Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Website neglect

The weather this time of year reminds me of the Calgary Bear Fair. It was an awesome show and always so much fun. I really wish someone had taken the show over after Sandy passed on as it was something special. It was always SO exciting with so many artists in one space. We have to settle for the Doll show in Edmonton... which is a fine show.. but sometimes there is alot of vendors selling junk and I feel it really brings the show down. It would be nice to have an all bear show somewhere in Alberta.

So in other news of the week... in the next few weeks I am going to do a website overhaul. I've been procrastinating because it is going to be ALOT of work. It does need to be done though. My poor website has been the same layout for at least 9 years now.. yikes!
I will be retiring some of my bears as the fabric I use to make them is no longer available. I still have enough to make some of them... so if there is a bear or critter you have your heart set on please let me know and I will make it for you before I close the edition.  I hate to retire my old friends... but new friends will take their place and I hope you will enjoy them as much.
Bear Hugs,
Melanie
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Almost October!! Eeek!!!

Late September is always an exciting time of year for me. It's when the stores start to be filled with the delights of Halloween. Yay! This year has been no exception and I've been thrilled to have picked up some new creepy crawly things for my Halloween display this year. One supermarket even had PUMPKINS! I think I squealed with delight as I loaded one into my shopping cart. lol!
Ghost liked it too as you can see... heehee!



Well so far it's been a non stop weekend here.. nothing new there I guess!! lol. Got my new little "blue room" all painted and it looks great. I will take photos after I put the floor in. Should be next weekend or during the week if I can.




In other news, I've added some solid wood signs to my Etsy store. They have been created from a hand made CNC router that Brad made himself. I have designed some of the signs that he has created, I hope you like them! If you have any suggestions for signs you think people would like to see made feel free to leave a comment :)

That one is for my Halloween display lol!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!!
Bear Hugs!
Melanie

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Progress!

I've been spending alot of time in my studio space, getting ready for the Holiday show in November. I tossed some of the furniture and did a whole re-organizing.
Thought I'd share a little photo. I've since moved my mohair from totes to the wire shelves
in the picture. It works great for mohair!
Now I just need to get working!!!



Hope you are having a good week,
Bear Hugs,
Melanie

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Winter in September?

It's been really cool here the past few days. I was surprised we did not wake up to a foot of snow the other day. When I went to bed it was only 2c. Yikes. Luckily it was just rain.

So not too much new here. I went to the miniature show on the weekend and got to spend some time with my friend Kristina and her Mom from Kristina bears and Brigitte's minis. I felt sad not being able to do the show.. but things have just been to much work lately. I am not wonder woman and I have to accept that.
I did get a few little trinkets for my doll house I never have time to work on... One of these days maybe.

Last night I started getting rid of all my, once beautiful plants from outside.. . I don't think the neighbors want to look at my dead flowers.. lol. That always sucks, and since we had snow at the end of May.. well I am disgusted with our summer this year. It was too quick.
Well better get back to work,
Bear Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Teddies Worldwide show is a go!

The following 75 artists will be participating in the Teddies Worldwide Holiday Bear Show online Nov. 20-21, 2010!

All Bear by Paula Carter - Paula Carter

Apple Dumpling Bears - Shantell Whitney

AussieFelts - Narelle Hill

Back Road Bears - Daphne Blau

Barron Bears - Sharon Barron

Bear Paws by Roxanne - Roxanne Propp

Bear With Me Enterprises - Gail Hancock

Bearleigh Bears - Susan Leigh

Bears and Roses - Ina Smirnova

Bears by Sue Quinn - Susan Quinn

Bears by Tracey - Tracey Smith

Beckoning Bears - Tammy Wamboldt

Blondheart - Kelly Dauterman

Booh Bears - Janice Woodard

CatherWoods - Chrissi Catherwood

Cobblestone Creations - Laura Majusiak

Country Bears - Clare Davis-Tedd

Demonstrative Bears and Friends - Cynthia Sickler

Desert Mountain Bear - Joanne Livingston

Dog Patch Critters - Nancy Dontigney

Dolls N Dreams - Tami Lahey

Donna and the Bears - Donna Griffin

Duffyantiques - Brenda Power

EJ Crafts - Eva Summers

Essential Bears - Wendy Chamberlain

eTeddys - Alison McKee

Furbearsake - Lori Simon

Gone to the Dogs USA - Sheryl Morrow

Hager Bears - Donna Hager

Happy Little Souls - Melissa Kemp

Heirbears - Jane Woodard

Jazz Bears - Virginia Jasmer

Jellybelly Bears - Sarah Medina

Jessica Lee's Little Creations - Jessica Felton

JRB Creations - Jeannette Bashore

Karen Alderson - Karen Alderson

L J Bears - Lynette Littlejohn

Laurie Lou Bears - Laurie Wicks

Les Bears - Lesley Stipanov

Little Leaf Bears - Shanna Hiniker

Lombard Bears Australia - Linda Down

Mary Dowd Bears - Mary Dowd

Melbear's Quality Collectibles - Melanie Clark

Merry Bears by Annei Leung - Annei Leung

MJ.Bears - Melissa James

Mo Bear Designs - Jane Blowes

Mutz Tootzs - Amy Thornton

New Avenue Crew - Debora Hoffmann

Not Just Bears - Lois VonGunten

Pandy Potter Bears - Amanda Withington

Picture Books Studio - Louisa Bauer

Pinney Bears - Margaret Jackson

Pumpkin & Pickle Bears - Gemma McKenzie

q.D.paToOtieS - Lisa Thoms

Real Deal Bears - Christine Healey

Rosey Day - Rosey Day

Sally Anne Bears - Sandra Hobbs

SammiBears - Samantha Lutterotti

Sarian Miniature Bears - Sarah Savage

Sew Special Bears - Jackie Slade

Silly Bear - Aleta Breese

Skye Rose Bears - Sandra Piper

Teddies by Laura Lynn - Laura Matthews

Teddy Folk - Dorothy Stuhr

Teddybuys - Sue Jennings

Terries Bears - Terrie Kalaputas

The Patchwork Ark - Carolyn Robbins

Thingumy & Co. - Bry Richardson

Tiny Bear - Tina Jensen

Tuppies Teddies - Denise Eastwell

Vermont Harvest Folk - Doreen Frost

Walnut Tree Corner Bears - Gail Parsons

Wayneston Bears - Wayne Lim

Wazza Bears Australia - Peta Smart

Woodbury Park Bears - Raewyn Todd

This is going to be one incredible show! The largest online teddy bear show ever!

Bears and other critters of incredible quality and variety will be offered by so many of the industry's very talented artists!

This will be one show no one should miss! And because it's online you can come with a cup of your favorite beverage, wear your jammies and stay as long as you like!!!

Visit www.teddiesworldwide.com often for updates!

Sneak peek coming November 10th!

Monday, September 13, 2010

No show - new show

So, I have made the final decision not to do the fall shows this year. It sucks, but as they say when one door closes.. another opens and my good friend Daphne Blau is putting on an online show in November. I am very excited to be one of the participating artists and look forward to making some new pieces for the show! Yay!

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Melanie

Friday, September 3, 2010

Studio time

Today I got a day off work. Yay!!! I spent most of the day in the studio... Unfortunately I was not sewing. I moved almost everything in the room... and I managed to shampoo the carpets. That was a job! I also re-organised most of my sewing stuff and managed to squeeze in my itty little sewing desk that was sitting all alone in the crawl space. heehee. It looks so cute. I should have thought to take a photo.. but I am in bed resting now... my poor feet and back are killing me.
Tomorrow I am tearing all the shelving units in the room that used to be the closet before the master bedroom was done. I HOPE I can find a spot for some of them in the studio. I can't wait,. Then I get to paint that room and lay new flooring... lol. The "fun" never stops.. heehee.

Hope you all have a safe and fun long weekend! Fall is in the air my friends!
Bear Hugs,
Melanie