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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Exotic Giraffe!

The Exotic Giraffe!

The giraffe originates from Central Africa to Southern Africa where they usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, or open woodlands. However, when food is scarce they will venture into areas with denser vegetation.

People have been fascinated with this exotic wild animal for hundreds of years because they are the tallest of all land living animals. Giraffes often are seen in "Necking" contests to establish dominance and obtain access to sexually receptive females. Another function of necking is sexual, in which two giraffes caress and court each other

Giraffes can be seen in paintings, including the famous painting of a giraffe which was taken from Somalia to China in 1414. The giraffe was placed in a Ming Dynasty zoo. At one point the giraffe was associated with the mythical Qilin, and a derivative of that name (kirin) is still used as the word for giraffe in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.

The Medici giraffe was a giraffe presented to Lorenzo de' Medici in 1486. It caused a great stir on its arrival in Florence, being reputedly the first living giraffe to be seen in Italy since the days of Ancient Rome. Another famous giraffe, called Zarafa, was brought from Africa to Paris in the early 1800s and kept in a menagerie for 18 years.

The Crabby Nook carries a very nice collection of Giraffe statues for your Home decorating, Office decor or a child's room. We now offer "Free Shipping" on most of our statues! These exotic animal statues make wonderful unique gifts.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Baskets make GREAT Decorating Accents!

Baskets make GREAT Decorating Accents!

Baskets can be used in your Home and Office Decorating in so many ways! Visitors and friends notice when you have a quality and unique decor accent.

The Crabby Nook offers a very nice selection of hand woven baskets from Asia and Africa. You will love the tray or bowl shapes to display your decorating Eggs and Balls.

Our lidded baskets are just the perfect size to use as small item storage to keep things off a table or counter. So, not only are they stylish, they are useful.

Moms love our market basket totes! These are ideal not only for shopping, but sporting events, school outings and traveling. A good thing about grass baskets is that they can be easily reshaped when they are knocked around or have something sat on them by lightly misting with water and smoothing out any dents. I use one when I travel as my purse for carry on. I keep my purse, reading materials, medications, camera, anything I need to have readily available inside so I do not have to pack it away in my checked luggage.

Everyone loves to receive Baskets as gifts. They are easily used in everyone's home decor as an accent piece. You will never go wrong when you give anyone a basket for a gift.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tiger - Chinese Animal Zodiac

Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign of the Tiger

The use of the animal names in the calendar led to the development of Chinese astrology. Astrology can be defined as a pseudo-science linking human destinies to charts associated with heavenly bodies or the recording of time. The Chinese believed the characteristics of a given zodiac animal influenced the personality of every person born in that year. They used this information to create horoscopes, daily predictions based upon the year of one's birth. Although the reading of horoscopes is popular in modern Chinese culture, few people take the predictions seriously.

Ranking order: Third
Hours ruled by the TIGER: 3 am - 5 am
Direction of its sign: East-Northeast
Season and principal month: Winter-February
Corresponds to Western sign: Aquarius
Fixed Element: Wood
Stem: Positive

I am the delightful Paradox.
All the world is in my stage.
I set new trails ablaze;
I seek the unattainable,
And try the untried.
I dance to life's music
In gay abandon.
Come with me on my carousel rides
See the myriad colors,
The flickering lights.
All hail me the unparalleled performer.

I am the Tiger.

2010 is the Year of the Tiger. Drama, intensity, change and travel will be the keywords for 2010. Unfortunately, world conflicts and disasters tend to feature during Tiger years also, so it won’t be a dull 12 months for anyone. The Year of the Tiger will bring far reaching changes for everyone. New inventions and incredible technological advances have a good chance of occurring.

For all of the Chinese horoscope signs, this year is one to be active – seizing opportunities and making the most of our personal and very individual talents.

Everything happens quickly and dramatically in a Tiger year – blink and you could miss an important chance of a lifetime!

1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 Read more about the Tiger...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Elephants! Elephants! Who has Elephants?!?

Elephants! Elephants! Who has Elephants?!?

For thousands of years, the elephant has been a symbol of power, wisdom, virility, fidelity, and longevity. This belief is held not by a single culture, but by at least three the Chinese, Africans, and Indians. The Sacred Elephant is used mostly to promote love and fidelity among couples, but some also use it to bring forth their innate qualities for good governance, namely dignity, intelligence, and prudence. Place it prominently either in your bedroom, study, or office.

Been trying for a few years and still haven't had a child? Try placing an elephant figurine in your bedroom and stroking its trunk every night before you sleep. If you're particular about the sex of your unborn, you might want to place a stone on the back of the elephant for a male child.


Romance Direction - You should always display Love and Romance symbols here if you are looking to strengthen or attract a loving relationship. This area can be enhanced to strengthen work relationships in power and respect.

Feng Shui Enhancement - Symbol of wisdom and strength. Used for strengthening career.

Personal Development Direction - This is always your meditation and relaxation area. You can use enhancement symbols for whatever need you want here. Want creativity? Utilize creativity symbols. Want Power and Wisdom? Use power and wisdom symbols. Want Wealth or Career? Display these symbols. This is an area where you can spend a lot of time and work on the betterment of you.

The Crabby Nook carries a wide selection of Elephants for the collector, or, to use as an accent in decorating your Home or Office.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

African Masks on SALE!

Check our Amazon listings ... African Masks on SALE!

If you are looking for a unique ethnic gift or African decor for your home or office, we have put many of our masks on SALE on Amazon! These collectibles are the perfect decorating accent pieces for small areas.

Want another reason to purchase from us on Amazon? Every Prime item that you see listed has FREE Shipping on purchases over $25!

Be sure to shop our SALE soon before it ends. Get a kick start on your Holiday Shopping!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jade Floral Bonsai Bouquets

Jade Floral Bonsai Bouquets

The Japanese Tree Peony is one of the most beautiful plants you will ever see! We offer this hand carved jade bouquet for your decorating pleasure!

All of our Bonsai Floral Bouquets are made of real jade. The leaves are made of Taiwan jade, dark green, as well as the pot. An Extraordinary Work of Art - No Two Pieces Are Exactly the Same.

We also offer the magnificent Lotus flower in our bonsai bouquets in either pink or white.

It is not uncommon for your bouquet to arrive with a leaf or petal broken off the bouquet. The manufacturers have taken this into a probability and so they have added a few extra flowers and petals to each bouquet. You can remove a broken flower, leaf or petal using wire cutters. Most pliers will work as wire cutters int he groove area. Or, just bend the empty wire into the bouquet where it is not visible.

You will see how easy it is to bend and shape your bouquet to your liking. You will have many years of enjoyment with a beautiful jade floral bouquet.

Shop our Floral Jade Bonsai Bouquets....

Thursday, September 9, 2010



The Dragon is deemed the luckiest and most sacred figure in Chinese folklore. It reputedly has absolute power and symbolizes honor, power and all that is right.

Dragons enhance fame and career prospects and should be placed near a door or window in order to guard your wealth and health. When used as a pair they are a very powerful protection cure for your home or office.

There are few symbols that surpass the Chinese Dragon in popularity amongst those who use Feng Shui. The Dragon is said to create the precious cosmic Chi' which brings good fortunes into our homes and workplaces. Displaying the dragon together with moving water is even more potent. Display such a water feature in the North for limitless success in your career, or in the Southeast for plenty of wealth luck.

Chinese Zodiac

DragonDRAGON: Magical, shrewd, intuitive, artistic and very lucky. Alternately, can be stubborn, irritable and impulsive. Can also be rather worldly and hard to get close to. Full of vitality,self assured, bright and master of success. Somewhat proud and quick-tempered, the Dragon personality is always attractive. The mighty and magnificent Dragon of mythical folklore never ceases to enchant or stir the imagination. The Dragon person is magnanimous and full of vitality and strength. To him life is a blaze of colors and he is constantly on the go.

Egotistical, eccentric, dogmatic, whimsical or terribly demanding and unreasonable, he is still never without a band of admirers. Proud, aristocratic and very direct, the Dragon-born establishes his ideals early in life and demands the same high standards and perfection from others that he has for himself.

The powerful Dragon is difficult to contest, at times even impossible. He tends to intimidate those who dare challenge him. An angry, spurned Dragon could be like the big bad wolf at your door. He'll huff and he'll puff until he blows your house down. In spite of his volcano of emotions, the Dragon cannot be said to be sentimental, sensitive or very romantic. He takes love and adulation for granted: they are his just due. But while he maybe stubborn, irrational and overbearing when irked, the Dragon can forgive you the moment he gets over his outbursts. And since things are supposed to work both ways, he expects your forgiveness for his errors, too.

Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.

1928 - 1940 - 1952 - 1964 - 1976 - 1988 - 2000 - 2012 Read more about the Dragon...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

African Masks

African Masks

We have a unique selection of authentic African Masks.

Passport masks on a stand, mini cowrie shell and beaded masks, small Masai Warrior masks, kissing and animal masks.

Original hand-crafted designs that you are sure to love for many years to come.

Miniature masks often called ‘passport’ or ‘Ma’ masks are found among the various peoples of Liberia and Ivory Coast, including the Dan, Yacuba, Gio, Wenion (We, Guere), Geh, Loma, Konor, and Bete.

Sharing a wide variety of uses they are the personal masks of initiated adult men and would be carried on their person or kept on personal shrines in the home. They serve to mark the passage of an initiate into the men's secret society and his elevation into the higher ranks. The small masks may be presented at meetings of senior members of the men's society to indicate their right to be present and participate in the deliberations.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sake for Fall Entertaining

Sake for Fall Entertaining

The fall is our favorite time of the year to entertain. We can sit outside on our deck or patio and enjoy cooler temperatures. Our friends seem to enjoy trying our new recipes and drinks that we serve.

One of our most popular fall drinks that we serve is Japanese Sake. We recommend that you slightly warm a Hatsumago Sake and serve with an Autumn Dessert made from Pears, Apples, Grapes and Chestnuts.

Do not overheat your Sake because in most cases this will ruin your sake. Once a bottle of sake is opened, it should be refrigerated and not kept longer than five days after opened.

If you prefer a chilled sake, we recommend that you purchase a higher grade sake ginjo or a daiginjo. A chilled sake is also a wonderful selection to compliment an autumn dessert.

We carry a nice selection of Sake Sets. These make wonderful gifts and are perfect for your entertaining dinnerware.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Crabby Nook offers FREE Shipping!

The Crabby Nook offers FREE Shipping!

Just in time for your holiday shopping! Be sure to look for the FREE Shipping icon when shopping our website. We now offer free shipping on most purchases in the US including Hawaii, Alaska and FBO/APO!

Most of our stone sculptures can be heavy when packaged to ship and when figuring shipping costs it can really start to add up. Take advantage of this GREAT savings!

Be sure to check out our current "Hot Sellers" .... Safari Animals & Wildlife and Decorative Stone Eggs ...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

African Mudfish Design Symbolizes Power

The African Mudfish Design was used to Symbolize Power

The Oba, or ruler, was considered to be divine. According to oral tradition, the first Oba came from the east in Ife, where the world itself originated. The geographical location of Ife to the north-west of Benin raises questions about the reliability of oral tradition.

Only the Oba could confer titles and display the ceremonial symbols of power. He had the power of life and death over his subjects and, for this reason, the Oba was identified with Olokun, the source of all life and the god of the sea. He was the channel through which the spiritual world permeated the physical world, and was often symbolized by the mudfish, a creature which was able to live on land for lengthy periods and which could deliver a strong electric charge. The Oba could not be seen eating in public nor could he appear ill. Unlike mortal men, inhabitants believes that the Oba did not need to sleep.

We carry a small selection of Home & Office Decor soapstone carvings with the African Mudfish design carved onto a vibrant blue background. All are offered with Free Shipping.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Desk Accessories - Paperweights, Pencil Cups, Pencil Boxes & more!

Looking for unique gift for that hard to buy for professional?

We sell a GREAT selection of hand carved, hand painted Desk Accessories that you will want to check them out!

Our African soapstone (Kisii stone) come from Kenya and are carved by several Gusii families.

Using a limited number of tools, the carvers mine the soapstone in large blocks, then pare off smaller chunks for carving. Using a small knife called a kisu, the carvers utilize as much of the stone as possible, using scraps to create miniature animals and colorful hearts.

Once the Kisii stone carver create the raw forms, the items are transported to Nairobi, where a loose collective of artisans color the forms with natural dyes and etch the final details. The painted designs are inspired by the flora and fauna of East Africa, as well as textiles, tribal icons and even current events.