WELL the PINK BEAR RAFFLE took place this morning in the salon..we had a special PINK DAY...and 2 of the trainees won the pinkest outfit vote so they got to do the draw. If you are wondering were I am..I was behind the camera.
Anyway, here is a list of the winners and ticket numbers. I will be sending out a list to all the participants by email over the weekend and also by post to those who sent
Congratulations to the winners and huge thanks to all who joined in. I am totting up the totals and will post the final amount raised in a day or so.
Ticket number 247 SANDY from Lovebud Bears wins CHERISH the Humble Crumble bear
Ticket number 220 Cherise Gaffney wins ESPERANZA the Three O'clock Bear
Ticket number 277 Joy Linsell wins Glory, Melanie's BEAR TREASURES Bear
Ticket number 22 Louise Gorringe wins FAITH Samantha's Mary Myrtle Miniatures Bear
Ticket number 67 Lisa King wins PATIENCE Yvonne's BEBBIN bear
...and , apparently, we shall have snow. Well, according to the Met Office at any rate. Actually I wish we would get some cold weather...every year it's unnaturally warm here in the UK...and we seem to no longer have real 'seasons'. When I was a kid I remember snow drifts taller than me..and Wellington boots were an essential item every year.
So I do hope the north wind will blow and we SHALL have snow...well, at least a BIT of a winter season..so that when spring comes, it comes in with a flourish and doesn't just drizzle in like it seems to do these days.
First of all we are still selling tickets up till the weekend, so it's not too late if you would like to buy one or two. Just get in touch with me.
We are doing the draw next Friday, 31st October, on Halloween!! We have organised a pink day in the salon so it's appropriate that the draw is done then and if you are a winner I will be in touch to check your address. I will also post the winners names here and also will inform all the entrants of the winners over the weekend following the draw. I'll also publish the total raised on my blog over that weekend.
If you have purchased tickets and have not yet had your numbers through please get in touch.
I am so sorry I haven't updated my blog for a couple of weeks...to be honest I have had a very dark time lately. The last eighteen months have been a catalogue of unpleasant events and while some may say that what I have been going through are minutii in the great scheme of things..in 'Jens World' it's seemed catastrophic and has left me with some very frightening anxiety issues. I am looking onwards and upwards though and I am still making bears...that's my reward!
So here I am again....surfacing from two weeks of anti-depressants and their side effects feeling a tad better and very much tougher. I apologise if I have not been in touch and as 'gobby' as usual but I needed time out.
I am hoping to put a fabulous bear on eBay next weekend to it's business as usual in the Three O'clock Bears workshop.
I was out taking pictures yesterday morning and found this teeny tiny toadstool...I am sure a fairy must live somewhere around here. So I decided this song from 'A Midsummer nights Dream' would be a good poem for today...and one by Christina Rosetti that I just like very much!!
Now the hungry lion roars
Now the hungry lion roars, And the wolf behowls the moon; Whilst the heavy ploughman snores, All with weary task fordone, Now the wasted brands do glow, Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud, Puts the wretch that lies in woe In remembrance of a shroud. Now the wasted brands do glow, That the graves, all gaping wide Every one lets forth its sprite, In the church-way paths to glide : And we fairies, that do run By the triple Hecate's team, From the presence of the sun Following darkness like a dream, Now are frolic; not a mouse Shall disturb this hallow'd house: I am sent with broom before, To sweep the dust behind the door. (William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream, V, 1)
Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I: But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by.
It's National Poetry Day in in the Uk tomorrow and the theme this year is WORK. When I went out into my garden I nearly walked straight into this spiders' web....maybe it hoped I would!!!
Anyway in the light of this I found a poem that I thought was very apt, it's quite long and you probably know it but maybe it's good to remember it..and it's message!!! I have another one which I'll save for tomorrow!! Bet you can't wait!! Tee-Hee!!!
The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly, 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy; The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there." Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain, For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."
"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high; Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly. "There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin, And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!" Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said, They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"
Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do, To prove the warm affection I 've always felt for you? I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice; I'm sure you're very welcome -- will you please to take a slice?" "Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be, I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"
"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise, How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes! I've a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf, If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself." "I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you 're pleased to say, And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."
The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den, For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again: So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly, And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly. Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing, "Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing; Your robes are green and purple -- there's a crest upon your head; Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"
Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly, Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by; With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew, Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue -- Thinking only of her crested head -- poor foolish thing! At last, Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast. He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den, Within his little parlour -- but she ne'er came out again!
And now dear little children, who may this story read, To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed: Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye, And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.
Well it took forever and had a million setbacks along the way but finally I am delighted to say we are now up and running with the brand NEW THREE O'CLOCK BEARS website.
We'd love to know what you think..and there are even bears to adopt too!!!
Here's one....Mistral who even though I do say so myself is a stunner...he is appearing on eBay this evening at 9.30 pm UK time...here is his link ( which won't work till the auction starts on Sunday )
Well what a lovely time I had ...I spent pretty much ALL my pennies on Sunday at the Motor Cycle Museum Doll and Teddy Fair near Birmingham. It was quite busy...not SOOO many teddy artists...lots of vintage bears and plenty of the ubiquitous CHARLIE BEARS around..they are cute and cuddly ...and POPULAR it seems!!
I didn't buy a bear ....but I did buy lots of vintage 'stuff' for the THREE O'CLOCK BEARS to get dressed up in and to play with. Above are pictured two of the minature shopping baskets... quite old..but simply gorgeous!!
It seemed, as always that there was a nice friendly atmosphere with lots of goodies to choose from..I could have bought more things but I thought I had better hang on to my pennies...trouble is now I have wait till November to go again.
I am having a stand there in November...it would be lovely to see some friendly faces!!