Sunday, July 22, 2012

Toy Airplanes

I have made an aviator bear. Can't reveal him yet but he needs a plane. I envision him with a vintage looking toy plane but I have run into a problem. Size wise the plane should have a 4 -5 inch wingspan. Maybe a wooden biplane? Or an old tin toy one? So I started searching with no idea how difficult it would be. The wood one are all too big or too expensive. The tin toy ones are definitely way expensive...more than I would sell the bear for. I was hoping to find a toymaker that makes wooden toys. I thought I had found one on Craig's list but he didn't answer the email. Last night I came across some airplane ornaments and some are the right size. So I am looking at a quasi vintage(1974) wood mattel plane with a plastic propeller and a Kurt Adler ornament(the green and red one in the photo). I keep searching and hoping to find something better.
My aviator bear is Christmas themed so I am kinda leaning toward the red and green one....

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Puppy Grrl

I actually started working on this Puppy Grrl months ago. She has had 3 different heads as I tried to get the look I wanted. Penelope is currently available on Bear Pile. I think Pugs are wonderfully cute and expressive dogs and puppies.
The Friends of Teddy show at Teddies Worldwide was a great success and 4 of my critters are on their way to their new homes. The next show is a Christmas theme and takes place in November. I don't know if I will be participating but I will definitely attend.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Just a few hours left

I just have 3 critters still available at the Friends of Teddy show at Teddies Worldwide. Julius the lion, Sirius the Dog Star, and Spike the Bull Terrier are waiting to be adopted.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Teddies Worldwide show has begun!

The show started at 4pm est today. My little kitty, Imogene, has already found a home. So, there are four dogs, a lion, and the Steampunk Puss N Boots still available as I type this. 
That is Sirius the Dog Star in the upper left of the photo. Happy Herbie is in the upper right. Bottom row left to right: JoJo the terrier, Julius the lion, and Spike the bull terrier. Lots of other great creations to look

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Other projects

When we bought our home a year and a half ago things were financially tight(still are).  I used everything I could from the previous home and bought very little new. Curtains, area rugs, wall art were moved to the new home. We even transfered a ceiling fan. The windows in this home are an unusual width - 52 inches. It is not impossible to find blinds in that width but they tend to be very expensive. The windows in the two back bedrooms had wood roll up shades. The problem was they face the east and the morning sun was heating up the rooms. Also they didn't provide much privacy and you could see the neighbors windows. After researching online and discovering that liners are also expensive I decided to make liners myself. Using my 40% off coupon at Hancock fabric I purchased drapery liner for less than $15. It's 54 inches wide and that made it very easy to make the liners. It took less than an hour to cut, stitch and then staple to the wood header on the shade.
Now, that boring job is done I can get back to some creative sewing.
I can hardly wait til Friday, when I can show the critters that I will have for adoption at the Teddies Worldwide show. Make sure you check out the preview and vote for your favorite before Thursday!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Less than a week...

Til the Friends of Teddy show at ! The show starts at 4pm est on the 13th and last til 4pm est on the 15th. Go to the Teddies Worldwide page to vote on your favorite now. There are some really great critters from 75 artists from all over the world.
I want to thank the bear artists that gave me advice on the forum at the Guild of Master Bearcrafters. I was have trouble with dark shading and they helped me figure it out. Now I can finish a little dog I have been working on (on and off) for several months. The problem was causing me frustration and I would work on it then put it away for awhile.
Lastly the little bears in the photos are previous creations of mine now available in the orphan section on Bear Pile. You can check out Audrey here You can find Missy Ann here They traveled to Singapore and now they are ready to travel again.