Monday, December 22, 2008

The Christmas Parade

The Christmas Parade of Artists' Favourites can be found at http://ellen-borggreve-design.typepad.com on December 23rd. Be sure to Check it out!


Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas

I have not had time to post much lately. Well, to be honest I have been so down on myself the past few weeks for not having enough time to get things done. I still have not had time to get my minis up. I have christmas bears to finish, I have been working on them.. but just have not had time to get them all done. I have Christmas baking to do, which I don't think at this rate I am going to get done at all. What is more of a problem I can't motivate myself once I get home from work. I usually make dinner, eat, clean up and then fall asleep at my desk.. lol. oops. That probably means I should go bed.. lol.


We are staying home for Christmas, which is good! I just want to stay home and have a nice quiet few days. My Chinchilla, Cher, is due any day now and I don't want to risk us not being there and her having a problem with the little ones. I would be devestated if anything happend to her or them. Plus it's SOOO cold here, if the heat went out we would have some major problems.
I think I'm only getting 2 days off work anyway. But we shall see.. If there is work, well, I will be at work. If it's not too busy I will probably get a few more days. Guess it's not the end of the world either way. :)


We have not been working on the house much lately. Things have been quite busy and Brad had to switch jobs.. so that made things a bit interesting.. but he seems to be settling into his new job, I just hope he fits in and things work out there. It sounds like a much better place for him.... with a better quality of people working there. I have not met the owners yet, but they sound like good people.

So not much else new. I will try to post a few pictures this week... but I HAVE to finish Kristina's Prezzie, so I have to get my butt home and work. It looks awesome, and I'm sure she will love it.. I just have to get it done.. lol. ACK!
Love and Christmas Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cookie Round-up

Thought this year I would participate in the Great cookie recipe round-up. I've made these cookies at Christmas since I can remember. I usually double or triple the recipe..... I always seem to eat a whole batch myself.. heehee.


Thimble Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted flour

Wallnuts, chopped fine
Raspberry or Strawberry or Apricot jelly or jam

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cream butter; add sugar gradually and mix well. Add well-beaten egg yolks, flavouring and flour. Shape into balls about the size of a walnut. Dip into slightly beaten egg white and roll in finely chopped nuts. Dent in center with thimble or finger. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Dent again and bake 12 to 15 minutes more. Fill with a a nice sized dot of jam or jelly while still hot.






Make sure to visit the next person in the cookie round-up.





Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ack and all that

Ack, I still have not had the time to get all my new minis up. My appologies. I always have the best intentions.... but not enough time in the day. I will get them up before the end of the week. I have the photos done.. but I need a spare few hour or two to sort them and get them listed.
Things have been very busy, but I have to admit I did take Saturday off to go out shopping with Kristina. We had a very fun day though, and I had not seen her since the Doll show.. sheesh, what a good friend I am.. lol.
In other news.. the bedroom renos are coming along. We have it all painted and it looks sooo nice. I have a dark very dramatic photo of it. We don't get much light for another couple months so it's hard to get a good photo.
So I am very much looking forward to relaxing at Christmas.. although I just found out yesterday I only get 2 days off... so pretty much a long weekend.. which sucks. Oh well, maybe things will change between now and then. I am quite disapointed though. I could really use a week off to rest and get some bears made.
I did get a very pretty red Christmas tree the other day.... I am still taking down Halloween decorations though... lol. I think instead of putting my 2 large Halloween props away I will just give them Santa hats.. heehee... Should give any Christmas visitors we have a laugh.
I am still working on those Xmas ornaments.. I really do wish I was better at getting things done... but I can't do everything so I guess it's better not to beat myself up over it... I really hope by the end of the weekend they will be done.
I am planning to register for the Spruce Grove Miniature show that is in the spring. I plan on making a pile of miniature bears this time around. I am quite excited as I have not made many minis bears in the past couple of years. I have quite a few of those on the go as well.

I also have a sweet bear that I have not wanted to part with done.. I will probably list him on ebay.. maybe this week. I really can't decide.. Etsy or Ebay? What do you guys prefer? Actually I am going to do a survey on that one.... top left of my blog page, please let me know which you would rather.
Well I better get back to work here! Hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Not quite done..

Sorry guys, I didn't quite get all my Etsy updating done. I got 2 new miniature pieces up but I have more. I didn't have time at work to upload them... and then when I got home I sat down for a minute and feel asleep.. lol. Oops. Oh well, I was tired. I will try again tonight.

Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chinchillas and new minis

I've been trying to get a photo of my Chinchillas.. but they move too quickly so all photos are fuzzy.. lol. So instead I have made a little video of them, for those of you who wanted to see :)
I need a name for the white one.. Her name was Powder.. but I don't think that suits her she is sooo naughty... hehee. The Beige boy I think I am going to call Furito.. teehee.

Also I have some new minis I have just taken photos of and I will be uploading those to the etsy shop. I will try to have that done today! I am also working on those Christmas ornaments! There will hopefully be 3 of them when I am done.. well 4 but one is already spoken for... lol. Now I just need to get time to work on them. Hope you all have a great week!

Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sale ends tomorrow

My Etsy sale end tomorrow morning!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5641444

I will be listing some more dollhouse miniatures hopefully on the weekend.
Bear Hugs!
Melanie

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bear sale and other ramblings :)

I use to walk for an hour a day at the track. I stopped when I moved to Edmonton a couple years ago. So on the weekend I picked up an elliptical trainer and I love it. I've used it twice this week and intend to keep up with it. When I lived in Stony plain I had a life cycle bike and I loved the thing.. but I could not take it with me when I moved. I think with having no sunshine and it being to chilly to do much outside this is the next best thing.

Also I spent a good hour in my studio hugging mohair and thinking up new ideas :) I pulled out 5 pieces of fabric and I AM going to try to get at least one bear ornament to put up for adoption.

Okay, one more thing of the day, I've decided to do a bear sale for Christmas. I know budgets are a little tighter this year and to thank all my wonderful customers who have been putting up with my sporadic post of bears.. I will be offering some really good deals at my Etsy shop. Friday I will be putting the prices back up to the regular price. Merry Christmas!



Love and hugs!
Melanie

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pondering

I have been a bad little blogger as of late. I have not been feeling myself the last couple of weeks. I try to keep a positive attitude.. but with what seems to be a constant pressure and the impending winter coming.. it's not so easy to keep a cheerful attitude. I often envy people who never seem to be stressed out about things. The never ending battle seems exhausting some days. The news and the office spin with the doom and gloom of what is happening in the world. It takes most of my willpower just to find something positive in each day.

We just recently celebrated the first year in our home. It is a great feat considering it has been one of the most challenging years we have faced. It seems to be one obstacle after another, but I am so proud of what we have accomplished in one year. I just keep my hopes up that 2009 will be an easier year.

I had planned on making some Christmas ornaments to sell... but I don't think I'm going to be able to manage to get that much done. So if you are looking for a xmas gift for yourself or someone else please visit my
etsy shop. That will be it for this year unless a miracle happens. lol.

Love to you all and Hugs,
Melanie

Monday, November 10, 2008

a day to remember.




Please take a moment to remember all the brave people who died so we could live free.
Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Sunday, November 9, 2008

8 new Critters on Etsy!


I've just posted 8 new critters in my Etsy shop.
Yes! new critters.. lol. Finally! yay! I hope you like them!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5641444


Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Daily Gratitude list, day 2

I missed yesterday... got too busy with things and we had people over helping with the upstairs bedroom. So Today my Gratitude list.

1.My Mom

2. Sourdough Bread


3. bears

4. Miniatures

5. My cellphone


6. Coffee.. yumm.


7. The washing Machine

8. The birds outside.


9. My warm bed


10. Sleeping in


11. Creative urges


12. Fuzzy socks.


13. deli sandwiches

14. Fabric


15. movies

16. For it not being snowing and -30c yet.

17. Digital Cameras

18. The pink coat my mom bought for me.. it's so fuzzy and soft.

19. The slow Cooker.. I've had a Chilli in there all day.. lunch and dinner.. Yum.. lol.

20. Having a house I don't have to be croweded in (even if it is a pain in the butt to keep clean.. lol)


Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Ant and the Grasshopper.


Retold from Aesop by Rohini Chowdhury



Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow.

All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.

The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. 'Why do you work so hard, dear ant?' he would say. 'Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?'

The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. 'What a silly little ant you are!' he would call after her. 'Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!' And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily.

Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.

The grasshopper didn't feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer's field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. 'Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?' wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. 'Ah - I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!' declared the grasshopper, perking up. So off he went to the ant's house and knocked at her door. 'Hello ant!' he cried cheerfully. 'Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!'

The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, 'All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!' And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper's face.

It is wise to worry about tomorrow today.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The daily graditude list:

My Fellow Blogger and friend Heather from Run's with Trimmer, and a group of her friends.. have been posting what they grateful for. It is so easy to be negative and even though I try not to be negative I can't always can help myself when life is a challenge. But even when things are difficult we have things to be grateful for.. even if they are just the little things. So here is my top 20 for today for what I am grateful for. The Challenge is to do this for 7 days.. I don't know if I can do it for that long.. but I will try for 3 days.

1. My family


2. my  pets


3. my new Chinchillas


4. Having a wonderful home


5. having a good job


6. Working with the people I love


7. My cats.


8. World of Warcraft


9. my truck


10. living in Spruce Grove


11. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


12. hot baths


13. miniature Magazines.


14. soft Blankets


15. The Dishwasher


16. my new coat


17. being healthy


18. having a private office.

19. donairs

20. Ron, for getting rid of my dead mice... again.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Never ending Chaos

Hey all,
just thought I'd Check in quickly. I sometimes think, in all reality I could use a clone.. lol. I don't think I have stopped running for the past week. I am exhausted and nothing seems to be getting done. I have a list as long as my arm.. and one of those things on my list is to be more organized. It is hard to be organized when you have your whole house turned upside down all the time though. It should be getting better soon though. We are working everyday on the new bedroom and it is coming along nicely. We have got the first coat of primer on the walls.. but the taper has to come back and fix a few things before we can continue. I hope that will be tomorrow.

Tonight I am going to look at a pair of Chinchillas.. that will more than likely be coming home with me. These (if they healthy) will be my Birthday present from Brad.. I hope these little guys are what I am looking for :)
I have not had time to photo shoot those new critters.. I still hope to get that done this week.. but it might have to wait till Saturday because the sun is not up yet when I leave for work.. and it's down already by the time I get home. I really need that natural light to get the real colors of the bears. Well, I hope one of these days I will have a photo studio area set up... We do plan on it.. but that is way down on the priority list at the moment.

So not much else is new.. just working lots at work.. and working lots at home.... OH and starting to think about Christmas. I really want to put a few lights up this year.. we shall see... I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew.


Hope all is well with everyone in blog-land!
Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween fun


Just a few photos and videos from my Halloween house fun.. Hope you all had a safe and fun night!
Hugs!
Melanie





Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Halloween, And other Ramblings

It was my birthday on the 25th.. it was one of those.. "omg I'm old Birthdays" so I didn't feel much like celebrating. I did however go out for lunch with my Brad and my brother and his girlfriend. After lunch we went to the mall and wandererd around a bit. It was a good day, would have been better if it was not so cold.. but at least we have the West Edmonton Mall to play at. Brad is still working on the Chinchilla house so it should hopefully be done next week. Then I get to go pick up my new buddy. :)



So I am trying my best to get some new guys up next week. They are all done and ready to go.. I just have to photo them. SO I have 2 new Dragons, one new Kitty, 2 new bears and one Bunny. I promise I will do my very best to have them up. I will try to do a photo shoot on the weekend!



So not too much else is new. We have been working on the upstairs bedroom. We hired someone to come and tape and mud it.. so I am hoping we will be able to paint this weekend! I am getting sooooo excited. Having this bedroom done means I will finally get to unpack most of my stuff ... that has now been in boxes for almost 2 years! ack.



Last night I carved 2 of my 6 pumpkins. I will leave you with a photo of the one I brought with me to work :)

Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

Hugs,

Melanie

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Dollhouse Miniatures

I just updated my Etsy shop with some of my Dollhouse miniatures. I hope you have a few more up by next week. I know, I know. Halloween is next week.. but I know all my fellow crazy Dollhouse friends work on the Haunted houses all year. lol.. Well, I do anyway!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5641444

Hope you all have a great weekend!
Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Still alive

So I am still sick.. but surviving. I am almost better, I think, now if I could get rid of the cough and plugged up head.. lol... okay so maybe not better just yet... lol.
Spent the weekend drywalling the master bedroom.. which is not very much fun.. but it was nice to spend the day with Brad and we had fun even if it was not the most fun job. At least it's getting done! Soon we will have a nice bedroom.

Not to much new... my birthday is on Saturday so I'm not really looking forward to that one.. but I hope to at least go and have some fun. Brad is buying me a Chinchilla.... just as soon as I find the one I want.. lol. I've wanted one forever so I am quite excited. We got some supplies for the new little one and Brad is building a home for him or her.. lol. I really want an odd color... which seem to be a bit difficult to find around here.

I will also be updating myEtsy site sometime in the next few days. I will be posting most of the minis I have available up... and maybe some bears if I can manage to get some photos done.
I really want to update my melbears site. but I just have not had the time... my appologies for not having some new bears! Soon, I promise!

Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Thursday, October 16, 2008

One little, Two little... three little Witches

Actually just one witch. I managed to get her done and my Mom loves her. We had quite a few laughs about her "shirt".

I am not good at making clothes.... mostly I just need practice.. but I am just not good at it. I can make Dolly dresses (for antique dolls) or little coats.. but that is about it. Mini clothes prove to be even more of a challenge.
Anyway, here she is in all her glory, my first doll attempt.



In other news I am still really sick so I have not been doing much at all. I can't seem to get rid of this bug. I am worn right out... hopefully I will be feeling better soon. I want to get back into making bears!
Hugs,
Melanie

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


It's Thanksgiving here in Canada and it looks to be a nice fall day.. a bit on the cloudy side.. but it's not snowing so we will take what we get!

Post show, I've come down with the flu.. or a bad cold.. not sure which.. but I feel terrible. But that is what I have been up to... being a sickie. Anyway, I wanted to share what I've been working on. I need to have this done today so I better get my butt in gear.

This is going to be a gift for my Mom.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugs,
Melanie

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Halloween Minis on ebay!

Hi All, I've just listed a few more of my creepy Halloween Dollhouse delights

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/melbears_W0QQ_nkwZQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZ

I will be listing a few more after lunch so please check back!

Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Monday, October 6, 2008

After the show.

So I survived my show.. lol. It was a great day and it was very hectic. So many of my minis and other critters found wonderful homes. I also bought a couple soft pieces of Alpaca that I plan on making into some soft bunnies :) ....... now, where did I leave some energy??? lol. Well I think I will be taking the rest of this week off making new things. I am so tired from all the lack of sleep, excitment, walking and blabing that I just can't wait to go home, and hopefully have a nap.. although I doubt that will happen as I have been neglecting my other "duties". lol.
Tomorrow I will try to list a few more Halloween minis on ebay. I have also been making.... Kitty litter boxes... with little fimo poops.. eeewwww. They are very funny, well, I think so anyway!
I will leave you with a few photos of my table at the show. Enjoy!








Hugs,
Melanie

Saturday, October 4, 2008

One more day.. 2 more sleeps.

So yes, I'm up kind of late tonight.. well not late, not in Melly terms, I use to be quite a night owl ... but lately I have been so tired I have been going to bed before 10pm. I am pretty wired about the show and am working on last minute things for it. I managed to get a very cute blue bunny done... well he just needs a tail.. and I have to put the finishing touches on 3 other guys that have been otherwise done. I also made some itty candy apples and am now working on just a few other mini pieces.. although I'd love to have more bears made.. I just don't and there is no use for me to get all stressed out about it. My final count looks to be 15, so no too bad. I always like to have 20... but I can only do what I can do :) I will be bringing my mini lamps and other Halloween mini goodies.. so I won't have an empty table!
I've also spent some quality time in the basement looking for my table drapes. We still have so many thing packed from the move. I can't believe we have been here almost a year! It is hard to imagine not living here.. even though it's been a very rocky year.
Well, I should probably head off to bed soon. I need to get up early and start my day of sewing and getting ready for the show!
Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Edmonton Doll and Teddy bear show! 5 day countdown

Well only 5 days till the show.. Make sure you come by and say hello! It should be a great show and I am very excited!





Edmonton doll club show and sale.

ALBERTA AVIATION MUSEUM
11410 KINGSWAY
EDMONTON, AB
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2008
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission is $5.00








I am working on a new bunny who should be done by the show.. and I am

hoping to get one more fellow done before the show.... but I am also making a few more minis....lol. Why do I always bite off more than I can chew!? lol. I need more time but it's very difficult when I work full time and have a house and pets to look after... I don't know how people with kids do it.



After the show (well after I recover from being exhausted.. lol) I will be listing some more ebay auctions. I am also going to try to make a sculpted witch doll. A few people have asked, after seeing my witch coming out of the mirror, if I could make a whole doll. So that will probably be my next big project.

I of course have to start my Halloween decorating of the house... It will take me awhile as all my Halloween goodies are still packed from the move.. I just hope I can find everything! It would also be nice if I could put some of my things outside without having them get A. snowed on B. stolen.. lol. So we shall see.

.. that reminds me.. I still have to find my table drape for the show, and make business cards (I should have had them printed, ack, I forgot!)... and tag my bears.... lol. ack. Hurry up 5 o'clock! lol.

Hope you are all having a great week!

Love and Hugs,

Melanie

Monday, September 29, 2008

6 more days till the next show! ack!

So I only have 6 more days till my next show. This one I will have my bears at.... the few bears I have made anyway. I will also be bringing my Lamps and other minis. Please come by Saturday and say hello, the show is at the Aviation museum at Kingsway and I have been told there is 100 exhibitors! Wow! It should be a good show!
Other than that have not been up to much. We have been working on the house and spending lots on building supplies. Which isn't the most fun I've had buying things.. but once we have the upstairs done it will be worth it.
Also, I still have some auctions up on ebay. These will be the last I list until after the show!
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/melbears

Well anyway, I had better get back to work once again!
Hugs,
Melanie

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Halloween dollhouse goodies and mini lamps on ebay!










I've just gone on an ebay listing spree! yay!




You will now find a few of my mini lamps for sale as well as a few of my Creepy Halloween goodies.



Enjoy!
Love and hugs,
Melanie

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shows... and the exhaustion after.

Had an awesome time at the miniature show and am so pleased that many of my mini pieces found new homes. I also got to meet my friend Shirl who I have talked online with for years. She is a total sweetheart and it was soooooo awesome to finally put a face to the personality I chat with.

I bought quite a few little gems for my Dollhouse and really had a blast. I just wish I didn't get quite so drained from it all! Seems a one day show has taken the best from me the last 2 days.. lol. For some reason not having at least one day to rest on the weekend has turned me into a big sleepy head. BUT on a fantastic note I did manage in my zombie like state to list 5 new auctions today!

Please check out my Halloween Dollhouse listings on ebay http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/melbears I have listed some Spaghetti and Eyeballs, an eyeball Submarine Sandwich, Dragon Breath Chilli, a lone Hand Sandwich and one of my Ghost in the mirror!

I have been working like a Crazy person on minis and I have started sculpting some doll heads as well.. I have made them into Ghosts in "mirrors". I am so very pleased with them.


I will be starting on some new bears now. I hope to get 2 new fellows done for the show. I have 12 days till showtime.. we will see where my procrastination takes me! lol. oh, and a wee preview of the itty bunnies I have been making.



Love and hugs!


Melanie


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Shows and the madness before.

I am a master procrastinator.. I don't even try to deny it anymore. I only have 13 critters for the show Doll show. BUT I have 30 miniature lamps and probably just as many other misc minis. I am addicted to minis! Don't worry though, I am getting the bear bug and have 2 little mohair guys floating around in my mind. I will try to get at least 2 more bears done before the show :)


SO in other newsI will be at the Edmonton Miniature show this weekend. My friend and her Mom have been kind enough to let me put a few things on their table. Next year I will surely have enough to have my own table. I am very Excited about this show. I have never been to an all miniature show before and it should be a great experience.


This week I have been working non stop. I made 2 itty tiny bunnies. I will try to take a photo tomorrow or later today if I get time. I am very busy making more Halloween horror goodies.. lol. I have so much fun with them. I am soooo happy other people are with me in my madness and are giving my gory treats a new home. It makes me feel good that there are a few other zany people out there who love Halloween as much as I do.





I won't be posting any new auctions till next week.. after the show. I will list a few auctions after that but then I have to get ready for the Doll show.

Well I better get back to work!

Love and Hugs,

Melanie

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Spooky Dollhouse goodies of Horror (mwhaha) have arrived!

I am currently uploading some of my Halloween Dollhouse Treats. It's taking me a bit longer than I thought because my new router is not co-operating. BUT they are slowly going up. Please check them out and let me know what you think!

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZmelbears

Love and spooky hugs!
Melanie

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Working on Halloween Dollhouse Miniatures! Boo!



I have been working on lamps and Halloween minis like a mad scientist! mwahaha... teehee. I have decided to post a few of the creepy Halloween minis on ebay. I will get them on either tonight or tomorrow depending on how tired I am when I get home... lol. So far so good.
So, what else is new you ask? Not a whole huge lot. Work has been crazy busy and home life has been crazy busy. We are doing as much work as possible on the upstairs bedroom reno... Well Brad is mostly working on it because I am "trying" to get ready for the show. I still need to make new business cards... and I want to have at least 4 more bears.. but at the rate I am sewing that just isn't going to happen. I have one little bear that I can't decide if I should put up on ebay or save for the show.. and considering I only have 13 critters ready for the show.. I should probably hold onto him! lol :) well I love him anyway.. heehee.



Well I will Hopefully log on again later with an auction anouncement!
Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

a weekend full of everything but bears..

So I got pretty much nothing done on the long weekend. I did make a few more lamps.. but did not get even a minute to work on my bears.
I spent Friday with my Mom and doing a few work errands. It was a fun day, we shopped and had a yummy lunch. I always get excited as the Halloween things come into the stores. There are so many creepy delights! I didn't buy much, but Mom bought me a few eye shadows.. which are supposed to be for my Birthday.. heehee.

The rest of the weekend was spend ripping out walls for our bedroom and taking things to the dump and helping Brad at the lake with the deck.
Monday some of Brad's family came to see us... He has a huge extended family and just one sliver of them is more than all the people I know.. lol. We had a nice visit though. Brads Grandmother brought me the most gorgeous African Violet. I will have to take a photo of it while it's still blooming. I love plants and flowers.. and have seemed to have lost my curse of quickly killing my houseplants!

It's only 5 weeks till my show. Ack! Oh well, tonight I will try to start on some new minis. I have some great ideas for some little animals and dolls. BUT I need to finish my blue bunny.... and I really want to get at least 4 more bears done before the show. I know that is a stretch with work and everything.. but I want to have some new things made. I often wonder why I try to tackle shows. It is so hard to get everything done!

Well, I have to cut this short here, work is crazy busy.
Love and Hugs!
Melanie

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dollhouse lights

Well I've had a VERY busy day today. I cleaned the house pretty much all day. This is one of the first days my back has felt better and my house needed a good cleaning! lol. Nothing like over-doing it once you feel a little better.. teehee.
My plugs came in finally for my little lamps! yay! I am so excited. I installed plugs for hours and now have 14 lamps that are all ready for the show. Yay!

Okay, so here is my first attempt at making and posting a video... of course it is of dollhouse lamps.. and I don't say anything.. lol. Sorry about that. Brad is watching TV in the background so any noise is from that. I've never made a video before so please be kind... lol. I just really wanted to show my new little lamps actually lighting up! hehe.

My Pink lamp, it very pretty pink not lit, and glows so pretty when lit! I have to get more of those pink bulbs!

This video is of my old fashioned turquoise blue swirl lamp, my solid blue "crystal ball", and my little laboratory looking blue swirl Gourd lamp.

If you are interested in any of them let me know. They will be $30 usd each plus postage

okay, just one more...

This one the flower lights up :)

The videos don't really do them justice, I will try to take some better photos of them in the daylight.. lol. I thought it would be better to have it a bit dark to show them lighting up though.

Love and hugs,

Melanie

Friday, August 22, 2008

Alberta weather.. oh how it confuses us!

Two days ago it was 38c/100f today is 11c/51f I refuse to turn on the furnace even though I am freezing.. lol. I DID turn on my little space heater in my office. I can't stop shivering, I often wonder how we manage to take the temperature changes. I also wonder if other places have
such extreme changes in temperature.

Melanie

My disapointment with Teddy Bear Magazines

I love magazines, I am an addict. Mostly crafty ones, Doll, miniature and of course teddy bear. Most doll, miniature and crafty(like Martha Stewart.. yes, I love Martha, I can't help it!) magazines do an awesome Halloween feature. I always end up buying at least 10 magazines I normally don't buy just because of the Halloween photos. Big old creepy houses, crafty bits and Halloween displays, I live for August when all the Halloween delights arrive in the shops.
Now, my complaint, teddy bear magazines. I just received one of my beloved teddy bear magazines and was one again disappointed. No magical Halloween displays, no articles on an artist(s) who make Fall or Halloween/creepy critters for the delights of Collectors... a few oddly placed photos. Nothing I have not seen a hundred times over. Still a good issue of the magazine, but a disappointment for someone looking for a little fall flair. Maybe I am once again the strange one and teddy bear Collectors have in interest in Halloween. ?. I'm not always the best person to pick up on the status quo. I do know Halloween is a billion dollar industry, and myself, I spend hundreds of dollars a year on Halloween decor and treats... Then again I am a Halloween junkie and tend to leave some of my larger props and decor out all year (how boring would my office be without them!.. lol). Do collectors of Teddies have no Halloween interest? I know Doll and Miniature people do... I am now eagerly awaiting my Doll and Miniature magazines, I hope they can relieve some of my need for a Halloween "fix".

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Love and Hugs,
Melanie

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Back from the lake and ball jointed doll love...

Friday after work I battled traffic and a hurty back to go visit Kristina. I always love going to her house because being a fellow teddy bear artist and her Mom being a miniaturist.. I never feel odd or out of place. We talk non stop about bears and minis and I know no one else who can get excited about fake miniature lettuce... well.. lol. I think you get the picture! Kristinas new bears and gosh, her Elephant.. I tried to take her home with me.. but Kristina kept noticing it gone! teeheee.
I only hope I can have half of what she has done before the Edmonton Doll show! eeek!
We did a little bit of shopping and I got some Awesome new beads for making mini lamps! I am just waiting for my new bulbs to arrive. I have used up all my bulbs! I think making little lamps is addictive. :)
Saturday morning Brad and I drove out to Sylvan lake so visit Brad's Family. They were throwing a Surprise party for Brads stepmom. It turned into a fun evening except my back was hurting quite alot... At least it's nice because they never made me feel bad about having a few naps while everyone was visiting :) My back is feeling a little better now.. but it's still not very good. I have been trying to rest it as much as possible.... but of course I had to do a bit of yard work today.. First time in a week, my poor flower bed needed weeding!
Oh, while in Red Deer we stopped in at Chapters (I wanted to see if they had any new issues of TB&F magazine) I picked up a copy of Haute Doll Magazine http://www.hautedoll.com/shop.php. I have been secretly in love with ball jointed dolls for quite some time and of course they are doing a Halloween special. I am in total love with Skiya. She is all I can think about now.. lol.


My Birthday is coming... but I don't think anyone loves me THAT much.... lol. Ah, anyway, is she not gorgeous??!!

There's still a few hours left of the evening, I am trying to decide if I should work on the Blue Bunny I have been working on.. OR work on more Halloween Miniatures. Hmm Decisions decisions! lol.
Hope you all had a good weekend!
Hugs,
Melanie

Friday, August 15, 2008

The loves of my life...


So I thought I would share today a few photos of my darling Maine Coon kitties. Ghost and Mouser. Mouse the Tabby is the new addition








He has taken a few weeks to come out of his shell... but now he and Ghost are the best of friends. :) They seem to delight in chasing eachother around the house. I often wonder if I have elephants instead of cats! heehee.




Oh and please don't look at the mess/missing wallpaper/icky rugs. We renovating and everything is under construction or ripped apart!






Shall we attack now?





Hugs,
Melanie






Thursday, August 14, 2008

Halloween dollhouse goodies! yay!

So my poor back is still hurting just awful. They don't really have a solution for it so I guess I will just have to wait till it gets better. It hurts to sit.. and walking around doesn't seem to do it a whole lot of good either. Today it does feel a little better than the other day.. but I have taken a few Advil so that might have something to do with it. BUT it does seem to be a tiny bit better.

Okay, on with other news! I have finally taken a photo of the start of my Halloween dollhouse goodies. They are a little on the creepy side so please be pre warned. They are meant to be amusing and not grotesque.. but I never seem to quite know where that line is!! heehee.


I have many more ideas floating around in my poor brain, so more creepy items will be coming! If anyone is interested in the Halloween treats, they are ready to go, just let me know( leave a comment or email me from http://www.melbears.com) and I can list some on my Ebay or my Etsy page. They should run around $3.00- $20.00. Eyeball soups, boiling eyeballs, blood and fried eyeballs and Jars of pickled eyballs... and other treats would be great in a Halloween or Haunted Dollhouse :) That is where mine will be going!! Mwwhahaha. ;) lol. They will also be making their debut at the Edmonton Doll show in October! So don't forget to attend!

Friday Tomorrow!
Hugs!Melanie

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

No work getting done

So I missed work yesterday because my back was hurting so much. I finally broke down and went to the Chiropractor when sent me for x-rays.. joy. So although my neck feels awesome from whatever he did to it.. my back does not feel any different... which is not fun at all. I had to get to work today.. we are so short staffed as it is. I go back the the Dr. tomorrow to see what the x-rays tell us.

Hugs,
Melanie

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Stupid Slugs, stupid back

Well, I've hurt my back AGAIN. So I got 100% nothing done today, I am in pain just sitting here at the computer so this will be short. Not sure what I did to my back again.... I was thinking it













may have been me hunching over picking slugs off my plants :( I've been told Beer and Coffee grounds.. to get rid of them.. so I shall try that. With that I will leave you with a few photos of my flowers I took yesterday.




Hugs!
Melanie