Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 I'm sure my blog readers have noticed that I've not been updating my blog as of late. Many changes here have been going on.... but I am here and I will be okay. I will be back in 2012! Best wishes, Merry Christmas and a BIG monster Happy New Year!!!

Hugs,
Melanie

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Updated Etsy Shop


I've updated my etsy shop with the few critters left over from the xmas show. I have a few more new pieces to add when I have time including one more Ellie. This is all I have time for today though. Enjoy!
Melanie

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The show is over.

Just a quick thank you to the people who sent me such lovely messages about my bears and for the collectors  who adopted them! I really had fun with this show and it's the last one of the season! Three shows in a row have been exhausting but loads of fun. I'm not sure what I'll be doing with myself now that I'm not in panic sewing mode!
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!
Thanks again!!
Melanie

Teddies Worldwide show ends TODAY

Only a few more hours left on the show! 


Be sure to go take a peek. Have a great weekend everyone!
Melly

Saturday, November 19, 2011

retail therapy is the best kind of therapy.. lol

I've been listening to this today... I forgot how much I love Jack White. 


Went out for some retail therapy today.... Got myself a new purse that resembles a dead poodle.. lol!
Woot! Haha!

Show is off to a great start!!

The show is off to a great start! Make sure you go take a peek, so many wonderful bears by many artists are still available!

Melanie

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The show has begun!!!

 I have 9 critters all ready to go! Hope you enjoy the show! 



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

show bears and other ramblings.

Managed to get 8 bears done for the show. I have one more I am trying to get done before the end of the night. I should probably get on that! lol... but if not 8 new critters are ready to go and I really hope you guys like them. It's been a load of work doing 3 show in 2 months but I seem to work the best under pressure.. lol.
 There is still time to VOTE for your favorite bear in the show.. so be sure to go vote! Lol!




Hugs!
Melanie

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kittens revisited





I've been asked how the kittens are doing and they are doing great. Lilly looks like a real cat and Minion, well she is still scrawny.. but growing.

Melly

Friday, November 11, 2011

Halloween goodness

 
I really needed a break from sewing so I decided I better upload some of my Halloween photos and I have the one video that turned out half decent. It looked better in the dark but the pics did not turn out. 








Enjoy!
Melly

Spent the morning sewing then went for an outing with my best bear bud Kristina, she really is a nut and lucky that I love her  ;) .. lol. We had an entertaining late lunch/early dinner but I had to cut the night short to sew for the show... I'm sure I'd just get into some mischief anyway so it was likely for the best...  I did manage to buy myself some sexy Granny glasses though.. haha!

I was blog surfing a few days ago and came across this gem. Pure goodness.. lol. 

Back to sewing! 6 down..... at least 2 to go! 
Melly

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Working! lol

Still working my buttola off making Christmas bears. I'm not allowed to give sneak peeks as per the show rules but I will have quite a few new bears and maybe even a few other critters to show you! So far I have 5 new bears ready to go and I`m working on a few more. I can`t wait to for you all to see them.


Hugs,
Melanie

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wow, 2 posts in one day.. lol.

I finally got Halloween put away! Yay! Wow, what a huge amount of work. Took me over 9 hours to pack all of my props up. I forgot what a production it really is. lol. At least it's all done now for another year. I'll be spending the rest of the weekend getting ready for the Teddies Worldwide Christmas show. I'm very excited about the bears I've made for the show and I hope you like them too. Please go vote! The link is in my post below this one.

It's been another good week here and I can say with full honesty this is the happiest I've been in a long time. It's a good feeling and I hope it continues. The past few years with all the struggles have been really difficult on me and I think maybe finally my luck is turning around. They say all things happen for a reason and I really hope that is true.

Tomorrow I'm going to head to the mall and see if I can't spend my birthday money on myself this year... as for tonight I am going to go snuggle in bed with a cat or two and watch Water for Elephants that I picked up the other day on DVD. I can't wait. It was one of my favorite books and I hope the movie does it justice.
Night all, I hope you have a great weekend!
Melanie

Teddies Worldwide preview has begun!


The Teddies Worldwide preview has begun! Be sure to go vote for my bear Lol! 

Hugs!
Melanie

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween is done!

I survived Halloween although still cleaning up the mess from it all. I will post more photos and a video this week but I'm still trying to sort through the mess of props.. lol.
Hope you are all having a great week!
Hugs,
Melanie

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Still making Christmas but getting ready for Halloween!!!


Here I am with Mouse, "Making Christmas" lol. It's time to get ready for tomorrow though and it's going to be a big busy day. My poor house is plugged with Props EVERYWHERE..... lol. I have 3 bears totally done for the Teddies worldwide Christmas show... I am working like a mad man to get more done. I sure hope I can make my quota!

Today started with a trip to the store to get Halloween candy, as all the treats I bought already got hoovered. While I was there I decided I needed a new shirt......... It was new and white... but clumsy me can never keep a white shirt clean for long ;)


Tomorrow is going to be a good day! lol.
Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Making Christmas, Making Christmas la la la! lol

I survived Thanksgiving but ended up having to work on of my days off so I didn't get as much done as I had planned for the long weekend.. but I will get it all done... just some late nights ahead of me..

I am deep into making Christmas bears for the Teddies worldwide Christmas show..... I feel sort of like this.....


Lol!!! This song is going to be stuck in my head all day now.. lol! 

Some new bears will be available very soon, I have been working well into the night on Etsy listings.. I just need to get some photos done and I should have at least 5 new critters available!

Hugs,
Melanie

Saturday, October 1, 2011

4 Brand new Critters for the Tour!

Dear Friends and Fiends, Collectors and Corpses, Gals and Ghosts,

It is my extremely ghoulish pleasure to announce the opening of the creaking
gates...

http://www.halloweenstudiotour.com
3rd annual Online Halloween Artists' Studio Trick or Treat
International artists sharing Halloween, art and our love of bats!

Starting today, October 1st, and running the entire Halloween season
to benefit Bat Conservation International.

Please check it out! Look for me on the map and come and see my 4 new critters
for the tour. If you can't find me just click on the gargoyle on the map for a
list of artists!

 Here is a sneak peek but you need to go to the tour for the rest ;)

Have fun and Happy Haunting October!!
Hugs,
Melanie

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Checking in!

Just thought I would check in quickly. I have a horrid cold/bug/virus so I'm extra crabby as the Doll show is on Sunday and I don't want to be sick for it! I have to put the finishing touches on 3 more bears.... but I am ready! Everything else is packed and sitting by the door waiting. Now I just need something to get rid of this bug!!!

If you are in the Edmonton area please stop by! It's a fun show with lots of dolls, bears and other goodies to buy.


Lots more happening here and Saturday Oct 1st is the start of the Trick or Treat Tour!! I have 4 Brand new pieces made just for the tour and I am very excited about them. Be sure to check it out!!!

So next is Halloween and getting ready for the Teddies World Wide Christmas show... It's difficult to think about Christmas when everything is Halloween right now! lol.
Hugs,
Melanie

Monday, September 12, 2011

Working working working....

The deadline for the Trick or Treat Studio Tour is just around the corner and I am happy to report 4 Brand new critters will be making their debut! Tonight will be spent on accessories and if I have time I will do my photo shoot as well. I am VERY excited and happy with what I've managed to accomplish the past few weeks.
Next is the Doll show! Yikes, it's in three short weeks!

I shall leave you with a few photos of  my little terrors..





Hugs!
Melanie

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Easing the pain by saving some wee lives


My heart hurts from the loss of my Motty and it opens up the wounds of loosing Spooky all over again. I know my 2 friends I'm missing so much would be so concerned to see me in such rough shape, Motley would be sitting on my lap nudging me and looking at me with love... Spooky would be resting a big head on my knee, looking at me in wonder of why I was so sad... I try to think of that when I start crying all over again.
Over the weekend what came across my path was a pile of feral malnourished kittens... I won't get into how or why, but winter is coming very quickly here and I knew these little souls would not make it through the winter without adequate food or shelter. A few phone calls to my family at home and I was told I could choose 2 of the little ones to bring back to the office with me.

So let me introduce Lilly and Angel. 





We are smitten and although they don't fill the hole left, it really does help as a distraction.. and I can take some comfort in the fact that they won't be starving outside in the cold... Adding yet more kittens to the world that there are no homes for. I wish people would spay and neuter their animals... but I guess that is another rant. We will be going to the vet as I'm sure they both have ear mites, maybe worms and need to be spayed.. although Angel is still way too tiny for that. She is very bony and tiny for her age and needs to put on a huge amount of weight.

We have a long weekend coming up here so I will be spending it finishing off my pieces for the Trick or Treat tour. Fall has really come quickly here and today is the first day I've had to wear a jacket since spring. I will likely have to turn the furnace back on tonight but I have been resisting.. lol. 
Hope you are all having a wonderful week,
Hugs,
Melanie

Monday, August 29, 2011

Broken heart


Friday was yet another very sad day for me. I left work to get parts around 2pm and when I returned at around 3:30 pm I found my cat Motley laying dead in front of my desk. I have no idea what happened, maybe a heart attack... I was petting him just before I left and he was fine. I tried to revive him but he was gone... I am beyond heartbroken. We lost Spooky to old age a few months ago and the cat never stopped looking for him.

  I hope they are together at the rainbow bridge. :(

 On a happier day a couple of weeks ago. 
Motty, as I called him came and sat with me everyday after lunch.


 My sweetie "helping" me with paper work.


 Lunch cuddle time


 I love my new bed Mom, it's in my second favourite place, on your desk. 

Before I got him a bed for my desk he insisted the "Out going mail" box was for him only. :) 

Kitty kisses for Melanie
I miss my sweet boy already. I don't know how or why he was taken from me. I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around it... and I keep waiting to see him in his empty bed on my desk.. or having him jump on my lap wanting cuddles.
Motley came into my life as a stray 7 years ago. He was starving, beat up with a broken tail, missing chunk of ear and face wounds. He had ear mites and worms... Someone had dumped him at my parents, where I was still living at the time. I could not bear to see yet another dumped cat eaten by a coyote or run over by a car. I packed him up into my truck and off we went and I had an office companion from that day on. He never tried to get out, he never caused any problems or did anything naughty. He was my perfect little angel and we loved one another very much. I look at his photos and see love in his eyes, just as I saw everyday that I spent with him. 
I love you and miss you so much. I hope you have found Spooky at the Rainbow bridge and you guys are trying to steal the best spot on the sleeping bed from each other. 

Melanie 

Friday, August 26, 2011

I can see the humorous side of things and enjoy the fun when it comes; but look where I will, there seems to me always more sadness than joy in life.
~Jerome K. Jerome

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Going to be a VERY busy few weeks.

So this is what I've got lined up for the fall season. I hope you can all make it to at least one of the events (and since 2 are online you have no excuse ;) lol) as I'm SUPER excited!

First off is the Halloween Trick or Treat Studio Tour. I am SO excited about this one. As most of you know Halloween is my favorite Holiday and I am so looking forward to showing you the very special pieces I've been working on. 


 Next is the Edmonton Doll Club show. I missed the show last year but worked very hard the last few months and I already have most of the critters made for the show. I am very much looking forward to spending the day chatting it up with collectors and... of course shopping! lol. I hope if you are in the Edmonton area on the day of the show you will pop in to say hello.



 And, the last show of the year, The Teddies World Wide show. I am very thrilled to be taking part in this show again. Last year it was loads of fun and this year is going to be VERY special as I will be making some very special miniatures.



So as you can see things are going be pretty busy the next few weeks/months.. lol. Today I am making new tags and cards.. but I think it might be time to get outside and enjoy part of the day, even if it's just sitting on the steps :)
Hope you are all having a wonderful summer weekend.
Hugs,
Melanie

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I blinked and it was gone.....

Well my Vacation flew by like nothing and my first week back at work was SO hectic. This week is not much better but I thought I would pop in and say hello. I worked on a few pieces for the Trick or Trat tour over my holiday but spent most of the time out enjoying the few days of nice weather.
It's been pretty much raining non stop here and we are not use to this much moisture. I know what people mean about humid heat now! Blech!! lol. It's horrible!!!
Drove to Calgary this past weekend to visit one of my friends. It was a fun visit but sucks that it's such a long drive for a few hour visit. I did have a good time though and so it was well worth the trip.

Hmm, what else is new here... Oh, I got sucked into watching an episode of True Blood over my vacation... of course had to love it so I've managed to watch all 3 season and now watching the fourth as they come out.. lol. I borrowed the books now too.. Why oh why do I have to get addicted to these things! lol!!

Well anyway, I will be getting straight back into my bears ASAP as the doll show forms have arrived and I will be filling them out tonight and get them sent it. I am looking forward to the show this year and just hope I can manage to get enough made to make it a good show!
Hope you are all having a good week!
Hugs,
Melanie

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Week off!

My Vacation has begun! Today I plan to do errands (blah) and some work around the house today. Next week should be more fun as I have some outside plans, fishing and swimming and hopefully a trip to see my friend in Calgary. Today I will do my best to get some photos done of some of my new critters and I plan to post my red Ellie who was just featured in the last issue of Teddy Bear Review up on ebay.
Last night I watched the fireworks for Canada day from my bedroom. The Display is a block from my house so I don't even have to leave my house to get the best "seats" lol!  The thing that sucks about being that close to the celebrations is the drunk people who then spend all night walking by my house screaming and causing problems. I still have to go outside and make sure all my plants and things made it through the night! I'm so glad Canada day is only once a year. lol.

So anyway, I had better get on the errands part of my day before it gets too busy!

Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!
Hugs,
Melanie

Friday, July 1, 2011

Trust is like glass. Once it is broken it cannot be repaired, only replaced

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Quick check in!

Just popping in quickly, today is my last day of work before a week vacation. I'm not going very far from home... Maybe to Calgary to visit a friend.. but other than that I will be trying to do some fun things around home. Fishing, shopping with my Mom, going to the lake with Kristina ... these are high on my priority list.. lol! The postal strike is off so I will be taking photos and listing some new critters as well. I will post here when they are up!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Hugs,
Melanie

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New website indecision .. lol.

I need your opinion... yes you... lol. So I've been working on  new Melbears website as my old one was made by me over 10 years ago and it's very difficult for me to update quickly and efficiently. This is what I've come up with to replace it... http://melbears.webs.com
I would of course move it to the melbears.com domain.. but I am not sure about it. What do you guys think? honest opinions! My old site still up http://www.melbears.com
Blah!!! I don't know! lol!

In other news, the rain stopped today after a solid week. I don't find the rain bad at all actually, I quite enjoy it (shhh!.. lol)  but it is starting to flood in parts so at least a day for the water to soak in a bit is good. I know we are headed for some big thunderstorms now with all the moisture. Should make things interesting! :D

The post office is still on strike.. but I have been working like mad on new critters regardless. I am very excited to be working on some Halloween pieces for the Trick or Treat Halloween Studio tour. They now have a blog at http://halloweenstudiotour.blogspot.com/ for updates for the tour. I am making some very special one of a kind pieces for the tour with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bat Conservation International.

Hope you are having a good week so far!
Melanie

Friday, June 17, 2011

Black cloudy day.




Just snapped a few photos of the scary looking sky. If you can imagine it's getting more black as the afternoon goes by.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rain drops keep falling on my head.....

Been a bit of a frustrating week. I have a bunch of new critters to list for sale but the Canada postal strike is making me want to wait to list them. I am able to send other ways but I was quoted $130 dollars to post a wee bear to Australia. Wow, that is not going to work. It's very frustrating. I hope they figure things out soon.
I've been working on critters for my fall shows and starting to dream about Halloween... I know, it's the beginning of summer. I do love Halloween all year round though. I found a perfect costume for one of my helpers to wear this Halloween...... It's a bit big for me.






Lol! What do you think??? heehee. It's a it pricey though so not sure if I really want to start my Halloween season dropping that much of my Halloween budget on one item. I have SO many things I want to get this year. *rubs hands together*

For sewing inspiration I'm watching the AMC series The Walking Dead... lol! I can't wait to be able to show you what I'm working on!  Heehee! It's POURING rain here with a tornado watch ... the perfect sewing weather :)

Bear Hugs!!
Melanie

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wow! My house is for sale...


Well, not not the house I live in.. but my dream house. It's not too far from where I live now and I've drooled over this place since I was a child! lol. It's been for sale a few times over the years. I've always been in love with it.


Yep, this is right up my alley, and yes, it really is a house. Can you imagine Halloween at this house?! With secret passages and everything... It's been all renovated now and no longer looks like a 80's house inside. Now I just need to win the lotto! Ah, one can dream. Or maybe I'll start kissing some frogs and see if one turns into a prince. Ha ha ha! Mmmwwahh! ;)

Hugs!
Melanie