Just wondering if anyone is coming to the TEDDY BEAR ARTIST EVENT in Stratford Upon Avon on June 8th? I'll be there ..with my lovely helper ,Steve, in tow as usual ( hope he doesn't read that or he won't help me again) along with my sister, Judi, (fingers crossed) and a good selection of bears that I am working on right now.
I am entering the the Artist Challenge that Samantha is organising and the bear I am entering will be available for adoption on the day and will be a very special bear with a summery theme.
Here are a couple of links to nice hotels that you might want to check out if you are thinking of making a weekend of it...maybe soak up a bit of Shakespearian culture!!
I have been hankering after a Yorkshire 'fix' all through the winter months...to get a bit of good clean air in my lungs and blow away the chilly wintery cobwebs and so the weekend after next we are going to Egton Bridge, very near Whitby. I love Whitby ..it's so lovely all around there , the countryside is stunning, the food is the best ever and I love mooching about the little shops. It's lovely for Steve and I to get a break on our own together since we spend so much time with the family. We'll go to York for a trip too, and call in to Duttons, the button shop that sells all the vintage and antique buttons I use on the bears.
This time we are staying at BROOM HOUSE Bed and Breakfast which I have never stayed at but comes highly recommended and I must say the pictures look nice. We are going for a meal at the POSTGATE INN in Egton, which I have to say served the best pub grub I have eaten in many a long year. We all agreed that the steak pie and chips, though highly fattening I am in no doubt, was the tastiest ever, and the chips were home made from REAL potatoes!!
So watch this space and I'll let you know what it's like at BROOM HOUSE!!
( NB: The above picture is of DANBY in ESKDALE at bluebell time..about now I would say)
I have to apologise to those who emailed me straightaway as soon as Pollyanna appeared. Many of the emails just came through...for some reason about and hour and a half after they were sent. I am so sorry about this but please rest assured that new bears are being made all the time. If it's any consolation the person that emailed me first would have been first even if the other emails had come through straightaway.
It's the one aspect of teddy bear making that I don't actually like...having to tell people that a bear is sold when I know they dearly want to adopt it....not a nice job to have to do!!
This is Miss Pollyanna who is a 12" BEAR made from a mohair and silk mix fabric.
She has cotter pin joints, weighted legs for standing and she can also sit comfortably. I have dressed her in a pale pink wool dress which I trimmed with an embroidered hem. I added a matching pink bow and sweet lemon cardigan in soft wool.
I spent lots of time creating her sweet face , I gave her leather eyelids, black glass eyes and I used shading techniques along with scissor sculpting to add definition and shape.
I have had a bit of a hold up on the new bear front. Please don't worry..a new bear is coming but I truly thought we would be done by today. Yesterday I had a bit of a mare of a day..and I have to baby sit Elizabeth on Wednesdays..and my daughter turned up much earlier than arranged and so you can imagine that after she arrives not much gets done apart from playing shops and watering the garden which is the new game, and boy do those plants get some watering...good job the hose pipe ban isn't in force yet or we'd be for it.
Today I had to take my sister out to get something, turned out to be a wild goose chase around the countryside. Anyway as soon as I have done this post I will be back to the bear...so watch this space. I am at work tomorrow and so unless she's actually photographed today I think it will be the weekend!!
Just a very quick post to say that later this week...maybe even as soon as tomorrow..I will have a sweet girlie bear available for adoption on a first come first served basis. She's a 12" standing girl made from a beautiful silk and mohair mix. I am still putting her outfit together so it will be either tomorrow or Thursday. Of course I will give a time out both here and on my mailing list.
I note in the news this morning that John Prescott aka 'Two Jags' , ex-deputy Prime Minister and long time subject of ridicule has admitted suffering from bulimia...which he says is a 'girls disease'.
I have to say I respect him for coming out and admitting this. He joins a group of people who suffer in silence from eating disorders, many of them men. I hope he doesn't become the butt of even more jokes because it takes courage and bravery to admit this.
I am not, and never have been, a particular fan of John Prescott...but I sincerely wish him well in conquering this terrible problem and I hope that his decision to be open about it will give others the courage to face it too.
I think my husband must really love me..tomorrow afternoon, his favourite football team, 'Aston Villa'...commonly hated in Coventry and known in these parts as 'the vile'...is in a local derby game against their long time nemesis Birmingham City FC .This is a big match and one he is very concerned about...but guess what...he's taking me out for Sunday lunch. That must be love...either that or I am going to have to eat up pretty quick to get back in time for kick-off!!!!!
A book arrived in the post today..it's one I sent for from Amazon and as soon as I began to read it I felt a weight lifting. I have picked it up and read bits all day today. Some bits I identified with..some bits made me quite emotional as the realisation that what happens is quite normal for someone undergoing the struggle with stress and nerves that I am coping with...or not coping as the case may be.
I think that the key is acceptance and then allowing it to pass..as it does and then looking forward not back..and thinking positive thoughts. Easier said than done but today has been a step forward..and I worked on bears all day!!!! That is definitely progress!!
If anyone is interested the book is ' Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to Relax and Enjoy Life Again by Overcoming Stress and Fear' by DR Claire Weekes.
One thing she says which is so true is that you will find the book easy to read even though when you are suffering from nervous breakdown or stress/anxiety reading and concentrating is so very, very difficult. The reason it's easy to read is that it's about what we are going through and we identify with it...and so it's uplifting and healing to read it, realising you are not alone.