Surprises of Peru by Chris G. Part 1

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  I’m sure you know by now that even though there are two of us who make up Shabby Alpaca, I (Celina) am the one who does most of the writing. It’s not because my partner/mom can’t write, it’s because I do. It’s like the seat on the bus is already taken, so she sits in the back….I’ve told her …

Getting Started on Instagram: Tips for Small Businesses

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Getting Started on Instagram: Tips for Small Businesses This week I was helping my friend with his new website. I don’t know very much about building a website, but I knew more than he did and I realized while helping my friend that to help someone along you just need to know a little more than they do. You don’t …

Hand Weavers of Peru: Creating Heirlooms

Weavers of Peru While in Peru we saw many women who were doing hand weaving. It was absolutely fascinating! The weavers of Peru is not an organization, a group or an affiliate- it is the beautiful people honoring the tradition of hand weaving. You may have encountered someone hand weaving at an alpaca show or at the state fair, but …

All Natural Dyes: The Colors of Peru

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All Natural Dyes: The Colors of Peru One of the most stunning things about Peru was the colors. I’ve learned that each place has it’s own palette and the palette of Peru is a dizzying array of bright, bold hues.     While I don’t resonate with the colors in the sense that I want to decorate my home with …

Group Tour Survival Tips: From Paris to Peru

Group Tour Survival Tips In the past 6 weeks, I have been on two group tours overseas and have complied a handy list of my go-to Group Tour Survival Tips. The first tour was to France with the lovely Jeanne Oliver. Hers was an art tour; people signed up to travel to a beautiful place and learn art. If you …

Creative Design Tools For Business Building

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I consider myself a creative person, but I have literally no design experience or training whatsoever. No one has ever said, “you should be a designer!” to me, but neither have people laughed at my creative endeavors (that I know of!). Every year I grow in what I know and what my design and aesthetic style is and this has …

Peru Travel 2017: The Shabby Girls are Taking Off Soon!

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In less than two weeks the Shabby Girls will be taking off on the adventure of a lifetime! As curators of luxury and casual alpaca products, we’ve always wanted to get an up close look at where and how our products are made. On our upcoming trip to Peru, we will do just that. Our goals for Peru Travel 2017 …

Seine River Cruise Review Ama Waterways

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Seine River Cruise Ama Waterways “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain If you follow us on Instagram, then you know that …

Handmade Felted Alpaca Soap: DIY or Try Ours!

  Recently, my family and I went to the Great Western Alpaca Show here in Denver. While we were there, we got to see lots of alpacas, lots of alpaca wholesalers and of course, we visited the HAHO Market. The Shabby Girls get to go to lots of these alpaca shows because Chris G. reps for an alpaca wholesaler (NOT …

Repost from Jeanne Oliver: Mother’s Day Gift Guide Featuring Shabby Alpaca

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This blog is a repost from my friend Jeanne Oliver. I love everything she suggests for mother’s day gifts and of course, I love that she featured our shop. You can find Jeanne’s blog here. By Jeanne Oliver I kind of love Mother’s Day. I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much …

Alpaca Cape Sweater: A Garment for Lots of Shapes and Sizes

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  This beautiful Three Button Alpaca Cape Sweater is one of our best selling alpaca blend garments. Although it is a one-size-fits-all garment, this Alpaca Cape Sweater flattering on so many shapes and sizes. It’s half-length angel wing sleeves make it an excellent transition garment for those in-between seasons. The banded sleeves and fun pattern make this sweater easily a …

Colorado Snow Day Essentials

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Snow Day Essentials! This post may be a little late for most of you, but here in Colorado, we get snow until at least May most years. Personally, I love a good spring snow.  The surprise element keeps us all guessing. I promise you that earlier this week, I was in short sleeves and Birkenstocks. Today, we’re socked in with …