Monday, June 29, 2009

A Picasso Bear?

I always imagine other homeschooling families discussing deep and meaningful topics--politics, current events, social projects, or, at the very least, the processes by which our food becomes energy in our bodies (complete with correct scientific terminology like peristalsis). But alas, no, these intellectual topics do not make their way to the dinner table of a homeschooling teddy bear artist. Instead, today we discussed what exactly a teddy bear would look like if made by Picasso. Would the arm come out of the side of the head or perhaps the front? The nose should protrude from the forehead, the eyes should be stacked one upon the other at the side of the face, and the mouth... Well, we didn't come to a consensus about where exactly the mouth should be. But the really strange part came towards the end of the discussion when the girls enthusiastically proclaimed that I should create it ... and the idea sounded somewhat interesting. I even started to create pattern pieces in my head! And I don't even have the excuse of needing a vacation! Oh, well.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Silver Twinkie

It's a rainy, busy day here today. The girls just returned from performing in a short version of Shakespeare's "Tempest." One of them commented as they were leaving that the rain was rather appropriate for this particular play (Great! Now where are the umbrellas?). This evening our youngest performs in 4 dances at her recital. And in meantime we are preparing to go camping tomorrow for a week in the "silver twinkie."

Here's our little 1963 Airstream--it's pretty cozy for four. Thankfully it's a cute cozy as well--inside it's just like a sweet little cottage on wheels.

I'm looking forward to our trip. It's always relaxing hanging around in the trailer, going to all of the beautiful state parks around Ithaca, and watching Bingley and the girls enthusiastically romp in the streams. I'm feeling calm already!

I hope you can find time for peace and loveliness this week as well.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flora--A FibroHug Original

Today I thought I would introduce you to Flora. I recently completed her as a gift for Debby. I think she turned out rather sweet!
Both Debby and I are challenged daily with fibromyalgia. While I spend my precious energy homeschooling the girls and creating artist bears, Debby spends hers gardening and leading one of our local fibromyalgia support groups. She's amazing! Besides gardening, her passion is to spread information about this disease.

So when Debby saw some of my bears (by the way, she also collects teddy bears!), she asked if I could make bears in the fibromyalgia color--purple--in order to spread the word. Right then and there I decided to surprise her with a custom made purple teddy bear. I figured that I wasn't able to do all the work that she does for the community, but I can make bears. So the least I could do was to create this little bear for her as a thank you gift.

When I found this sweet purple and rose tie-dyed mohair, I knew it was perfect. And then the girls ran across this little teddy bear pendant--it's holding balloons made from clear and purple crystals! What could be better! I knew it had to become a little necklace for Flora. Debby was absolutely delighted when I presented Flora to her! Sweet little Flora was a success!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Playtime with Max

Bingley's sleeping at my feet, the girls are out on the town with Nana and Bapa, I've finished some chores--so now it's time to play! Today I'd like to introduce Max, one of my favorite little bears. He's 10 inches tall with big glass eyes, ultrasuede paw pads and inner ears, and a lovely, curly, slightly matted, sand-colored mohair. I also had fun adding a bit of shading on his paws, ears, and around his eyes. He is so sweet (if I'm allowed to say myself!). There's a wonderful, messy, playful innocence to him. When I see him, I just want to cuddle him. Please contact me if you are interested in knowing more about him. I also have more detailed photos.

Well, no one is home yet, so I'm going to go and play some more! Now I just have to make the "tough" decision whether I want to stuff one bear or work more on hand sewing another bear. Oh, decisions, decisions. If only all days could be so carefree!

I hope you may create some time out to enjoy yourself as well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Here's Bingley!

Welcome! I’m so excited to be starting this blog! I feel like I’m just brimming with ideas for new creations that I’ll be able to share with you. In the next post or so, I’ll introduce you to a few huggables that are available and ready to move to a new home.

In the meantime, I’d like to introduce Bingley, the namesake of “bingle bears.”

He’s our silly little guy who entertains us with his joy of life. He loves everything and everybody. Toilet paper tubes—nothing could be better! A piece of apple, a couple of peas—boy, life is good! And when one is really tired, one should really sprawl completely out—make yourself as flat as is doggily possible (don’t forget to spread those back legs straight out behind!). Everyone who meets him just smiles, laughs, and loves him. I hope my bears can even approach giving such happiness and comfort!