People always ask me how Schneblie got it’s name. The first time I ever heard the word said was in Sedona Arizona in 1995…(as someones name with a different spelling and I just loved the sound of the word!)
Have you been to Sedona? I think that is one of the most beautiful places on earth!
I grew up in Boston and while I’d been to some great places I’d never visited the Southwest and when I drove up into the mountains, saw those red rocks and saw some of the most magnificent shapes and colors I’d ever seen in my life it just hit me….this was G-d’s country. It’s been like this for EVER! It has to stay like this for EVER! We have a responsibility to protect mother nature! Within no time I could feel the energy of this place!
I knew I had to get my hands on a visitors guide and learn more!
Here’s what I found… That the first man to settle in Sedona AZ was a man named T. Carl Schnebly. He established the first post office and fell so in love with the area that he had to name it after his beautiful Indian wife, Sedona.. What a cool story!
Beyond that, though, there was just something about the sound of that name that I found comical! I began to pronounce it with an Alfred HItchcock sort of way and finding that it was a funny sounding name for such a magical place! ( with absolutely NO disrepect to the Schnebly family, of course!)
Fast forward to 1999, I was visiting another magical place called Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico for an amazing week to begin a healthier lifestyle, learn more about myself, and enjoying spending time in their art studio. At ‘the ranch” you’re surrounded with beautiful Southwest inspired art and when I visited the art studio and saw that lots of gals were painting on large river rocks, I was inspired to paint a funky southwestern version of a frog. I’d recently began painting using a technique used on Oaxacan carvings that I had grown to love and couldn’t wait to test it out on my little critter!
The other women loved my work and suggested that I go home, paint more and sell them, insisting everyone would love them. And I thought, great idea! But…..It’s gotta have a name! And within seconds my mind went right to Sedona’s first settler and I knew I had the perfect name and with the “IE” at the end, it gave it the cute factor I knew it needed.
And…everyone loved my idea. I went home, set up my kitchen studio to paint ,and once I got started it was so much fun I didn’t want to stop! I had about 30 of them all matted and framed. My friend, Wilson Eidson, let me display them in his new day spa in Greenville, SC and they pretty much hopped off the wall in about 3 weeks.
Schneblies make people smile and that fuels my passion to continue creating more of them. People love hearing the story about T. Carl, his beautiful bride and the story of one of the most beautiful places on earth.
With Independence Day here, what are your plans? Is it to barbeque with friends, hike, camp, climb, swim? As we all enjoy the beauty of nature, we have to remember to protect this beautiful planet so that future generations have the same advantages to enjoy fresh air and the beautiful outdoors. Wishing you a safe and super fun July 4th!