Spotlight: Deb Collins Kidwell

It is with great honor that we introduce Deb Collins Kidwell. A woman of great depth, Deb is a breeder of American Mammoth Jackstock, which is the donkey breed started by George Washington.

Kidwell Blog Deb“American Mammoth Jackstocks are the biggest donkeys in the world….that is me with one of my 2 year olds….and I am 5’7″ tall in my bare feet!” – Deb Collins Kidwell

Along with owning and running Lake Nowhere Mule and Donkey Farm, she writes a monthly article for Western Mule Magazine and was on a NPR radio show about donkeys and mules for several years.

In her spare time (I’m not sure how she has any!), Deb creates imaginative Retablos that bring these endangered animals (there are only 2,000 left in the world) into the spotlight.

Her pieces of art tell a story with a sense of humor and display wonderful workmanship!

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“This Mount Vernon retablos was created with terra textures for a ‘path’, ‘grass’ and I used lots of glass glitter as well. The piece is only 4″ X 6″.”

Deb starts by repurposing a 1940’s-1960’s vintage cedar box (meant for jewelry or some other small items).

She then uses Meyer Miniatures, Terra Textures and glass glitter to create a scene.

Many of her boxes include phrases or writings that allow her to incorporate a message for the viewer to read.

With so much factory production in today’s world, it is refreshing to see such lovely hand-made pieces.

These are truly inspirational and remind the world that Donkeys are an important part of our history and of the earth.

We are so happy that we can provide Deb with the supplies to make these inventive creations, and hope to see more!

If you have a project you’d like to share, send us a message so we can get to know you and your crafting passions.

Thanks Deb for sharing your designs with us!


Kidwell Blog Moon“This little Donkey Jumped Over the Moon retablos is 3″ X 5″ and is part of a line of little Mexican silver donkey Milagros Retablos. Each one has a donkey in it somewhere and in this case, it’s the one jumping over the moon!”

Kidwell Blog supplies“Here are some of the goats and little donkeys I received from Meyer Imports recently and they are perfect!”

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