• Kylie

Who is Mr G?

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

I first saw him at the airport, in 2007.

The Hong Kong international airport, actually. My ex husband (then-boyfriend) and I were sitting in a restaurant, enjoying the end of our wonderful European holiday before the flight home. We decided to celebrate those last sweet moments of freedom by ordering a few drinks.

I can’t remember what drink I ordered (definitely a cocktail). When they delivered our drinks, I saw him – this adorable tiny giraffe – swimming in my drink, and immediately decided he should come home with me. Yes, he's a giraffe swizzle stick. I didn't care.

I carefully bundled him up (he’s very fragile) and stowed him away.

We named him Mr G.

Back home in Brisbane, Mr G became quite the character.

His huge personality filled our home and he whispered all sorts of stories to me.

The tiny giraffe sat on the bench in our kitchen while I cooked, and told me about his colourful days serving cocktails at that bar, and all his previous jobs. He had always wanted to live in Australia and had hoped to hitch a ride with us. He fulfilled his dreams of having his own cactus garden (which also moved onto the kitchen bench) - I'd been collecting cactii and succulents since early university days.

He’s tall (for his size) with long legs. He's canary yellow in colour, has pointy ears and a sweet face.

But he’s no ordinary giraffe. He’s a business owner and entrepreneur. When it came time to choose a business name for my small art business, I couldn't go past Tiny Giraffe. He inspires my designs and sits patiently by my side while I work away into the night, with the music always on (he prefers jazz and lounge, I prefer punk rock). He’s as savvy as they come and thank goodness for that, because I’m new to all of this.

We recently moved to Sydney and I was terrified Mr G wouldn't make the trip. I packed him a tiny box, with other precious, delicate items. He made it in one piece and is loving his new home. We haven't cooked much together yet - we have been busy working on our New York City print for everyone. You will probably see a pic of him with the Harbour Bridge soon.

Leave him a comment, or ask him a question… he’d love to hear from you :)


Update: *I had to shut down his email address because... life. Send him a DM on instagram instead! www.instagram.com/tinygiraffe.co

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