Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I have just seen the list of winners for the 2011 TOBY Industry's Choice Awards and you could have knocked me down with a feather when I read my name on the list!!!!!!
After much procrastination in the final weeks of November last year, I finally decided to participate and chose to enter one of my 'Careworn Collection' designs because this style of bear represented a new direction for me during 2010. I also decided to try the 'small bear/undressed' category and hey presto, much to my surprise and delight 'Lonesome' has scooped a nomination!
It's been such a difficult few months, so this recognition has really helped to give my spirits a boost and for that, I am very, very grateful.
Hey Dad, this one's for you x