Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Pelican State #LouisianaProud

  Our latest design coming out is the amazing Louisiana Brown Pelican.
As you guys from this area know, it is our state bird and featured on the state flag. As the famed painter and naturalist John James Audubon once said the pelican was "one of the most interesting of our American birds." I would have to agree!! Our Louisiana Brown pelican is actually one of 8 of the species. What makes it special?? Besides that it is the only one of the 8 that is brown, it is the only one that plunges from the sky down to the water to catch its food. Amazing how he can see a school of fish in the water from many feet above in the sky and just torpedo down and scoop up the unsuspecting fish in a quick gulp.
(Picture from Internet)
 Have you guys ever witnessed this? Our pelican lives along the ocean shores- not in any of the inland lakes.  It is very protective of its young-so protective, that people noticed! A "Mama" pelican feeding her babies was first seen around 1804 on a seal and later on the state flag that was put in place in 1912.
(Picture from internet)
The Brown Pelican actually didn't become the State Bird until 1966. Ironically, the same year it was voted into the #1 spot, the birds had vanished from the Louisiana coast. This is where big bad DDT pesticide came into the picture and almost wiped the bird out. This pesticide didn't outright kill the birds. Once it was ingested/absorbed, the pesticide would in turn, make the shell of the eggs of the unborn baby pelicans extremely frail and thin. The eggs would literally crumble under the weight of their parents.  DDT almost wiped out this entire species.  Once they figured out that DDT was the cause, the government put a ban on it in 1972. This is where good wild life conservation came into affect. A bunch of birds from Florida were transported to Louisiana to build back up the numbers from 1968-1980. This was a success! Brown pelicans are now off the Endangered Species list and their numbers are thought to be around 650,000.
   So, about our shirt... I drew this guy while on an art retreat in Jan. He was actually the first design I did and I loved him from the start. I knew he needed to be in white for sure and I loved the idea of featuring him on this Evergreen colored Tri blend tee.

We had never printed on this color before and it reminded me of beautiful ocean waters that can look somewhere between blue and green. Perfect backdrop for the Pelican to "pop" against. It's def a unisex shirt. I can picture it on Mr P in his cargo khakis
or dressed on on a woman with white pants and a cream cardigan
. We also printed him on the most amazing long maxi dresses. They are racer back style and oh so soft!!
We featured it on navy and a few military green colored dresses.
(close up)
(on the military green color)
They are a slim fit and are made long so you can cut them off at the length you need. The bottom of this dress is a raw-edge, but won't unravel. I can't wait to wear mine casual with flip flops. When in doubt, order bigger. I wear the XL. So proud of our #louisianaproud series!!!

Thanks for reading,

adult teas are S-XXL. $28 each. Youth tees are 2,4,6,8,10 and 12.
$24 each.                            (youth tee)
The Maxi Dresses are S-XL. $68.

Available online at

P.S. Cant wait to see ya'll at the Monroe Junior League Spring Market in March.

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