Wednesday 27 November 2013

Chasing squirrels ..

With Christmas only four weeks away, 'what's happening in the All Bear workroom?' I hear you ask ...  well, with only a week and a half until my Christmas show, I'm running way behind as usual.  I do have three lovely teddy bears under my belt for the new Brighton show, but with only a week and a half to go, this is definitely not as many as I would prefer by this stage!  Hopefully with a fair wind to blow a team of elves in my direction and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust to help us, there should be at least half a dozen brand new teddy bears to sit with my Christmas tree by the end of next week ... (and if I buy a tin of wrapped chocolates to share with visitors, that should also help fill a little more space on the stand!)

This is a quick peek into my workroom this morning ...

The shelf spaces are at last starting to fill ...

The knitted neck warmers I made last week are being worn ...

There are teddy bear pieces piled on my desk waiting to receive some of that magic fairy dust ...

And the reason for my oh-so-slow show progress is parked here on the carpet, hoping I'll put down my bear-making very soon to take her out chasing squirrels in the woods again!

Polly may have slowed down teddy bear production but I don't begrudge her a single bear ... my beautiful girl has been very time consuming since her arrival back in May, but in return, she has brought me so much joy each and every day!

Friday 15 November 2013

Twinkle and Sparkle time!

I just finished this cheery little Tiddler clown for a collector ... 

She has been named 'Ophelia' by her new mum and will be meeting her later today ...

 Little Ophelia brings my order book to a close for this year, so time now to think 'twinkle and sparkle' and start work on a few Christmas bears in preparation for the 'Great Brighton Teddy Bear Event' on the 8th December. There are only three weeks until show day, so I'd better embrace the season, dust off my Christmas playlist and get cracking ... fa la la la la, la la la la!

Monday 11 November 2013

Happy First Birthday Ella!

It was my gorgeous Great niece's first birthday on Sunday ... goodness me how the year has flown!

Naturally I couldn't allow such an important occasion pass without a teddy bear, so set to work making 'Lily Marie', a pretty pink teddy bear, for our very special little lady, Miss Ella Marie.

I hope Ella and Lily Marie will become firm friends and share their secrets in years to come.

Ella's mummy and daddy put on a lovely family party yesterday so we could share Ella's very first birthday.

Happy Birthday Ella, may magic and sparkles be yours forever!

With much love,
Great Auntie Paula xxx

Monday 4 November 2013

First things first ..

First things first please!  Before we bedeck in tinsel and sparkle, let's take a moment to enjoy Guy Fawkes night!
I don't think my kids (ages 30 and 28) will ever be too old for 'big bright shiny things going bang' (my son's words!) so it has become an annual ritual for us to tromp down to our local community firework display to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, stopping along the way to pick up fish 'n chips to eat as we walk ... yum!
My Dad always loved Guy Fawkes night and I remember clearly, the last bonfire party he held in his garden ... a large rogue rocket shot across the lawn instead of up into the sky. I don't think we've ever moved so fast!  Fortunately no harm was done and now whenever I see fireworks, they always make me smile and think of my Dad.
So even though the shops in town are filling their shelves with Christmas already, I absolutely refuse to think 'Christmas' before Guy Fawkes is done and dusted.  There is a time and place for everything and this week is neither the time nor the place for Christmas as far as I am concerned!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Guy Fawkes Night. 
Wheeee, wizz, bang!!!!


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