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!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Teddies Spring Show - 2014

Let’s get right to it, shall we? When I return from a show the first question people me ask is “How was it?” And my answer is always offered from my point of view. In this case, there were some obvious numbers to report so that’s where I will begin. Then I will share photos of each artist’s table that I took before the show opened.

This sweet sparrow made by none other than the amazing Cindy Malcoff.

There were 13 artists in attendance. Some excellent ones to be sure but we missed several of our comrades who had to cancel due to illness or another commitment. So naturally it was a much more intimate show.

Pretty in pink by Joyce Yates.

The number of people through the door was off and I can only guess that some of it was due to the same reasons – and maybe the rainy and cold weather had something to do with it as well. All that being said, I had a really great time because it had been more than a year since I had seen my bear artists friends and I missed them!

Jackie Melerski’s signature look.

So rather than the hubbub of a beehive-like atmosphere, it was more akin to an extended coffee klatch with artists and collectors catching up and visiting.

Created by the talented hands of Darlene Allen

It was very relaxed which I appreciated and even so, a few of my bears found new homes. I hope they will behave themselves in their new surroundings!

Cindy McGuire made this oinker!

Here are the photos I promised. If you click on them, you can see them larger and get more details. Enjoy!

Joyce Yates – Bearly Victorian

Mary Kolar – Pochung Mountain Bears

Martha Bumula – Waverly Crossing Bears

Jackie Melerski – Gilmur Rudley Bears

Darlene Allen – Raspbeary Bears

My table!

Cindy McGuire – China Cupboard Bears

Cindy McGuire – China Cupboard Bears

Kathleen Starks – Starks Bears

Patsy Lane Groupp – P & D Crafts

Donna Nielsen – Cookie’s Critters

Cindy Malchoff – My Apple Tree

Meg Jackson – Pinney Bears

Stephanie Tiongco – Stevi T

Also by Stevi T

Now I am safely back home and in the studio.  I will post photos of the bears I made for this show in my next post if all goes well.  Thanks so much for visiting!


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