Monday, November 28, 2011

Unbelievable Gingerbread Houses

Can you believe that this is a gingerbread house?

 A traditional English garden complete with a water fountain and gazebo.

Or this one?

The onion domes in St. Petersburg.

How about this one?

A Gnome's House

To celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, we visited a local exhibit of gingerbread houses made by individuals, families, and professionals.  All of the houses are made entirely of things that are edible--we saw peanut brittle used for everything from steps to fences to walls.

The variety of work always astounds us and makes it rather difficult to choose our favorites.

The little red an white things are gnomes.

Canal boats going through villages on the Erie Canal was a popular theme this year--appropriate considering this area's heritage.

So, as you can see, there was quite a variety of "houses."  Of course, there was also the occasional traditional gingerbread house, but always with a twist.

Mrs. Rabbit's house was very sweet!  It even had stockings hanging on the fireplace mantel in her kitchen and draperies decorated with green wreaths in the family room.  And, of course, a proper snowman stood guard in the front yard.

 Welcome to the Christmas season!  It will be St. Nicholas's day before we know it!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Finally Some Bears to Show You!

Here are the two latest bears that I just sent to Teddies of Mt. Holly.  However, before I could show them to you, they were adopted!  So, alas, I still do not have any available bears to share with you.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to remedy that after the New Year.

Xavier 13 1/2"

Aurora 13 1/2"

I'm really pleased with how they turned out--especially their little paw pads!  Now I'm off to complete a big boy that's destined for Silly Bears.  He has his caramel-colored silk vest, but I really think he needs a silk cravat to complete his look.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Sweetest Little Ornaments

I found a pattern from Gingermelon Dolls for the sweetest little ornaments.  I just HAD to share them with you.

from Gingermelon Dolls

I recently bought a copy of the pattern for these Babushka Bunnies and all three girls here (including me!) can't WAIT to start making these.

from Gingermelon Dolls

If you, like me, just can't resist these sweethearts, pop on over to Gingermelon's Etsy shop to get a copy of the pattern for yourself.  Shelly makes wonderfully detailed patterns.  Everything you might possibly need is in them--including all sorts of different embroidery patterns to embellish your little Babuska Bunny.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Blogger is finally letting me see the names of my blog followers.  But please still note if you are a follower in your comment to the giveaway post below just in case Blogger decides to act up again.

Also, I have been AMAZED at the response I have received on this first day of my giveaway.  Thank you all SO much.  I'm really glad that you all like little Benvolio so much.  I thought he was rather sweet, but I wasn't sure if I was just biased.  Thank you!

Heaps of Hugs,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My St. Nicholas Giveaway

I'm so pleased to tell you that I've finally finished all the details for my little giveaway.  I've been wanting to design a mouse for a long time and I'm so, so pleased with how my little guy turned out.  Tiny, little Benvolio is 3 1/3" of sweetness.  A tiny mouse with a big name!  He's fully jointed and made of soft upholstery velvet with Ultrasuede ears, onyx bead eyes, white whiskers, and a satiny tail.  I hope you like him as much as I do.

He will be accompanied by a mug that I designed on Zazzle.  Some of you may recognize the bear on the front of the mug--it's a stylized photo of my vintage Chiltern bear, Chester, with an antique toy top.

I've designed the back of the mug with a quote dear to my heart:
"You really don't have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear." --Rachel Newman

We have a set of these mugs and I think I can safely say that they are probably our favorite mugs in the house.

Benvolio was quite curious about the mug.  He was pleased to see that his buddy, Chester, is right up front and center.  However, he thought that there should be something in the mug and was quite disappointed to see it empty.  He listened intently as I explained to him all about St. Nicholas and how the deadline for my giveaway is December 6th--St. Nicholas Day.  He wasn't quite buying that St. Nicholas would leave a little something in the mug because a mug isn't a shoe or a stocking.  But after some reassurance, he agreed that St. Nicholas will probably be very happy to leave a little something for our giveaway winner.

So, if you would like to be entered into my giveaway for a chance at winning Benevolio and the mug, please leave a comment with your name and your email address--all comments will be private and unpublished. Your email will only be used for this giveaway and will not be kept afterwards. However, if I don't have your email, you won't be entered. Oh, I sound like such a meanie! But, really, I can't risk hurting little Benvolio's feelings.  It's just much too hard on a little mouse's heart to be unsure where his new home will be! 

There's also a few ways that you can earn some extra chances at winning litte Ben.  First, you might want to consider becoming a follower of my blog. All followers of my blog (new and old friends alike) who leave a comment (with their email!) will get an extra entry. 

Second, if you follow me on Facebook by "liking" Bingle Bears ( ) you'll get another entry.

And third, you don't have to have a blog to enter my giveaway. However, if you do have a blog and you post about my giveaway with a link back to my blog, I will put an extra entry in the hat for you. Just remember to let me know!

Goodness, some of you could have a total of FOUR (4) chances to win little Benvolio and the mug!  I will be accepting comments (in other words, entries) until December 6th at 9:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (think New York City time). 

Remember, don't forget to put your email address in your comment!  Also, please, please, PLEASE let me know if you follow my blog, follow me on Facebook, and/or posted about my giveaway on your blog (Blogger currently won't let me see who follows my blog.).

Good luck everyone!  I wish I had hundreds of little Benvolios to give to all of you!