Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fussy, Fussy, Fussy

Silly, silly me!  Or more precisely, FUSSY, FUSSY me!   I have THREE bears near completion, but can't seem to finish any of them!  It seems to be a "head" thing, although I'm not sure if it's THEIR heads or MY head that is the problem. 

Last month, I started a little clown bear.  He's all sewn up and even has his limbs jointed, but he has no head whatsoever.  But I really don't need him finished until January, SO ....

I got this great idea for a new arm and leg style and made a pretty little white bear instead.  Now he's completely finished except for sewing up his seams.  I think he'll be quite cute.   BUT ... his head just doesn't WORK for his body.  It's just TOO small!  Other people think it looks nice, but it's just too small for my "look."

So THEN I put him aside, because I got the bright idea to start a bigger bear (15-16") with a whole new look.  Now this bigger bear is all sewn up, too, and, BOY, I think he'll be gorgeous.   AND his head is certainly big enough for his body.  He's made of the most sumptuous brown Tissavel fur.  BUT...he really needs blue eyes to offset that fur.  How can I go halfway?!  He's going to be gorgeous, so he needs eyes that stand out and "pop," too.  I painted some eyes that turned out a wonderful blue, BUT they just don't seem big enough for his HEAD!  Unfortunately those are the biggest eyes I have that I can paint.  SO, now he'll have to wait too!  Fussy, fussy.

ACK!  Okay ... deep breath.  I guess it's time to be patient and take one step at a time.  I ordered the larger eyes this morning (plus a few other goodies too--I mean, hey, I was placing an order so I might as well order a wee bit of mohair too!).  Hopefully, I'll have the new eyes by next weekend and I can finish him then. 

In the meantime, I can joint and stuff his limbs, embroider his nose, and maybe do some trimming.  And if I still don't have the eyes when I finish those tasks, I can work on finishing the clown bear and making a new head for the white bear (I'll keep his old head because it turned out pretty cute and I can use it for a smaller bear).  Ah, the life of a bear-maker.

Take care!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just took the pecan pie out of the oven and I can't wait to spend tomorrow with my family without all of the busy-ness of life.  Just a family day with no appointments, dance classes, or school.  Lovely.

I hope your day is also filled with love, friends, and family. 

Heaps of Hugs,

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Sweet Bear Available for Adoption

Sweet Aidan is available at Diane's Doll Shoppe.

He's a lovely 13 1/2" bear made of a cream-colored alpace mohair with hand-painted eyes, needlefelted eyelids, waxed nose, a wobble-jointed head, and a handmade scarf.

Click HERE if you would like to contact Diane for more information.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Our Cookie-Baker Elf

Yes, our cookie-baker elf (also known as our 12-year-old daughter) has been at it again!  This time she made a gingerbread scene that will be exhibited at a local museum.  The good news about this is that it was not something I could eat (and, of course, we're VERY proud of her as well).  It can be difficult to not to want to devour everything she makes--she's a very good baker!  I know I have LOTS of fun treats to look forward to with the holidays fast approaching.

She was surprised at the amount of time it takes to do all of the little details.  I think she was expecting the tree to be the most time-consuming, but, of course, it was the people with their faces, poppyseed eyes, and clothing that took the bulk of time.

I was proud of her for sticking with it and spending hours upon hours baking and decorating her creation.  She didn't complain, but I sometimes wondered whether she thought she had "bitten off more than she could chew."  Most times, however, she bounced around with excitement with how her scene was progressing.

After she covered the base in frosting she sprinkled coconut all over for "snow"--it turned out to be a lovely effect althought it's quite difficult to see in the photos.

I was impressed at how creative she was in decorating the people.  One teddy bear mother is holding a baby dressed in a bunting, another has a string of red pearls with a polka-dot dress, one bear is holding a wreath she made with the star decorating tip, another has a beard and red belt, and one is already for a snowball fight with a pile of snowballs at the ready. 

She loves to decorate which may be apparent from her choosing a purely red and white theme and her arrangment of candy presents around the tree.  I think she is very proud of  her work--as she should be!

Take care,

Monday, November 15, 2010

So Much FUN

I wanted to share with you three lovely giveaways!

This first one from Jody at  Home and Heart is a lovely necklace she made which ends on November 22nd.

Then on December 1st, Michele from Handcrafted Teddy Bears by Michele will be giving away this vintage sewing basket filled to the brim with goodies including a sweet, handmade bear pincushion.

And lastly, Ina from Bears and Roses is celebrating her birthday by giving away this lovely pink bear that she made on December 28th.

There's aways SO many FUN things happening in Blogland!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Wee Bit of Progress

Progress on the bears has slowed down a bit.  With the weather going up and down, nice and then nasty, my energy has followed.  Even my hands have been acting up and I thought that issue was over and done with.  Ah, one of the lovely "benefits" of living with a chronic illness. 

However, all has not been completely lost this week.  I have still designed a completely new bear and it's cut out, trimmed, fraychecked, and ready to be sewn.  I added all sorts of different shapes, tricks, and curves to this design--I'm very anxious to see what it becomes.  I also have another little clown bear that has been sewn for a couple of weeks now and is waiting patiently to be stuffed and worked on.  So, hopefully, if all goes well I should have at least one new bear to show you next week.

Take care!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bears and Bursting with Ideas

I'm sorry I haven't written in a week--it's been a crazy busy week with doctor's appointments on top of our already busy schedule of homeschooling.  We had FIVE appointments this week and you know how long each of those can take when you add in all of the time waiting to be seen and just driving to and from the appointment!  However, we're done now and we won't need to go back for six months to a year.  Whew!

I did manage to squeeze in a bit of work on the bears.  These two guys are heading out today to be in the Hunt Valley Holiday Bear Show next weekend with Felicia Hymer, the Bear Scout.

Also, all of the time spent waiting in doctor's offices gave me a lot of time to think about bears, design, and direction.  So now that I will finally have some free time this weekend, I'm just itching to start working on some new ideas that I have sketched out.  I'm SO excited to see how my ideas will turn out that I had trouble sleeping last night!  I was like a kid trying to sleep on Christmas night!

Heaps of Hugs,