Hi everyone. As some of you know or you can tell from my bear name, I'm more than fond of pandas. Today with a little prompt from Lynne of Buttercup Bears I made a panda in the new Dilly design. I'm really pleased with it. It does mean there is now a half finished bear with no legs, I never learn, finish one at a time or they don't get finished!!!! I'll get some nice pictures done then post them on here.
Thanks to everyone who has been really supportive while I find 'my place' with the designs.
Hi everyone, here is Dilly Dolly Mixture. She is 3" tall and made from ulpholstery fabric that I distressed slightly. She has a new larger head pattern and the body and limbs are a newish pattern too. I wanted to capture a sort of 50/60's look and colours and used my 39 year old panda as a guide to get the fur looking messy and loved. I also like anime style bears so went for a larger head. I'm very pleased with her and hope you like her too.
I've realised in the last few weeks I'm kind of lost with my bearmaking. As I don't collect bears I can take a step back from them, in other words I love to make them and see them go off to people who like what I do. Thats what I enjoy, but....I think I've been torn towards what collectors like and what I like. Theres the problem, I don't know what I like, I don't collect! I've always been flitting from one thing to another, never quite seeing things through. Well after a little thought and a lovely honest conversation with another maker, off I went to my work cupboard and....I've done, well half done, something that I like and hopefully the collectors will want to own. Its got a sort of vintage 50/60's look, I like that, its miniature and cute, collectors seem to like that, and has a very subtle cartoon/anime look. What a dolly mixture! Well I'll get it done for tuesday and put it on ebay as a 5 day listing, to see what reaction it gets. If no one likes it then I guess I've got a bear that I like and I finally become a collector! LOL :)
Well I finally got a cat finished. The photos make the ears appear a little rounder but all in all I'm quite pleased. Slight chipmunk face but hey maybe there are chpimunk looking cats out there! Mr Tibbs is just under 3".
Well it started off last friday with a mystery parcel. I never get presents, even at Christmas I buy my own! Its not that we are mean but after years of having no cash we got out of the habit and parents were helpful and gave money. So it was with great delight I opened my box. Thank you my dear bear friend! Best of all they were presents that mattered and were well thought out for me. Hee hee, just lovely.
Today I got a £50 premium bond check! Yippeee...I won! That will go toward some plants for the new garden....nah...I'll have a new handbag, the other one is two years old! Told you I have to buy my own presents.
Then also today I got my lovely new templates off Linda. She has been more than generous and has done a lovely job. Thanks Linda. Check her work out, stunning.
Well Saturday I called Leek to visit Jac-Q-lyns bear shop. They sell some lovely mohair. I've now gone off cats (odd thing for me anyway) and decided I would like to do a larger mohair bear. Its years since I've done one. Watch this space!
Well after the head, came a break doing the old day job. Today is paperwork day, but I'm easily distracted and started thinking what I'd like to do tomorrow. I don't know why but it suddenly came into my head to do a pink cat. Its odd because I'm not a cat person or a pink one. That said I'm really determined to do a pink kitty. I think its tiredness and too much coffee.....I feel like I have candy floss for brains today!
Well I got some new fabric and bits and after messing around a few hours decided to try a new head pattern out. I'm not that fussed on it. Its such a major part of your bears personality and your style, its just got to be right. My bears have a four piece, domed look and I was going for a five piece pattern including a nose gusset. Its good to be progressing or changing things but when does this become 'not your style or thing'. I can tell its going to be one of those weeks when I need to take a step back then come back to it.