Friday, February 25, 2011

When Inspiration Strikes

Inspiration is a funny thing.  Many people have specific times or places when a brilliant idea comes to them--on a walk, in the shower, listening to music.  For me, it's always right as I'm trying to fall asleep. 

Never fails.  I'll be starting to drift off to dreamland and an idea will POP into my head and then there's no falling asleep until I write it down.  My poor husband--I used to keep my pad of paper and pen on my dresser and I was like a Jack-in-the-box toy popping out of bed every other minute to jot down a note.  It took me ages to finally figure out that it's much less disruptive to everyone if I just keep the pad of notepaper and pen on my bedside stand.  Yes, I can be a slow learner, but I suppose most people aren't the most logical in the wee hours of the night.

Some nights I won't write anything or maybe I'll just jot down a word or two.  And then there are nights like last night.  For two and half hours I thought of thing after thing after thing that I just HAD to write down.  If I didn't write them down, I knew that I wouldn't be able to sleep because I'd be trying to remember my very important thought throughout the night.  I woke up to three pages of note paper covered with my chicken scratches on both sides--six sides of notes.

I've actually learned some valuable lessons over time.  For example, it's best to make sure the pen is pointing down when writing otherwise it runs out of ink right in the middle of a note.  A real bummer when you try to read what you wrote in the morning and half of the idea is gone.  I've also learned to remember approximately where my last note was jotted down on the page.  I can't tell you how many times I've tried to decipher the chicken scratches of two notes written one on top of the other.  Ack!

I wish my inspiration could visit me at a more convenient time of day, but I'm thankful for its visits nonetheless.

Heaps of Hugs,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Working Away!

I finished two new bears over the weekend and, OH!, how I wish I could show them to you.  It's driving me a bit crazy to be making bears and not be able to share them with you--especially since I'm REALLY pleased and excited about the direction my bears are taking.  Pudgy little characters with needlefelted  details--so sweet!!!

There are six sweeties sitting on my bookshelf and I think they are looking really cute.  Three are for the Blooming Bear Show on March 12 and 13.  Two will be heading to Silly Bears in June.  And one is my gallery piece for the TBAI show in Binghamton this August.  It's SO nice to be able to look at my bears and love how they look--it's a bit of a drag to put all of that work into a creation and only feel ho-hum.

At least I'll be able to show you one bear next week as a preview for the Blooming Bear Show which is just three weeks more weeks away!

Heaps of Hugs,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Lovely Valentine's Surprise!

What a wonderful surprise we received yesterday evening!  Two boxes full of amazingly wonderful cookies from Snickety-Snacks!  I had been one of her lucky giveaway winners in December and we had arranged long ago for the cookies to be delivered in February.  Silly me, it had slipped my mind until I saw the boxes---THEN I knew we were in for a treat!

And, I can tell you, we were not disappointed!

Our cookie-baker elf particularly liked the cupcake cookies.

 And Matt just liked them all and thanked me for winning!

Boy, what a lucky week I've had.  First, the beautiful mini lap quilt for dear little Chester, and now, these amazing cookies. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One Happy Little Bear

Dear little Chester (my antique Chiltern bear) is as happy as a clam with his new lap quilt that I won from Joyce in her giveaway at the The Bear's Blog.  Aren't we lucky ducks!  If you have a little bear that could use some comfort, she has another sweet mini quilt in red available in her Etsy shop.

Thanks again, Joyce--you've made one little bear quite comfy in this cold and snowy weather that we've been having.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Turtle Time

I've decided I'm like a turtle.  Slowly taking one step at a time, one movement at a time, one thing at a time.  But all these slow movements are starting to add up! 

I just finished stuffing my bear for the TBAI challenge--the theme this year is "Treasures of the World."  Tomorrow, I'll sew him up, needlefelt his eyelids, add some claws, do some hand-painting, and start designing his outfit.

And yesterday, I made a little needlefelted bee as the finishing touch on the last of my three bears for the online Blooming Bear show.  I wish I could show them to you, but, alas.  I will be able to show you ONE of the bears on March 1st--and then, of course, you'll be able to see all three on March 12th and 13th.

I know it sounds like I'm just cruising along and have no concerns whatsoever about deadlines.  Oh, how I wish that were true!  But I will be sending three bears in June to Silly Bears in Aberdeen, Scotland and another three in August.  I also need to have at LEAST ten bears to take to TBAI in August--plus my challenge bear for the TBAI Gallery.  That's seventeen bears by mid-August! 

I know many artists can make that many bears in no time--I'm just not one of them.  If I've done my calculations correctly, that gives me one and a half weeks to finish each bear.  As long as I stay healthy and don't have any flare-ups, I think I can do it.  But my normal pace is about one bear in TWO weeks.  SOOOO . . .

I'm trying to be a speedy turtle!  Think litttle critter in Keds.

Heaps of Hugs,