Bears, bears, bears. I seem to have bits of bears everywhere. One bear, the one closest to being finished, is sitting all slumped over on my workbench. There's still quite a lot to do on her--stuffing, needlefelting, trimming, and coloring--but she has a sweet face and smile. Another bear is all pinned up and waiting patiently to be sewn. And a third bear was cut out yesterday evening and is now sitting in pieces in a ziploc baggie--I had a fun idea and just HAD to cut it out last night.
Hopefully, in the next day or two, I'll have some pictures to show you. It's so nice to be working again!
One of my favorite artists, Michelle Palmer, is having a giveaway to celebrate 700 sales and SEVEN people will win! How can you beat that?! Here's the LINK to zoom over and check it out yourself. The drawing takes place on October 25th, so there's only a few more days to sign up.
Well, I'm pleased at the results of my little webshow on Saturday. By mid-afternoon, three of the four bears had been adopted. Only little Percy is still waiting patiently. I think that I must have been in a little bit of a silly mood when I finished his face. Although I still like him--he makes me smile--I'm thinking about adding some needlefelting around his eyes. I guess I just need to think about it for a bit.
Last night, I finished Aidan, a 13 1/2" cream-colored alpaca bear with hand-painted blue eyes, needle-felted eyelids, a wobble-jointed head, and a knitted scarf. I haven't knitted in ages and wasn't sure if I even remembered all of the nuances of knitting. But I guess knitting is just like riding a bike because his little scarf turned out quite cute and just right for him. Here's a quick photo of him. I have to get some proper photos of him and then he'll be on his way to Diane's Doll Shoppe.
Well, I guess it's time for me to start a new bear.
Here are my four "guys" that are available for adoption!
Georgie, Percy, Johnny, and Angela
I'm rather pleased with how they turned out. If you'd like to see them and find out more about them, check out my website at http://www.binglebears.net/.
You might notice that Johnny looks a bit familiar. Yes, he's Johnny Appleseed that went to the Teddy Bear Artist Invitational this August. Unfortunately, dear Johnny didn't sell that day. However, he was among good company; many, many, many amazing bears and critters in the gallery didn't sell that day. He's really a beautiful bear--needledfelted eyelids and fully armatured to mention a few of his features. So now he's ready to find a loving home.
Yippee, Skippy! I've decided to have a little Bingle Bears' Webshow this Saturday, October 16th, starting at 10:00am (New York City time). I'll have four one-of-a-kind bears available on my website: http://www.binglebears.net/. Here's a little sneak peek. Wish me luck!
I just finished cutting out 2 new bears today, so hopefully I will have some time to sew them up this weekend. One will be a similar to Livvy only in pink (a custom order) and the other is a brand new design in a wavy, light honey (he may wind up as a Christmas gift for a dear one). Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have to decline custom orders in the future. I LOVE and appreciate that people like my work, but I find that, for me, custom orders drain my energy and sap my creativity, and it just takes way too long to get over the "hump" after it.
I've also finished one "elephump" and 2 bears in the past couple of weeks. One bear has been sent to the auction for the Ronald McDonald house in Albany, NY that will take place later this month, but the other will be available for purchase soon. Photos have been taken, but I haven't received copies from my photographer yet. I'll try to get after him this weekend about it--the poor dear is just so busy lately that I hate to nag him about it.
It's SO nice getting some work done and feeling inspired again!