Welcome to the OutWest Scout. I'm eager to get going, bringing you stories I know you'll enjoy covering the "behind the scenes" of OutWest Shop! I've been given free reign and I'll be sharing interviews with the authors, musicians, and artists that the folks at OutWest partner with and I'll be picking "Mary Etta's Favorites" that you'll find in our "Purveyor's Picks" section AND my very own Pinterest Board.
Since I've got a ranching and farming family history I just love anything handcrafted and made of wood. Today, I'm writing about the whimsical and fun carvings of Navajo Folk Artists Edith Herbert John and her husband Guy. I'm pictured with XSmall Chickens in all 3 poses - Nesting, Pecking, and Standing. Aren't they cute? Each is handmade by Edith and signed on the bottom of the base. Tails of raffia, and their facial expressions are so simple yet unique. They just make me smile. Do you need a "pick me up" during the day? Just gather a brood of chickens for yourself, place in a sunny spot, and watch the smiles of your family grow!
Here's their story: Edith Herbert John and her husband Guy live in Sweetwater, Arizona with their children. Edith, daughter of contemporary folk artist, Woody Herbert, started carving cottonwood in 1990 for fun, working with her father to make toys for the children. The immense popularity of her work has made carving an important source of income for the Johns. Guy works with Edith to make stylized creatures in every imaginable color. Owls, turkeys and chickens are among the Johns' most sought after carvings.
Until I've got another story to share - do something Wild & Western! ----Mary Etta Morse (Etta to my friends)!
OutWest Shop's Founders, Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell, share the radio airwaves hosting Rendezvous With A Writer beginning August 4, 2022. Join us on LA Talk Radio, 6:00pm (PST), Where Writers and Readers Meet. Story Is Everything.
Enjoy this terrific post written and shared by author Peggy Chambers. Join her guest Rene Gutteridge, Peggy Chambers, and Bobbi and Jim on October 20, 2022. Read all about it here!
START YOUR ENGINES! Warm weather returns and so do car shows, car races, working under the hood, and road trips! Morgan's and Phillip's Speed Shop cool T-Shirts, Thermals and Caps are inspired by vintage cars, motorcycles, classic designs and Officially Licensed GULF products. Authenticity, is what sets M&P Speed Shop apart from the competition. The brand strives to tell a story with each garment. Made in the USA. OutWest Shop offers the full line, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Shop the collection here: https://www.outwestshop.com/collections/m-p-speed-shop
PACK YOUR BAG! Are you heading out? Where are you going? Errands, to work, to the playground or ball field? What goes with you where ever you go? Are there extras like sun protection, water bottle, tablet, or change of shoes you don't want to forget? Here are five woven generous sized handbags with roomy interiors and fashionable good looks. All from the Scully Leather Co.