Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Hip hip hooray for the USA indeed! Even after all these years, I never fail to be excited when I see my bears in print and this week, I couldn't have been more delighted to have the US 'Teddy Bear Review' magazine drop through my letterbox, because they have kindly included me in their 'Postcards across the Pond' feature, including a lovely photograph of Victor! It may sound daft, but I was just as thrilled when I noticed they've used the photograph I took of the River Medway on my walk with Stuart last July, as the backdrop for the entire double page spread! If you would like to purchase a copy of the mag, please visit http://www.jonespublishing.com/ for further information.
'Collect It' magazine - September 09 issue
While we are on the subject of magazines, here's a little peek at the advertisement I've created for the September issue of 'Collect It' magazine. This issue will include a supplement written by kathy Martin especially for the forthcoming 'Teddies 2009' and a little birdy told me my bears may have a mention! For further information about 'Collect It' magazine, please visit their website at: http://www.collectors-club-of-great-britain.co.uk/magazines/default.asp?magazine=1
or if you are in the UK, why not treat yourself to a copy in your local WH Smiths!
Monday, 22 June 2009
It was Summer Solstice yesterday and I had a fancy to take my little point 'n shoot camera out for a stroll, so we parked at the top of Bluebell Hill and went in hunt of a local megalith. After snapping a few quick pics of the fabulous view, complete with obligingly dramatic cloud formation, we headed downhill, in the direction of Stuart's childhood stomping ground.
'Kits Coty House'
It may not be awe inspiringly huge, but this monument to ancient England is intriguing. Known as 'Kits Coty House,' it is actually the remains of an early burial chamber, reportedly older than Stonehenge. There are inscriptions carved into the stone as if visitors over the centuries hoped that by leaving their memorial mark on these steadfast stones, they too might claim the right to be remembered long after departing this mortal coil. Sadly now the stones have been clumsily fenced to 'protect them' ... (although apparently this was no obstacle to at least one young boy intrigued enough to climb over and experience the stones at close quarters many years ago!)
The only problem with walking downhill, is that at some point, you have to climb back up! After a lovely time photographing my pretty poppies, we trundled back through thick woodland in search of another remembered childhood track. The idea was that it would provide us with a shortcut back to the top of Bluebell Hill and yes, it certainly did that - however, as we all know, time plays tricks on the memory and Stuart had forgotten just how steep this particlar pathway was ... what this photograph fails to convey is that my heart felt as though it was about to explode from my chest!
Father's Day at the Bluebell Hill Memorial
Not only was it the Summer Solstice yesterday, it was also Father's Day. A poignant tribute of flowers and cards had been placed at the memorial of the three Air Ambulance crew who tragically lost their lives when their helicopter crashed close by, in 1998.
Friday, 19 June 2009
Four decades later and the instinct to surround myself with the things I love, is still very much alive and kicking. I simply can't do 'minimalist', that's not me at all. From bears to books, pottery to piggy banks, I confess my collecting sins! I thought you might like to take a peek at one of my little weaknesses ... I discovered these piggies when I was on a pretty tight collecting budget and since then, have become enchanted by them!
Each piggy bank is made by the Arthur Wood pottery company, (mostly during the 1960's and 1970's) and each has been hand painted with flamboyantly pretty designs. I think they are delightful collectables and of course, are also useful for saving up pennies for my next piggy indulgence!
By the way, did you notice the vase next to my elephant piggy? Well, therein lies another of my pottery passions ... but I'll share that one with you another day!
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Yesterday was a knitting day. I've been looking forward to having a reasonable excuse to spend the day on the couch in the conservatory enjoying the roses through the window, while I clack away on my bamboo needles and yesterday my time came!
Measuring Bernard for his knitted waistcoat
I whizzed up a smart little waistcoat for my new bear 'Bernard' in Rowan's extra fine merino wool, (which, by the way, knits like a dream!) whilst admiring my newly planted rose bed and watching 'Loose Women', '60 minute makeover', 'The News' and David Dickinson's 'The Real Deal' on TV ... and I make absolutely no excuses for calling this a day's work! After all, there have to be some perks to self-employment don't there?!
My wicker chair, food for creative thought ...!
My mind drifted back to my childhood while I was knitting yesterday, reminding me of the crocheted granny square throws we used to love to make as kids during lunch hour at primary school (do youngsters still do these things at school I wonder?) I have more odd balls of wool than I know what to do with and this wicker chair is crying out for a little colour ... hmmmn ...
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Anyway, it occurred to me today, that collectors and non-bearmakers interested in teddy bear artistry, might find it interesting to know a little more of what lies behind the creation of artist bears ...
Friday, 12 June 2009
Anyway, lippy in place, boxes in boot and most definitely running late, I hurled myself into the car and ...
Oh and to cap it off, can someone tell me why the drag 'n drop facility on my blog has disappeared?????
Bring on the weekend. Please!
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Those who follow my work, will know this really is my kind of bear - big, classic and utterly classy! Bellamy was a special commission order and I am delighted with how he has turned out. Working with such beautiful mohair has been an absolute joy; sadly though, this mohair is not always as easy to find as it once was because it's the top end of mohair luxury - it's dense, curly, has fabulous colour and wonderful sheen and needless to say, a price tag to match! However, it is so utterly glorious it's definitely worth hunting down ... I think it would be almost impossible to create a bad bear from it!
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
At 20" Dotty is quite a bit taller than the other raggy dolls I've made this year, but she's every bit as much fun! I think she looks as though she's got her head drifting happily through the clouds, don't you?!
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
She's as wise as her tongue and a little bit older than her teeth ...
Happy 42nd Birthday Sis!
Have a lovely day Tina ... sending my birthday wishes to you old girl,
with lots of love from your big Sis xxx
Monday, 1 June 2009
I freely confess to being a fair weather gardener. Out comes the sunshine and I reach contentedly for my trowel and watering can. It has been beautifully warm over the weekend, with not a cloud to be seen - perfect for pottering! Did I tell you last summer that I absolutely love roses? 'Prima Ballerina', 'Peace', 'Wendy Cussons,' they all have such gloriously heady summer perfume and after years of enjoying these beautiful hybrid tea roses in my last garden, planting them againhas been like welcoming old friends to our new garden. On Saturday Stuart and I took drove out to my favourite nursery 'The Potted Garden', to find a climbing rose. After mulling over all the wonderful possibilities we found 'Warm Welcome,' a flamboyantly free flowering, bright orange rose ... I can't wait for it to begin showing off later this month!
So why cue the blues? Well, the perfect accompaniment to a summer's afternoon planting roses, has to be Albert King blasting out on the stereo! Grubbing around in the mud to the sounds of Albert King with Otis Rush, or Stevie Ray Vaughan ... hey, does life get any better than that?!
Our new roses are in bud now, almost, but not quite ready to photograph, so in the meantime, here are a few colourful snaps of my pretty patio bedding plants ... sorry I can't remember what they are called, but aren't the markings on those yellow blooms gorgeous?!