and Helen Claypool
Hi! I'm Helen Claypool (Frog). My husband
Don (Toad) and I live in Kirksville, Missouri. We had a small house and had to
enlarge it to accommodate more than 12,300 frogs. It is now known as the House
of Frogs Museum.
There is a frog guest book with a frog pen for the over 400
people a year to sign in with when they come to view the frogs. I treat the visitors with homemade frog mints and frog pencils for the
kids. I love to see the looks on their faces when they enter the frog museum. I
have great pleasure in telling them the history of all the frogs. The visitors
leave saying they will always remember me and my frogs.
I have loved collecting frogs for over 40
years. I have them from all over the world and made out of all kinds of
material. Some were given to me, some I made, and some I got at antique malls
and flea markets. My first frog was given to me by someone very special. It is a
small frog made of hard rubber. Its cost was ten cents at that time. I keep an inventory log
of every frog. All the frogs are logged with numbers and all kinds of
information on them. None of the frogs are for sale.
I get great pleasure in talking to,
playing with, and cleaning the frogs. I know you think I'm crazy... but what do
you expect from a FROG?
I do not eat frog legs. I did when I was a
kid, and I still know the good taste of them, but have no heart to eat them
I give great credit to my husband, who is
my only Toad, for all the love and support for the frogs. He is my other two
eyes when we are looking for frogs. Thank you, Toad.
I have a great-grand niece, Shelby, who
is three years old, that I spend time with, and she does not bother the frogs. She
always points at the frogs and says, "No, no, no, Shelby."
I'd love to have you stop by and see all
the frogs. May each person someday be blessed with a special item to
collect, maybe even frogs.
Thanks for looking, and have a Great
A very special thanks to MizFrog for this
space on her Web site.
To view the following pictures of Helen's
House of Frogs Museum and the beautiful frog quilts she made, click on a
thumbnail below. To return to this page, click on your
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These are just a few of the many
shelves of frogs.
This jewelry case is one of six.
This is a
frog waterfall. Beautiful!
Helen would like to dedicate this
to the memory of
Ivy Kay Nicolay, her daughter,
and Beverly (Hoover) Eddy, her
And now for the two quilts...
Special designs handmade by Helen.
Click on the thumbnails for a large view
of the quilts.
About the quilts
It took a lot of patience, time, and strong
hands to do the work on these quilts. I do a lot of this needlework while we are
traveling on the road or in a plane. The quilts are 100% cotton fabric. Some of
the frogs are from my school pictures, some Don enlarged for me, some from
my nieces and nephews, and some we drew.
Each frog is done by a punch needle,
which forms a small loop. In the smallest frog, there is over 3,000 loops. The
bigger frogs have over 5,000 loops. It takes about 36 hours to do a small
frog. The loop thread is thin. There are about 35 yards to a spool, and it takes
five to eight spools for a frog (this is for the main color).
The spools are
$6.00 to $8.00 each. Each block is set apart with a special machine design. The batting
is regular cotton quilt batting. The backing is 100% cotton. It's hand-tied
together with yarn and the edges are finished with lace. A tag says —Hand made
If you'd like to visit Helen's House
which is in Kirksville, Missouri,
send her an e-mail to arrange a tour.
can send e-mail to Helen by clicking here
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