Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Well, that's all for today! I'll try to write again soon. I do hope I finish my site soon because I do miss interacting with all of you!
BUT...right now a piece of chocolate cake that my daughters made today is waiting on the table next to me and I just can't wait to eat it any longer! BYE now!
Heaps of Hugs,
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I wish I could give each one of you a hug for all your wonderful comments, support, and compliments during this year! I really couldn't have wished for a better group of people following me on this adventure or a better year.
This year has led me on a wonderful journey into a circle of bear and art lovers which has enriched my life tenfold. I never planned on this journey or even prepared for it, so I'm very thankful for all the helping hands, love, and care along the way. I look forward to meeting more wonderful people and fully embracing the adventures coming in the new year.
I wish you all a happy Christmas filled with peace, love, and joy. Boy, now I'm getting all teary-eyed because I am just SO grateful to have you all in my life. Thank you! Thank you! And thank you again!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
And for all of you who entered this giveaway, remember you will receive an extra entry in my upcoming bear giveaway! I can't tell you exactly when that will be, because I haven't even started it. But, you see, I have all sorts of surprises up my sleeve. And since you are here and I'm in a bit of a chatty mood, I'm going to let you in on them!
I've already told you that I'm starting work on 2 patterns that will be available from Etsy--one of an elephump and one of a bear. And you know that the current plans for the bear are that it will be 12 inches of a lovely honey tan mohair. I'm thinking he will be a cute little vintage-style bear, but you do know that bears tell us bear makers what they want to become. So, we'll just have to be patient to see who he becomes.
Well, the elephump is a bit more certain. He's going to be from Toffee's pattern (I've had a LOT of requests for his pattern) in a scrumptious vintage pale purple mohair. He's going to be in a giveaway as well, but that giveaway will be only for my mailing list members. You see, I'm just finishing up the final touches on my formal website that I will soon unveil. People who sign up to be on my mailing list will receive email newsletters with the first information and inklings about available Bingle Bears. If you are interested, you can sign up on my soon-to-be-website or on my blog. In fact, you may already have noticed it on the top right of the sidebar. I'm just so excited--I'm almost giddy!
Heaps of Hugs,
P.S. Alfie and Sebastian have been adopted. Alfie should be arriving to his new home in North Carolina today and Sebastian will soon be taking a similar route.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Well, I'm taking a page out of Ginger's (of bearbits) book and anyone who enters this giveaway will have an extra entry when I have my future bear giveaway. He isn't designed yet, but I think he's going to be 12 inches made from a honey tan semi-sparse mohair--he should be a real cutie!
Heaps of Hugs,
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Now that the business is done, let’s get back to my musings about one of my favorite Christmas stories. I must admit that I am unabashedly smitten with all of Beatrix Potter’s stories and drawings. But the little mice sewing tiny, tiny, tiny little stitches to finish the Governor’s coat for the poor, sick tailor in time for the Governor’s Christmas wedding holds a special place in my heart. I’m not sure why I love those little mice so. Perhaps it is their unconditional giving. They work joyfully to help someone who has never asked for help or for anything in return for his favors. The tailor does rescue the little mice from under the teacups in which Simpkin, the tailor’s naughty cat, had trapped them. Maybe they have noticed that the good far-sighted tailor lives so poorly without griping or complaining? Or perhaps the mice appreciate the scraps of silk and satin that the tailor leaves for them. I’m not sure why they choose to joyfully help the tailor. But the mystery of the exquisitely finished Christmas wedding coat where only cut pieces of cloth previously stood continues from that day forth. The tailor chose to help the little mice out of their teacup predicament even though he knew that Simpkin would be cross. And, yes, that naughty cat spitefully hides the last bit of silk twist that the tailor needs to finish the Governor's coat. The poor, sick tailor goes to bed knowing that he won't be able to finish his work. What is he going to do? But those sweet little mice work by candlelight during the nights cheerfully sewing and singing. Ever after, the tailor designs beautiful articles of clothing, cuts out the pieces, and, tired from a day’s work, lays the pieces on his work table only to find them worked into intricate garments. The tailor’s “work” becomes sought after and he no longer has any monetary troubles. Oh, those sweet little mice! Even Simpkin, the tailor’s naughty cat, feels ashamed of his behavior in comparison to those giving little mice and returns the necessary bit of twist when the tailor is well and thinks all is lost because it's Christmas day and he did not finish the Governor's coat.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Can't wait to see you then!
Heaps of Hugs,
Thursday, December 10, 2009
(2) Copy awards to your blog
(3) Place a link to their blog
(4) Name 7 things people don't know about you
(5) Nominate 7 bloggers
(6) Place a link to those bloggers
(7) Leave a comment on their blogs letting them know of their awards
Ah, let's see now...7 things you don't know about me. Okay, here goes...
~ When I was little I caught a catfish when fishing with my Grandpa. I named it Charlie. It seemed like a good name for it, but I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't wake up. Oh, well. Long story short...we wrapped Charlie in a blanket, buried him under a stand of old pine trees at my Grandma and Grandpa's farm, and then had a service for him.
~ I have a strong affinity for the smell of pine trees. Hmmmm...probably something to do with that stand of pine trees that Charlie is buried beneath.
~ I can watch Jane Austen movies over and over and over again without ever tiring of them.
~ Matt and the girls can figure out what kind of day it's been for me based on which Jane Austen film I choose. I'm a bit transparent, I guess.
~ I sleep with a teddy bear next to my bed. Sometimes Edward Bear (think A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh) finds his way into my bed as well--I think he climbs in when he's feeling tired and needs a little something extra.
~ I spent WAY too many years in graduate school. I've decided that it was because I just didn't know when to stop.
~ I purposely tried to FORGET what I had learned in graduate school when we had kids. I wanted to be as present and genuine a parent as possible.
Okay, now for the difficult part--choosing ONLY 7 bloggers to give the awards to. There are so many wonderful bloggers and artists out there in Blogland ... it just boggles my mind. Anyhooo, these are the seven I narrowed it down to and they are in alphabetical order by their first names. There is no way I could play favorites because they are all wonderful artists.
(1) Brenda at "Duffyantiques"
(2) Ginger at "bearbits"
(3) Jenny at "jennylovesbenny"
(4) Robin at "Needle Felted Art by Robin Joy Andreae"
(5) Sharie at "sreetzbears"
(6) Vivianne at "Gotta Share This"
(7) Wendy at "Whendi's Bears"
These are remarkable people doing remarkable work. It gives me the goosebumps thinking about how inspiring they are.
Thanks again, Sandi, for the lovely awards.
Heaps of Hugs,
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Congratulations, Sandi! I look forward to the 2ooth, 300th, 400th....
Heaps of Hugs,
Saturday, December 5, 2009
May I introduce Alfie, Sebastian, and Ling Ling. Sebastian has generously agreed to play the part of Grandpa and Alfie and Ling Ling are acting as the girls when they were little.
One of my fond memories of my late father-in-law is the teddy bear tea parties he held with my two daughters when they were small. The girls would tenderly carry their stuffed friends and troop with Grandpa to the back woods of my parent’s-in-law yard.There the girls, their stuffed buddies, and Grandpa would sit on up-turned logs circling a larger “table” log in the center.
I’ve never been quite sure what they did during their tea parties—I never asked. It seemed a special time between the three of them which needed to be protected from prying questions.
I would love to have you consider joining my blog as a follower and to visit me again next Saturday for the “H’artfelt Christmas Blog Party” and my giveaway. The giveaway is one of my favorite indulgences during the cold winter months--I'll reveal it next Saturday! All of these Christmas blog parties have been so much fun to prepare, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
Heaps of Hugs,
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I used to be such a procrastinator and worked very well under pressure. Not so today. My body doesn't deal with stress very well. Nowadays I tend to get things done really early because, hey, you never know what can happen!
I suppose some may think that sounds a bit pessimistic, but really I do things early to be able to enjoy the present. I want to be able to take time to look at a rainbow, a beautiful sunset, or clouds passing over a full moon. I want to take time to really look at my girls and my husband and to be able to fully listen to their joys, sorrow, or concerns. I want to be able to take a nap when I'm tired and to cozy up under a quilt with a good book or movie when I don't feel well.
So I work slowly and I don't get as much done as I would like. I work in snatches of time. Yes, I certainly wish I could make more bears, but I wouldn't trade my life for anything. I even have a small metal sign that hangs on our front door reminding us: