Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sew and Sew

Before you know it, I will be heading to my first show of the year. By the time I have done my first one, other artists will have been to three or four! These last several years I have kept my traveling to shows to only two or three times a year.

Funny how a show gets on my schedule at some place I think would be interesting to see anyway. H-m-m-m. Like the year we went to Kansas City. Sure we did the teddy bear show and had a great time, but we also ended up going on a cow hunt – something we had never done before.


Sock Monkey Cow   Artist:  Sandra Walter Spencer


Cow Town   Artist:  Michael Young


Daisy   Artist: Jan Wheeler

And we went to the Moon Marble Company. How cool is that! And that’s just a couple of the things we did.  This photo is from their website.  You can see more stuff there.

Then there was the time my son attended a flute convention in San Diego. Whadda ya know? There was a bear show there that weekend. By the way, there’s loads of stuff to see and do in San Diego.

I also really wanted to visit Intercal, the mohair place, while we were close enough so we went there too. I was able to surround myself with oodles and oodles of mohair – in person. Now that IS temptation.


This was just one row of the lovely and luscious mohair fabrics there.

The thing we enjoyed the most was visiting the set of the Gilmore Girls TV show. Doesn’t sunny California sound like a good place to visit this time of year when we are having cold rain pouring down at the moment?

This is a photo I took inside of Luke’s diner (if you know Gilmore Girls).

We went to a show in Chicago a couple of years ago, or was it three? I used to go quite frequently, but timing has a lot to do with our plans. The thing is I never did see much of Chicago when I was there for the shows for a number of years. This last time we were finally able to see a little bit of the city and it was wonderful – cold, but wonderful.


This is downtown Chicago – a street view.


      This is a photo taken inside their amazing downtown Macy’s store.

Now, I am looking forward to a new year of shows. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, or plan to be in the neighborhood, I have updated my website ‘Shows’ page with the details. For a quick overview, you can just check my sidebar right here on my blog.

My first show will be in Timonium, Maryland – Teddies Spring Show. It’s just a little ways north of Baltimore. Have you been to Baltimore? What a great place. I took a few photos last year. It was a bit rainy the night we went to the harbor. You can see them here.

Now you might think that every place I have been has been great to visit. And you would be right mostly. I don’t know if you would agree with me, but I like to see new places when I have the opportunity.

So, go take a look at your calendar. See what you have going on and if there’s room, jot down ‘Teddy Bear Show’ in the blank space next to March 20. If you need a discount coupon, just let me know and I will send you one. Now to justify my presence at the show, I must go sew and sew and sew.


  1. Creo entender que vas a una feria?, si es asi espero que tengas muchisimas suerte y que te sirva para conocer sitios nuevos y hacer esas deliciosas fotos que luego subiras a tu blog para que nosotras podamos disfrutarlas jejejeje.besitos ascension

  2. Haha! I mapquested them and every one is at least 9 hours away!

    If I had to pick one, which would you suggest?

  3. Heather, The Timonium show is a neat one, but if you could only choose one to visit, I would recommend TBAI for the full teddy bear experience. There is no other like it. I understand the Heartland show is great but I have never been so I can't tell you about that one. It's my first time. And the Chantilly show is a new show so no experience there to offer either. TBAI is full of wonderful events, food and some terrific teddy bear artists. The only thing is you will think all shows are like that and it is one-of-a-kind! Let me know if you plan to go!


  4. Well! Dot saw this and started making demands, so I think I'll take your advice and plan on going to the TBAI show!!

  5. Wow, that's a lot of shows, now I know why you ned to do some sewing!!! I can't imagine the work it takes to do these shows!!! I am tired and I just make my bears for gifts, you are amazing!
    Have a great Sunday!!!
    Margaret B


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