Tuesday, April 22, 2014



That’s the name of the piece I have been working on. And now it is finished. Here are the photos.

This is the fronts_1

and this is the back.s_2

The left sides_3

and the right side.s_4

A view of the opened box.s_5

A close up of the bear,s_6

and a bit of one of the details,s_8

and finally, another.s_7

Not a lot of text on this one – I wanted to keep it simple with only “smitten”.  In fact, I think that first photo is my very favorite part of the whole piece.

I am currently working one another piece which I hope to finish soon. In the meantime, I have taken photos of one that I showed in progress earlier, so I will be posting those next. 

Thanks so much for reading everyone!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bloom Where You are Planted

Last summer we were fortunate to be able to travel to Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia. There we saw the most extraordinary flowers and they were everywhere too. I thought it would be wonderful to have all those beautiful flowers growing in our own yard. Alas, my status as a hit-or-miss gardener has not changed so we probably won’t see that happen any time in the near future. What flowers we do have we chose and planted ourselves and amazingly enough they bloom each Spring. Here’s a few of them.

and just in time for Easter, the Dogwood.

To those of you who celebrate, I wish you a very, very
Happy Easter!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In no particular order –

details from my current work in progress.

I picked this up last summer when we were in the Northwest.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to use it but it worked out well for this project.

The front with a heart that is created from polymer clay with a metal keyhole embellishment in the middle.

Painted and stamped detail on a couple of pieces with heart shaped cutouts.


A bit of fence to round things out.

I’m working on the bear for this one so I’d best get to it.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Work on the Box’s Inside

Today, additional photos of the box in progress. The outside has a few more details to go but I will add them after some work on the inside. If I can keep the outside of the box flat, without embellishment, it makes working on the inside easier.

Because I like the paper I chose for this box so much, my intention is to keep the design very simple and let the paper shine on its own, contributing to the theme in a quiet, understated way. This time the photos are of the inside.

Original cigar paper removal and edges painted.

Close up of the edges of the box.

In the process of applying some decoration to the edges – this was fun!

Here’s the left side with the paper added –Red heart

And the right side. More –Red heart

The edges: one side has had silver added and the other not yet.

With stuff like this and bears and stuffing, my desk is always a strange mix.

I hope your Monday is a surprisingly good one!


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Outside of My Current WIP Box

These photos show the progression of the outside of my current work in progress box. While it can be sometimes crazy-making, at this point I rarely notice anymore. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not but that’s the way it goes here.

This first photo I showed in my last post. It’s the very beginning – a bare box.

You can see the transformation as I added the paper. One of these days I would love to do one of those quickie time-lapse videos that would show the process of applying the paper. Maybe I’ll look into that. Talk about crazy-making!

I love this paper so of course, I had to think of a reason and a way to use it.

I like the inside paper just as much so I’ll have to show you those photos later when I have made more progress.

This is the top & bottom (or front & back) of the box.


After looking at it covered, I felt it needed a little something more so I decided to dry brush it with some silver paint. In this photo, the left piece has it and the right doesn’t. You might be able to tell a difference. I rather like the way it turned out.

It’s probably a good thing that each of these pieces is one-of-a-kind. While I love the process, I really wouldn’t want to do it a second (or third) time.

That’s all for now. Have a good weekend!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

There once was an artist . . .

who had a dog named Topher. Here he is looking out the window of the car making sure nothing escapes his watchful eye.


who, in spite of her best efforts to keep things clean, gets all manner of things on her work surface – including sawdust.

who took this photo of a cigar box last June (yeah, really in 2013!) and thought at the time this was going to be a completed project before the end of the year. She’s so funny – and optimistic.

who is just now getting around to turning that box into something although she is fairly certain that it is probably not the same idea she had back then. (She also says there are more photos to come.)

who had a wonderfully delicious burger with a wonderfully delightful guy who she also happens to be married to.

who took the following photo one morning while enjoying the lovely sunshine on a walk with The Tophenator.


who finally got star lanterns hung in the recently completed screened porch with the invaluable help of the same guy mentioned above with the burger.

who snapped this picture of her dog monitoring the progress of a robin in the back yard.


who is grateful to her husband for stopping to let her pick dandelions in a parking lot without raising an eyebrow or asking any questions – as if this type of behavior is normal. It is, isn’t it?


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bears for the Show

As I promised, here are a few of the bears that I made for Teddies Spring Show. I had so much fun making them! I hope I have a chance to finish the one or two that are still on the table that I didn’t quite finish before we headed out.


This is Kristoff.  He’s 4.5” tall and dapper.  I don’t know how this classy fellow materialized among the debris that populates my studio just before a show.  I think he was sent by my fairy godmother to indicate that my life could be lived quite nobly if I wore a top hat and bowtie like his.  Were that only the case!


Laurens is 6” tall and wears a hand knitted sweater by my friend Elanor’s mom.  His favorite indulgence is a nice hot mocha.  When I told him that was my favorite too he said that if I was a good bearmaker that I would go to the coffee shop and bring back one for him and one for me.  He’s something else.  He drank his all gone and it was the same size as mine!


Samuel is also 6” tall – love that curly mohair!  He sat and watched me sew and said that I could be more efficient if I would get up from my table once in a while and bring him a piece of chocolate.  I asked him how that was more efficient and he said I needed to practice several times to find out.  I went after the chocolate but it didn’t make it back to the studio.  He suggested I try harder and to make sure that it came all the way back in tact so the experiment would work.  (I never did figure out what he was talking about but that chocolate sure was good!)


Chester is – (don’t tell the others) one of my favorites from this group.  He’s 4.5” tall too.  He said he lived a former life as a deputy in the wild west but when I asked him about the details he said it was all very hush-hush because he was under cover.  Then he raised an eyebrow and I knew better than to ask any follow-up questions.


Lillie, very much kin to the others, is 4.5” tall in a blue tutu!  She told me once that I could be just like her if I wore a tutu too and I had to tell her that my tutu would have to go over a pair of jeans and fit  into my rolly chair when I work.  She looked at me like I had lost my mind.  Yeah – I probably have.


Okay, time to confess, it’s hard to limit myself to just one or two favorites.  Emma, pictured above (4.5”) was also among those that I would wink at from time to time.  She says that royalty is more a state of the mind than of the pocketbook so she donned her crown and proclaimed my studio as her new kingdom – until she changes her mind.


And to finish off this post on a lighthearted note:  This is Ollie (4.5”).  He loves, loves, loves his whole rubber chicken philosophy.  He tried to explain it to me once and I went to sleep but he has no problems with it at all. 

Thank you for stopping to visit me and all the bears at bearbits!


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