Friday, December 30, 2011

~ New Year Sale ~

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas!  Ours was really nice!

Now it is time to ring in the new year and what better way for me to do that, then to have a sale!  I have marked my remaining 2011 bears down on my Bear Pile page in order to make room for new 2012 bears that will be coming soon!  I hope you can stop by my page and take a peek at who is still looking for a new home.  The sale will last until January 5.

I hope that your new year is full of happiness!  :o)

Bear Hugs,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Holiday Panda Bear

Happy Saturday!
I hope you are staying warm wherever you are! 

Today I wanted to introduce my new bear "Hana".  She is a beautiful black and white panda made of mohair.  I am really loving this new design of mine :o)  I hope you all are too!  If you would like to read more about Hana, she is available on Bear Pile.  
I hope you like her :o)

Have a wonderful Christmas! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011


The Teddies Worldwide online show preview began last night and let me just say, there is an amazing display of talent over there!!  If you haven't already checked it out, go take a look.  While you are there you can vote for your favorite bear in each category.  
Here is my preview bear, Gwendolyn.

Also,  the Who is Who in Bear Making show starts today in just a few short hours!  Don't forget to stop by and visit all the wonderful bears that everyone has to offer! 
As for me, I am getting ready to head off to Ann Arbor for the Christmas show!  I will be checking my e-mail periodically while we are on our way there.
Have a great weekend everyone!  I hope to see some of you in Michigan tomorrow!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Online Show Preview

It has been so busy around here!  I'm still busting my hump trying to get ready for these shows, but I wanted to take a minute to post my little sneak peak here for the Who is Who in Bearmaking Online Show.  I hope you will be able to stop by and take a look next weekend, November 5 & 6.  If you visit the webpage you can find out what time the show starts where you live.

I hope you all have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!
Take care,

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Sunday everyone! 
I just wanted to share our new family member with you all today :o)
This is bear, our rottweiler puppy, he is six weeks old.  He is a handful, but so cute!  I haven't gotten much done since we got him on Friday, I have to keep a close eye on him.  He gets into everything and he likes to chew, chew, chew!  I am impressed at how well he is doing with housebreaking though!  He seems to be a quick learner.
We have been talking about getting another rottweiler for a while now.  We had to have our other rott put to sleep three years ago due to cancer and we really miss him a lot!
  I'm sure this little guy is going to be a wonderful addition to our family.  :o)

In my free time (LOL!)  I am busy working on bears.  I have three shows coming up in November! 
on November 5 & 6.  I will post my sneak peek photo here on my blog soon.

~  I will also be in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 6 for the Teddy bear  gallery show.   You can find a list of participating artists and some preview photos on the Bright Star Promotions webpage.

~Then I will be participating in the Teddies Worldwide online bear show November 18 - 20.  Preview starts November 4th.

   Whew!  I've got my work cut out for me!  I better get back to sewing!! 

I obviously haven't had much time for working on minis, but hopefully after the bear shows are done I can get back to it!  I am looking forward to the  Wee "C " Miniature show and sale on November 11!  I am also taking a class with Lisa Engler!  We will be making a beautiful sewing cabinet in 1" scale!  I am so excited!!

Ok, I really better get back to work now!  I hope you all enjoy what is left of the weekend!


Friday, September 9, 2011

A little sneak peak before the show

I have been busy busy busy getting ready for this weekends bear show!  I am happy to say that all the bears are now tagged and photographed and ready to make their big debut on Sunday :o) 
I took a few group photos to share here on the blog.  I have tried to create a variety of little critters. 
Lots of beautiful fall colors!  This is my favorite time of year!!

"Horace", "Honey" & "Spencer"

"Bei-jing", "Noah" & "Rosabel"

The Ellies


The Little Ones

Time to get these guys and gals packed up safely! 
If you are not able to make it to the show, and would like to be notified afterwards of any remaining bears, please let me know.  I will be happy to make a note of which bear you are interested in so that I can contact you if he/she is still available.  :o)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Please take a moment on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives or loved ones in the terror attacks on 9/11/2001. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Few Minis From the Bishop Show

A group of us went to the Chicago Miniatures Show yesterday and had a really good time!  I brought home just a few little things, but I am really happy with what I found :o)  Of course there are a few things that I wish I would have gone back for, but that seems to be the way it always goes, LOL!

I was really happy to finally find the door latches that I have been wanting for the Harry Potter shops!  I have been looking everywhere for these!  I bought them from Mini-tiques, but I have to order a couple more from her because she had sold out of the other two styles I wanted.

I found this really pretty white vase and mossy clay pot at Carol's Bloomers

The large white flower pot and the little cutting boards came from Dragonfly International.  The little cutting boards are also something that I have been wanting for a while, and I couldn't pass up the flower pot.  I thought it would look great with a big fern in it.

These cute little candy dishes were a great find!  I love them!  These are from Barbara Anderson Miniatures.  She had them in an assortment of beautiful colors.

I apologize for the terrible pictures!  I am still trying to figure out my new camera and I can't seem to get the lighting right. 

I better get back to work on some bears now!  There are only about two weeks left until the Valparaiso Doll and Bear Show!

I hope you have a great day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Bears to Share and Blogger Problems

Hi everyone! Sorry about the length of time between posts!! There is just so much going on!
I have some bears and other stuff that I would like to share today, and also a question for anyone who might be able to help. :o)

First the bears!






These guys and gals are available on my Bear Pile page if you would like to take a look at them.  :o) 
I am now working on the bears I will be taking with me to the next show.   I will be at the Valparaiso Dolls & Friends show on September 11.  The show hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  If you would like more info or directions, just let me know. 
Now, I am wondering if anyone else out there is still having problems with blogger??  I still can't leave comments on most of the blogs I follow, I can't join new blogs and I can't even view my own list of followers!   It is just my computer though, it all works fine when I use Gregg's laptop.  Is there something I am missing here, LOL!    I have been sad about not being able post comments for people and not being able to enter all the lovely giveaways out there!  Help!
Also,  I think I have decided to combine my website and blog together, just to make things easier for myself.   I want to add the page links to the top of my blog like I have seen some of you do, but I am not sure where to start.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?  Pretty Please!  :o)  I would really appreciate any help you can give me!!
I hope you are all having a great summer! 
Take care!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

If it's not one thing, it's another

Well, I am still here.   I have been having some major computer problems lately!  Poor Bertha (yes, I named my computer, LOL)  picked up a really bad virus and now I can't open any of my programs or get on the internet.  I am using Gregg's laptop now until I can get a new computer of my own.  It sucks because I had all of my favorites saved on my computer so now I have to try and remember the web addresses and passwords!  I have a horrible memory so it is not easy!
I wanted to share some of my recent bears with you, but I don't have the pictures on here of any of them except the little bunny that I listed today.  His name is "Logan" and to be honest I think I am going to have a hard time parting with this little guy!  I think he is adorable :o)  You can read more about him on Bear Pile if you would like to.
Logan has been adopted.  Thank you!

Donna (Hager Bears) and I have also been doing some collaboration bear sets.  They have been a lot of fun to work on and I am happy to say that they have been really popular.  :o)  If you would like to see them, they can be found on the gallery page of her website since I am not able to post the pictures here.

I have also been working on the Harry Potter shops when I can grab a spare minute in between everything else.  It has been a lot of fun experimenting with new techniques and ideas.  Hopefully I will be able to post some updates here soon.  

Amy, if you are reading this, I haven't forgotten about or swap, I promise!!  It is sitting on my desk begging to be finished as soon as I get a chance.  Please don't give up on me!

On that note, I better go get busy!  Lots of laundry to do and bears to sew.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Mother Nature decided to give us a beautiful Easter Sunday which was nice, but now it is back to rain and gloom. 

I want to share some new mini treasures that I purchased recently!
These furniture pieces are by Kris Compas of "1 inch minis".
She does absolutely amazing work and I am so happy to have these pieces in my collection!!    If you would like to see what she has to offer, please visit her cdhm page or her blog.  I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

This first picture is the Farm Wing Settee.  I love it so much!  Kris even sent me the little matching rug! 

Farm Wing Settee

Next is the "Lisa Set".    This set is perfect in every way!!  I absolutely love everything about it!

"Lisa set"

And of course I had to take a couple of pictures of the little kitties trying them out :o)

( The grey kitten and the orange "Crookshanks" cat are by Linda Fisher and the little white kitten is by Bridget McCarty)

As you can probably tell, I am overjoyed with these!  I'm sure I will be adding many more of Kris's wonderful creations to my collection :o)
Thank you so much Kris!!

Now I will leave you all with a parting shot of some of my real pets.  Wouldn't it be great to live the life of a pampered pet?!  These three are perfectly happy cuddling up together to keep warm. 
The grey cat is "Frank", the orange one is "Leo" and the little dog is "Abby". 
What a life!

Have a great day!


Friday, April 1, 2011

I'm So Excited!!

Happy Friday!

One more week before we leave to go to Chicago International!  Donna and I are going to the preview and then back for more on Saturday :o)
I can't wait!!  This will be my first time visiting this show.   Donna, you might want to keep me on a leash so I don't get too excited and run off, LOL!
Are any of you going??  I hope to meet lots of people there!

Over the past couple days I have been doing some spring cleaning and figured I would list some odds and ends on e-bay along with a few bears in hopes of having some extra spending money for the show ;o)     I also just need to get some of this stuff out of my house, LOL!  There are some good deals over on my page if anyone  wants to take a look!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Tomorrow we are going to dinner and then to Build-a-Bear for my daughter's birthday.  I can't believe she will be 10 next week!  Where does the time go?!

Take care,

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good evening everyone!

I hope you all had a great day! 
I just wanted to make a quick post here and introduce my new little bunny that I finished today.  Her name is "Renata".  She is ready to find her new home for the Easter holiday.  If you would like to read more about her, she can be found on my Etsy page. 

Renata has been adopted, Thank you!!
I hope you like her!  :o)


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Saturday everybody! 
Just a quick post today to share a little bear with you.  A couple posts back I announced the winners of my second giveaway.  Carol was the lucky winner of the second draw and she chose a little bear as her prize :o)  I made one especially for her and I am happy to say that she received it a few days ago and liked her!  Her name is "Polly".  I hope you all like her too!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

What I've been working on lately

I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend! 

I've had a few people ask to see pictures of my projects that I have been busy with lately, so I thought I would share them here on my blog today :o)

I always seem to have a lot of things going on at once, but I like it that way!  There is always something to do. 

This first picture is a hutch that we made in mini club for NAME day last year.  I painted it and added all the little details.  One of these days I want to make a kitchen room box with a rooster theme, so that is where it will go...eventually, lol!   The two rooster plates were a gift from my friend Donna and the little box on the bottom right shelf was made by Kristina, everything else was done by me.  The palm plant was a workshop taught by Maryse at mini club, that was a lot of fun to make!


Next is my Easter table.  This was also for mini club.  Donna and I each made a table to use as an example for the workshop she was teaching yesterday.  It was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  She taught us how to make the panoramic eggs and the sugar eggs along with a few other goodies, but as you can see I have a tendency to over-do things!
Everything on the table was made by me, except the pink egg, that was also a gift from Donna :o)  The table itself was an E-bay purchase.

My cookie prep table that I made for my bakery which is still in progress.  Actually I don't like my current bakery so I am planning to start from scratch and re-do everything.  Anyway, the table has been a fun project.  I'm not quite finished with it yet, I want to add a couple more little things to the bottom, but I haven't decided what yet. 

Here are a few updated pics of the dollhouse I have been building for my niece.  I am almost finished with the siding now.  yes, I know I have said that before, LOL!   I can't wait to start decorating the inside!

Pay no attention to the mess behind the dollhouse, lol, I tried to crop the pictures so no one had to see it!

Last, but not least, here are a few pics of my Harry Potter shops I am working on now.  They are far from being done, but I've made a lot of progress.  The first one is the Apothecary and the second is Honeydukes.  I will also be doing the pet shop, but I haven't had a chance to start on that one yet.

I am having a lot of fun with these and I can't wait to start filling them up!!  I have so many ideas!  I tried to get some pics of the inside of the shops, but it is storming here today, so the lighting isn't very good.  I will try to post more updates soon!

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures!  At least now you know why I have been such a bad blogger lately, lol!  I have also been working on bears! :o)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week ahead!!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

And The Winners Are.......

I apologise for taking so long to post the winners of my giveaway!!   There are never enough hours in a day! 
I'm here now though, and I'm excited to announce the winner's names!

My daughter, Samantha, helped draw the names last night.  It was late, so the photos are kind of dark, sorry about that!

The first name drawn was for the unclaimed prize from my last giveaway

And the winner is.......


Congratulations KRISTINA!

The second name drawn was for the prize of your choice, either a mini or a bear.

And the winner is......

carol !

Congratulations carol!

Congratulations to both of the winners of my giveaway!  I hope you will enjoy your gifts!
If you could both e-mail me with your mailing address I would appreciate it :o)
Kristina, I will get your minis mailed out right away!
Carol,  please get in touch with me so we can discuss your gift :o)

Thank you all so much for following my blog and leaving your wonderful comments!!  I will be having another giveaway if / when I reach 300 followers!  (a girl can dream right!?)

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A couple of new bears

Before I introduce my new bears I just want to remind everyone that there is still time to enter my give away!  Click here and you will be taken to the correct post where you can leave a comment by March 7 and I will enter your name.  :o)

So,  I'm back today with a new bear and a little mouse I just finished a couple days ago.  Their names are "Griffon" and "Jeffrey".  I am pretty happy with the way they both turned out!  I have just listed them on my Bear Pile page if you would like to visit them over there. 



I also have some mini news to share.  I am kind of late with this posting, but I want to show you the beautiful giveaway prize that I won!

I am so excited to have this in my collection!  This beautiful Valentine's mini came from Kathy at Wee Little West, isn't it  amazing!  Thank you so much Kathy!!
Check out her blog, she makes the most beautiful mini foods!

I have also been working on my Harry Potter shops lately, in between bear making of course :o)  I will try and get some pictures taken soon so that I can share with all of you.   I am almost finished with my niece's dollhouse as well.  I posted some pictures here on my blog a while back of the progress, but I need to update those.  I just have about half the siding to put on and some decorating on the inside, then I can give it to her and make room for my next project!  Or should I say multiple projects, LOL!  I have waaaaaay too many things going at once, but that keeps life interesting, right?!

On that note I probably better get back to work!  I have a little elephant commission to finish :o)

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lookee What I Got!!! :o)

Isn't this the most beautiful scarf ever!!!  I asked my sister to make me one and it turned out even better than I hoped!  I just had to make a quick post this morning and brag a little ;o)   She has a brand new Etsy shop if you would like to take a peek at what she has over there
I'm sure she would love it if you stopped by!


Don't forget, there is still time to enter my giveaway!
Just scroll down to the previous post and leave me a comment and I will enter you in the drawing!

Have a great day!


Friday, February 4, 2011

200 Followers!! It's Giveaway time!!

Wow!  I can't believe I have 200 followers already!!  I want to thank each and every one of you for joining me here in blogland!! :o) 
Now of course you can't reach such a milestone without also having a giveaway to celebrate!
Actually, I have decided that there will be two winners ;o)  This is because my first giveaway was never claimed :o( , so it will be up for grabs again.
I will draw two names on March 7, the first name drawn will receive the unclaimed gifts from last time which are pictured here.  The second name drawn will win your choice of either a miniature gift or a bear.  These are not made yet, so whichever the winner chooses will be a surprise! 
All you have to do to enter my giveaway is be a follower or become one now and also leave a comment on this post letting me know which you would prefer if you win,  a mini or a bear.  That's pretty easy right!
Thank you all so much for visiting!!
I will be back soon with another post, I have lots to share!