Monday, November 24, 2014

Let Me Back Up for a Moment

Back in October I posted a witch hat project underway. I have not forgotten that I didn’t show the rest of it. It has been a crazy few months and that’s all I have in the way of an excuse. I aim to fix that now even though Halloween seems like ages ago and we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. After that, we all know what follows in December!

I have plans to post some of these new pieces on my website for adoption but for now I will show you the rest of the Witch Hat.

It begins with stepping back a bit to a photo that got lost somewhere in the process. This is that photo. I had to figure out where this I needed to put this lighted rope.

Here’s another viewpoint.

This shows it in place on the painted hat. Finding where my marks were so I could glue it in place was a bit tricky.

Next I added some glitter to a black leaf vine – after all it was for Halloween.

This detail photo shows the vine and rope in place.


I created this little lady go with the hat. She was fun to make but it was much easier to work on the large witch hat than her tiny one.

And . . . at last, after all this time. The entire piece. Together. Here. On bearbits. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add her to my website sometime in the next little while. I’m trying to get a good photo of the rope lit up, but I’m not having much success.


So that’s me backing up for a moment. Now for my next trick . . .

Thanks very much for reading!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Glimpse into a Different World

While at the teddy bear show, I had the opportunity to get a glimpse into a different world. Different from teddy bears but alike in so many ways. The camaraderie, the light heartedness, the creativity, the imagination and the fun!

Right across the street from our show, FaerieCon East was taking place at the very same time. Click here if you want to know more about FaerieCon.

Because we were otherwise engaged (with teddy bears) we weren’t able to participate in any of their events, but we were able to visit the marketplace on Sunday afternoon.

The participants had some amazing costumes. Many with wings. Check this one out made from playing cards.

While costumes with wings were quite common there were quite a few that were different like this one,

this one that took on aspects of a tree,

and this one some had pretty amazing details, but then a lot of them did.

Finally, there was this helpful mushroom – called Shroomy. I’m guessing on the spelling.

I’ve said this a number of times over the last 29 years, but I’ve seen some pretty amazing things because of teddy bears!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Christmas Holiday Teddy Bear Show and Sale

Hello everyone!

Here are table photos that I took over the weekend at the teddy bear show. Not every table is represented – only artists tables. And of those, only the ones where there were bears and friends still on display. I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the show. It was, as always, so much fun and really, really wonderful to see my artist and collector friends. And the bears, too! If you have any questions about the photos, please let me know and I’ll do my best to get you answers.

Stevie T – a feast for the eyes

Tyler Crain-Davis – great costume!

Vicki Stephan – very colorful!

Jackie Melerski – always popular.

Simone and Claudia Bleeker – all the way from Germany!

Elizabeth Taylor – we go back a long way.

Judith Eppolito – she was my neighbor at the show.  We had fun!

Delores Austin – beautiful huge poinsettias!

Shane Elliott – from Canada!

Yours Truly – wish I was there now!

Donna Griffin – such cuties.

Donna Nielsen – lotsa bears to begin with but fewer at the end!

Kathleen Starks – so festive.

Marty Bumala – bringing fun from Virginia.

Cindy McGuire – I wish I had more time to chat with her!

Art Rogers – a creative and fun collection!

Vicky Lougher – fluffy and sweet bears.

Cindhy Malchoff – she jingled all the way!  And we loved it.

Sharon Barron – lots to choose from but it wouldn’t be easy.

Pam Kisner – she can entertain you all day long!

Darlene Allen – my dear friend, all smiles!

And that, my friends, is most of what I had on my camera.  There are a few other things that are unrelated to bears and if I can catch up with what is on my desk, I will come back and share them with you!

love & hugs,


Monday, November 3, 2014

this week at the piece parade

Here we are welcoming November! What?! The other day I heard someone say there were 52 days until Christmas. That. Is. Amazing. This week at the piece parade, I am scurrying around like a squirrel getting ready for winter. The bears and I will be attending the Christmas Holiday Show and Sale in Hunt Valley, Maryland this coming weekend. I am so looking forward to seeing all my friends again. Bear shows are such fun things to do. And this one is Christmas themed so all the tables and some of the artists will be dressed for the occasion. Here are a few of the bears that are going along with me to the show. If you want to visit them, or any of the other bears that will be there, you can find the details here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me!






Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Most Dapper Mouse

I promised my good friend and the big boss that I would be sharing photos of him and his friends here on bearbits. And besides, a visit to Disney World just isn’t the same without a visit with Mickey and friends. So without further ado, I would like to share these photos with three of my favorite characters.

First up is this excellent picture of me and Mickey. He is so photogenic! I think I just might need to frame it and hang it on the wall where I can see it every day. And for all his fame and longevity, Mickey is the nicest mouse you’ll ever meet.

After visiting with Mickey, I had a chance to hang out with Goofy for a few minutes. Can you believe it? Just me and Goofy! I would love to get myself a hat like his. If I could find one in my size, maybe next time we could take a photo together in our green hats.


Finally, I was a bit tongue-tied when I met Minnie. She is so sweet and so wonderful that I didn’t quite know what to say. Fortunately, she’s used to meeting fans that fumble around for something intelligent to say.


love & hugs,


Monday, October 20, 2014

A Halloween Party


Hi ho. Sebastian here. I’ve got more photos and this time they are from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

It was so much fun that I think I am going to have to go back again. Maybe not this year though. I think I’ve got plenty to do with all the other holidays coming up.

Do you recognize these two?  I was so incredibly excited to meet them for the first time.  This is Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas!  They were fantastic and so very friendly!

Can you see me in this close-up?

Of all the photos we took of the castle show, this particular one is my favorite because it captures the balloons from the movie “Up”.  I love the way they transform the castle and tell a story with pictures.

We also saw the Halloween Parade.   The song was really catchy.  It’s still echoing in my head right now.

The parade floats were amazing.  This one is Captain Hook’s ship with Smee on the front and Captain Hook on the back.

There were dancing zombies too.

Villains were all around.  The pirate float not only had Jack Sparrow, it had Barbossa!

The bears from the Country Bear Jamboree danced right by me.  One of these days I am going to meet them all in person.

The ghosts from the Haunted Mansion materialized for the procession.  Spooky!

Now these seven gentlemen weren’t scary at all – just very Happy and Grumpy and Sleepy and Bashful and Sneezy and Dopey and, last but not least, Doc!


Here I am with Dopey.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Halloween party pics!


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