I am sure most people would look at me and see a stern person, but I am so thankful that I get to let that giggling child inside of me out in my bear making and creating other art pieces. That child got closed off early in life. But I am joyful and thankful for all those around me that allow me to be by letting that child in me feel welcome.
This time of year it's so great because we all become children again as we come together and remember old stories, old friends and family we love and miss. We are all angling for the biggest piece of dessert, the best seat at the table or in front of the tv. Kids looking up to the ones we love for the reassurance that we matter and all is ok.
I am thankful for you, for those who are here and those who aren't , for those who would love to be here and can't. Be blessed, feel joy and laughter in your heart and let it out, let it spread.
Went to Renningers in Mt. Dora yesterday and had such fun. So many people were there. Shopping, eating having fun with friends. Me, I was on a mission. What could I find to help me create my bears and other animals? First stop, the button lady!
And look at the teddy bear button I found, I have one but this one is in great shape. Yes it is original.
Mini buttons for clothing on small bears. The larger ones are metal and jewel.
Feathers from 1920's Paris. Great for hats.
The same dealer with the feathers had these old small bears,
And these old dogs, the one on the right is German.
And after all that walking this old sitz bath tub could have been mine for just $1300. What do you mean it's not for soaking your feet?! Hehe!
They will be there today and tomorrow. If you are close go find your own treasures.
No pretty picture to post. Some people find who they are when they enter the service and find who they don't want to be. Families are made stronger and some are torn apart under the weight of their service. Yet when they are called they leave all they hold dear and put life, limbs, mind on the line in the belief that they are protecting that this is good and right and fair and worth protecting. They do their job to the best of their abilities.
So when do we do ours? If we really want to thank them, saluting them, clapping and parades are not enough. Give them a proper pay for their service, give them the mental and physical health care they need. Don't lock their families out of their benefits on a loophole just because you can. They did the right thing, they served no matter what it cost them, can't we do the right thing no matter what it costs us? Let's really thank a veteran this year!
To my husband, and all the men and women who have served I humbly and gratefully say thank you for your service.
This is one of the bears that will be at the show. Brand new pattern.
And this is a new series if angels that I will have available too! Which is why you haven't heard from me, busy with new designs and getting ready for the show which is on Sunday at the Embassy suites Hotel in Hunt Valley. Sure hope you will come by and join all the fun! I will be in costume hehe! So will a lot of us artists. Ah well back to packing :).