“A house isn’t a home until it has a dog and cat.” Dogs, cats, chickens, lambs, pigs and birds provide a never-ending parade of life at Amy’s home in Northern Colorado on the old family ranch. Her love of animals started at a very early age. At the age of 9, her parents gave her an orphan German Shepherd that she raised and showed in a 4H dog obedience competition, happily winning Champion! Later, she continued in that endeavor and was the 4H lead for dog obedience club where her daughter competed. Amy and her husband Lars continue to train German Shepherds. The very realistic, German Steiff animal toys were always on the Christmas list in the Brackenbury home. “It’s so funny that after all these years of admiring and collecting these toys and now I am a designer. I remember trying to carve an Ivory soap lion and just didn’t have the skill and now here I am, carving the prototypes for Fiddler’s Elbow. I finally have the hang of it!”
Artistically she has been the designer for painted designs on plates, fabric, prints, puzzles and now toys. “I embrace my short attention span and create paint in all media and styles. I am also a sculptor and designer.”
Music is the other focus point for Amy on fiddle and her husband Lars on guitar. She guides nature walks and does the landscape management at the guest ranch next door.