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My husband and I produce an annual conference which requires a dedicated and hardworking volunteer staff. We always give them a special gift to express our love and gratitude. Your heart rattles were perfect and our staff loved them! I also kept one for myself, which I use with my daily prayers, and I plan to give others to my parents' caretakers, my daughter, and special friends. Thank you so much for your loving creations!
by: Ruth Ann Amberstone
This goes in the small world category. I bought one of your rattles at Sleeping Lizards in Denton, Texas. I did not read the enclosure with the rattle -- I just loved it and knew my friend Ellen needed it (I got one for resilience). Ellen told me she loved it and how cool she thought it was that it was from Alpine. I said WHAT? I lived in Alpine for 6 years!! I will be buying more. They are wonderful.
Our reply: Small world stories are the best. This is a great one. Thank you for posting Nancy!
I have received a rattle as a loving gift and have given them as well..I love it when John introduces me to his friends "I would like you to meet John Davis"..thanks
looking forward to renewing our inventory of your wonderful product
Love the new designs! They are so fun, and the colors for the feather rattles are beautiful.
Love the bird rattles!
Love the bird rattles..love them.
by: The Little House
We love your work!
by: Hourglass Gifts and Gallery
LOVE the colors of the raku - stunning!
I was unaware of your beautiful work until a friend gave me one of your rattles for my birthday. She bought it at Ojo Caliente in New Mexico. The colors are fabulous, and the rattle is calming and meditative. I'm so glad to find out about you! Thank you for making such exquisite works of art.
by: C. Gordon
Love your work do you sell in England?
by: Bryan Parker
I just ordered my third and fourth dozen rattles. I give them as gifts and everyone loves them. It feels so good to give them...seeing the joy and how touched people are by them. Four more just left, on their way to Bastrop Fire Victims. Now the people I've given them to, want more to give as gifts...What a joy you all have shared.
Peace and Happiness
Our reply: Thank you Linda. This makes my heart happy. Peace and happiness to you as well. <3 Robin
Positive energy surrounds the rattles. That must be why they are are so popular with people all over the country. May you enjoy much peace and prosperity on every level. Nancy
by: Quiet Spaces
Do you know how many good things are said about your company amongst retailers?
That's a sign of a good business.
by: Katy & Judy
Customers come in looking for the rattles.... "The Rattles" and "The Socks".
We have a lot of high end customers who you wouldn't expect it, but they collect your rattles.
by: Musings Artist Inspired
I think the info that comes with your products is fabulous!
by: Perspectives at Moonlight Beach
I am an admirer of your ceramic hearts. I have a tradition of giving them to friends as wedding gifts.
Was looking for a special Christmas gift for my aunt and uncle who are
in their late 70's. They have lived in Arizona for the past 47 years
and will regrettably be moving to Canada in April. They've been
downsizing and getting rid of many of their possessions. Thus making it
difficult to find something to purchase for them.
When I saw your Raku Heart-Shaped Rattles, in the gift shop, I knew that
I had found the perfect gift. My uncle is an artist himself and he and
his wife would appreciate the design, craftsmanship and attention to
detail that you put into your pieces.
I enclosed this note with the rattle.
A special present for you . . .
Small enough to take along on your new journey
Perfectly shaped to say you are loved
Design and color of the Southwest you love
And noisy enough to remind you of all three.
I look forward to purchasing more of your pieces in the future.
I had to share with you that your bio and table tent info brought tears to my eyes and my heart is so full of Love! And excitement, because that is exactly why I decided to open up a store ....so people could empower themselves by bringing peace and love back to the forefront of their daily lives using small, beautiful tools like your rattles.Thank you! Thank you!Thank you!
Blessings, Blessings, Blessings,
The most frequent comment we hear in our gallery about your Inner Spirit Rattles is they have a calming effect. People are endlessly intrigued by them and often purchase them as gifts.
by: Ellen Rice
Hope we can get more before Christmas- know we are only hoping!! Thanks- your work is so popular here!
by: Phoenix Gallery
I spoke to John last week, he told me that he was going to be in Wimberley. So my husband and I drove up this evening and met with John. The ornaments are beautiful. I bought 6 and should bought 6 more. They will make great Christmas presents.
We enjoyed meeting John. He made us feel like we had known him forever.
Thanks again for your help.
I have a customer that is collecting all your ornaments. I need to know if you will be making any new designs in the near future. She has 2 or 3 of all your designs and wants MORE!
Thank you and love showing all your art off,
I can see you work as hard on the weekends this time of year as we do! :)
We look forward to expanding the line in the Spring - looks like your work is definitely a good fit for our shop.
Kristi M. Taylor
by: Taylor's Art and Soul Gallery
I photocopied the wonderful page which you send that tells the story of Gratitude and give it to our customers who purchase the rattles. They even ask for a copy to enclose with a gift purchase. Good job.
This is Tomoyo from Little Angel shop. People love your products and I love to order more. Thank you so much. I love to sell a lot of your products.
UNBELIEVABLE!!!... We are blown away with this piece... you are a fantastic artisan... .... it is unbelievable... thank you for sending it to us!... leonard...
by: Leonard Krisman
I remember making a rattle comment on Twitter. It said ("So... where is everyone?? It's oddly quiet this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Don't make me use my spirit rattle to make it rain again!") and I certainly remember that very quiet, too sunny pre-Christmas day. Everyone was at the beach instead of shopping!
It's fun to have something interactive for people to play with. At the gallery we have a sign that says "place rattle in palm and shake gently" and people will stand there and pick up each one and get totally absorbed in the rattle experience. Then there are those people who shake them vigorously and then stop and wait for something to happen. I'm not sure what they expect exactly - it's kind of interesting to watch. And funny.
by: Sheri Fox
Dear John: I have been trying to reach you some way as my cat has broken my very favorite piece that was made by you.
My husband purchased me one of you Floral vases-vessels in Sedona Arizona about 9 years ago. I was wondering if you still make this beautiful piece it is the most beautiful piece I have ever seen!! I still have most of it to show to you if you are interested in making another one?? Or if you have any similar to this one I would be elated!!
Please contact me to let me know where of how I can find one of your pieces like the one that is now
broken. Thank you... very upset and sad!!!
by: Kathy Fusco
I sold these rattles for several years in my shop and enjoyed how my customers responded to their tactile nature, and pleasant sound .Now I REALLLLLYYYY MISS handling them especially the angel ones
by: Marlene Beauchamp
I was looking for something just truly unique on our trip and stopped in an art gallery in the Denver airport and found your artwork. I have my Raku rattle next to my workspace and when I need to slow down or count my blessings, I pick it up and it gives me a great deal of pleasure and brings calm to my day.
by: Anne Dovel
My partner and I bought 10 rattles to give as Christmas gifts to friends and clients - and they loved them. We then bought 10 more to keep as gifts for birthdays and other occasions - and we have already found reasons to give them all away within just 8 weeks! That?s because people are so moved by them and it feels great to give them as gifts and bring others joy. The rattles are very special. The dragonfly symbolizes transformation, the heart is love, raku is an ancient art, they are a perfect size, they can be used in spiritual ritual, or sit beautifully on a coffee table or desk - as a reminder of the person who gave it to you and the loved shared between you AND they are works of art by a wonderful, talented artist! We LOVE the rattles - thank you John, for creating them!!!
by: beverly hughes
I just received my first dragonfly heart rattle for Valentines. i absolutely love it and know that its not my last piece! I plan collecting as many as I can over my lifetime. Its beautiful and makes me smile everytime I stare at it or rattle it! Thank you for this piece.
I got one of these heart dragonfly ones, and the other heart one with the swirls because I couldn't decide which I liked better. I just received them the other day. I am thrilled with these shakers. I love how they sound, and the beads against the colors of the pottery are so cool! I have a few different rattles around since I have always liked rattles - I think it helps me get in touch with my inner child. lol Anyway, what I like about these is that they're so different and very adult looking. It really does look like a piece of art. I also haven't seen anything like these before, and they just seem so happy to play with. I've never tried space clearing before, like it says in the description, but after getting these, I think I may try that out now.
Purchased this as a gift for a friend who is a "dragonfly goddess"; she loved it. This is a unique and beautiful piece of art for that dragonfly person in your life.
by: Richard C. Waszak
Since you can't shake this rattle yourself, you are just going to have to trust me-you want one! At first my assistant didn't quite "get" this rattle, now we can't get her to give it back! She loves it! Shaking brings about a sense of grounding and peace.
by: Femail Creations