Monday, August 31, 2009

Here's Bubble Gum!

Introducing Bubble Gum the "Elephump"! He looks like he's ready to join the circus with his colorful polka-dots. He's a happy, cheerful looking guy at a bounding 8 1/2 inches. He just makes me smile when I look at him. He is now available on Etsy.
I hope you enjoyed meeting him.
Update on 9/1/09: Bubble Gum has been adopted.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jelly Bean is on Etsy

Hi All! I'm sorry it's been a bit long between posts. It always seems to take me a while to recover from traveling. It doesn't matter how much fun or how relaxing the vacation, I'm always a bit slow for at least a week after. Oh, well. I suppose that just comes with the territory of fibromyalgia. However, even though I understand it, I...still...don' (can you see me pouting?). Okay, enough of that! I've finished pouting.

While I've been away from my blog I have finished a couple of projects and made good progress with a couple more and have ideas for several more as well. So I haven't been completely unproductive.

Today I'd like to introduce you to a wee little lad named Jelly Bean. See him wave at you!
He's 4 1/2 inches of sweetness. I'm rather partial to him; I think he came out as cute as a button!

I just listed him on Etsy. Clicking on the Etsy button in the right margin will take you right to him.
Update on 9/1/09: Jelly Bean has been adopted.
Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Congratulations to Ginger!

Ginger from Bearbits is celebrating 25 years of bear-making with her third giveaway. She has made the cutest little Halloween bear for it--Peeka BOO! Let's all join together and congratulate her! If you would like to participate in her giveaway, check this link:


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Poor Little Bingley was Homesick

I'm settling into a routine now that we're home. It's still a little strange with the girls gone (they are busy having adventures with Nana and Bapa until the end of the month) and with Matt having to work so much overtime. However, Bingley and I are dealing with it.

Bingley, unfortunately, doesn't seem to be feeling quite himself yet. I'm not sure if he just misses the girls, their energy, and the entertainment they provide. Or if he's still recovering from his time at the doggy motel. He's not eating particularly well, he's somewhat lethargic, and he follows me from room to room.

Last time he stayed at the doggy motel, which is over a year now, he absolutely loved it--I wasn't sure he even wanted to come home with us. But this time, he apparently had a very bad case of homesickness. I suppose it would be called separation anxiety. He was fine as long as he was with the "motel" owners or playing with other dogs, but when he was alone, nothing could soothe him--he was just beside himself and would bark and bark. He's not a "barky" dog, so this was rather unlike him. He's still hoarse from it all. He also developed stomach problems and lost weight while he was there. Poor little guy.

I must admit I'm concerned about him. We're supposed to go on two other trips this year--one in October and one in December. The "motel" will take him one more time on a trial basis. In other words, if he doesn't "improve" they won't allow him to stay there anymore. Thankfully, a very sweet neighbor who loves dogs and adores Bingley has said she will take care of him at her house during our trips. In the meantime, I'm going to talk to our vet to see if she has any suggestions to help him to feel more comfortable while we are away.

Ah, well, I didn't mean to write such a "cheery" post. I actually meant to tell you about a few critters I've been working on, but those will wait until I have some pictures to show you. Thanks for listening to the concerns of a doggy mommy.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Michigan Here We Come!

We're off to Michigan today! My cousin is getting married on Friday--we're all very excited and happy for him. It will be so nice to see family both at the wedding and during "hang around" time.

As for Bingley, he is having a week-long puppy vacation at a marvelous doggy "hotel." Whenever we return to the "hotel" to take him home after a trip I always feel a bit guilty because he is simply having a blast running around and playing with all of the other dogs. Well, at least I don't have to worry about him while we're gone!

Matt and I are going to spend a couple of days relaxing at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario on our way home. We'll be staying at a lovely bed and breakfast just the two of us--we're considering it our belated anniversary trip. And the girls are heading off for a 2-week adventure with my parents to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. So everybody should have a wonderful time!

I have a couple of fun projects that I'll be working on while I'm gone. I'll post them as soon as I can! In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely week!


Saturday, August 8, 2009

A New Teddy Bear on Etsy

Sweet little Lily is now for sale in my Etsy shop. She's a 10 1/2 inch buddle of love with her sparkling glass eyes and her pretty hand-painted details. Click on the Etsy icon in the right sidebar for more information.
Update on 9/28/09: Lily has been adopted.


Friday, August 7, 2009

A Two-Teddy-Bear-Artist Household!

These two little lovelies--Christina (7") and Rudy (11")--were made by our eldest daughter (can she really be almost 15?!). I thought she did a fabulous job designing her own pattern and hand-sewing them. Hmmmmm...could be the start of a family business. ;-)


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Birthday Wishes for My Lovely Husband

Matt, may your birthday bring as much joy to you as you bring to all of us everyday!

Love, Cheryl

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wonderful Stuff in the Mail

Yippee skippy! The UPS man brought me a package yesterday and it was filled with mohair from Intercal. A red letter day! My parents had told me that they were buying me some mohair from my birthday, but I certainly didn't expect this much! The photo is a bit muted, at least on my screen--it's just a whole batch of fun colored, ultra-sparse "candy" to me!
Ooooooo! The things I'll be able to make...just think! Thanks, Mom and Dad!