Sunday, December 28, 2008

Two new listings on bearpile

Hi there and Happy New Year!!

I am pleased to introduce Hubble (the bunny) and Scooter (the teddy).

Both of these fellas have been around for a little while. Hubble was born on September 8, 2008 (right around the time NASA was planning on sending a group up to work on the Hubble telescope); and Scooter was born on April 26, 2008. They both attended the Public Market here in Juneau, Alaska, however, neither of these handsome fellas was fortunate enough to find a home.

Consequently, they both begged me to put them up on bearpile this evening, in hopes of finding a person to spend the rest of their teddy time with.

This post will be short and sweet. Please stop again soon for more listings and teddy stories.

Blessings for 2009 and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 22, 2008

ChimCheree the Mini Teddy Bear

I just finished ChimCheree and took his pictures today. This is my first really small bear that I would consider of some quality. His eyes are a little buggy and he looks kind of like a Chimp.... thus his hame is ChimCheree.. I couldn't bring myself to call him Chimp-Bear.

He is really adorable. His blue eyes, although somewhat oversized, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, actually seem to look right at you.

Please enjoy the pictures. I just put him up on bearpile, so if you are interested in adoption, click

Post your comments and let me know what you think of this guy.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Story of Maxwell

I would like to tell you a little bit about some of my teddy bears.

Today I am pleased to introduce Maxwell.

Maxwell is the first bear I ever made out of a pattern I designed by myself. All of my previous bears were made from purchased patterns that I subsequently altered to fit my creative desires. He was also the first bear I ever made out of mohair. I had no idea, at the time, how to place the pattern on the mohair. So I placed it with the fur flowing upwards, which created an interesting effect, kind of like hair standing on end.

Maxwell was born on March 12, 1993, after I recovered from a serious illness which kept me in a hospital far away from my home, my friends, my family, and my teddy bears for what seemed like an endless period of time.

Maxwell was my inspiration for health; therefore, his name stands for maximum wellness.

His first great adventure was to have his photo taken by my good friend, Nora. So Nora took Maxwell and me to his first photo shoot at Cope Park in Juneau, Alaska. Here are some of his favorite poses.

Maxwell also accompanied me on many hikes up to my favorite mountain, Sheep Creek. Here is a picture of us taking a little break.

Not long after Maxwell was born, he was purchased by one of my favorite teddy bear people, Don, who bought him for his lovely wife, Alma. Maxwell lived happily, I'm sure, with Don and Alma and many other bears for close to five years.

In 1997 I decided to move from Alaska to North Dakota to be closer to my parents. Soon after I made that announcement, Don and Alma invited me to their home. We all sat down together, and they told me they both had the same thought.... that Maxwell should come back to live with me and accompany me on my journey to North Dakota.

So, Maxwell returned to North Dakota with me, where we spent a very wonderful year staying close to Mom and Dad. Here is a picture of Maxwell on the train to North Dakota.

We moved back to Alaska a year later in 1998, and Mom has come back to join us ten years after that in 2008.

Maxwell spends most of his time these days atop his favorite rocking horse here in our home in Alaska. He is old and a little imperfect. His joints are a little looser and he seems to have a slight crook to his stance, but his eyes and his heart tell of his past adventures and stories that wait to be told. So, like a tale that never really ends, Maxwell is not through with his journey.

Every once in a while when he gets picked up, dusted off, and shined up, he makes me smile, for teddy power never gets old. He has more ideas for his future and I'm sure I'll learn of them when he sees fit. For now we'll just say TTFN.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

OK, this is day one. I am now a blogger. I am going to spend some time setting up my site. I am totally excited about this and will post teddy bear news and creativity as it comes available.

First I would like to invite you to my teddy bear Etsy shop at Stop by and check out our Christmas sale taking place until December 12.

Please stop by again as listings are updated and new formatting occurs.