Thursday, December 31, 2009

The start of another new year and I am already through the first half of the first day. I spent the morning doing the house cleaning and a whole big basket of laundry - had to do the laundry as the weather is being nice to us today after dumping rain on us for the past 4 days! Must not complain as we did so need the rain. After this posting I am going to have some me time and think about an elephant!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Under the Christmas tree.....

I knew it was going to be fun and games trying to take pictures of the girls by the Christmas tree but we got there in the end after me having giggle fits because of the looks I was getting on their faces. Their faces say it all!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Elfin the Elf just in time!.......

Phew! I've just managed to finish ELFIN the Elf in time for the big day. He will be joining Santa under the Christmas tree which I plan on setting up and decorating this weekend. I think there will be 2 dogs doing a disappearing act on me so that they don't have to get dressed up and have their picture taken by the tree!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Friday, December 11, 2009

JINGLES....just in time for the big day!

Well he made it - just in time for Christmas and hopefully his mate Elfin the raggy will be joining him very soon. Wouldn't it be lovely if I had more than one pair of hands, big sighs!
Still lots to do but I would like to wish everyone who drops in on my blog HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

JINGLES has been ADOPTED already and will soon be on his way along with Raffles to keep him company to a lady in N. Carolina USA.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stuffed puppy...

I took this picture from Jennifer's blog because I thought it was so cute - he looks like he has had a really good feed and is now sleeping it off:o))

Santa's on his way.....

I finished this little guy yesterday - well, not so little as he stands 69cm tall. There is a Mrs Santa and one of Santa's little helpers but I may not get to make them in time - I will try very hard to!
Christmas is certainly coming at full speed and so is Summer with days of being very hot and humid which leaves one feeling all sweaty and sticky - oh yuck!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dante Bear

A bear that never made it to the website and is now on his way to Winter in the UK - poor bear but his fur is nice and thick so he should keep warm, I hope!
Anyway, I thought I would show him off just for the fun of it plus he is in some of my favourite colours and is a bear which I thought came together very nicely:o))

It is really hot here at the moment and not so good to be outside - while putting out the laundry this morning and in such a short time my feet were beginning to burn - even the dogs were not brave enough to venture out side most unusual as Amy is such a sun worshipper. One good thing was that the laundry got dry in double quick time, nice one!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I think I'm gonna be a bear!

I think most of us can relate to this - I printed a copy of this which I keep by my PC so that I can have a read now and then as it always makes me smile:o)) Enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blog award

Many thanks Elanor for passing this award on to me.

The Fun Part~only one word answers
1. Where is your cell phone? Bag
2. Your hair? Brown
3. Your mother? Dead
4. Your father? Dead
5. Your favorite food? Seafood
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Coffee
8. Your dream/goal? Bears!
9. What room are you in? Study
10. Your hobby ? Bears!
11. Your fear? Spiders!
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Tight
15. Muffins? No
16. Wish list item? No
17. Where did you grow up? England
18. Last thing you did? Drink
19. What are you wearing? Daggies
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? Asleep
22. Friends? Good
23. Your life? Relaxed
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing someone? No
26. Vehicle? Silver
27. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
28. Your favorite store?None
29. Your favorite color? All
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Months
32. Your best friend? Crazy
33. One place that I go to over and over? Don't
34. One person who emails me regularly? Carolyn
35. Favorite place to eat? Home
My 6 favourite blogs are :

Friday, October 30, 2009


Swing those hips and have a party!! At long last a bear is born and it seemed to take forever to achieve AND I was trying very hard to get a Witchy raggie finished too but she is not quite ready just yet and so will not be scaring the kids when they come trick or treating later today.
Raffles is making his appearance very soon on my website as hubby is working on that now.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The day of the Dust Storm!

Dust Storm - Sydney

On Tuesday night my beauty sleep was rudely interrupted by horrendous winds slamming into the house - pretty scary stuff as doors were banging shut and things outside were sent racing across the ground and poor Mr Rooster on the weather station was sent flying over to the other side of the garden! I just couldn't sleep because of not only the noise but the worry of trees coming down and other things getting broken and flying away.
Anyway, come early morning as I opened one eye I thought why is it so yellow in the room - pulled back the curtains and opened the blinds to see a fog of red dust and the wind still raging. Turned on the TV to see the news and it seems we had been hit with a dust storm which was wide spread but was really bad in Sydney. Samantha (daughter) sent me this picture that she (she lives in Sydney) took early in the morning on her way to work and Simon (son) who lives near to Sydney phoned to say that when he got up in the early hours of the morning he thought he was on Mars!
I had to go and do the shoplifting that morning and it was really uncomfortable with the smell of dust in the nose all the time and my poor car looked like it had been on a rally in the desert! Things are much improved today but there is a lot of cleaning up to do as the dust has got every where inside and outside of the house, yuck!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spring has sprung!

The first week of Spring has passed and most days have been warm and sunny though temps are a little high for this time of the year. They have been doing a lot of back burning in the forest which surrounds me so very smoky and smelly but better than having to fight a bush fire me thinks!
The birds are singing their little hearts out if you can call it that especially when it comes to the parrots! There are so many Rainbow Lorikeets around at the moment the noise is quite deafening and they fly every where at full speed still talking and arguing as they go. There is one part of my garden which is like an express way at rush hour and you have to watch out for low flying birds coming at full speed - many a time I've had to duck! They hold big group meetings or as I like to call it a mother's meeting out in the open on the grass where they chatter, argue, hop about with a few playful punch ups where they roll around together on the ground - suppose there is usually about 50 at a time in the group - love watching them.
I love sitting and watching the birds and seeing what they get up to - got a group of King Parrots hanging around and one of them is quite friendly. He came and checked me out yesterday by sitting on the gutter above and then followed me over to where hubby was working and he got him to eat from his hand - where is that camera when need it!
All this bird watching doesn't get bears made and I've got one poor guy just waiting for me to bring him or her to life:o))

Monday, August 3, 2009

Picasso and Tiffin......

Thank you to those who sent their best wishes in that I get better soon. Well, I'm more or less back to my old normal self - whatever normal is because I don't really do much of that!
I've managed to be create and finished off 2 new bears called 'Tiffin' and 'Picasso' and now I wait for himself to get them up on my website but in the meantime I will add them on here. Both bears look like they have be let loose amongst the dye pots but I reckon they both turned out pretty good - even if I do say so myself! Dolls have started creeping into my life recently which has been a huge surprise to me as I have never been a doll type person but I have taken a big liking to the Bleuette's and the reproduction French and German dolls and I have grand idea's of making a few outfits for them but we will see big sigh!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lonesome Domino

For the past few days I have been feeling really lousy as I suffer yet another cold thanks to someone who crossed my path recently and felt a real need to share their germs with everyone else including me! So everything got put on hold while I sneezed, coughed, sniffed and shivered and groaned that I was dyeing to my other half - a little sympathy from him but I got more from the dogs, that figures!
Anyway, I have now finished two new bears called Poppet and Domino - Poppet never even made it to my website as she was bought as soon as she appeared on Bearpile which was very nice and the lady also wanted Pebbles so those two will be shipped off to their new homes today.
Poor Domino is now all on his own and will hopefully be on my website sometime today after I have sweet talked himself into doing this one little job for me:0))
Now I must get back to the packing department.......

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Raggy Aggy

A long time in coming but I have just finished my second raggy who is about 51cm tall so quite a bit bigger than my first attempt who was all of 38cm tall. Did I get through it without having a scream and a swear? I was doing really well until near the end when I got really frustrated with something - can't remember what it was now, hmmmm! Boy did I let rip and everyone took cover including the dogs LOL! Anyway, I decided now was a good time to put it away and take another look the next day when I would be all cool and calm - yep, it worked and I got the thing sorted no worries!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Like Pebbles on the beach....

Another one bites the dust! I even surprised myself that I got another creation finished and the photo session was done and over with quick smart this morning - must be getting up to full speed now. The cold bug is floating all over my house at the moment in the form of my daughter Samantha who has come on a long visit until next Saturday - bet her partner is pleased that he will not be catching this snuffly bug.
Anyway, Pebbles is now on my website waiting for some lovely person to give her a new home.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Colours of the rainbow.....

I have been very slow but at long last I have just finished another colourful creation. I loved working with these colours as they are soft pastel shades of the rainbow and Jasmine turned out to be quite a stunning little girl - really pleased with her and she is now on my website for you all to see so enjoy!

A big thank you to Elanor ( for this blog award!

Now for the rules to this award:
1)The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2)Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3)Nominate 10 blogs.
4)Put a link to their blogs.
5)Leave a message for your nominees

I nominate the 10 which I enjoy
Paula, All Bear -
Jenny, Three O'Clock Bears -
Melanie, Bear Treasures -
Ellen, Ellen Borggreve Designs -
Wendy, Matilda Huggington-beare -
Carolyn, Draffin Bears -
Lynette, FrediBears -
Vicki, Custom Teddys -
Jane, Doodlebears -
Jenny, Jennylovesbenny Bears -
Catherine, Bumpkin Bears -

Monday, May 11, 2009

I have been quite a busy bee since the weekend - playing once again with the dye pot and coming up with 4 pieces of nicely dyed mohair so watch this space.....
It has taken awhile but I have eventually finished my first attempt at Lottie my raggy doll (hope you see this Paula!) with a few mistakes so don't look too closely! Looking forward to having another go especially since I have just bought myself a new sewing machine - yep, you heard right ME with a new machine! Well what right minded girl could resist a special offer of 40% off the price! A huge upgrade on my old tank of a machine which is over 30 years old! The old tank was so heavy to lift it made my legs buckle and turned my face a lovely shade of red. So I'm afraid it got relegated to a cupboard after a while but it always came with when we moved from country to country. I'm not a great lover of sewing machines as we never see eye to eye but it is good to have one especially my new super duper one which is all computerized. I am hoping to make a few outfits as I have just bought myself a Bleuette doll and she is going to need clothes. Tongue in cheek as my dress making skills are very limited BUT I have a friend nearby who is very good at all that stuff and I only have to shout HELP!! Think I may be doing that quite a few times.

Monday, April 6, 2009

I've been playing with the dye pot again and came up with these rather stunning vibrant colours which I then turned in to a new bear and one that I feel very pleased with. This is one of my newer designs which has taken some time to get right after spending so long as the perfect bear in my mind. As usual it took me a long time to get the right name but himself was very helpful this time and came up with the name Aquilla which I think suits very nicely!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Either I fell asleep or I missed something as here we are at the end of another month!
The highlight of the month was a visit to the Doc's as I have been having a bit of a problem with acidic indigestion or reflux (not sure which) something which I started getting last year but not a regular occurrence - really uncomfortable and very painful (bit like a heart attack not that I have had one - read about it somewhere) and nothing I took would get rid of it so I usually sit it out with the end result of throwing up and then it would be gone. So, after being nagged by everyone I took myself for a visit and got much poking and prodding and sent for a breath test the next day. The doc reckons it might be a tummy bug or some kind of Ulcer but hopefully the test will tell more or nothing. Anyway, I now have these tablets to pop daily for 2 months. He then went on to tell me that I was a little over weight and my blood pressure was a little high and then proceeded to tell me all the things I can't eat because of the salt - not amused and told him that he may as well put me down now!

I'm very busy doing my dying duck impression (got the flu) which is a bit of a bugga! Seems like this one has become really attached to me and doesn't want to go away - going the full course this time and I'm now on the coughing, spluttering and tight chest with a thumping headache and rough nights! But never fear Lyn is here and it won't be long before I bounced back fighting fit!
We have been getting some horrendous thunderstorms and we've had two power cuts in a week. Power out from lightening strikes but some smart thinking from himself and we invested in a small generator so we can run the TV, PC and lights in the lounge - envy of the neighbours I reckon.
Poor Millie has been having her stressed out moments because of the storms - Amy is bomb proof but she sticks with Millie just to keep her company. Millie will not even eat when she is like this so the other day she missed her supper and didn't eat until the next day. No bad thing as she could do with loosing a little weight!

On top of all this I managed to finished a bear which I am really pleased with and that is saying something coming from me! I used that lovely soft Alpaca and when she was finished I couldn't even think of a name for her aaarrrgghhhh!! So it was off to have a rummage amongst the books and in my Lhasa Apso dog book I found a list of Tibetan name for boys and girls and that is how she ended up with the name Tashi which I thought suited her very nicely.

Monday, March 2, 2009

This is Candy my latest colourful bear. One to make you smile and brighten your day that's for sure! I think you can see why she ended up with that name as in some ways she does look as if she has been let loose in the Candy store!
She will be on my website and looking for a new home today I hope! I have to get himself to do that job for me because if left to me I could end up in a whole heap of trouble!! I am as happy as a pig in muck (so the saying goes) when I am working with colours.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rain, rain go away and come back another day! Wonderful weather for the ducks and I've even got a few instant ponds for them scattered around the land.
Well my poor brain has been doing over time and at last I have come up with what I class as a normal bear - the opposite to one of my more usual colourful guys. I've been making the perfect bear like you do - in my head for a long time and finally I have pushed him out and I finished him yesterday.
I am really pleased with the end result which says a lot coming from me as I am my own worst critic BUT me being me there are a few adjustments I would like to do to the pattern.
Anyway, meet 'Rufus' who is soon to be on my website looking for a new home.

Friday, February 6, 2009

It is amazing how the time has just whizzed pass me - I'm sure it does it when your not looking or is it just a getting older thing?! Anyway, besides trying very hard to stay cool with fans and air con doing overtime and the heatwave taking over. The poor grass looks and feels like straw and the plants and trees are just about hanging in there. Certainly not bear making weather - but never say die as I battle on with two fans pointed in my direction and the odd arm or paw pad and cotton go sailing off to the other side of the room!

Last year I happily joined in with a Bear Swap which was organized by a very brave person on Teddy Talk. My swap partner was Beth of ScaliWagGrrs and we decided we would surprise each other. Well, I now have my surprise and what a surprise it was too! For a few seconds or more I was speechless and stunned and that takes some doing - just ask my friends! Muffin looks so much like my Millie (Norwich Terrier) it's unbelievable! Millie thought so too and gave Muffin the doggie welcome check over and then tried to walk off with her - as for Amy she gave her the eyeball to eyeball treatment - a little wag of the her tail - the huff and then the walking off with head in the air 'we are not amused'!

I am not a doll person but I have been inspired by the raggies again and not only have I bought a few new ones (always do things big time) but I am going to attempt to make one, shock! horror! I made one a couple of years back and felt quite proud of myself at the time until himself said it gave him the creeps (rude word moment) and she has never left the bear room since and I didn't make anymore - time to fight back! Enjoy the pictures.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How nice it was to find that I had been chosen for this award by Elanor of Shantock Bears, made my day and many thanks go to you Elanor.

The authors say that blogs who receive this award are exceedingly charming . This blog invests in proximity in space , time and relationships . These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends .
They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandisement . Our hope is that when the ribbons of these awards are cut , even more friendships will be propagated . Please give your kind attention to these writers !

Ok, so I now have to deliver this award to 8 more bloggers - a bit of a toughie but here we go......

Ellen Borggreve Designs
Draffin Bears
Bear Treasures
All Bears
Three O'Clock Bears
Back Road Bears
Bumpkin Bears
Jennylovesbenny Bears

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Already it is the middle of January and the silly season seems a distant memory. We seem to have started the new year off with a few things going wrong - first problem is the poo pit better know as the cesspit (we do not have town sewage) - the joys of rural living! One of the tanks is full of water and has not been draining away - has an enviro cycle system - makes the trees and plants grow and the grass nice and green!
Next problem is the grass cutter which decided it was in need of a couple of new front wheels and no I haven't been doing wheelies on it! So himself is now trying to hunt down a couple of wheels which won't cost us a fortune - meanwhile the grass is thinking whoopee lets have a party and grown like crazy, not funny!! They say it happens in three's so I'm wondering what else is going to go wrong.

A ray of light arrived in the mail today and made me all smiles as it was a frame mounted 'Forever Friends' picture done by Catherine of Bumpkin Bears. I love her drawings and I have another one on the way - a very talented lady and the drawings remind me of the early Pooh drawings. I will get a frame for it when I next go into town and then hang it on a wall where it will get seen nearly all the time.