Teddies Worldwide

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Work in Progress

Bears have taken a back seat for quite a few weeks now- only time to squeeze a little sewing in now and then, sadly. Hopefully things are a little less hectic now and I'll be able to finish off some of the poor little creatures who've been waiting patiently for me to return to my workbench:)
Here's one of them- this little one has a very different body shape, with bent arms and legs, a big pot belly and cute chubby cheeks. I can't wait to get back downstairs and figure out how to dress her:)

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Teddies Worldwide Online Show now open!

Thought you might like to see my Teddies Worldwide online show pieces... The theme is Teddy and Friends on Vacation, and I created some new critters I've never attempted before- including a kangaroo, koala, seahorse and mermaid.
There's some wonderful creative pieces in the show, do pop by before it's closed and check it out! The way many artists have interpreted the theme is terrific, so many brilliant ideas!

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

So, now I'm coming back down to earth and trying to knuckle down and be productive... Easier said than done, which I'm sure you can well relate to!:) For some reason I've been inspired to try some needle felting. Now, like many I'm sure, I've had felting supplies for many years... Always intending on having a go but not really achieving much... So I thought this time when I give it a go, if I put pics up on my blog, it might push me to actually finish something!:-D
Whether my plan works or not is another thing, but here is one of my experiments so far. Not perfect of course, learning new techniques usually doesn't result in perfection first time out does it?:) But I'm encouraged enough to plug away and have another go- or two:)
I had already redesigned my head pattern a little, to reduce the snout area to allow for the felting, but I soon discovered to get the depth in the mouth that I was hoping for, I needed to remove yet more snout from the mohair parts. So, another head was sewn up and felted snout begun- only to have the mohair backing fray away, meaning my second head had to be tossed....
In front of me now I have another snoutless mohair head, with extra fray stopping on the face seams, waiting to be stuffed.. Wish me luck!:)
(Please forgive the not-quite-focused pics, I took them for my own entertainment not intending to post them, but I thought someone might find them interesting even if they aren't perfect- sort of like my felting attempts in general! lol)

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What I've been up to....

You may have noticed in the sidebar that I was heading to TeddyBear Total in Münster Germany in April... As usual I was bad in blogging and here I am home again after a great show and a lovely trip... I was lucky enough to be able to squeeze in some time in my 'favouritest place in the world' ( yes I know that's not really a word hehe), Paris! as well as a few days in Amsterdam after the show..... What a perfect time to be there- Monet's garden in Giverny was in full bloom with gorgeous bulbs as well as pansies, lilac and other beautiful spring flowers, as were the tulip gardens in Keukenhof, Holland. We got the tail end of the blossom trees and the beginning of the peonies... And beautiful weather, only a few cold days. We also squeezed in a day trip to beautiful Bruges where we indulged in some yummy chocolate and waffles!

First on the list when we arrived however, was a visit to the local Ladurée shop- a convenient 10 minute walk from the apartment, and a box of macarons to eat by the Seine... While we pinched ourselves, we were in Paris!:)

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

I'd like you to meet my little "Spring Bunny", just listed on Bearpile. She's a tiny 2.5" bear dressed up for the season (northern hempisphere of course! :-D ) with a removable bunny hat- her own fuzzy teddy ears 'bearly' peek through!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

And the Show Begins!

  At last the Teddies Worldwide show is OPEN! I do hope you have been to visit while you can. While Daphne usually provides a theme for us to work from, this time the specification was just that each piece had to be a bear.. so I thought I'd challenge myself to my *own* theme- April in Paris! Pretty Spring like pastel colours, outfits fit for strolling the Champs Elysees, and each one comes with a teeny weeny little golden Eiffel Tower charm along with her hang tag.
I'd like to share some photos of my pieces- some had special details I thought needed extra showing off:)

All the girls are available at the Teddies Worldwide online show- simply click the banner above and it will take you to the main page, then you can scroll to my name and click to my page. And of course after that, do browse through all the other fabulous pieces:)

Above is Coco.. a tiny 2" standing, with a tiny replica Chanel shopping bag...the lucky girl!:)

And here we have Water Lily, inspired by the beautiful water lilies the great Impressionist artist Monet painted....

This little lady is Gigi, dressed in silk tullle, faux pearls, sitting on a vintage powder box with a miniature Chanel perfume  bottle...

              Gigi's vintage powder box is trimmed in dark olive green vintage ribbon and beautiful                               antique wax orange blossoms from a bride's headpiece, and a faux pearl 'necklace'

And little Belle, who comes nestling in a teeny tiny pink satin pointe shoe, trimmed with vintage flowers and silver metallic embroidery.

Belle really is a tiny girl!

And here is a closeup of her little face...

This pair is called "April Showers"..

They come nestled in their little pink parasol, surrounded by vintage silk millinery flowers....

Two teeny little girls!

A full view....

Odile, a veritable giant at 6" tall!:) I wanted to be sure to show off her beautiful custom made leather shoes..... I also hand crocheted a little cardigan for her...

look at that little face!

And last but not least, Madeleine, who is taking her favourite dolly for a stroll in a pretty pram.

Here is a closeup of the pram and dolly....

Don't forget if one catches your eye, they are just a couple of clicks away via the banner at the top of the page:)

I do hope you enjoy the show- as always there are lots of wonderful pieces from very talented artists- I may be slightly biased;) but I think the Teddies Worldwide shows are the best in the online Teddy show world! Daphne does a fabulous job of selecting the best artists from all round the world, it truly is an honour to participate.


Saturday, 8 March 2014

Teddies Worldwide Show preview has started!

Hop on over to teddiesworldwide.com to see the preview of the latest online show..... Over 70 artists from all over the worldwide gorgeous pieces made just for this show- the variety and imagination the Teddies Worldwide artists produce never ceases to amaze me:)
These are my little preview girls, April Showers.. Two tiny 2.5" bears sitting in a parasol surrounded by blossoms ( which just so happen to be gorgeous vintage ones:) ) I do hope you enjoy the preview,mand don't forget to check back when the show opens!
As for me, well I'm back to work on the rest of my pieces for the show of course:)!

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