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Monday, January 30, 2012

Birmingham Spring Fair, UK

I leave for the UK this week to attend the Birmingham Spring Fair.  This year they have moved the teddy bears to Hall 3 and you will find me at Stand N15.  I always find this trip fun because I get to see store owners and other manufacturing friends as well as my Mum and friends.   The main challenge for me is renting a manual car, when I normally drive an automatic: driving on the left side of the road along windy roads up and down hill and all that mostly in the dark!  Yikes!!!!!    I am hoping for fair weather.  Regardless to it will be fun to see everyone.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I had so much fun at the San Diego Bear Show this weekend.  I was thrilled to see some club members, collectors and my artist friends.  I had forgotten how much fun these shows are.  I would like to thank all the collectors who attended and supported the event.  On the Saturday evening we had a banquet and remembered past shows.  I think I first did that show as an artist about 20 years ago.  Many of the artists I first met there are still attending and the same can be said of some of the collectors.  Linda Mullins received a well deserved Industry award and Jon Port gave a great talk detailing Linda`s outstanding contributions to the bear world.  The Toby Industry Choice awards were announced and many of my artist friends won.  I am thrilled to say that I picked up two Toby awards in the Manufacturing section for the two pieces pictured, `Rocking Red Dragon` and my Valentine Jester `Vesta`. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I am excited to be attending the San Diego Doll and Bear Show this weekend.  My aim was to have a few one of a kind ORIGINAL artist pieces.  
Pictured left to right are  `Henry & Boo` he is 5 inches and made of mohair, his litte friend Boo is a velvet piece and measures 2 inches.
`Ju Ju` a 2.5 inch dragon made of ultrasuede.  She is decorated with crystals, silk ribbons and lace and has feather hair.
`Tuti` is the second in my `Newborn Dragon` series, `Harmony` being the first.  He measures 3.75 inches and is made of ultrasuede and brocade and decorated with beads.  His shell is a decorated goose egg. His fingers and ears are all wired.
`Sophie` is a 3.5 inch white mohair bear.  She has her pink ballet shoes and a bouquet of soft pink flowers and silk ribbon bow on her head.

Please note these are not limited editions.....just one of a kinds made by me.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012