African Noah

December 4th

Hippo -- one of a pair

Animals tucked in the ark

Ark from Malawian Carver

When I was in Malawi this summer, I bought two of these arks filled with animals (and a Noah/Noah’s wife), for Christmas presents. I gave one to my mom and the other to my Grandma Max on Thanksgiving. I knew they’d want to put them out with their nativities. They were pretty thrilled — especially my mama. She is an animal nut and quickly went through each of the pairs to examine their features.

I was so glad they liked these. They were a pain to haul home and make sure they weren’t broken in transit. Also, Malawian carvers in this area have a tendency to smoke pot while they work, making the drug dogs at the airports go nuts. Several of the people I was traveling with had lost items to customs from this and warned me. Thankfully, Noah worked his wonders and we made it home without incident.

I hope your holiday prep is going well! I’ve got my little tree and decorations in place and the bulk of my Christmas cards were mailed yesterday. I’m going to start wrapping this weekend. I want my home to be festive for next week’s community dinner.


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22 Responses

  1. Oh! These are stunningly beautiful!

  2. Those are SO cool! πŸ™‚

  3. That bit about the carvers working while smoking pot? Made me laugh out loud.
    I can just picture you at the airport “But it’s a gift for my mom! There’s no pot in there!”

  4. That is so incredibly beautiful!!

  5. I LOVE those Kel! That is such a good, thoughtful gift from your travels. And perfect for your mama.

  6. That’s awesome. I would’ve never brought something like that home.

  7. Oh Kelli–those are so pretty! What a funny story! I’m glad your holiday prep is going well. I’ve been procrastinating on my cards, but TODAY’S THE DAY! I’m gonna do it! You’ve inspired me, per the usual. Speaking of inspiration…do ya think you can give us a peak of all those lovelies you’ve created before you start your wrapping? Huh? Huh? πŸ™‚ Don’t want to jeopardize the surprise of the gifts..just can’t wait to see!…(giggle) Hope you have a great Thursday!

  8. Those are so awesome! What a great gift, you are so thoughtful.

  9. How wonderful and beautiful. And, we bought a Fisher Price one for our grand daughter last Christmas. This would have been soooo much better.

    You are so ahead of the game. I can’t seem to get motivated to do anything Christmassy yet, except the tree is up and the Christmas letter is started. Not a card addressed, nor a package wrapped. I am waiting for the inspiration to kick in.

  10. Tina in Duluth December 4, 2008

    I love it! I’m also looking forward to hearing about the menu for the upcoming dinner…

  11. Who doesn’t love to handle sharp implements while smoking pot?

    They’re b-e-a-utiful!!!!

  12. Nice craftmanship on those. Talented peeps! That was a thoughtful gift of you. (Did you really already mail half your cards?!?! How did you manage that?! You’re always so fast!)

  13. Those are so neat! Who wouldn’t love them??

    I am so happy to hear that overall your Thanksgiving holiday was happy. I hope that Christmas is even better. πŸ™‚

  14. What a nice present to bring home – I love them!!
    (the smoking pot part is pretty hilarious)

    We’ve got the tree and most of the decorations up but plenty to do yet – and we have Christmas with my husband’s family on th 13th – and we host. (I’m starting to realize how much I don’t have done yet!!!)

  15. I like local crafts for gifts, in any occasion. This ark is really beautiful, no wonders your mom appreciated it!

  16. LOVE the pot smoking reference. The carvings are gorgeous–perhaps from all the herbal creativity?

  17. They are beautiful! What lovely & thoughtful gifts.

  18. What a beautiful gift! Definitely worth the hassle of getting home. πŸ˜€

  19. Beautiful Beautiful!

  20. Oh wow.. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those!! I’m sure your mother and Grandmother were thrilled!! What a thoughtful gift!! I hope your doing well!! πŸ™‚

  21. Kelli;
    I put the Ark, complete with Noah and Mrs. Noah, and the pairs of animals on the shelf in our family room, along with the other African animals. It looks so nice there! Thank you for thinking of me, I just love it! I love that it’s so unusual, and that it came from Malawi. Thank you again!
    Mucho amore,

  22. Those are lovely. I’ve wanted a nice wooden Noah’s Ark for my kids, but the cost always seems prohibitive. I guess all I have to do is take a trip to Malawi, right?

    I’m a longtime lurker on your blog, but the Noah goodness lured me out.