Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
There hasn't been much work done as far as bears go for some time, but with Teddy Bears and Critters "Be My Valentine Show" deadline looming I really need to get my act together and do some bear making, but there always seems to be something in the way! And I find it very hard to concentrate when so much is going on. The most recent bear I made was the Christmas gift for the quilting group. Actually it's a pin cushion - poor bear!!
Anyway I'd like to thank everyone for your support during 2009 and wish you all a happy and safe festive season whatever you do and see you in 2010.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I'm really happy with the end result and I will probably hang it in my bedroom.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here is Miko a 14cm tall bear that Laraine made for me. Isn't he just so cute and aren't I so lucky!
And this is Nicholas - 10cm tall bear I sent to Laraine.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I also spent a day with Sandi. We lunched,shopped and visited Kim at Bear Essence which is now in Tooradin and talked all things bear.
My latest creations are Neva and Mariette. Neva just 4"/10cm tall, is rugged up ready to go tobogganing. He obviously is planning an overseas trip as it is far too hot here at the moment for duffel coats and snow. His Duffel coat is another piece of knitting from Judy Buist.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have made a few quilts over the last few years . My first one was a golly quilt which I designed. It was a lot of work and had to be unpicked and the blocks resewn - nobody told me you had to measure the blocks and my cutting out was not very good but I was happy with the finished result.
This quilt I made in a class with my quilt group "Fat Quarters". It was designed and taught by Margaret Smith. Sadly Margaret recently lost her battle with cancer so I was pleased to have done this class with her and to have finished it so she could see it.
The next quilt I made for my sister-in-law Sue. It was 18months in the making but from what I hear from some quilters that's not a long time. I had made another quilt from the same design in a class with AnnFerguson from Quiltopia.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Yesterday I had a lovely visit from friends Cindy and Derek. Many of you would remember Cindy and Derek from Beary Cheap Bear Supplies a mail order bear making supplies business which they owned for nearly 14 yrs. Cindy and Derek are just about ready to leave Australia to move to Phuket,Thailand. A new adventure starts for them ...
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Leo 1 1/2"/4cm SOLD
On Saturday I had an email from Lyn wanting to adopt Leo but it went into my spam folder and I didn't discover it until yesterday. But she decided to take Mei-Mei instead and on Sunday we lost internet connection and didn't get it back until the show was well and truly over, but there was an email from Robyn wanting to adopt Leo. Aren't computers great..... when they're working and how reliant we have become on them.
Hunter and Honey are both awaiting new homes. You can also view the bears and critters that weren't sold at Teddy Bears and Critters
Last night we had dinner with neighbours - great food , wine and company and today its back to work to get some orders finished.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Meet Freya - she is my entrant for the Teddy Bears and Critters Spring Challenge. You can view the entrants here http://www.teddybearsandcritters.com/springchallenge.htm
The flowers in the scene are created by my sister-in- law Jennifer Findlay , glass artist http://www.jenniferfindlay.com/
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday was much like all two day shows - very quiet, which is disastrous as you always find something to spend your profits on.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I have had little success growing carrots - they just don't seem to germinate . I put this down to insects and birds having a feed on the seeds, until I pulled out what I thought was one big carrot, but it was a whole lot joined together. All the seeds must have washed in together. I'm not the best gardener!This week I also managed to do a revamp of my website. It was something I'd been wanting to do for sometime and even though I should have been madly sewing for the Sydney Doll Show next weekend,the computer kept getting in the way. Anyway its finished for the time being.
I did finish a 5"/13cm tall bear named Rachel. Rachel is made from a short pile golden mohair with matching ultrasuede paw pads. I knitted her some cute stripey overalls. And now back to work!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
I was walking through the Riverside markets in Brisbane one Sunday morning with my daughter, Emily and we came across a lady selling bears. They looked so gorgeous that I thought then that I would have to find out how to make one. When I questioned the seller about where to buy fabric she was totally unhelpful and wasn't going to divulge her secrets!! The following week I was collecting the fees from one of the YMCA playgroups ( I used to work for the Y) and the playgroup leader knowing that I was into all sorts of crafts asked me if I knew of anyone who taught bear making. She then told me about a good book she'ds seen ( The art Of Teddy Bear Making by Jennifer Laing) and where I could buy some supplies. So on the way home I picked up the book got some fur - Synthetic and plastic joints - and that weekend my world into bears started. I went to the craft fair to buy eyes and there I bumped into Gerry's stand. A visit the following week to Gerry's ( she used to work from a very small room off her house at Rosewood) and I was never to be the same again. I just had to keep making bear after bear. Everyone (friends and family) thought I'd completely lost the plot! That was in 1993 and in 1995 I was made redundant from the YMCA and so bears became full time and I also started working for Gerry in her new shop which opened in Brisbane Arcade.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Anyway on to more interesting things. I managed to finish a bear yesterday. Her name is "Sophie" She is an old styled traditional bear which I made from felted mohair which I like to use. She is 18cm/7" tall which is a big bear for me. I dressed Sophie in a jacket that I made from a lacy collar that I hand dyed, and which was handknitted by my friend Judy Buist. It ties at the neck with a silk ribbon and a glass bead which was made by my sister-in-law Jennifer Findlay. Jenn creates the most amazing glass beads - http://www.jenniferfindlay.com/
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Today would be a perfect day for gardening but as I am stuffed up with a cold and flu like symptoms I think I will just have to have a lazy day working on some bears I need for the upcoming shows. I suddenly realised that the Sydney Show was only 2 weeks away not the 3 as I had thought. Hope fully tomorrow I will be able to post some new creations