Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting off my – um – my chair.

I came across this project on someone’s blog somewhere and it looked like it could be a fun challenge. Maybe you would like to consider taking part as well. I traced the idea of “30 Day Photo Fun” back to the blog A Feathered Nest. Of course when I found it, half the month had already passed by.


What to do? What to do? Oh, well, I’ll just start the first of July. But then July has 31 days so it wouldn’t really be 30 days of photo fun would it? Well, it could be but I like things nice and round sometimes, so I sort of took the image and changed it a little - just a little - for my own benefit.


You can print this and take it with you. Just click.

As for day 31, what could be better for a bear maker than to take a photo of a teddy bear? (Not sure where I’ll get one of those but I can be rather resourceful if I have to be.)


Now if you have read here for even just a couple of days, you know that I am not extremely rigid. (Okay, pick yourself up off the floor. That’s what I’m going to do as soon as I finish laughing.) I plan to make an honest attempt at taking the photos in order – but I may not post one each day. I might save them up and post several at the end of a week. Or if it’s a slow news day, I might just go ahead and show you what I photographed that day. How’s that for loose?


Since I am in the middle of a huge bear making campaign here in the studio, this project might get me off my – um – my chair. Yeah, that’s it. Taking photos will get me off my chair and into the world – the lovely, summery, people-filled world.

If you want to take part, let me know with a comment. I probably read your blog anyway. Or if I don’t, this is a good way for me to hop on over and check it out. I hope I’ll be seeing lots and lots of interesting photos. Now I’m going to print the list and see how it goes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Head Start

Everyone who makes bears has their own way of creating them. I like to give myself a head start by harvesting my bears’ noggins just before they are ripe. Although trying to start one of these plants from seed is a real bear.


Does anyone else use this method?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Almost like flying.

Sebastian wanted to know what it would be like to be able to fly like May-bee. I thought and I thought and came up with a plan.


We would take him to ride the carousel of my childhood . . .


the one that my dad used to take me to ride on. I always needed help getting up on the horses.  Sebastian seemed to have no problem.


“Hey buddy – you’re sitting in my seat.”


You might want to sit a little higher up so that you can see better.


No, no. Face the other way.


Uh, not that way either.


Nope, try again.


Sebastian says, “It’s almost like flying!”


Now you’re just showing off.

Upon returning home, I opened my email to find a mysterious message. Apparently, someone wants me to make a pair of wings. Just wings – no bear. And they want Sebastian to deliver them. That’s very curious. You don’t suppose Sebastian has anything to do with that, do you?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Two Hugs and a Kiss


One for friendship . . .


and protection.


One for adventure . . .


and just because.


And a kiss for good luck.


You be careful out there.

May-bee’s New Home!

It’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway – at long last. Thank you for being patient as I tried to give as many people as possible a chance to participate. The thing is that I read each and every entry, visit your blogs if you’ve told me you left a link, and I get rather attached. Attached to the bear and attached to each of you.

You hear people say that they wish that they were able to give a bear to each person who signs up. Believe it or not, this is how I truly, from the bottom of my heart, feel about each entry. So, again I offer my thanks to you all for your enthusiasm and your incredible comments. This has been a wonderful, wonderful, few weeks meeting all the new folks and being able to say hello again to many repeat visitors. Yea for you!

Drum roll please . . . . .

May-bee has his ticket, is getting ready to board, and is thrilled about the future. I am excited to say May-bee is going to be travelling to Serbia to live with E.S.


Of course, May-bee will be seeing a part of the world we ourselves have never seen. (Sebastian is just a tad envious!) I will leave it up to the winner to reveal his or her identity if he or she chooses to do so.

In the meantime, these things are so much doggone fun that I’m fairly certain I will be revving up my sewing machine to create another giveaway later in the year. I hope you will sign up for that one as well!

Thanks all!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

May-bee says Goodbye

It has become a tradition around here that my giveaway bears (& friends) be able to address all of our visitors one last time before they start their journey. I didn’t intend for each and every one to have this opportunity, but I have been overruled by the bears who insist it is only fair. Personally, I think they get into the cupboards when I am busy working on these things. There are some suspicious looking crumbs trailing from the kitchen and out onto the porch. My guess is that they are chocolate chip cookie crumbs, but anyway . . .

May-bee is so very excited about his impending travel. In fact, we are all eager to see where he will go. It could be anywhere and we are all on pins and needles waiting to see where it will be.

May-bee asked if I would tell you how very much he appreciates all the kindnesses you have sent his way. He can hardly believe that he has been able to virtually meet so many people. Here’s his farewell:

Goodbye. Au revoir. Auf Wiedersehen. Farvel. До свидания. Tot siens. Slán leat. Arrivederci. Adiós. Viso gero. La revedere. Näkemiin.


~ There is still time to enter! ~
Until June 21st – 6pm Eastern Daylight Time!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Final Score

I am in the process of creating a pair of wings for a bear sorely in need of some to be able to get some lift. After all, what is a fairy bear without wings but a grounded teddy?

I came across some photos of previous wings – before the fairies took flight. I had this brilliant idea. (Stick with me here.) I thought to myself, “How can I avoid vacuuming the strings on the floor of the studio?” “Oh, I know. Let’s play with the photo software.”

(Click to enlarge.)


Final score: Wings – 9 points. Strings – 0 points.

The wings win again.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pie - not the 3.14159265 kind.

Do you know what this is?


If you bake pies, you are probably familiar with it. It’s called a Piebird.

This is also a Piebird.


We heard it was going to open and we waited. And we waited some more. Then it finally opened.

We wanted to give it a try – well, because we like pies of all sorts.

We love eating outside when spring and summer are here but it was one of those days when the heat wave was here and we wanted to enjoy our meal in the comfort of good ol’ air conditioning.


First – the salad. I thought the bird salt and pepper shakers were sweet.


Then – the first pie, a savory one. The goodness runneth over.


Word of the day: yummy - highly attractive or pleasing; especially: delicious, delectable


Then it was coffee with dessert. Choosing which slice of pie - difficult.
(Hey, look!  That guy in the background is a lefty like me!)


We each decided the Chocolate Cream Pie looked too good to pass up.


We heard there was a sweet pie sampler. That’s going to be our choice for next time. I want to try the Blueberry, Chocolate Chip Pecan, Peach, Lemon and whatever else they have. Hey, I’m open to trying new things – especially when pie is involved. What’s your favorite kind of pie?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today . . .





all the


entries so far.

I want to close my eyes and take a nap, too.


Thank you all for entering.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Only Certain Guys Can Pull This Off

Our city is named after the famous and world renowned Sir Walter Raleigh and there is a statue of him near the city center. A couple of years ago I included a photo of him here but things have changed since then. Let’s just say his fashion sense has gotten a little more sophisticated. Only certain guys can pull this off.


He’s not dressed like this every day. Only certain times of the year when the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure takes place here. Of course he has to be dressed in pink. Anything else just wouldn’t be right. Now you know why I feel perfectly at home here – I’m not alone in my craziness.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

From his pink hat adornment


to his pink boot decorations


and everything pink in between. He is trendy without being too over the top. (Okay, sure.)


Um-m-m. What is that on his boot?


Oh, it’s Sebastian!


He heard me say only certain guys can pull this off. Sebastian wants to know what you think.  Is he one of those guys?

The ones who are comfortable enough in their own skin (or fur) to wear – not only pink – but a pink tutu?

Sebastian’s all about supporting the cause.

On this particular weekend Sir Walter and Sebastian are not the only things you will see sporting pink. Here and there you will find pink throughout the city like these lines in the middle of the road.


I wonder if we’d feel a little more buoyant in the winter if we looked down the street towards our capitol and saw these pink stripes. Could you help but smile?


The courthouse has pink ribbons and bows too.


The light covers along the sidewalks are pink as well. It looks like the whole of downtown might be awash in a pinkish glow.


One last look – it’s what all the statues will be wearing this Fall.


Have a happy and very pink weekend!

Oh yeah – I’m joining Beverly over at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday where everything is pink every weekend!

pink saturday logo

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We Do This Occasionally

When the sun is just beginning to set, we get in the car on a nice summer evening. We roll all the windows down, open up the sunroof and head towards this historical sign.


I’ve seen this a bunch of times but it’s still fascinating to watch the doughnuts coming down the line,


heading under the sugar waterfall,


and then towards their fate as someone’s breakfast or special treat.


Sebastian thinks the best way to enjoy one of these delights is on a teddy bear plate. I’m considering that theory as I lick the sugar from my fingers.


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