Monday, March 31, 2008


I love bunnies, and there are lots of them around where we live. I think one has a burrow under the huge Cedar hedge at the side of our property. They are sooo cute.

I couldn't resist making a couple for Ebay. The first is a miniature Peter Rabbit and a little Collector tin. When I stumbled across this tin, I knew I had to make a tiny Peter Rabbit to go with it. Peter is only 3 inches tall and sits nicely inside the tin. He is fully jointed and stuffed with excelsior and weighted with steel shot. Peter is made from German Shulte mohair that has been had painted, with layers of permanent heat set paints, to bring him to life. He also has nylon whiskers. Peter wears his familiar tiny blue jacket, with a Fimo carrot in the pocket. He also wears shows made from wood and leather.

This Baby Spring Bunny is barely 4 inches tall to the tip of her ears She is made from cream and a wonderful,“double dense” beige German mohair and is jointed only at the neck. Baby Bunny has ultra suede paw pads, and molded felt ears. She has realistic, amber German glass eyes, nylon whiskers and a sweet embroidered face and is stuffed with excelsior and gently weighted with steel shot. Bunny’s realistic appearance is achieved by building up many layers of colour, with permanent, heat-set paints. She wears a soft yellow organza ribbon aroundher neck, trimmed with a vintage bell and a group of hand made miniature buttercups. Included with Baby Spring Bunny, is a reproduction of a lovely vintage postcard decorated with a little girl hiding from two rabbits. It is mounted on basswood and decorated with glitter.

I hope you enjoy these two bunnies - they will be listed on Ebay tonight and I will post a link then. I consider these two pieces collectibles and not suitable for small children. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I am having such fun, trying new things, and they all seem to relate to jewelry! My poor bears and bunnies are crying from neglect LOL! I wish someone would tell me why I find jewelry so addictive, when I can't wear it much at all, due to metal allergies. I guess that's why I like using the organza ribbon instead of chains.

This little shadow box is based on Alice in Wonderland. I have several different copies of the book, with different illustrators. I love illustration, and it's always been my dream to illustrate a children's book. This shadow box uses the illustrations by A.E. Jackson, from the early 1900's, who isn't as well know as some of the others, like John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham.

The tiny shadow box is 1 1/4 " x 1 " and is made from basswood. Alice and the White rabbit are 3D and are preserved with an acrylic and then the box is covered with glass and soldered together. It hangs on a cream, organza ribbon, decorated with a silver bead and has a silver clasp for a closure. I love feedback so I'd love to hear what you think of this new little creation.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and hope you have a lovely day with your family!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I really enjoy working with photos and glass. I've made some new Easter brooches and pendants(although I admit, I'm a little late) LOL! The brooches are 1.5" x 2" and the pendants are 1.5" x 2.5" . The vintage reproduction images are sized, decorated with glitter and sandwiched in between beveled glass and a heavy acid free art paper.
The pendants hang on organza ribbon, decorated with a lovely silver bead. I've also made a couple of miniature collage pendants, just to see what kind of interest there is in them. Each piece is signed on the back. Hope you like them and I always appreciate feedback!

Tag, I'm it!

I guess I've been tagged! I have to think of seven things about myself, and that's not easy to do when you've just woken up LOL! Here they are:

1. I am a night owl, who is rarely in bed before 3:00 am, but also rarely up before 11:00 a.m!

2. I am a chocolate milk-aholic! I blame that on our 4 year old grandson.

3. I love to go bowling and it's the only exercise I actually enjoy.

4. I hate vacuuming and think whoever invented the vacuum should be jailed.

5. Even though I don't really enjoy summer, I am excited about spring because
I love to see the new flowers popping up in my garden. The world seems to
come alive in the spring.

6. I love Disneyworld, and can't wait to go next month to introduce our
grandson to Mickey Mouse and all the hoopla!

7. I can't watch TV or just sit and relax, without something else to keep me
busy - I guess that's why I love making teddies so much - I can sew and watch TV at the same time.

Well, there they are - now it's time to go hunting for someone to tag - that's the fun part!

Friday, March 7, 2008


Well, I've had a bit of a rest since I posted my last bear on Ebay. I've been playing with new ideas for props and I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out. It's funny, I thought I would be bored with making teddies by now, since I've been doing it for 12 years, but it's always magical when their little faces comes to life.

The first one is Zack, the Sailor - he's 5 1/2 inces tall and is stuffed with excelsior and steel shot. He comes with his removable clothes and his hand-made vintage-style sailboat.

The second one is Quigley the Clown. He is 4 1/4 inches tall and is stuffed with excelsior and steel shot as well. He comes with his paper "balloon", and his very own antique style box. The box is covered with vintage circus ephemera.

Thanks for taking time to peek!

Saturday, March 1, 2008


A few weeks ago, I was asked to create a couple of bunnies for a friend's new business venture, named Flourishes. Flourishes will be a fabulous place, hosting six special events each year, showcasing antiques, folkart and collectibles from some very talented people. I was honoured to be asked, and now that the bunnies are finally finished, I am delighted to showcase them here . I'm pleased to present Rosey and Lilac. They are made from German Shulte mohair, stuffed traditionally with excelsior and painted with layers of permanent heat-set paints, to bring them to life.

Flourishes is located in Washougal, Washington. To see other wonderful previews, check out the link The Silly Bear . I soooo wish I was close enough to attend the opening, March 15th. I'm sure it will be amazing!