Sunday, September 30, 2012

Exciting News


I have a couple of exciting announcements from the past week!  First, is that I have been featured in the UK magazine Teddy Bear Times with a 3 page article on my teddy bears!  Go to their website at to check it out, see how to get the magazine, and see the 3rd page.  (They have options like getting the traditional print magazine and you can also get the magazine in digital form.)

The second announcement is that I traveled to the Kansas City Teddy Bear Jubilee this weekend and as part of the show they hold a teddy bear competition.  I entered my teacher bear, I have dubbed Mrs. Baker, into the over 6" dressed category and I've been honored with second place in the category!

I'm now going to be working on a couple of new designs which I will share as soon as they're ready!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ummm... Hello?

...Hello?  Is anybody out there?  I hope you haven't given up on me since it's been almost a whole month since my last post.  (Literally.  I am only one day away from it being a month since my last blog post.)

So much has happened since my last post!  I started my new teaching position! (YAY!) I'm working at a fabulous new school as a 1st - 8th grade Technology teacher.  I have my own computer lab and each class comes to see me once per week for a 60 min technology class! :)

However... after being in school for one week, the Chicago Teacher's Union went on strike (you probably heard that on the news) and we were picketing and marching for 7 school days.  We did finally get back to work this past Wednesday!

In the midst of all of this back to school excitement, I've been working on several new pieces.  I have two new bears (both incorporating the color orange... I must be in the mood for fall), a new bunny (see previous post), a new koala, and a pair of circus elephants...

Circus elephants!?  You read that correctly.  I have a pair of circus elephants made with two different kinds of unique colored mohair.  They each have a ball that they "balance" on the tips of their trunks and they have a hand-made red tutu that they wear.  Since they deal with the circus, I named them Barnum & Bailey.  Below you can see Barnum.  She is going to be up for auction this weekend (Friday, September 28th) at Good Bears of the World's Kansas City Jubilee.  I am going to be there on Saturday, September 29th with her sister Bailey and 21+ other creations for the show!  Hope to see you there!  I'll make another post a little later in the week with a sneak preview of the other pieces that I'll be taking.