Thursday, November 1, 2007


Where on earth does the time go - it's November already! I've been really busy, desperately trying to get some pieces done for the BAO Winter Warmer Online show this weekend and battling a very nasty bug at the same time. Thank goodness for the generosity and understanding of Penny Davis, the owner of the site and I'm very grateful for the extension she gave to so many of us struggling to meet the deadline. I have bigger and better antibiotics, so I hope to feel better by show time.

Normally, I only do bunnies at Easter time, but I decided to make a couple of winter bunnies, and I'm very pleased with them. The first one is a standing bunny pulling a wicker cart full of hand made Xmas goodies (a mini beeswax Santa ornament, a mini chalkware bunny, a mini wooden Xmas ornament with a repro vintage xmas card decorated with glitter, a mini bottle brush tree and a chenille candy cane). The bunny is made of mohair and is hand painted with layers of permanent-heatset paints and it really brings him to life.

The second bunny is a tiny Peter Rabbit (2 3/4") that I made to fit inside the cutest little Peter Rabbit collector tin. I stumbled across it at the market at St Jacobs and knew immediately that I had to make a Peter to go with it. He is also made of mohair, is fully jointed and wears his very own removable jacket.

The last piece is a 5 inch Christmas teddy, with his very own Jack Frost in the Box. The teddy is made of hand-dyed mohair and has been distressed, to make him look vintage. His Santa hat is held on with elastic and can be removed after Christmas. Jack Frost is hand sculpted from Fimo and is mounted in a wooden box.

I hope you have enjoyed a preview of my pieces (you can click on each picture for a larger view) and you can see all the other wonderful bears and animals at , tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. EST. The show runs a full 24 hours and there are 42 international artists participating. That means loads of teddies, so mark your calendar and come and join in the fun. I'll post a link here, once the show is open - hope to see you there!