Monday, December 20, 2010

A New Year's Mini Swap!

I was thinking the other day, wouldn't it be fun to have a little something to look forward to after the holidays are over?!  I always feel kind of sad when the gifts are all unwrapped and the anticipation is over!  I decided that a miniature swap would be just the thing to keep the fun going! 
So, from now until December 31 anyone who is interested in swapping can sign up here on my blog.  It will be fun!! 
This swap is open to anyone who does miniatures, anywhere in the world! 
On January 1, I will randomly pair up the people who have entered and post the swap buddies here on my blog.  I will also e-mail each of you with your partner's contact information.  It will be up to you and your buddy to decide what you would like to trade.  :o)
To sign up you can either leave a comment here on this post, or e-mail me.  If we have an odd number of people I will be happy to do two swaps!
I'm so excited!  This should be lots of fun, so spread the word!
If you have any questions or if I have forgotten anything, please feel free to contact me


Thursday, December 16, 2010

More little pandas

I hope you have all had a wonderful day!  I have been finishing a couple of little panda bears today.  Their names are "Tinsel" and " Lucas".  They will both be available on Bear Pile or you can e-mail me for more info and pictures.  :o)   I hope you like them!
Thanks for stopping in! 

"Lucas" and "Tinsel"
~ Tinsel has been adopted! Thank You! ~
"Tinsel"- adopted
"Lucas" has been adopted! Thank you!
"Lucas"- adopted

Monday, December 13, 2010

A little bit of mini fun

I have been working on some miniatures in my free time.  I love making flowers!  I've also been wanting to give basket making a try for some time, so a few days ago I decided to just jump right in.  The little basket in the picture is my very first try.  It turned out so cute, I can't wait to do more of them!  I hope you like it too :o) 

Thanks for visiting!  I hope to share some more minis soon.  I have lots of projects in the works!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

New little panda

 I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!  It has been very snowy here in Indiana!  I've been staying inside where it is warm and working on a new little bear and also some minis.  I would like to share the little panda with you tonight.  Her name is "Betsy".  She is available on my Bear Pile page if you would like to learn more about her. 
~ Betsy has been adopted, Thank you!! ~

Thanks so much for visiting!  I will post some pictures of the minis I have been working on tomorrow.  :o)


Monday, December 6, 2010

Wow, it has been a while since I last posted anything! I'm still here though! I've been working on minis and bears and I have a few things to share with you today. :o) I'm going to apologize first for the quality of the pictures, the lighting is horrible today and one of the bulbs went out in my little light tent that I use.

This first picture is a finished kit that my friend Donna got me for my birthday last month. I had so much fun putting this together! I think I am addicted to these now!! It is from Lisa's Little Things and I can't wait to get more :o) Thank you again Donna!!!!!! I love it!!!!!

The next two pictures are new elephants that I have available today. The first one is named "Frostbite" and second is "Clarice". They are available on my website and Bear Pile if you would like to learn more about them. :o)



I will keep my fingers crossed that we have better lighting over the next couple of days so that I can share more pictures with you.  I have been working on lots of other things!  Donna and I have been getting together to make minis and it has been so much fun!!  We have so many projects in the works and I can't wait to share!

Have a great day!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Teddy Bear Eye Candy!

It's almost time for the Teddies Worldwide Online bear show!  The preview page is up and ready for viewing and let me just say there are some outstanding bears pictured there!!  I hope you can pop on over there and take a look, you won't be disappointed!  Just click the picture. 

I hope you can join us this weekend and maybe add some new bears to your hug!

Take care!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Good Show!

Yesterday was my very first teddy bear show!  It was a lot of fun and I did pretty well I think :o)  Here is a pic of my table.  Not the best picture, I took it real quick before the show started. 

My remaining bears have been listed on my website if you would like to take a peek at them. 

I really enjoyed meeting those of you that came to the show!  I can't wait until next year!

Take care,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bear Show!

Hey there!

I would like to send out a quick little reminder about the bear show this Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This will be my first show, so I am very excited and nervous!  If you are in the area I would love it if you could stop in and say "Hi"! 
Here is a little peek at one of the bears that will be joining me this weekend.  This is Emily.


If you would like more information and directions please visit Bright Star Promotions.
Hope to see you there!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Ugly Side Of Man

This blog entry is neither bear or miniature related, but I want to post this here anyway.  This is something I feel very strongly about and I want to make as many people aware as possible. 

I know that many of you are animal lovers like me.  I have always loved animals of all kinds!  I have always had pets and I can't imagine living without some sort of furry little friend following me around.  It breaks my heart to hear about the animal abuse that takes place in this world! 
I will admit I have always lived a very sheltered life, never really knowing what is going on in the world.  I have always been aware of animal abuse though and extremely concerned about what is being done to stop it, but nothing could have prepared me for what I have learned over the past couple days!  
After watching a particularly disturbing TV show yesterday I decided to do some online research to learn more.  This episode of the show was trying to expose the inhumane treatment of horses, specifically the slaughter of them.  Being the sheltered individual that I am, I had no idea that such a thing was going on.  I had no idea that people even eat horses!  I wanted to know what I could do to help stop this disgusting thing from happening, so I went to several websites and eventually found some info on the Humane Society webpage. 
It is even worse than I could have ever imagined!  I will tell you that they have a video posted on that page that documents the savage treatment of these animals, but I do not recommend that you watch it!!  I am not embarrassed to tell you that after watching only the first few seconds I had to shut it off and spent the next half hour being sick and crying uncontrollably!   To think that people can do these things to other living creatures makes me feel sick, angry and sad!  There is no reason why these animals should have to suffer such a terrible, barbaric death while the men cheer and laugh as if they are at a some sort of sporting event!   They don't discriminate either, they take the young, healthy horses, children's ponies, foals, racing horses, even stolen horses!   It is the most awful, disgusting and disturbing thing I have ever seen!!

I apologize for my rant, and I thank all of you who have read this!  I hope it has made at least one of you stop and think.  If you would like to help stop this from happening, there is a link at  where you can fill out a form to be sent to your congressman.    I filled it out and e-mailed it, but I am definitely not stopping there!  I am going to look into it some more and see how I can raise more awareness.   I wish I lived somewhere that I could just take them all in and help them! 

I hope you all have good day, hug your pets!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A New Bear and Elephant

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

I have a couple of new little creations available now. :o)  The first is "Tyler", a little Halloween bear.  If you would like to find out more about him and see more pictures, please click his picture in my sidebar.
Second is "Jessie", a little clown elephant.  You can find more about her by clicking on her picture as well. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

                             ~Tyler has been adopted, Thank you!~

                      ~Jessie has been Adopted!  Thank you!~

Friday, October 8, 2010

And The Winner Is.......

First I would just like to say Thank You to everyone who follows my blog and participated in my giveaway!!!  I am totally blown away by the amount of entries I have received!!  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined so many of you would like to win some of my little creations!!  I am truly touched!  :o)  I wish I could make something for each and every one of you!  I will certainly be having more fun giveaways in the future.  I already have something special in mind for when I reach 200 followers.  ;o) 

So, without further rambling from me,
here is my daughter Samantha drawing the winner's name after school today.

And the winner is......


Congratulations!!  If you could contact me with your mailing address I will get your prize mailed to you as soon as I get it packed up safely.  :o)  My e-mail is

Thank you all so much for following me here in blogland!! 


Friday, September 17, 2010

100 Follower Giveaway!

...well, technically 104!  I am grateful for each and every one of you, and  I would like to show my appreciation by having this giveaway :o)  The winner will receive everything shown in the picture plus a few little extras that I haven't quite finished yet ('cause I'm slow, LOL). 
All you have to do to be entered is become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave me a comment on this post.  This giveaway is open to everyone who has become a follower by October 8.  I will draw the winner that evening and announce it here on my blog!  :o) 
If you would like to post my link on your blog, that would be wonderful, but it is not required.  Please let me know in your comment if you have and I will enter your name twice! 
Thank you all so much for following me here in blogland, you are all so wonderful!  I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!
Best of luck!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Great New Group!

I have just joined a wonderful new group set up by Jess over at Little Dirt Lane!  This is going to be a fabulous place for artists of all kinds to get together ands share ideas!  If you are like me you are always looking for new ways to get your name out there and Jess has some great ideas for doing just that.  So, I would like to invite all of you artists to come join us!  This is going to be great!!

I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Another new Ellie

I have another new ellie to share with you all today :o)  This little girl is named Mimi and she is available on Bear Pile.  I think I have been on elephant overdrive lately, LOL!  This is the last one for a little while though.  I am working on some bears to stash back for a couple of shows. 

Mimi has been adopted, Thank you!!!

I think I am just about done with my online to do list this morning, so I am going to try and finish the minis that I have been working on for my giveaway.  I hope to be able to post the info on that within the next couple of days.  I also have some pictures of some goodies I have received recently (my camera actually cooperated today, can you believe it!) so I will be showing those also.

For now I will share one last parting shot with you today.

This is our kitten TJ.  My daughter named him so I'm not quite sure what TJ stands for, if anything, LOL! 
For some reason all of the cats love to sleep in the letter tray here on my computer desk.  This little guy has claimed "the spot" for the past couple weeks.  When I sit down he climbs up there and lays down, but when I move he follows me and watches everything I do.  If I come back and sit down at my desk he will climb right back up there and go back to sleep.  Cats are so funny!

I hope you all have a great day!!  :o)


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Halloween Time

I couldn't resist using this wonderful mohair for a little Halloween themed elephant!  I even made him some bat wings :o)  He looks like he is all dressed up for Trick-or-Treat.  His name is Igor and he is listed on Bear Pile right now if you would like to go over there and visit him. 

                                             Igor has been adopted!  Thank You!!

I see that I have almost made it to 100 followers!!!!  WOW!!!  I never imagined that so many people would want to read my blog!  I feel so lucky to have "met" so many wonderful online friends and I hope that you will enjoy coming back again and again.
To celebrate all of you wonderful folks I will of course be having a giveaway as soon as I reach the magic number "100"!  For my last giveaway I did one of my lions, so this time I think I will do some minis :o)  I will post the specifics when I decide what the prize will be, hmmmmmm......  maybe some shabby chic minis?  Sound good?

Take care!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Online show!

Daphne Blau of Back Road Bears is organizing a new online show and I am happy to say that I will be participating!  This will be my first online show and I am so excited!  If you would like more information please click the link below.  I hope you can make time to join me and the other bear artists that will be there :o)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sharing a few favorites

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well! 

In my last post I showed you some of my goodies from my shopping trip at the antique mall.  I always have such a great time when I go there, so it made me kind of sad to hear in your comments that not all of you
have these in your area!    So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite go-to places on Etsy for vintage lace, ribbon, trims, etc. 
These are some of the shops that I love!  Their selection is phenomenal and they have great prices too! 

Early Attic - vintage trims, laces, cottons, etc. 

Sugar Pink Boutique - trims, fringes, vintage lace, beads, etc.

Christopher Pines - trims, ribbons, ric rac, embellishments, etc.

Suhafuha -  lace, trim, appliques, etc.

Pink Grapefruit Style -  laces, trims, buttons, findings, etc.

If you have a spare moment (or a couple of hours if you are like me!), take a trip over to their shops.  I guarantee you won't regret it!!  Just click the shop names above.  You better hurry though, as soon as I find that winning lotto ticket I'm buying everything they have, LOL!! 

I will also put this list over on my sidebar so in the future you can find them without having to search through my posts.  Keep checking back, I have a few more to add.  :o)

Have a great day!  I'm off to sew more bears :o)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Fruitful Hunt :o)

Yesterday was lots of fun!  My sister and I did some "hunting" at the local antique malls and I came home with lots of goodies :o)  Here are some pictures I took when I go home last night.  As you can see, my cat Murphy had to be the first to inspect everything, LOL.   I'm surprised all of the other cats weren't up there too!
I couldn't believe all of the beautiful lace they had!  And cheap too.   I only paid a dollar per bag!!  and that huge bag of pearl cotton there, $3!

all of the lace after I took it out of the bags!

I showed everything to Gregg and all he said was "Wow, you only bought one basket, I'm shocked!"


Anyone who has been to my house or has been shopping with me knows that I LOVE baskets!! I have them everywhere. I'm running out of room so I even started hanging them from the beam on the cieling in the family room :o) I think I may need an intervention!!

Well, I better get back to sewing!  I can't wait to use some of this on my bears!

Have a great day!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Progress On The Dollhouse

As promised, here are some pictures of the dollhouse I am building for my niece.  (Please ignore the mess surrounding it, LOL!)  I started putting the siding on today.  You can see it on the front of the house by the porch.  I am a slow worker so this may take me awhile to get done.  It took me three days to do the shingles!!  If it wasn't for all the pesky housework...and laundry...and cooking....and helping with homework....and .... you get the picture!  I wish I could stay up at night and work on stuff while everyone else is fast asleep, but I am not a night person!!  I just can't keep my eyes open past about 10 p.m.  The sad part is, I'm not much of a morning person either!!  LOL!! 
    I have some touch ups to do on the outside of the house when I am done with the siding.  Then I can do the window boxes.  After that I think I can move on to the inside and get a few things finished in there before I start decorating (my favorite part!).  I'm sure I will think of a hundred more things that need to be done before I get that far though. 

On a completely different subject, I am soooo excited about the upcoming Harry Potter movie!!!  I get chills every time I watch the trailer!  I am a huger HP fan just like a lot of you are I'm sure.   If there is anyone who hasn't heard, part 1 of the movie comes to theatres on November 19.  The best part of it is that day is also my birthday!!  What a great b-day gift for me :o)  This is the big one though, I will be 30 this year! EEEKK!!!   I think I might cry!!

Take care everyone and have a great weekend!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

A World of Generous Bloggers

Today I would like to share with you some of the extremely generous blog giveaways I have found.  I spend more time than I probably should browsing my favorite blogs and finding new ones, but I just can't help myself!!  There are so many wonderfully creative people out there!! 
I have also added these pictures to my sidebar.  You can click on them over there and they will take you to the blog so that you can join in the fun  :o)   I hope I win them all, LOL!! 

Karin's Giveaway

Sonya's Giveaway

Lena's Giveaway

Lucia's Giveaway

Marie's Giveaway

I will add more as I find them.  Giveaways are so much fun!!  I plan on having another of my own when I reach 100 followers  :o)

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!  I have been working on my niece's dollhouse for the past few weeks (I think obsessed would describe me right now!)  I am hoping to get the shingles finished today.  And maybe the doors.  I promise to post some pictures this week!!

Take care!  :o)

UPDATE:  Another wonderful giveaway!!  You can find a link to Muriel's page in my sidebar.  Please visit her blog, you won't be disappointed!

This is Susanne's giveaway.  You can find a link to her wonderful blog in my sidebar on the right.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Pictures at last!

Phew! It has taken me all day, but I finally got some pictures taken and all my little creations listed in my Etsy shop. :o)

Here is what I have to show you all today:

This first picture is "Ivy" my latest elephant. She is made from a beautiful blue/grey mohair that I just love.
                           UPDATE: Ivy has been adopted :o)  Thank you!!
Next is "Bastian". He is one of the little bunnies that have been paitiently waiting on my desk for quite some time. (see earlier post about bunny parts) His little pink sister is still waiting to be finished, but she has been giving me a hard time so I have set her aside for the time being.
                  UPDATE:  Bastian has been adopted :o)  Thank you!!

As I mentioned yesterday, I have also been working on some minis. Here are two flowers that I have finished. A rusty pail of black roses and pink poppies and a little pot with a fly trap plant of some sort :o) I can just picture these in a witch's room or in a conservatory. I had a lot of fun with these and I can't wait to make more!

Last, but not least I have finished some little dollhouse size aprons. I had fun making some of these look rather dirty, like they have been worn many times.

All of these can be found in my Etsy shop if you would like to take a look.
I better get back to work now. ;o) Thanks so much for stopping in and visiting!!
Take care!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I'm back!

Wow, am I a bad blogger or what?! I really admire those of you who have the time to blog everyday!!

I seem to be getting back in the groove of creating, yay! I have a elephant and a bunny finished and ready to list, if only I could get my camera to work, sigh! I have also been busy with some mini making :o) I have some mini flowers and a few other goodies to list in my etsy shop, hopefully tomorrow. I am going to fiddle around with my camera tonight and see if I can get it working. (wish me luck, LOL!)

I have been working away on my niece's dollhouse also. All I have left is the roof and the baseboards and moulding on the inside. I am waiting for my supplies I ordered so I can get that done. Then I can decorate!! I promise to post some pictures as soon as I can :o)

I can't wait to show you all the wonderful hats that I comissioned from Kat!! They are absolutely beautiful, and very addicting!!! Most of them went in my witch shadowbox that I am making (I have many projects on the go!!) The others I am saving for another special project :o)

Well, until next time, take care!!
Big Hugs,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Please bear with me.....

Pun intended, LOL! My bear-making muse seems to have taken a vacation. :o( I can't seem to muster up the inspiration to finish the two little bunnies I have waiting patiently on my desk. I will get to them again soon I hope, as soon as other things slow down. I have some things going on that I hope to be able to tell you all about soon, but it is a little bit uncertain and hush hush for now, not to mention super stressfull for me.

But anyway,...

While I wait for my muse to return I have been working on the dollhouse for my niece. It is the Lily kit. Over the past couple of months I have made some nice progress with it, but it is far from finished. I have been trying to make most things myself in order to save some money. Today I am going to start on the kitchen floor tiles. I'm not sure yet how I want to do this, but that is the fun part right?!
Here are a couple of pictures of my progress so far~

I have also been working on some more flowers. I am making some window boxes for the above house and also some flower arrangements, just because they are my favorite to make :o) Here is my little tray that I use to sit in front of the TV and work. I had stuff spread all over the house a couple of days ago, in the living room, family room, dining room... you get the idea :o) My husband came home from work and stood in kitchen with his jaw hanging open so I decided it was time to clean up, LOL! I wish I had gotten a picture of that!

Well, I am itching to get to work on the floor so I will post again soon. Maybe I will have some little bunnies to show by then! :o)
Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Looking for miniature printables

All of you lovely miniaturists out there, I am in need of some help. I am looking for some little printables of all kinds, little gardening printies, labels for witchy stuff, food labels, etc., etc., etc.
Is there anyone out there who could point me in the right direction, or better yet is there anyone who would like to make a swap!? I love swaps!! I would be willing to trade some mini flowers and/ or mini stuffed animals (like my elephant and giraffe pictured in a previous post) or even a larger bear!
Please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail if you like :o)

Thanks so much!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! Mine was great!
I just wanted to let you all know that due to some unavoidable circumstances I won't be able to attend the Chicagoland show in October, so I am offering for sale the bear, bunnies and lions that I had stashed back for that event. You can find these guys listed on my website for now and I will be listing them on Bear Pile over the next couple of weeks. Evangeline the lion is listed there now if you would like to take a look at her. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures! As soon as my camera batteries charge I will take better ones and get them posted.






~Black Jack~
Please e-mail me with any questions you may have!
Have a wonderful day!!