Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hope's Growing and Going Up

Here I give you the link to see Lily and Hope yesterday and they haven't been back to their den since.  Oh well, perhaps Hope IS ready to move on.  From the latest report she seems to be learning how to climb trees quite well.  Good for you, Hope!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

There's Hope for Bears and for Me

I, along with many others, continue to follow the early days of baby Hope, Lily's cub.  Soon they will be leaving their den, but Hope is still pretty wobbly so hopefully it won't be TOO soon.  These photos were taken yesterday by staff from the North Anerican Bear Center after Lily and Hope left their den for awhile.
Aren't they simply beautiful?!!  You can follow Lily and Hope by checking out their webcam at http://www.bear.org/website/lily-a-hope/live-den-cam.html .  I'll be watching, too!

And for those of you following my exploits as a newbie high-maintanence girl.  Get this, I'm thinking of checking out some perfumes.  AND I'm planning on borrowing some nail polish from my girls so that I can polish my nails this afternoon.  Ahhh, what it to become with me?!

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Newbie High-Maintenance Girl

Okay, I'm way off topic here, but I'm just going to have to confess.  I'm changing my ways.  I've always prided myself on being a "low maintenance" sort of girl.  Little make-up, no-fuss hair, simple, solid-colored, well-cut clothing, and comfortable shoes.   Now, however, I find myself putting on lipstick for no apparent reason.  Cripes, most days I never leave the house.  I work at home making bears and homeschooling the girls.  Who's going to care what I look like--the bears?!

And then this weekend I bought eye-liner AND mascara!  I could hardly believe it!  Over the past couple of months I've worked my way up through concealer, foundation, lipstick, and lastly a wee bit of eye shadow.  The people working at the local Body Shop are getting to know me by name. And the funny thing is...I'm really digging this whole make-up thing. I like looking into the mirror and thinking that I look nice. Oh, goodness. What is the world coming to?

I guess I've just decide to embrace being high-maintenance.  Who am I kidding?  I can't be low-maintenance anymore--I often need a lot of help with tasks due to my health and abilities.  So, here I am.  I AM high maintenance and that's not going to change anytime soon.  Hmmm.  Maybe next time I find myself among all the pretty things at the Body Shop I'll take a peek at the blush.

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

Monday, March 22, 2010

Introducing Johnny--Johnny Appleseed that Is!

Here's 17" Johnny is his "duds."  He will be heading to the 2010 Teddy Bear Artist Invitational (TBAI) this summer. I'm really pleased with how he turned out. I fashioned his shirt and pants to be similar to that of the early 1800s and I was also lucky enough to find a pot that looked appropriate, fit his head, and also wasn't so heavy that it would topple him over. Finding a pot to fit that bill was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I finally found one on eBay that worked. 

Johnny also comes with his pretend apple and his seed sack (it even has apple seeds in it!).  The girls have been collecting and drying apple seeds for me each time they have an apple.  I also believe there may be some pear seeds in there.  As the girls informed me, they don't look a whole lot different than apple seeds.  Okay, sounds good enough to me.  They were generous enough to collect them for me so I'm not going to complain!  

"Johnny Appleseed" will be a Gallery piece at TBAI that will be auctioned off during this wonderful event which takes place in Binghamton, NY from August 12-14. All of the proceeds from Johnny's auction will benefit endangered animals. I feel really honored to be able to be a part of this great venue and would love to see some of you there.

Warmly,
Cheryl

The Winner of the Spring Mailing List Giveaway is...

Katie from Indiana!  Congratulations, Katie, I hope you enjoy Sugar Plum the Elephump.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Johnny Can Move!

This 16-inch guy still needs some clothes to live up to his namesake, but I thought you might like to meet Johnny now.
He likes to show off his moves, and some of the crazy ways he can balance.  He's a bit of a show-off!
His limbs are fully poseable due to his lock-line styled armature.  I'm currently sewing up some clothing for him and will post photos as soon as I'm done.

Warmly,
Cheryl

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Great News about My Mailing List

Today I had expected to show you my newest bear available for adoption.  However, it didn't quite work out that way. 
I posted dear Walter, my new 16-inch old-style bear, on my website yesterday evening.  About 15 minutes later I sent out an email to my mailing list.  I stepped away from the computer for a few minutes for a break.  And when I came back I was planning on posting Walter on my blog for all of you to read about, but Walter had already sold.  That's the quickest I've sold a bear yet (besides special requests, of course)--six minutes after sending the email to my mailing list. 

So, considering that, I think now is perhaps a great time to tell you a bit about a new happening on my website.  I am having a Spring Giveaway exclusively for my mailing list members.  The drawing for Sugar Plum the "elephump" will be on the first day of spring, March 21st.
I would be honored if any of you would like to join my mailing list.  You can join from the Mailing List box on the right side bar or by going to my website.  My mailing list members want to be the first to know about available Bingle Bears and critters.  But don't feel that my mailing list is the only place to get "goodies."  I promise I will be having a giveaway exclusively for my blog readers within the next few months--a  cute 12-inch bear!

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oh My! A Disclaimer may be in Order!

Now if Pooh and Piglet looked that closely at my floors, shelves, or tabletops, I would be completely found out.  So, instead I will confess (with head hanging down).  My house is not clean.  It's all an illusion.
Our house is generally fairly tidy.  We get little piles here and there occasionally.  The art table often has several projects in various stages of done-ness lying about.  And we won't even GO into our daughters' rooms--I think one should have a permit to see that.  But in general, if someone came into our house and left quickly, it would give the impression of cleanness.  Note the key word--impression.

HOWEVER, our house is not the cleanest.  We have enough dust bunnies that I think it is time we named them because they are becoming a part of the family.  And a creative toddler (or I) could have a field day making pictures on the dusty shelves.  And if we had unexpected visitors, I would likely skid across the floor in order to shield their view from our bathrooms.

Now with my confession over, I plan to decorate the shelves with a few "dust pictures."

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Studio Tour--Otherwise Known as My Home

I'm so fond of seeing other people's studios and how they live.  I find it so inspiring.  Joanne of Desertmountainbear recently shared her lovely home and studio.  She reminded me that we don't just create in our studios, but in many places in our homes and lives.  So, with camera in hand, I snapped some photos of the places that I work and create.  Here we go, let's begin the tour!

We live in a small house, so I have supplies everywhere--stuffing materials in the pantry, felting stuff in a pretty tote bag, baskets with odds and ends, etc.  However, we do have a dedicated "art room" that the family shares, but the room is primarily mine and my husbands (he's a photographer).
My husband works on the right side of the big table--the computer, printer (below the desk), and his odds and ends are basically his photography "darkroom."
The green cabinet is where most of my bear supplies are. The 4 cloth boxes and the large bottom draw store my mohair. In some ways it is good that I don't have that much storage room--my self-imposed rule is that if I don't have room for the mohair, I can't buy it!
I use my featherweight at the end of the room to sew everything.  I like how well it works perched on my grandmother's old Singer treadle cabinet/machine. Oh, and the black box on the side table stores my big jointing disks.  By the way, our bird feeder is just outside the big window on the left.  How I love sitting here and watching the birds!
Here's our little office area where I do all of my computer work.  In fact, in the first photo, you can see our eldest daughter working on the computer from our art room.  I think I had a tag-a-long in this photo--notice our little black lump on the carpet (otherwise known as Bingley). 
This couch is where I often embroider noses, attach joints, and stuff critters in the evening.  The top shelf of the bookcase has become a safe haven for finished critters or critters awaiting clothing or important things like bodies and ears.  If you look closely, you'll see a bear head sitting in a pot on the second shelf.
And lastly we see the rest of the living room and the "big red chair" and ottoman where I like to read my bear books and occasionally use the laptop.

Goodness!  You've seen almost our entire first floor except for our kitchen and dining room.  Although, you have caught a glimpse or two of our dining room.  Thinking about it, I suppose I should have included a photo of our dining room table since I often create patterns on it while the kids are working on school.  Oh well.  Perhaps another time.

No place is safe from bear-working.  It's just all part of life!

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yippee Skippy! Bearbits is Having Another Giveaway!

Yep, you read it correctly.  Ginger of Bearbits is having a Spring Giveaway, so I suggest you spring on over there and check little Blossom out.  Click HERE and, whoosh, you will be there!

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl