Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Panda Bunny Lop

Wee Panda Bunny is on his way to his new home.  His new Mom saw mention of him in my last post and loved him before he was born!!! Thanks Debbie!

I wish I had time for more bunnies before Easter as bunnies are probably my favorite. 
The good news is that I've been accepted for the online TeddiesWorldwide summer show which allows friends to be part of the fun! As you know, I make bunnies, elephants, turtles and kitties and am thinking maybe a raccoon may be in the works soon. We often have them visit our deck and they are just the cutest!!! I'm thinking maybe a lion too!
Be sure to mark your calendar for this wonderful show!! Truly an International affair, you'll have the opportunity to see and adopt bears and friends from all over the globe!
I'm just trying to decide where my little ones will be vacationing!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Baby Bunny!

How 'bout this?? Here's the prototype for my smallest new baby bunny - named Baby Bunny so far. He's about 2 3/4 inches tall. I think there are a couple of things I'll change, but I just love him. I wasn't sure of the ears until it was time to sew them on - then I realized he would be a lop. You can't see in these photos, but he has a fluffy white tail. 

and here he is on my deck railing - waiting for the leave to pop open on the tree limbs behind him. I think I'll try a wee Panda Baby Bunny next.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More show bears!



and Sweetie Pie

were the other bears in the show last weekend. They should all arrive in their new homes today.
Thanks so much to the new parents - and to all who visited the show!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Teddies Worldwide Show Has Begun!

Jarome the wee Garden Gnome will be there to greet you as you visit this "all bear" show! Just click here: www.teddiesworldwide.com to see all the wonderful bears! This is truly an international show and you'll be able to see bears created all over the world.
Wee Jarome shown above sits atop a felt mushroom which I made from a pattern I found on Etsy from a shop called Craft Pixie! I did a few things differently to assure Jarome would have a steady seat. The pattern developer suggested filling the stem with rice. I added steel pellets on the bottom to make sure that little fungus sat still! I used rice toward the top of the stem. The slice of wood, the mushroom and Jarome are all separate and can be moved around for display. If you'd like to purchase the pattern, just email me and I'll give you the link to the Etsy shop.
Enjoy the show!! Buy Bears!!!

Wow! My bears were all adopted by 4:20!!! Thanks to everyone!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Wishful thinking? Well, maybe a Big wish for that season of warming lengthening days was the inspiration for my preview piece for the upcoming Teddies Worldwide online show. Wee tiny "Spring" stands atop a lovely purple crocheted flower which you might remember from an earlier post and that's on top of an old rusty bed spring! As soon as I can, I shall add to this post directions for just how I did this. It was rather windy the day Spring and I went outdoors for her photo shoot. I had to wait for the gusts to subside to balance her just so!  I've crocheted a dress and matching hat just for her out of a beautiful Lizbeth thread in a shade called Vineyard Harvest. I hope you can see all the colors! I'll post an unclose of her soon.  For now, the preview for the show has begun! Hop on over to www.teddiesworldwide.com and see the wonderful preview photos for this all bear show. You can vote for your favorites!

Here's a closer look! I just realized I have the photos of making the "pin cushion" she's sitting on still on my phone so I'll have to transfer them over - then will post a "how to."  Almost show time!!
Use the link above to see the show at 4 p.m. EST!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tiny Trousers for Tubby Teddies

 One of the things I most admire about my daughter, Kim, is her brilliant ability to solve problems. She's an excellent knitter and yesterday I happened to mention that I would appreciate it if she could puzzle out how to knit some trousers for bears. The only little standing bear in the house is little Wee Much which I made several years ago. He kindly agreed to work with Kim as she designed the pants.

This was a bottom up operation as she started at the ankles. She discovered Wee Much has big feet!! The cuffs of the trousers have ribbing so will expand to allow him to take the garment on and off. Kim used double pointed needles which you can see surrounding Wee Much's right leg.

And those needles which resemble shish-ka-bob sticks followed him all the way up to the waist. Kim made a cute little draw string to allow the top to fit perfectly. These pants are meant for a kitty cat who hasn't been made yet, so I'm sure that ribbing and draw string will come in handy. If you have an odd size bear to fit and have questions, email me at the address in the right column and I'll put you in touch with my very talented Kim!!

And a final view- Wee Much received a sweater from Kim too!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentino in my Etsy Shop!

Here he is!! I've just listed tiny Valentino in my Etsy shop. I hope you'll go on over and have a look!www.etsy.com/shop/donnaandthebearsValentino is just 2 7/8 inches tall and has 5 cotter pin joints. His eyes are sparkling black glass and he has 4 wool felt paw pads. I crocheted the little red jacket just for Valentino! We've been out taking lots of photos today so we thought you'd like to see them!

He's such a sweetie!! The listing is just for Valentino, but I expect if you choose him for your valentine, he'll be bringing some treats along to your house! I just love this tiny size and am working on another champagne colored wee one that I think will be a girl!!
Valentino has been adopted! Thanks Pat!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cute From Any Angle!

Well, after shoveling lots of snow, why wouldn't you make a polar bear?
We've had lots of snow here in southern Virginia and this little guy looks right at home.

Since taking these photos, I've made the rest of his little body and hope to get him ready for the Etsy shop in time to make a special Valentine trip. If you are interested in having this guy for your Valentine treat, be sure to sign up for notification of new bears available at the top of the page - or check back here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thanks Teddy Bear Times!!

Thanks so much to the folks at Teddy Bear Times for including me in their recent issue! They used many of my photos and I so appreciate the time and effort that went into the piece!
I'm still hoping to get to a teddy bear show "across the pond" one of these days so hopefully collectors there will recognize my little ones. Special thanks to Allison Croat for writing the lovely article!