This handmade artist teddy bear was created from a reclaimed vintage camel hair coat, his body is from a soft wide wale cordouroy shirt. The eyes are handpainted antique shoebuttons.
The ears are made using felted 100% wool sweaters and the satin lining of the coat.
He is avaliable at my etsy shop
We have coyotes in our area I hear and see them often. My Aussie shepard hates them and barks long and loud.
I sometimes walk my dogs A Chi-weenie (Una) and Nora my Aussie at night in the park nearby off leash. One night a coyote grabbed Una, Nora took off after howling like a banshee! Una, nicknamed the "brown streak" because she runs so fast (I think it sounds like dirty underwear) got away with ony a couple of marks on her neck. I don't often walk in the park alone at night anymore, I walk with friends and their pack of dogs. Also I put a light on Una' s harness. She looks like weird little fairy with it on. And I blow a whistle loudly, it seems to work.
A bunch of us sweet and humble teddy bear artistes have landed in a wonderful treasury on Etsy :dance:
here is the link http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=55854
Check it out, and leave a comment or two please
Lisa it's called "bear burnout" an ailment that affects only teddy bear artists for some reason
I too have suffered and recovered numerous times... My advice is to do something else, another craft perhaps, long walks, writing in a journel, reading good books (Billie Letts, Connie May Fowler) are good authors. Take good care of yourself, explore, play.
There are several shows in Ca. :clap: :clap: Dorothy Drake has two (teddy and doll), one in San Jose and one in Roseville these repeat in the spring/summer and fall/winter. There is one in Santa Barbara in March, a doll and teddy bear show, also in Santa Barbara there is a very nice teddy bear museum to visit. Also Pat Moore is having a convention in San Jose in June. John Port and Denis Shaw wil be there and I hear Art Rodgers is doing a class.
And of course the Teddy Bear Convention in Nevada City.
These shows are quite reasonable, about $75 per table and they are one day shows (except the conventions)
Well, I do have kids in their 20's it's not such a bad thing, really. I shared some of this information with the ladies at my work, and got the cold shoulder all day. I guess not knowing is comforting and makes it eaiser. But just in case you are curious. Please check out these sites:
http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/realmon … metics.cfm
Hi Shelli, I've been experimenting lately. Try overdying sparse mohair (get a little bit from intercal, ask Johnana and tell her I said hi ) that is a tanish color, use a darker color, let it get splotchie in the dye bath. Cushing acid dyes are wonderful (intercal). I bought a hand sander, one with a handle knob, and went over the mohair 1/3 yd. at a time, this way and that. Then I get out my steam iron and go whosh here and there all over the mohair, then I twist it up steam the twist as I go and wad it up into a ball and fasten it with a big rubber band. Let it dry a few days, untwist it the iron the back, so that it lays flat. I bought this little eyebrow shaver that work well for small areas to achieve a worn look. after the bear is assembled I thought I would spritze on some distressing inks (rubberstamp store) they are permenant and acid free etc.
hope this helps Dorothy
I would like to be a storyteller, and tell stories. Years ago I took a story telling class at USD, it was designed for teachers. There were professional storytellers that told wonderful stories from all over the world, talking to one I said "I would love to do this, but I am afraid to be in front of an audience" She said "well, you have a problem then Dorothy.
I love "strange!" I have a etsy shop but haven't really done anything with it. Now I am encouraged and enlightened by your bravery Lisa. :clap: When I get home from work tonight I am going to fiddle with it and see what happens. About Ebay, Lisa I really don't care for it, too big and impersonal to me I think you've got it figured out, blogging, etsy and all. Have you tried lovli.com? It's an up and coming etsy tpye site and free too, they are based out of Portland Oregon.
I saw the article in T.B Friends that had your kiddies pics. So cute How lucky and busy you must be.
Your friend, Dorothy