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Say hello to the Grumpy Melbourne Owl. Of course, chances are, you might get a narky reply or a cheeky glare, but you’ll most likely fall in love with this cantankerous yet adorable little creation that has waddled out straight from my drawing board. And he’s like that. Part grumpy critic from the box at the Muppet Show theatre, part dapper dressed old man muttering to himself as he heads inside, shaking the rain from his umbrella. But don’t let this façade fool you. There’s a soft heart that lurks underneath that practiced crabby countenance.
Perhaps that’s why Grumpy has fast become a featured design across quite a few products in our label. He started out on a brooch with his best buddy Dapper Owl. Donning his chequered beret and clutching his handy brolly, he’s ready for anything the Australian weather might toss his way. If you’re wondering why he’s bundled so snugly in his scarf, it’s because he tends to feel rather cold, and he’s not particularly pleased about it. In fact, that just adds to the grumpiness, seeing there’s nothing he can do about it.
But despite himself, Grumpy has now smoothly moved into the spotlight, and is the singular, cutely smug figure on our cushions, tea towels and art print. You can bring some of his irresistibly quirky personality into your homes through our trendy, framed art, plump cushions standing to his form and shape, and delightful handcrafted tea towels. Or you can wear his eccentricities on a laser cut brooch, made from hardy bamboo, and casting a polished oak hue.
Grumpy certainly represents the quirky and playful spirit of Tiger & Hare. In fact, what better icon for a handcrafted boutique in this coffee loving, sometimes grey, but always creative city, than the Grumpy Melbourne Owl!