Monday, February 1, 2016

This That and the Other

I was looking at photos on my camera and realized that I’ve taken a lot recently but I hadn’t posted any here. So today what we have on tap is This That and the Other - a mash-up or a mixed bag or whatever you want to call it.

First, a few of photos from our visit to the Chinese Lantern Festival. I saw the advertisement and immediately put it on my list of things to do before they go away. If you know anything about me, you know I love twinkling lights, fairy lights, Christmas lights, lantern lights – and well, these were extra special.




Then there’s this:


It was my mom’s but before that it was my great aunt’s. It was built on August 6, 1914 – over 100 years ago. It’s in really rough shape so I’m not sure that it will ever sew again but the base is nice, so we might do something with it – a table perhaps.

The following was unplanned. I got a notion and dove right in. Sort of like Dug the dog from the Disney movie UP, “Squirrel!”

It’s a work in progress but I continue to document its evolution so there will be additional photos as time goes on.

On Saturday, I was on my hands and knees with a different project altogether. It was like putting together a puzzle without a picture to go by and no idea how to go about it. I actually had to look up a mathematical formula. My brain got tired! More on this in the weeks to come – I hope.

And finally, this little guy. Put the last stitch in just a few minutes ago.

And that is that. I hope all is well in your little corner of the world. Thanks for reading!


Friday, January 8, 2016

The Book Love Box

I began this project a while back and have been working on it off and on for quite a few weeks. I took a few photos while it was in progress and created a brief video of the main portion coming together piece by piece.

You might recall that I previously posted this photo.

These become the front doors. I love how the pieces fit together.

I had to take them apart in order to put them together again.

I needed a custom made box for these special doors, so Jay sprang into action. Maybe it wasn’t really sprang, more like hopped . . . or bounded.   Once that was done, I needed to cover it.  Love these papers.

The next phase was a book making phase. I created lots and lots of books. That was fun because with every piece I make that needs books, I learn a few more tips about what works and what doesn’t.

If you watch this video, you can see how the shelves become populated with books and related things.


Here are a few photos of the finished piece. Enjoy these glimpses of The Book Love box.


Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 31, 2015

On the Eve of the New Year – Sebastian

Hi ho everyone! And almost Happy New Year. I suppose I really could say Happy New Year since by the time you read this it could already be the New Year. So Happy New Year! As you well know, once in a great while I am given to being contemplative and this seems like a good time to share a few thoughts with you, my friends – my beary good friends.

It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that I had my very best day ever. That was back in June of this very year. I can honestly say 2015 was a very good year for me. You know I have a real fondness for Anna (and a few of her close friends – Merida and Ariel). It seemed to me that Anna might not have a teddy bear of her own. I thought she should have one so I did something I have never done before. I called in a favor of you-know-who: the bearmaker, the seamstress, the creator of piece parade bears. I asked Ginger if she would make a little bear – as much like me as possible so Anna could have a bear to cuddle with on those long, cold Arendelle nights when Elsa has decorated the kingdom with snow and ice.

When she was finished, I was encouraged by the new ted’s likeness to me when I was younger. Someone mistook a photo of the new teddy for me!


I was not able to deliver my bear friend to Anna in person because I was knee deep in getting ready for Santa’s visit.


Thankfully, I have a very close relationship with a very good delivery person and he was able to send the following photos of Anna and her new bear.



They warm my heart! Now I feel like Anna will always have a teddy friend! What a great way to begin the New Year!

It is my most fervent and sincere wish that you have a wonderful year ahead – with good friends, good memories and good snacks. Can’t forget those now, can we?

Happy New Year, my friends!

As always, thank you for reading.

love & hugs,


PS Ginger says “Happy New Year!” too


Friday, December 11, 2015

Hi ho everyone. Sebastian here. I am back from my grand adventure and I wanted to share a few photos. You know that I love going places and meeting new friends. One of my favorite places to do this is Disney World. I love Magic Kingdom and um, Hollywood Studios and um, Epcot and um, Animal Kingdom. Well, I guess I love them all! 
As you can see in these photos, everyone I met was super nice to me. They treated my staff just as well as they treated me, so everyone walks away with some wonderful memories.  You might not be able to figure out exactly where I am in this photo but I felt like I was sitting among the giants. 
Giant Kermit and Miss Piggy that is.

Here I am with someone I have never met before.  I was so excited to meet Terk from Tarzan.  She was extremely cuddly and sweet.

At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, I met my first Christmas elf and reindeer.  They were so much fun!  They had jingle bells just like me!

The following photo is one I treasure.  You see I have met Mary Poppins and Bert before but their penguin friend was a new friend to me.  Here Mary is introducing me to him.

Here’s the four of us all together!  What fun!

Santa Goofy was goofy!  And we had a few laughs and got some great photos.

Way back when we attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we met Jack Skellington.  At the Christmas Party, he became Sandy Claws and we had a great conversation about our hats.  Here I am with you-know-who introducing me, just in case he didn’t remember me from before.

The following picture maybe be my favorite with Sandy Claws, but it was a tough choice because he was terrific and I had to choose just one.

It’s always nice to see you!  Thank you for stopping by.

love & hugs,

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

30th Anniversary Giveaway Winner Announced

Happy trails, Isaac!


As promised, two weeks have passed and it is time to announce the winner of my 30th Anniversary Giveaway. We gathered all the names from my mailing list, those who left a comment here on bearbits and those who expressed an interest on the Piece Parade Facebook page. Using a random number generator, the lucky winner is Pat Hatley! She is excited about having her first Piece Parade teddy bear and promises to give him a good home and  will make sure he is well looked after. Isaac is excited as well because he will be living where I grew up and he’s heard all kinds of exciting stories about that. Thank you all for your support and for your enthusiasm for this giveaway! Now it’s back to the bears for me!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Hi my very favorite peeps!  I am on my way to have some Christmas fun. Check back to see what's happening.


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