Thursday, 23 May 2019

Artie

It is a quiet time of year for teddy bear collecting, so at the moment, I am simply enjoying days with family, walking my dogs and creating an occasional teddy bear when the mood takes me, as I countdown to our Summer holiday.

11" Artie

I finished this little one yesterday, it was a beautiful day, so I sat in the garden to knit his jacket while the roses started to bloom in the sunshine. There are definitely worse ways to pass a few hours! 

I popped Artie onto my website last night, so if you would like to know more about him, please pop over to:


And of course, if you would like to adopt Artie or any of his friends, I would be very happy to hear from you!

:-)

Flamingling!

We celebrated my Granddaughter's first birthday with a fabulous 'family and friends' flamingo themed party, in the park last weekend.

Mummy and Daddy with their birthday girl

Little Izzy and her younger guests had a super time playing on the grass and chasing around, while the adults enjoyed picnics and chat in the sunshine. 

A birthday toddle for Izzy and Nana

It was such a lovely relaxed way to celebrate such a special occasion!

Birthday bubble fun!

And since the top photograph was taken at her party on Sunday, Izzy has celebrated her first year by walking independently! Way to go Izzy Woo!

Celebrating Izzy's birthday with my kids ...
 Izzy's Daddy and her Auntie.

I know I say it often, but my goodness time flies fast these days ... I'm sure it was only yesterday that I was celebrating first birthdays for my own children and now, in the blink of an eye it seems I have two beautiful Grandchildren, both now with their own official birthdays!


Izzy Woo, 

Wishing you a lifetime of love and laughter. 
A sprinkling of fairy dust whenever you most need it.
The strength to always be kind and gentle.
... and the determination to keep taking those perfect little steps forward.

All my love to you,
forever and ever.
Your Nana.

xxx

Friday, 17 May 2019

Being Nana

My Granddaughter will celebrate her first birthday in a couple of days, which means it will soon be time for my daughter-in-law to return to work ... and in turn, that means Nana will soon have not one, but two cheeky little pickles to take care of each week.


We had a trial run this week ... both Toby and Izzy came to stay with me for the day, while Mummy went back to work for some pre-return training. It was a lively day with two under fives as you can imagine (!) but we had heaps of fun together and I loved my time with them.


My mother visited us in the afternoon, so we took a walk to the playground and played on the swings and slides. Mum loved spending time with her Great Grandchildren and it was clear they enjoyed playing and chatting with her too.


I am so happy we are able to create special moments across the four generations of our family. I didn't have long with my own Grandmothers as a child, so am determined to offer as much time as possible to my own Grandchildren ... and luckily for Toby and Izzy, both Nana and Great Gran-Gran are fit, active and have eyes in the backs of their heads, so can share plenty of fun and mischief with them!

:-)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Happy Birthday Betty!

Wishing my little Betty Boo a very Happy 4th Birthday today!


I think Betty is possibly the most joyful pup on the planet. She has such an amazing zest for life and is always eager to play and cuddle. She is gentle, loyal, loving and a lovely sister to our older Golden Retriever Polly. She hears the rustle of a ginger biscuit wrapper from one end of the house to the other, brings me my slippers at dinner time and gives the softest of ear kisses when I least expect, but most need them.

Puppy Betty, 8 weeks old.

In her four fun filled years, Betty has never been grumpy and has always been the sweetest of pups with other dogs. She has very worked hard at her obedience classes and is always a good girl.


In fact, I couldn't be more proud of my little Bets! She is my self-appointed personal assistant, organising my day with a gentle nudge, or soft lick on the back of my hand whenever she thinks I ought to be doing something else. She knows my daily routines inside out and back-to-front and is always nearby, waiting for our next task. She loves her walks, runs like the wind, then flies back to me at the peep of my whistle ... (or two peeps if we are in squirrel territory!)


I am so very proud of you, my sweet little girl.

Happy Birthday Betty Boo!

xxx



Monday, 13 May 2019

Wilber and the weekend

I thought Verity looked a wee bit lonely while she waits to be adopted, so now she has a rather charming young bear to keep her company! 

Verity and young Wilber are both 11" tall

Both Verity and Wilber are now available to adopt, so if you would like to know more about either of them (or both!) please pop over to my website:


Wilber

In other news, my weekend flew by in a blur of mundane grocery shopping, dog walking/grooming/playing ... and sitting in a horrible traffic jam on Sunday morning, when I should have been having fun with my youngest dog Betty, helping my sister to train her new rescue puppy! Such is life sometimes ... at least the skies have been blue and the sun lovely and warm!

:-)

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Verity

Last week I felt the urge to create a little bear, not quite my smallest yet, but pretty close at just 11" in height...


I left it rather late to take photographs yesterday evening and wasn't happy with my first attempts as they were grey and grainy, so I popped out into the garden in my dressing gown this morning, to make the most of the light. These pics are much better and now you can see how pretty her pale pink fur actually is.

Verity and Peachy

Little Verity is now available for adoption from my website ... her big sis Peachy is also available!


:-)

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The day we caught the train

Happy Easter Everyone!


After being unwell for a few days last week (the perils of looking after small children) it was lovely to take a walk on Bank Holiday Monday and have some fun with my family in beautiful Mote Park.


My Grandson has been eager to see the miniature trains in action for quite a while, so when we found out they were running over the weekend, of course that's where we headed! We all had so much fun riding the trains ... in fact, I think the grown-ups enjoyed their rides almost as much as our very excited four year old!

:-)

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Wisteria Tweedy

On this beautiful Easter Bank Holiday, I am delighted to introduce a new Tweedy Ted to my website..

Wisteria Tweedy

Wisteria Tweedy is a new size of Tweedy at 16" ... a lovely, cuddly, snugglesome size in fact.  I have used a beautiful lilac herringbone Harris Tweed for this lovely teddy bear and contrasted with pretty pink. As with all my bears, Wisteria Tweedy is five way hardboard jointed and has glass eyes (yes, just like my mohair bears!) These bears are so fun to create and with the wonderful array of tweed available, design possibilities are endless!

If you would like to find out more about my Tweedy Teds, please pop over to www.allbearbypaula.com

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

:-)

Update: Wisteria Tweedy has been adopted!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Apple Blossom


Spring blossom is always one of my favourite times. The countryside is absolutely beautiful here at the moment and if you have a creative leaning, it can be particularly inspiring!

20" Apple Blossom

 This is 'Apple Blossom', a celebration of our English Spring. She was adopted yesterday and will be flying out to the US to meet her new owner. Thank you so much if you went to visit her on my website and sorry if you missed her. I am looking forward to starting work on my next teddy bear very soon ... and in the meantime, let's all enjoy the Spring blossom!

:-) 

Saturday, 13 April 2019

The journey from bunny slippers..

Wishing my lovely son a very Happy 34th Birthday today!


The journey from bunny slippers to adulthood seems to happen in the blink of an eye!  Watching my son grow into the loving family man he is today, has made me more proud than I will ever be able to put into words.

Happy Birthday to you Boy,
With all my love always,
Your super-proud Muva xxx




Monday, 8 April 2019

Commissioning a Tweedy Ted

I was recently commissioned to make a Tweedy Ted. My customer chose her favourite Harris tweed fabrics and hey presto, this fab new bear emerged!


 I think the plain dark teal made a super contrast for the snazzy pinks and purple stripe ... he has been such a fun bear to create! He doesn't have a name just yet because his new owner is going to name him herself. Commissions can be such a lovely collaboration! This week, I plan to return to my mohair stash. I'm not yet sure exactly what I will make, but am looking forward to finding out as my thoughts unfold ... 

Tweedy Ted in progress..

In other news, my weekend flew by in a flurry of birthday celebrations for Mum, housework, shopping, dog walks and a trip to the theatre with my daughter, to see 'Avenue Q' (an adult puppet show which made my toes curl)!

My latest collection of mohair and cloth bears,
 sitting in a quiet corner of my workroom

After such a busy weekend, I don't mind telling you, I am a little tired today, so after a run down to the playing fields with Polly, Betty and her ball, I will be very much looking forward to a quiet afternoon in my workroom planning new bears ... and of course, introducing them to you, when they come to life!

My latest Tweedy Teds

If you think you might like to commission a teddy bear, either a Tweedy Ted or a mohair bear, I would love to hear from you. To begin with, all you need to do is visit my website, click on the 'Commissions' page and drop me a line outlining the type of teddy bear you have in mind and his size. I will have a think, source fabric suggestions and start the process of planning your bear with you. It really is as simple as that to have an artist designed teddy bear created especially for you!  

I hope to hear from you soon x


:-)

Monday, 1 April 2019

Mums the word


Mothering Sunday was a rather chilly affair, but we were determined to celebrate in beautiful Doddington Place Gardens, no matter the weather.


I loved having a special afternoon to explore these magical gardens with four generations of my family. My Grandson had a whale of a time hiding in formal flowerbeds and climbing trees while we explored the grounds and it was lovely to spend time with my own grown-up children in such a beautiful setting; not to mention two of my sisters, a niece, brother-in-law and of course, our own Mum ...who couldn't have been more delighted to have four generations of her extensive family gathered together on Mother's Day!

To the cynics who deride such celebratory days as 'crass commercialism', I say try telling that to a mother who raised five daughters, is a proud Grandmother to ten Grandchildren ranging in age from eleven to thirty six and is also a Great Grandmother to four very lively little 'uns!

Happy Mother's Mum. 
It was lovely to share our special day.

 xxx

:-)

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Peachy

Blossom, blossom everywhere! 

Spring is such a beautiful season, isn't it?! 

It has been a fabulous Saturday today, blue skies, warm sunshine, trees bursting with blossom and even a few freckles making a cheeky appearance across my nose! I had a lovely walk with my dogs in the orchard this morning, then after lunch at my little garden table, finished this pretty new teddy bear.

15" Just Peachy


I have called her 'Peachy' and if you are interested to know more, full details can now be found on my website:

www.allbearbypaula.com

I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend and a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!

:-)

Monday, 25 March 2019

Cherry Blossom Skies

A cherry blossom sky ... how positively perfect!


It doesn't matter how many years pass, the first sight of a cherry blossom sky never fails to lift my spirits after the dark days of winter. This was the picture that greeted me as I walked my dogs along the lane yesterday afternoon ... isn't it beautiful?! 

At last, Spring has officially sprung!

:-)

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Tweedy Ted

So here is my newest Tweedy Ted, finished just in time for tea!


I love the simple stripe with that gorgeous turquoise herringbone tweed ... 

I hope you do too!

Have a great weekend everyone.

:-)

Update: Brodie has now been adopted.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Awesome grace and a kind heart

It was 1983 and I had recently celebrated my twentieth birthday. I remember laying on the hospital bed as I gazed in complete awe at the tiny warm bundle propped against my knees ...



Those thirty six years have flown past and my tiny bundle has since blossomed into a beautiful, talented, caring, loyal and totally awesome daughter, a daughter who has always faced life's challenges with grace, humility, determination and a kind heart.


So today I would like to say 'Happy Birthday' to my totally awesome Daughter.
Wishing you the happiness and love you so deserve.
With all my love always,
Your Mum.
xxx

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Creating teddy bears in cloth

After working with Magnolia's fluffy, nose tickling, alpaca last week, I decided to have a break from all things fluffy and work with the other end of the teddy bear fabric spectrum this week ...


As regular readers will know, I love Harris Tweed, a beautiful pure wool fabric, woven in a fabulous array of colours and patterns and perfect for making creative cloth bears. For my current project, I have opted for a herringbone pattern, contrasted with a simple stripe (but I'm afraid you will have to wait for the colours to be revealed when he is finished in the next day or so!)


Designing and making a cloth bear is a slightly different process from creating their furry cousins and I tend to pick and choose techniques used in both cloth doll and teddy bear making, to create my own range of 'Tweedy Teds'. 


For anyone considering making a cloth bear, here are a few thoughts that spring to mind:

Keeping an eye on proportion at the pattern design stage is very important, as tweed has a looser weave than the usual mohair backing, which means a body and limbs can easily looked overstuffed and far too wide, which in turn can make poor teddy look very uncomfortable and far too big for his own head!

Closing seams and inserting glass eyes is also a challenge because of course, without fur, there will be nowhere to hide any finishing stitches ... and as any professional teddy bear maker will tell you, finishing work must be as invisible as possible! Nose stitching can be tricky too, as it's not easy to stuff the nose area as firmly as you can in a mohair bear, without distorting the muzzle shape, so the tension of your embroidery thread becomes all-important to achieve a perfect finish. 


When it comes to stuffing a cloth bear, care has to be taken to not only ensure the weave of this wonderful fabric (if using tweed for example) isn't pierced with the pointy end of a stuffing tool (easily done!) but also to make sure teddy isn't lumpy, is suitably firm to hold and won't have misshapen paws ... and speaking of paws, I line those with wadding so they have a nice smooth finish when stuffed. I prefer to add a few plastic pellets in the centre of teddy's tummy cavity to weight, whether furry or not, so I contain those in a separate bag to ensure they don't pop through the weave when cuddled.


Jointing can be done with hardboard joints and cotterpins/nuts 'n bolts, but depending on the cloth used, size of your bear and it's purpose, (ie., will it be a gift for a child* (please see note below) or  is it intended as an adult collectible?) you may prefer to reinforce the fabric at the site of the joint and line the joints. Alternatively, why not try buttoned thread joints? They are often used in doll making and can look fab on teddy bears too, especially if you make your own buttons!

Lollipop, an award winning thread jointed cloth bear 
designed by Paula Carter

For anyone wondering if making a cloth bear is easier than making a mohair bear, the answer I would give is a resounding 'no'.  In fact creating teddy bears from fur-free cloth is a great way of laying bare any teddy bear artist's true bear-making talents! That said, it is great fun to choose fabrics which reflect your own themes and ideas and have the freedom to create truly unique and original teddy bears! 

:-)

*NB: if creating cloth or fur teddy bears for children to play with, please do not use glass eyes or any parts which could be a choke hazard. Use plastic safety joints rather than hardboard/cotterpin joints to attach limbs. If preferred, you could stitch head and limbs to body with extra strong thread, rather than jointing. Don't include plastic pellets in the tummy cavity and most importantly, check very carefully that all pins have been removed from teddy before he is given to the child to play with.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Artistic Inclinations

I hit a bit of a lull in enthusiasm for my 'learning to draw' project over the past few months, so put down my pencils for a while, but now I'm feeling the creative urge again, so it's time to have another dabble, before my fragile inclination crumples forever ...


I would like to learn how to draw realistic animals, but for me, they just don't happen and instead, I am more likely to find a fun teddy bear making an appearance at the tip of my pencil. Ho hum.


With the old adage 'draw what you know' (or should that be 'write what you know?!) dancing in my head, I thought I'd restart my artistic endeavour with a picture of Polly and it looked reasonably promising to being with, but eventually I became frustrated by my clumsy attempts to reproduce her fabulous wavy fur.  Back to the drawing board Paula ...


At least this week's free hand pencil portrait of my daughter can be said to bear a slight degree of resemblance and is an improvement on a previous attempt from a couple of years ago - but my goodness, I struggle with noses and angles! That said, I can see I am starting to get the hang of hair, so yes, I guess that can be called progress?! Hopefully, one day, I will have learned enough to do my beautiful girl a little more artistic justice. 

So, I suppose the moral of my sporadic drawing story has to be don't give up ... and in particular, don't be so self-critical, that along with any rogue pencil marks, you also erase the joy of learning! 

I know, it's easier said than done eh?!

;-)

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Magnolia Blossom

Hello from a grey and stormy UK!


Spring has taken a step backwards here this week and my dog walks have been decidedly gusty for the past few days! I am hoping this stormy weather will soon blow itself out and give Spring the opportunity once and for all to arrive. I would dearly like mud free, warm, dry walks for a change please ... and while I am on the subject, it would be perfect if the local magnolia blossoms I see in neighbouring gardens, could have a chance to bloom properly, without being blown at gale force from their branches!

Despite rain and gales, it has at least, been a great week for bear making and I have been working with alpaca, a lovely natural fabric, perfect for creating comforting chunky, cuddly, teddy bears.


16" Magnolia


So, on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I would like to introduce you to my latest teddy bear 'Magnolia', hot off the press! She is a beautiful oatmeal coloured alpaca girl, now available for adoption ... and of course, cuddles!

 For further details, please visit:


And if you are able to offer Magnolia a kind home, I would be delighted to hear from you!

:-)

Update: Magnolia has been adopted!

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Happy Birthday Polly!

It has been an action packed, poo roll filled, barky, welly wearing, hard working and sometimes completely exasperating six years, but during that time Polly has taught me that life should always be enjoyed to the max in wide open spaces, fun can be had almost anywhere ... and loyalty and trust are almost as important as cheese and sausages. We have worked hard, played hard and snuggled together, every single day, without fail.

Polly, now aged 6

Polly at 7 weeks of age, on her first day at home.

Happy 6th Birthday to my beautiful 'Big Bird' today ... the really rather fabulous, Miss Terjack Terzi!

:-)

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Blue skies and a Roly Poly

Exactly year ago this week, we were being battered by the 'Beast from the East', a ferocious snow storm but for the past three days this year, the sun has been warm, the skies blue and daffodils and blossom are starting appear everywhere. It seems there can be no predicting our British weather!

We're enjoying early Spring sunshine this week!

Having fun in the sun at a local Woodland Trust with my Grandson.
We climbed a tree together, so this photo was to celebrate us not falling off our perch!

Needless to say, I have been making the most of this unexpected sunshine by going out and about with my dogs and my Grandson. After all, how often are we ever able to enjoy warm sun in the UK in February?!!! We have enjoyed some lovely local walks together and have all been feeling relaxed and happy in the Spring sunshine.

12" Roly Poly

Happily, I also finished a cheerful new bear for my website between walks. I hope you will agree, he is a cracking little chap!



'Roly Poly' is now available for adoption from my website, so if you would like to know a little more about him, please click the link below ... thank you!

 www.allbearbypaula.com

:-)

Update: Roly Poly has now been adopted.

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