Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rocky knows!

Yes, our Rocky knows where he looks good! Just happened to find him in the hall on a Korean chest just below a mirror we found while we were stationed in Okinawa. Other kitties are often hard to photograph as they won't stay still more than 2 seconds, but I think Rocky poses!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Right Jolly and Pup

This Santa certainly isn't old, but he will certainly be jolly!
We're having a bit of an experiment with "mobile blogging" this morning. It's rainy here in beautiful southern Virginia. Santa was just born last night and couldn't wait to put in an appearance, so here's a preview (he still needs his hat, white fur trim on that and his outfit and a snazzy belt!). Anyway, this an iPhone pic made with the kids on my work table using my iPad case as a background. S. and pup are standing on a piece of black mini bear fur.  So let's see what happens when I click on "publish!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A New Pup and some Fabric Fun!

I think this year my Santa Bear will be bringing puppies to Hunt Valley!! What do you think?? I recently received some viscose from the Ukraine - thanks Anna - and thought it looked like "PUPPY!"
Now, here's an idea! Have you ever received a fur order and wished it were a little fluffier? Try this!!
Put it into a little bath for awhile to soften it up! Here, I'm using a product available at  Knit Picks ( usually used to ready a knitted item for blocking called "soak." Any soap will do for this, however, and you just need a tad. Let it soak until the fabric backing feels soft. Be careful to put each piece in individually or put like colors together in case there is any color bleed. Once you have rinsed the piece under running water until the water has no more bubbles, just toss it into a dryer.


Spread it out on a towel to dry. Run your fingers against the grain to fluff it up! Thanks for the help Cleo!!

Here you can see the difference. The top piece is right out of the envelope and the bottom piece has had a bath and a fluff!

Hope you like the pup! Here he's standing on my deck railing which is only about 4 or 5 inches wide.

Just a wee handful, really!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


My neighbor, Tania,  just brought over this beautiful bouquet for me!! She's just returned from visiting her parents in Germany and she also brought some wonderful German chocolates!! I shall enjoy them slowly so they will last a long time. These flowers just shout "JOY" - don't you think??
Thank you Tania!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kim's Shawl!

Kim just finished this wonderful shawl made of Brooklyn Tweed yarn. The delicate pattern goes so well with the fern I had on my show table.....don't you think? Now that fall is a breath away, we're getting out the yarns, needles, and hooks!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More show photos!!

I hope you've enjoyed the show!! It's even better in person, so plan to attend next year. You can get information at I believe the theme for next year's gallery is something like: On the Road Again - where will my bears go?? Fun!!!

This one's mine!!

That's all folks! I think there's one of each gallery piece. If I've missed one, I apologize! It's such an exciting place during the viewing, it's hard to get up close sometime.
Hope you enjoyed the show!!
And finally!!!! This one photo of Katherine Hallam and her remarkable piece of Alice falling down the rabbit hole!! I realized that I did not have one of her piece because it was so amazing and there were so many folks looking at it that I couldn't get close!!! I borrowed this photo from Facebook - hope whoever took it doesn't mind!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kumihimo and more show!

Actually the Kumihimo (ancient Japanese braiding) is show related! I made this necklace to wear at the show's festive events on Thursday and Friday nights. There are 8 strands of beads which are woven together and I made the lion from polymer clay - notice the neat dreadlocks - some also beaded! Look for a closeup of this handsome guy at the end.

Now back to the show gallery:

And there's still more!!!
We'll have to have another posting dedicated to this wonderful gallery! Check back tomorrow!!
Finally, a close-up of my swell lion on my kumihimo beaded necklace.
I had the great honor of attending a class given by polymer artist Christi Friesen. This lion is based on one of her pendants in her book "Cats." I've begun adding lions to my friends this year in brown and a solid white for this show. I have plans for gray and other colors as well.
See any resemblance??

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Gone!!

My little bears, bunnies, and lion all found homes quickly on Friday night at TBAI. I thank the wonderful collectors so very much! A big thanks again to Jessie for creating my lovely tree settings which left a lovely view along with my pretty fern plants after the bears had been adopted!

I'm happy to show you many of the gallery pieces from the show! I'll do this in a couple of postings. If you have any questions about who made the pieces, just email me and I can probably figure it out. I tried to take the tag with the piece, but the writing might just be too small.

I'll show more in the next post! Thanks to Cindy Malcoff and all her helpers for making a wonderful experience for us all! TBAI is such fun! If you've never been, plan on attending next year!