Greetings from De Peres own, Sabamba Alpaca farm!
"well, we all knew Laura was weird, so this seems fine"
And you wouldn't be wrong, my fascination with all things kitch has ever expanded to include these enchanting and gentle giants, who, by the way are not to be mistaken for their cousins, the Llama.
The difference between Llamas and Alpacas is vast.
Llamas are roughly the size of dinosaurs, they carry knives in their fur, and only listen to Black Metal.
I joke (Quite often) but Alpacas and Llamas have been bred for over 5 thousand years, originally thought to be in Peru.
The size difference between Alpacas and Llamas is noticeable when side-by-side, with llamas averaging upwards of 400 pounds, and being more of a guard animal not bred for their fiber, where as Alpacas are around 250 pounds, are a prey animal, and are known for producing generous amounts of fiber.
And why am I telling you this?
Because Its my God ordained duty to pull the Fiber from the peoples eyes, thats why!
And because in my new found life as a single Mom of 3, I hang out at Alpaca farms..... and that part, is 150% truth.
This whole thing started when my family was going through a rough time last year, and in order to bring some cheer into my kids life, My Mother randomly brought them to a local Alpaca farm she had heard about.
My kids were hysterical upon entering this barn, looking at these curious bucktoothed creatures. My oldest Son had his phone out taking pictures, and captured what would become legend within our family.
Bijou, the cross eyed, slack jawed Alpaca.
Whenever any of me or my kids were sad, we would continuously pull up this Alpaca, and laugh hysterically. It was a irreverent point of solace, during some rough times. This snapshot in time became an obsession of my youngest daughter, Bea. She requested an Alpaca themed 4th birthday, and even received a painting of Bijou for her room.
My relationship with the charming and docile animals about the Sabamba farm have become a place my kids look forward to going to often, and has become a fun quirky thing to bond over, in my already unconventional life as a creative, and new life on my own with my kids. I cannot offer them much, but I can give them once in a lifetime experiences, that bind us together in our new life. My kids look forward to these hands on experiences, and have been fortunate enough to accompany me to meet the newest baby Alpacas as they are being born. My Middle daughter has even had the honor of having a Baby Alpaca named in her honor, Guinevere!
And consequently through a number of events, I came to be contact with the ever gracious and lovely owners of this Alpaca farm, Sabamaba (Which is aptly named from each of the owners children initials) Alpaca Bed and Breakfast.
Sally and Tom have owned and bred Alpacas at their gorgeous 1890's Home that double as a Bed and Breakfast since 2006.
Their passion for their work, is simply infectious. I found myself often heading out to the farm, because there is always something going on! I even found a way to incorporate my work with The Best of The Bay boutique, Apricot Lane into a huge styled shoot, right on the farm! Myself, Sabamba, Kim Verheyden of Apricot lane, and lighting director Nathaniel Haban have been dying to share these images!
I cannot say enough kind words about the opportunity to pull together this shoot with the models and owner of Apricot Lane, whom are family to me. It was so special to bring things I loved and cared about so much, all to one place and make magic!
If you're interested in seeing this place for yourself, Sabamba is excited to have you!
Visitors are welcome weekly, Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.
You can meet the Alpacas, and visit their gift shop!
Oh, and uh, because we can, we are pleased to announce a Fall fashion show at the farm, featuring Apricot Lane, this October 6th!
Get Al-Pacc-ing, ya'll!