Monday, May 30, 2011

Back to the bears :-)

Finally - some time for the bears! I have 4 little guys (or girls - it's a bit early to tell!) sewn up ready to be stuffed & then comes the fun - faces and accessories!!! Then there are 4 more bears traced and ready to be cut-out... and lots more fabric to be made into wonderful little mini bears!!

My family of needle felted bunnines are FINALLY off  to Onabee on Wednesday, so tags & certificates need to be printed and filled out... and hopefully a few kits put together by then too (yeah, yeah - I know it's been on the cards for ages, but they'll be hitting the shelves Wednesday!!)

But for now it has been a long day, so I'm off to bed... Good night!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cute critters to crochet!

I have a lot of crochet patterns... a LOT! But with mohair bears and needle felting, how do I fit in crochet as well??? I dunno, but I'll do my best!!! Here are some cuties I want to crochet...

Now... which cutie to start with???

Saturday, May 28, 2011

This week I'm grateful for... coffee!

Coffee!!! Caffeine!!! I couldn't have survived the past two weeks without it - so here's a toast to coffee...

Pop on over to Maxabella Loves to see what others are grateful for this week...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Little felted bears & bunnies

It's FURiday again, and I've swapped the mohair for merino - catching up on a little needle felting. Quite a few people are asking for complete bunnies and kits for DIY needle felted bunnies at my local crafty store, Onabee, so I have a bunch of bunnies ready to go and a few kits to make up and deliver.

The next kit I'll be making is for a bear, but I'm still designing the exact bear... Here are a collection, in various states of completion, that I've played with along the way...

Back to the needle felting! After the bear design is finalised, I need to do a kit for a kitten!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A special little bear

I was given a little 2" (5cm) tall crocheted bear when I was 3 years old by one of my dad's students (he taught high school). I have carried this little guy around with me ever since - over 30 years (although I'm not saying exactly how many years over 30!!!) He is my most special bear. I have never really given it much thought before, but I have never actually given him a name! Poor little guy is over 30 years old and has never, and still doesn't, have a name...

Any suggestions for a name for my special little friend???

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Drum roll please....

And now, after sickness and trouble posting with Blogger... the winner of the first ever Julius King Giveaway is....

Congratulations Wayne!!! I've sent you an email, so please get back to me so I can send you your fur! Can't wait to see what you create!!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Of bugs and silly things

My poor neglected blog. I have wanted to blog but I've been sick. VERY sick. But did I stop and let myself rest and recouperate? No... Soldier on with Codral, soldier on... Until you try to kill yourself walking 8km in the Mother's Day Classic! I made it (without paramedic assisstance, to my suprise) but boy did sitting down at the end feel SOOOOO good and eating that apple in the show bag taste SOOOO good!!! When I saw my Dr the next day he looked at me, after I had gone through my tale of woe, and simple said: "You're stupid!" But at least instead of saying "I should have got a medal for that" I actually DID get a medal for it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

In Memory of Doogie (& Oskar)...

Doogie was my cat - and he was a fabulous cat. OK, so he might have hated my husband (he still has the scars to proove it!) and he might have misunderstood that biting me was not on but biting everyone else was fair game... But he was my cat and I loved him. He was the best cat I've ever had! But he died 2 years ago this week. So did his mate, Oskar - my other cat who, when my husband and I moved in together, immediately adopted my husband and ignored me completely... They had good lives and good long innings of 16 years each - not bad for pure bred British Shorthairs! Here they are together as kittens:

Oskar (L) and Doogie (R)
This is my favourite photo of the boys together, with Oskar obviously stealing the attention!!! However, this is my favourite photo of Doogie:

I was wandering around the web and came across a few gorgeous images that reminded me of Doogie. Apologies if I'm breaching copyright anywhere...

And here's one that's the spitting image of Oskar:

RIP Boys - Love You Always!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The ears doth make the bear...

The position of the ears can make such a difference to the look of a bear!

3 Faces of Finley:

3 Faces of Sigit:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bears in Berwick!

Today was the Melbourne Teddy Bear Fair in Berwick (pronounced, appropriately, Bear-wick) which was great fun!

I got to meet some good friends and fabulous artists in person, and just as importantly meet their bears in the fur! It was brilliant! I even made a few new friends :) I was very good and didn't adopt any bears (although a few were very tempting!) but I did buy a couple of patterns and some small pieces of upholstery velvet for my little bears...

They are fabulous colours - midnight blue, honey gold, maroon, dark green... some cute bears to come! And with a couple of free patterns in the showbag, my goodie bag was full of goodies!

Yay for a fun day & a huge thanks to Di for driving!!!