Thursday, December 31, 2015

On the Eve of the New Year – Sebastian

Hi ho everyone! And almost Happy New Year. I suppose I really could say Happy New Year since by the time you read this it could already be the New Year. So Happy New Year! As you well know, once in a great while I am given to being contemplative and this seems like a good time to share a few thoughts with you, my friends – my beary good friends.

It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that I had my very best day ever. That was back in June of this very year. I can honestly say 2015 was a very good year for me. You know I have a real fondness for Anna (and a few of her close friends – Merida and Ariel). It seemed to me that Anna might not have a teddy bear of her own. I thought she should have one so I did something I have never done before. I called in a favor of you-know-who: the bearmaker, the seamstress, the creator of piece parade bears. I asked Ginger if she would make a little bear – as much like me as possible so Anna could have a bear to cuddle with on those long, cold Arendelle nights when Elsa has decorated the kingdom with snow and ice.

When she was finished, I was encouraged by the new ted’s likeness to me when I was younger. Someone mistook a photo of the new teddy for me!


I was not able to deliver my bear friend to Anna in person because I was knee deep in getting ready for Santa’s visit.


Thankfully, I have a very close relationship with a very good delivery person and he was able to send the following photos of Anna and her new bear.



They warm my heart! Now I feel like Anna will always have a teddy friend! What a great way to begin the New Year!

It is my most fervent and sincere wish that you have a wonderful year ahead – with good friends, good memories and good snacks. Can’t forget those now, can we?

Happy New Year, my friends!

As always, thank you for reading.

love & hugs,


PS Ginger says “Happy New Year!” too


Friday, December 11, 2015

Hi ho everyone. Sebastian here. I am back from my grand adventure and I wanted to share a few photos. You know that I love going places and meeting new friends. One of my favorite places to do this is Disney World. I love Magic Kingdom and um, Hollywood Studios and um, Epcot and um, Animal Kingdom. Well, I guess I love them all! 
As you can see in these photos, everyone I met was super nice to me. They treated my staff just as well as they treated me, so everyone walks away with some wonderful memories.  You might not be able to figure out exactly where I am in this photo but I felt like I was sitting among the giants. 
Giant Kermit and Miss Piggy that is.

Here I am with someone I have never met before.  I was so excited to meet Terk from Tarzan.  She was extremely cuddly and sweet.

At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, I met my first Christmas elf and reindeer.  They were so much fun!  They had jingle bells just like me!

The following photo is one I treasure.  You see I have met Mary Poppins and Bert before but their penguin friend was a new friend to me.  Here Mary is introducing me to him.

Here’s the four of us all together!  What fun!

Santa Goofy was goofy!  And we had a few laughs and got some great photos.

Way back when we attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we met Jack Skellington.  At the Christmas Party, he became Sandy Claws and we had a great conversation about our hats.  Here I am with you-know-who introducing me, just in case he didn’t remember me from before.

The following picture maybe be my favorite with Sandy Claws, but it was a tough choice because he was terrific and I had to choose just one.

It’s always nice to see you!  Thank you for stopping by.

love & hugs,

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

30th Anniversary Giveaway Winner Announced

Happy trails, Isaac!


As promised, two weeks have passed and it is time to announce the winner of my 30th Anniversary Giveaway. We gathered all the names from my mailing list, those who left a comment here on bearbits and those who expressed an interest on the Piece Parade Facebook page. Using a random number generator, the lucky winner is Pat Hatley! She is excited about having her first Piece Parade teddy bear and promises to give him a good home and  will make sure he is well looked after. Isaac is excited as well because he will be living where I grew up and he’s heard all kinds of exciting stories about that. Thank you all for your support and for your enthusiasm for this giveaway! Now it’s back to the bears for me!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Hi my very favorite peeps!  I am on my way to have some Christmas fun. Check back to see what's happening.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30th Anniversary Giveaway

As a way of saying thanks for all the good times and support from so many of you through the years, I am having a giveaway! The prize is this little bear I call Isaac. He is just shy of 5 inches tall and shows he has been quite loved over an imagined 30 years of companionship. If you would like to add your name to the drawing, leave a comment on this post and I will enter you. In a short two weeks, I will randomly draw a name from all the entries. Then he will be on his way to spend the holidays in his new home!

Thank you and best of luck!








Thursday, November 19, 2015

News and Stuff

It’s been a very busy few weeks with lots of bear things to share. I’ll begin with the show that took place in Hunt Valley, Maryland on November 8th. It was a Holiday themed show so there were a lot of festively adorned tables and bears. Today I am posting photos I took of most of the tables there.  Sebastian was excited that Ashton came to visit him again so I had to take a quick snapshot of them together.  Also, I have finished the bear for my 30th Anniversary Giveaway.  I didn’t forget!  I’ll be sharing his/her photo soon right here on bearbits.

This is my table.  I was going for a vintage/retro teal and red Christmas theme. 

As to the other tables, there were a lot of them.  It was a really good show, so if you’ve a mind to go next year, don’t hesitate.   You won’t be disappointed!

Cindy McGuire – China Cupboard Bears
Cindy never fails to disappoint – lots to charm  you on this table.

Ben and Beth Savino – The Toy Store

More.  It was a long, long table!

As you can see, even at this point not all the items were on the shelves!

Art Rogers – Chatham Village Bears
So many characters with so much personality – as always.

John Paul Port – The Port Collection
We were excited that John was able to attend all the way from the other coast!

Dottie Ayers – The Calico Teddy

Annette Carmen – Charlie’s Bears

Allen Hsu – Teddy Bear Barn
I’m not sure how Allen manages all he has going on with traveling overseas to shows and teaching classes as well.  Nice job!

Pat Johnson – Teddies of Mt. Holly

Elizabeth Taylor – Elizabeth Taylor Studio
Just a small peak at a portion of her table.

Diana Lee Palomba – Timeless Expressions

Shelia Westerfield – Bears with a Heart

Marty Bumala – Waverly Crossing Bears

Darlene Allen – Raspbeary Bears

Penny French – Back Mountain Bears

Pam Kisner – The Bear Maker

Kathy Starks – Starks Bears

Mary Dowd – Mary Dowd Bears


Deanna Slaght – D-Bears

Donna Nielsen – Cookies Critters
Donna did a great job of putting on the show for all of us!

A photo of some pins by Cindy Malchoff

Cindy Malchoff – My Apple Tree

Dolores Austin – Bearied Treasures by Dolores

And last, but not least, is Sebastian with his friend Ashton.  Ashton has been on bearbits before and it is always a thrill when they can meet up and catch up with what’s new since they were last together.  As for the lighted Christmas drum, I have a scant few photos of it in progress so I’ll post those next.

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this virtural tour of the show!

Until next time,


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