jesters even used puppets to entertain the King! Puppets were also used to teach kids about the bible in a way they could understand it. The most popular puppet show is still the nativity. It wasn’t until the 14th and 15th centuries that puppeteers turned to comedy.

There are SO many different kinds of puppets! First you have your finger puppets, which are just a sleeve on your finger. From finger puppets you have hand and glove puppets, and sock puppets. The Sound of Music made marionette puppets popular. You’ve most likely heard of ventriloquist dummies, which can seem more like humans than puppets!

You’ll find a lot of puppets on television too. From the first time color T.V became popular, Howdy Doody was entertaining kids everywhere! Howdy Doody was the first successful children’s T.V show and featured a puppet as the main character. You could have found Howdy Doody on T.V from 1947 all the way until 1960! After Howdy Doody came Sesame Street, which featured an entire cast of puppets! The Muppet Show followed Sesame Street and then came Fraggle Rock!

Fragile Earth just got in new Folkmanis puppets! Folkmanis creates animal puppets that look so lifelike you might never know the difference. Folkmanis is the most award-winning puppet makers in the entire world! Head into Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals to check out all of our new Folkmanis puppets, your kids are sure to love them, and so will you! You can also order them directly from our website as well as all of our other items including JellyCats! ‘Like’ us on Facebook to learn more about us and our cuddly stuffed animals.


Geared for Imagination is one of our favorite suppliers. Their Deglingos are a fan favorite, with Jambonos garnering a huge following. Recently, they became the exclusive US distributor for Happy Horse, a company that creates super-cuddly soft toys.

Based in the Netherlands and begun in 1963, Happy Horse started by importing pyjama bags from Japan. They then expanded the collection with soft puppets and cuddly pets that they designed themselves.

Dina Dinosaur

It didn’t take long for Happy Horse to grow into a leading designer label for cuddly pets and soft toys. Happy Horse guarantees a constantly updated collection of plush pets, toys and compliant articles, kept up to date by a team of top designers who know all about trends and classics.

Dino Dinosaur

We are excited to be carrying some of the Dragon collection, specifically Dino & Dina Dinosaur and Drago Dragon.


Drago Dragon

At 8″ high, they are perfect for the little one in your life, especially when paired with some of our “That’s Not My ….” books from Usborne:)

















In September, we started doing Story Time on Monday mornings. When I taught Kindergarten, I loved reading to the kids and creating fun crafts to do with the books, so this is exciting for me.

We’ve gone on pirate hunts, made fire chief hats, and sung “Old Macdonald Had a Farm” like a punk rock band.

Today, we heard that lots of houses in one of our friend’s neighborhoods are sporting paper plate ghosts we made here a few weeks ago. We love that the kids are enjoying it so much and that they’re decorating for Halloween with their crafts. The black tissue paper cats we made today should fit right in.

If you’re in Red Bank on a Monday morning around 11:00 AM, be sure to stop by. We love a full house!


posted by Mary Beth


Every year when we go to the New York International Gift Show we visit the booth for Moulin Roty and every year we have talked ourselves out of buying from them. We always told ourselves, once we had a brick and mortar store we would carry these quirky stuffed animals.

Moulin Roty toys are elegantly designed and of the highest quality. Founded in 1972 in the small French village of the same name, this company’s diverse range includes soft toys that speak of a bygone era. With a focus on unique and sophisticated design and top quality, these toys are stocked in some of France’s hottest boutiques.

Moulin Roty, France

We have started out small for our Moulin Roty corner, to test the waters for these French imports. Let us know what you think.

posted by helen


Tabitha has been banned from the store recently due to her daredevil attempts to reach the street every time anyone opens the door. We have added a screen door to our entry way in a bid to keep her inside and are watching her closely whenever she is in the store. So if someone comes barreling at you as you enter, screaming “STOP!”, look down and see if there’s a small black blur heading towards the door.

Yesterday, Tabitha came in for the Fair Trade Red Bank meeting. She immediately scouted out the important parts of the store – her food bowl was full and in the same spot, no one had touched her fleece on the floor in the back room, yet (complete fail on our part) there was stuff in her chair! Imagine a baby black cat stamping off to her corner in disgust!

After that, she set out to see what other changes we had made while she’d been gone. The top shelf of the back room needed a lot of inspection.

Ok, now what? How on earth do I get down from here?

Then there was the ten foot ladder. Was it up to code?

Is it me or is the world a little off kilter?

She sat on the back stairs waiting for her prince to come … but that didn’t happen.

Waiting for the world to go by - yet nothing's happening!

And, of course, examining the top of bear’s head. Who knows what he’s gotten into since she last was here!

WHAT??!! Your bear statue doesn't come with a cat? You obviously don't shop in the right stores.

Most importantly, she came out and put on a show for the ladies who came to the meeting. They have been huge fans of hers since she first arrived and they like to check in with her occasionally.

You never know what will be happening when you stop by Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals.