Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two Brand New Patterns to Use Now

Finally!!  Yes, I FINALLY have some new patterns for you! Click on their photos to go to Etsy.  Angela and Georgie are the first two new Bingle Bears' patterns I've made in some time.   BUT now I'm on a ROLL! 

Two new SUPER-EASY patterns (a TEDDY and a BUNNY) will be ready by next week. 

And I just started a new jointed bunny pattern that will be released next week, too.

And for those of you who have asked, I really AM creating an in-depth pattern for you based on my award-winning Thaddeus and Isadora.  I'm even creating a little surprise for people who buy these patterns.  It's just going to take more time--a lot of new writing and a lot of new techniques.  It's also been a bit of a challenge to create patterns for such BIG bears.  I want to make it as easy for you as possible.  So hang in there with me--I am working on it!

In the meantime, check out Georgie's and Angela's patterns at Etsy by clicking HERE or on the photos.

Take super good care of yourself!
Love and Hugs,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spring Velvet Collection





I'm THRILLED that my 4 new bears that debuted at the Hugglets BearFest today sold in the first couple of hours.  THANK YOU to my wonderful collectors!!  You are the BEST!

And if YOU like what you see and want to be among the ONLY ones to get previews of my upcoming bears, sign up on my NEWSLETTER--it's in the Right Sidebar.  Get one jump ahead.  That's right, only Bingle Bear Members get to see my bears BEFORE they are available!!

Take good care of yourself!
Love and Hugs,

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What's YOUR Question?

Have you ever noticed how many questions you are constantly asking yourself during the course of a day?  Take a moment.  Any questions quietly floating away as you look inside? 

Words completely shape and guide our lives.

We have to be very, VERY careful with the words we use.  The words we use to describe our lives.  To describe how we are feeling.  To describe how our day is going. 

And questions have the power to change our trajectory at the very moment we utter them.  We can be deep in sadness, asking "Why me?," and that can completely change by asking DIFFERENT questions.  "What is going well in my life?  What am I grateful for?"  Suddenly, light enters into our life -- we stand differently, a smile may cross our face, and we've started a different journey.

All day long, we are asking question after question.  But generally there is ONE question, one OVERARCHING question that governs our lives. 

One question that is core to our being. 

This is the question that feels like we will die if we can't answer it.  That's it--your overarching question that guides you in everything that you do and feel.  Mine used to be, "How can I help?" 

It worked for a long time, but, like every question, there is a darker side of it too--and I paid the price.  Let's think about it.  There are SOOOO many ways that people need help.  It's rather overwhelming when you think about it.  Food.  Shelter.  Feelings.  Safety.  People.  Animals.  Environment.  (The list goes on and on!  For the sake of our sanity, let's stop the list there.)

I think "my question" made me feel kind of crazy.  If I could help in one area of a person's life, there were still at least six other areas in their life that still needed help.  And that was just ONE person!  How was I supposed to COMPLETELY help.  And by focusing on helping others, I certainly wasn't focused on helping myself and taking care of my health.  I focused SO much on helping others, that I wore myself into the ground. 

Well, I'm slowly coming back.  I'm gaining health and wellness.  So what next? 


Awareness is amazing.  When we are AWARE, that means we have power.  But if we continue down the same path without any awareness, without thinking, we are doomed to keep walking that path.

Awareness brings the power to change things. 

So I'm changing my question!  My new question is, "How can I spread JOY?!"  I can't spread joy, if I don't FEEL joy.  And I can't feel joy, if I don't have some measure of health and well-being.  So far, so good.  Like everything in life, it's an experiment.  I'm sure there will be a dark side.  But, for the time being, it feels like a very, very good question to guide my life.  I feel it deep in my bones.  (grin)

What's YOUR question?

I'd love to hear about it!  Make a comment below and let's talk about it and help each other on this path.

Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial!

Sorry, I missed a Tuesday Tutorial last week.  I was finishing an order of 4 lovely, "loverly" bears for Silly Bears which will debut at Hugglets in London on Sunday, February 22nd.  I wish I could, but I can't show them to you yet.  Shhhhhhh!  Has to be a secret!!

Anyways, let's get started!!
The Head Joint

This tutorial may be a bit basic, buy, hey, it's important!!  No head . . . no bear!  First slide a small metal washer onto a cotter pin and then slide on your fiberboard disk.  Put this assembly into the neck hole with the legs of the cotter pin sticking out. 
Tip #1:  Use artificial sinew or waxed dental tape.
Using waxed dental tape or artificial sinew, hand sew a running stitch around the edge of the opening.  The picture below shows this without the cotter pin and disk. 
After you have gone around once, be sure to put the cotter pin/disk assembly in place and close the opening by pulling the floss tight. 
Tip #2:  Protect your fingers when pulling sinew tight.
I use a leather finger thimble/cover when I do this because the sinew is tough stuff and I can't count the number of times it has cut me. 
Tip #3: Use a backstitch to hold your stitches in place.
When your stiches are pulled as tight as possible, take one backstitch to prevent the stitches from slipping and loosening. 

Don’t worry if the head is not completely closed yet. Go around a second time with a running stitch, this time pulling occasionally between stitches.  At the end of this, the opening should be almost closed if not completely closed. 
If necessary, stitch a third or fourth set of running stitches around the cotter pin.  Since I stuff my bears' heads pretty firmly, I generally need to stitch around the cotter pin 3 or 4 times until the opening is completely closed.  Knot securely and bury the floss into the head.

TaDa!!  Now your bear's head is all ready to get a FACE!  I know we would all love to hear if you have any other neat tricks.  Or do you have any questions about what I've written?   Let's hear them in the comments so that we can all learn together!  Thanks!!

Love and Hugs,