The Story of Bunnies By The Bay
We grew up on Fidalgo Island on the West Coast of North America, surrounded by the tulip fields of Washington State and the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Like many fishing families we knew the wonders, the joys, and, yes, the power of the sea. In 1983 we lost fourteen men and their two crab boats in the Bering Sea. These men included our father, uncle, cousin and childhood friends. It was a fishing tragedy that devastated our small town.
In the months that followed, our Gram, a seamstress, comforted us with stories about bunnies who lived in her garden. Sitting in her sewing circle, these tales helped to mend our broken hearts and soothed us to sleep at night. Soon we started making up our own adventures and sewing cloth characters to make our stories come alive.
Fidalgo became “Cricket Island” and our imaginary friends were modeled on the brave people around us.
Almost four decades later we are still making our bunnies, and we remain on “Cricket Island” where our stories began. Our haven is a world of fishing, whale watching, and tulip growing, beautiful in so many ways.
It would be delightful if you’d stop in and say “hello.”
Family is everything
Bunnies By The Bay is Dedicated to our Gram, Elsa Atterberry.
And in Memory of:
The Altair - Captain Ron Beirnes, Jeff Martin, Tony Veinhage, Lark Breckenridge, Brad Melvin,Troy Gudbranson, and Randy Harvey.
The Americus - Captain George Nations, Brent Boles, Larry Littlefield, Paul Northcutt, Jeff Nations, Victor Bass, and Rich Awes.
And lastly to our baby brother Tony Beirnes.
meet the women behind bunnies by the bay
Affectionately known as "The Sisters" within Bunnies By The Bay, these four are the driving force behind everything we do. We are incredibly proud to be a women owned business, and of the leadership and care that Krystal, Jeanne, Suzanne and Anne take to lead our Fluffle of bunnies!
get to know the sisters!
Suzanne: Founding sister, and head creator, Suzanne does a little of everything from product creations to writing stories and more, She is a driving creative force here at Bunnies By The Bay. Her keen eye for design and quick wit and whim help make Bunnies By The Bay the special place that it is.
Anne: Adopted to the sisterhood, Anne is the chief marketing officer, and really all things business for Bunnies By The Bay. Anne helps guide the ship so we can deliver glad dreams to as many people as possible. She keeps us all on our toes and reaching for the stars!
Krystal: Original founder, lead designer and creator of all things Hutch Studio and more, Krys begins with a sketch, and then brings her creations to life. Through her thoughtful designs, and keen attention to detail she has made Bunnies By The Bay what it is today!
Jeanne: Our CEO, and storyteller extraordinaire, Jeanne was connected to the sisters before they ever even met, and has been the business & production brains of Bunnies By The Bay since that fateful day she first met Krys and Suzanne.