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Monday, November 30, 2009

Renningers Extravaganza Nov. 2009

Went to the extravaganza weekend before Thanksgiving but with the holiday and being under the weather I hadn't posted.
Met bear artist, Jane Woodard and bear collector and writer, Beth Phillips for lunch. They had already been exploring just like me! It was a great day, there were some old bears out there but the prices were pretty up there too. Not much luck on old toys either. One vendor had a sampleman's piano bench but I couldn't see paying $125 for it when another vendor had a regular child size one selling at just $36. So you just have to be aware and look around. So what did I find? Ahh!

Vintage bottle brush trees

Buttons, buttons, buttons! To sew on and to pin on!

Doll clothing that will show up on character bears soon.

A 1934 Popeye card game, cause as a kid Popeye was my favorite cartoon.

And just a sampling of the old prints I was lucky enough to pick up. If you get the chance - Go! Your lucky find is waiting for you, and maybe we'll meet for lunch!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hubby made mac and cheese, sweet potatoes and the cranberries , while I made the turkey, dressing and greens. Team effort! No matter what you're having or who you are with I hope there is love in your heart, food in your tummy and compassion in your soul. Because what we have this moment is fleeting, so be thankful , be joyous and know today I remember and am thankful for you.

-- Posted while out and about

Monday, November 23, 2009


I didn't start out to have a cluttered life. That's because I really didn't own anything and I wasn't a knick knack person, just the basic things. Then circumstances changed and I began to hold on to things until I recently realized it didn't hold the people I was missing any closer.
So my mission to declutter my spaces began again and again. This weekend it was forced upon me in the form of an opportunity and I managed to do
a presentable job of three areas in two days. Life again forcing me to be the person I really want to be. So have a peek at my workroom :)

The two bears are the first I ever made.

This bookshelf holds antique children's books.

This corner is where shelving and desk are, the area is covered with ribbons ,books, papers, and art supplies so I usually sit on the couch and work.
Just a peek at my work space.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I received this award from Nancy of Dog Patch Critters.. Thank you Nancy! Here are the rules to accepting this award.
Rules :-
1. Use only 1 word answers.
2. Pass along to 6 of you favorite bloggers.
3. Tell them you've given them the award.
4. Have Fun !!

1. Where is your cell phone? charging
2. Your hair? curly
3. Your mother? gone
4. Your father? gone
5. Your favorite food? caramel
6. Your dream last night? weird
7. Your favorite drink? lemonade
8. Your dream/goal? quality
9. What room are you in?livingroom
10. Your hobby? reading
11. Your fear? none
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
13. Where were you last night? asleep
14. Something that you aren’t? clutterfree
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. Wish list item? clutterfree
17. Where did you grow up? Cincinnati
18. Last thing you did? cooked
19. What are you wearing? pj's
20. Your TV? workroom
21. Your pets? cat
22. Friends? forever
23. Your life? blessed
24. Your mood? joyful
25. Missing someone? family
26. Vehicle? running
27. Something you’re not wearing? hat
28. Your favorite store? antique
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When was the last time you laughed? tonight
31. Last time you cried? tonight
32. Your best friend? Hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over? bed
34. One person who emails me regularly? Charisse
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

My six picks of favorite bloggers are:
Ginger of Bearbits
Kelly of A Stuffed Life
Wendy of Whendi's Bears
Pat of Murphy Bears
And I will add the other two later

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Plants take over

This is a pepper plant started from a seed that my neighbor threw into the garden tub. It has gone through frost, rains and unrelenting sun and refuses to die! I can't use this many hot peppers! My husband loves hot spicy foods and one of these in your food is enough. And I don't really like hot food( ok I'm a wuss).
I should be as hardy as this plant!

-- Posted while out and about

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Catch Up

Thanks to Nancy of Dog Patch Critters who let me know that cats do not tolerate onion well and when feeding my cat baby food to make sure this is not one of the ingredients. I stick to the stage one chicken, or turkey and the pate chicken cat food. She seems to be tolerating it well.

I also didn't get to wish our veteran's well yesterday and would like to do so now. Thank you to all who serve, have served and have given us our liberty, I salute you.

Next year marks my25th year making bears, having started in 1985. So I am trying to decide what my Anniversary piece will be and how many pieces to make. How to celebrate? A give away maybe? I see planning and plotting in my future!

So, it's back to the drawing board. Renninger's Extravaganza is next week in Mt. Dora, Fl., should be able to find some goodies to help create a nice character. Hmmm, see you later.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys

The Sunshine Bear Den of Good Bears of the World had a collectibles show this weekend with artist bears, antique bears, toys and dolls.
Now at a show like that you know I have to look for treasures! And I found four books, that's Cubby Gets Bath the lion is holding. The lion found a home this weekend. Then there is the cute little doll dress, the animal print fabric and the Kiddies Book of Birds.
I met new people and saw old friends down in Lake Worth, Fl. and enjoyed doing the show. Attendance was a little low but people did buy, just like me.
A good note for my last show for the year. And a special thanks to Jane Woodard of Heir Bears for helping my hubby and I celebrate his birthday while we were there.

Back to creating next year's pieces.

-- Posted while out and about

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's a Christmas Tea Party

Ginger over at Bearbits is having a Christmas Tea Party for Toys on December 5, 2009. You may have noticed a logo for it on the side of my blog, just click on it to get all the details. You can either participate or just show up for the party and go from blog to blog to enjoy all the fun(blog has to be on Ginger's list as participating).

It's going to be a grand time. And Kelly over at Yesterday's Glitter will also be having a party on December 12th, A Hartfelt Christmas Blog Party, and you can click on her blog from the side of mine if you want to join. These ladies are great fun so you might want to mark your calendar now! These events are not to be missed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hunt Valley Review 2009

Saturday night was the Golden Teddy Awards Dessert Reception. Donna Griffin won two awards one for Mimi, undressed, 5inches and under; and one for Maude /accessorized,5inches and under.
We called and surprised her with the news.
StephanieTiongo was there to accept her win for Mommy I'm Stuck Kitten. Kelly Dean won for tableaux for Polar Pals, Guenter Dufeu won for Rex, Karen De Lorenzo won forDaydreamer and Vicky Lougher won for Lil Pudge. This years Teddy Society's Ambassador winner was Cindy Malchoff, rcognized for her work as an artist, promoter and the person who kept the continuity of the TBAI show, and promoter of the teddy bear industry as a whole.
That's her in the top photo and as a snowgirl for the show!
Above is Bev White's Nativity scene.

There I am in costume.
The bear Guys are in penguin form in last photo.

The show was a lot of fun as you can see and we got new info. Joe Jones,Dolls and Teddy Review, announced the new Expo show will be held October 1,2,3 of 2010 in Winton Salem, NC.

There is lots planned, check their website.

added note: sorry for the late post, internet was down asgain.
and on a good note my kitty is eating, thanks to a collector friend, Andrea, who is also a vet who told me to feed her baby food. It's working, she is eating after a week of not eating. My vet didn't tell me that, very disappointing.

Off to another show tommorrow, so back to work.