Monday, April 23, 2007

Paper Dolls
My doll club met this Saturday and we played with paper dolls.
These are mine.
The first one is a sunflower. She was made using images and textures printed off my computer.
The second one is just a girl. She was made using different papers, colored pencils and gel pens.
The third one is called Simple Times. She was made using a combination of images from the computer and different papers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Meet Winston

He is a new big bear design.

He measures apx 8"

Winston is made out of vintage long pile synthetic fur.

It is similar to Kathryn's only a darker tan and not as soft.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Hi I'm Cody and this if my little friend Buttercup.

I am 5" and made from a dark chocolate mohair.

Buttercup is 3" and made out of a camel colored felt.

We wear matching ribbons in brown with blue polka dots.

We are looking for a new mommy or daddy and are available in Yvette's Etsy shop.
Come and visit us!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Spring Break!

My kids are on spring break this week.

Two bored teenagers with nothing to do! LOL

I have several things almost finished. I am working on two new bears, some new doll pins, a mermaid and another doll.

Hopefully I will get these completed by the end of next week.

Monday, April 09, 2007

I am so honored and excited. :o)

I was named Artist of the month at Edinburgh Imports.

If you would like to read the interview you can visit here. :o)

Edinburgh is a wonderful place to buy all your bear making supplies.

Their mohair is fabulous and yummy. And the people that work there are all very nice and extremely helpful!

They are also starting to sell doll making supplies.

The little bear in the picture is one of my flutterbys. She is about 2.5" and lives in her own little gourd house.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Easter!!!!
I hope every ones day is filled with lots of chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and marshmallow peeps!
Our Easter weekend is starting out with some snow!
Snow in April how wonderful!!!! :o)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Meet Kathryn.
She is another big girl. Apx 9 inches.
She is made with the same pattern as the sleepy flower bear below.
I made her out of a vintage synthetic fur. This fur is very soft and fluffy. It is the perfect size pattern to use this fur. She has black suede paw pads.
The fur is very special to me as it was my Mom's.
She wanted to make a fur coat out of it but never got the chance to. It must be 30 yrs or so old.
I named the bear Kathryn after my Mom.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

In the beginning..
I thought I would share the first mini bear that I made.
It is quite different from what I make now.
He is just under 2"
I started to make miniature bears in 1999 when my husband was deployed with the Navy Seabees.
He would be gone six months home six months -- it was a really hard time for me with having two little kids at home and I missed him so much.
Anyway I saw a big bear dressed as a bee and wanted to have a little one. So I went home and figured out how to make one. I carried this little guy around in my purse for a long time. He would make me smile whenever I saw him.
I had a swatch book that I picked up somewhere in my stash of treasures and it was full of vintage upholstery velvet. So I used a piece of that to make him.
I now know that those swatches are valuable and rare. If I knew that then I probably wouldn't have cut it up. LOL
I then found a copy of Teddy Bears and Friends magazine. It happened to be the miniature edition that they put out every year.
I didn't know people actually made miniature bears or artist bears. I found that there were supplies available for them and people actually collected them.
So that first little bear lead to another and another and will lead to many more in the future.
Do you ever think about your first doll or bear that you made?