Saturday, August 29, 2009


A photographer I am not! In a fashion, I manage to photograph the bigger bears, but the mini bears are a nightmare. Oh well ....
I am also not a maker of mini bears but this one called me and despite the dreadful photographer, Mickey is really very sweet and much cuter than his picture shows. He is 4 1/4" standing, fully jointed and his coat is a lovely lemon Sassy

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Take a look at little Peek-A-Boo at - Ginger Brame has created this darling little bear as a give-away! He's asking when he can leave to come and live in South Africa!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

In the Pink

A mini bear is waiting to be born but the hand is being a little unco-operative. The only part missing is the right leg and then he can make his appearance. So in the meantime I have made a few little bits and pieces (mostly machine sewing and not much pressure needed).
When I was at school my friend's mother made these little crochet hearts. I had been thinking about them and mentioned it to my friend, who found the pattern and made the crochet bits for me and I made the material inner and dollied up the rest.
I spent Saturday with Elena at the Pape Daisy Company, which is always a thrill and came home with a stash of boxes and very pretty ribbons. Real eye candy.
Well, the weekend is over and I hope you all have a really great week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sweet, sweet girl

This is Abigail, my youngest grandchild. I last saw her and held her when she was 3 months old and she is now quite the madam! I'm planning a bear for her ... hhmm pink and cuddly, white and fluffy - strawberries, peaches? Or should it be a fairy bear? What do you think? And then I'll make twin bears, one for Abigail in Scotland and one for Georgia in Australia! One day when they meet each other they can compare notes on what their bears have told them.
I'll have to think of some very creative gifts for the boys, Jesse and Caleb, because I think secretly they'll be a little envious of the bears, although they would never, ever admit it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


To Candy

Today, 33 years ago, you came into my life and even though we have a huge distance seperating us now, you are still part of every waking moment of my life and I hope that very soon, you and Kari and I will be able to embrace each other. Happy birthday my darling child.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I am very pleased to introduce Roger whom I completed today. The poor little bear sat for two weeks without being sewn up because of my problem right hand. Everytime I walked past him his eyes beseeched me to "finish the job"! Today was the day - my hand felt slightly better and I did it. Roger is a 12" bear with the kindest face. It's a pity his photograph does not show this clearly. And he is waiting for Georgia to take him back Down Under in December.
The backdrop Iused for the photograph is lace tablecloth for an 8 seater table, given to my mother, by her mother, for her 21st birthday. Sadly my mother is no longer with us but she would have been 88 next month. This tablecloth is beautiful and in very good condition and can still be used by my granddaughter when she has a home of her own.
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pincushion Swop

I have hurt my hand and it's all bandaged up and this post is taking forever to complete. The photographs have taken even longer! But here goes ...

Some time ago I was a participant in a pincushion swop. After I had entered all sorts of things happened in my life and I sent my parcel off after the deadline but fortunately my partner in the USA received her goodies and seemed pleased with my efforts. Thank goodness because I agonised over the pincushion before I mailed it ... all my friends were asked to comment and after number of tweaks and content changes, the package was sent off. I had already given up hope to receive anything in the swop, when my surprise arrived yesterday. Thank you Linda of Fibre Fabrications! Linda breeds Alpaca's in the USA - what a blessed lady and so talented to boot. She sent me a very precious needle felted little bear sitting in a colourful bucket, together with beautiful yarn (Alpaca??), a photograph of an Alpaca (be still my heart) and a card with various sewing needles. A wonderful gift which is deeply appreciated. Linda, everytime I look at my bear I think of "every poke" made.

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