Monday, 29 November 2010

Winter blues!! Not likely

This is my world, it was taken just before another downfall at midday
I have to say I am very very lucky that I have a boss who doesn't believe in his staff
risking their lives and he does live in a rural location, which means 
he is aware of how dangerous it can be. I do feel for anyone
who has a less than understanding is just not worth the risk, is it?

I have been busy, taking the opportunity to update my website, send a mailing list email
and cut out and sew a big bear.......................oh to just have one day a week just for the bears
Yeah I know I spent all weekend finishing two commissions 
while my poor hubby did the housework!!!! 
But to make bears full-time (big sigh) I would miss my day job though LOLOL
Any way onto the bearies
This is Ruffles
He is available from my website
................and this is Benjamin..............
available from my website

I have also listed a few more, just in time for Christmas 

I have also listed Phoebe on ebay

Anyway, stay warm, stay safe and remember is it really worth getting hurt for !!!
Beary Hugs

Monday, 15 November 2010

Stand by your fair!!!

Well that's the last fair for the year, all but a memory now and I have to say it is a sad one, when it should be a happy one. I only do 5 fairs a year, this year I did 6 with the addition of Bears to Collect Huntingdon one. I adore them, to go chat, laugh and catch up with both artist and collectors is such a joy, this last one though has left me feeling morose and sad. You see my husband won't let me travel too far, not sure why, I can only imagine it's because its a big bad world out there and the wolves would ravish me in a second if I stepped out of his comfort zone!!!..............yeah I know I am 44, a wife and mother, have experienced the worst that life can throw at me and came out smiling not to mention that I did go half way round the world at 19 to Australia, all by myself, I rest my case, you honour!!
Why the sadness, well its because of the lack of visitors. I'm not talking about buyers, just good old fashioned browsers. I have never really seen fairs as sellers dream, many collectors including myself can't just buy what we like when we like and we have bills that mostly take our hard earned cash, so buying loads of new darlings to take home is a mere dream. Often I will flag an artist who's bears I would like to own and save for one. Fairs are and were never about selling, they are a shop window into our world, they are about who you are and what you are currently making. I know in the age of websites, forums, facebook and blogs fairs seem a tad old fashioned but you can't beat a bear in the fur. Don't get me wrong we all like to sell bears, its a way of knowing that you are doing good but every bear sold is a bonus.
I know that there are a lot of things that influence attendance from the weather to what else is on at or around that time but you don't have to buy, just visit. We are in fear of loosing those fairs that have been going awhile, they may seem jaded compared to the bright lights of a new fair but they are still great days out. Many years ago there used to be lots and lots of shows up and down the country, I hear bear artist reminisce over the good old days, those fairs were lost for one reason.......................lack of attendance, it becomes a vicious circle, as visitors fall by the wayside so do artist. Make 2011 the year when you say I may not be able to buy but I can support this industry by attending fairs
Here is my stand, I hope you like it

This is Phoebe

and this is Ruffles
Beary hugs

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Bears, cars and more bears

What has been happening in the Pemblington household since I last posted
Well I have, as ever, been very busy with stuff
as well as bears
The car was taken for its annual mot, not a big thing you understand
but major for me as I have what can only be described as a phobia over it..............
..................years ago when my daughter was little, our car failed 3 times and was kept on the third attempt, so I do get very jittery.
Anyway it failed, only on a few small things but it soon mounts up
and wouldn't you beleive it, it took just slightly more money than I had to my name!!!!
Story of my life, that one, LOLOL.
My husband was involved in an accident, he was shook up but fine.........
and as much as he is a pain I do love hime fact
he has made me both very angry and proud this week!!!
The accident was not his fault, as a ven decided to squease in front of him to trun left
and he was going straight round the roundabout to the next exit.
As per usual a van had tried to out run the lorry, to nip in front......
so if ever you are tempted....don't, he really thought he had
crushed the van as it disappeared below his windscreen.
I, myself have been to the docs. It started awhile back with pain in my ear
and has just continued, it feels like I have water in it and it aches.
At night if I lie flat by 2am it is throbbing so much that it wakes me up.
So off I goes, not a frequent visitor, you understand....................
................that in itself should make the doctor sit up and take note!!!
But no he was perplexed when he found no wax, dismissed half my symptoms
and told me that he supposed I "could" have fluid in my middle ear, no kidding.
Upon getting home and doing my own research on the internet
(don't like those medic sites-they put the fear of
god into you and should have a health warning themselves)
I found that symptoms did fit a middle ear infection
and the throbbing at night was the fluid
pressing on my eardrum, because I suffer nasally,
my synuses were filling up and making it a whole lot worse.
Really if I don't see another gereatric doctor in my life I would be happy........... one point I thought he was going to pat my knee and give me a lolly pop.
Enough about me and my continual woes, here are some new bears that I have been working on
The first is Bethany, she has been the subject of some debate over her name but I think Bethany suits her.
She is 14 inches tall and her outfit was made entirely by myself.
I am so thrilled with her, due to my constant lack of time I always felt that
I could do more in the way of clothes, so this time I was determined

This lady is Patience and she is even bigger at 17 inches

They will both be making their debut at Kelham Hall on

14th November 2010

Please come and say hello

Beary hugs

Sue xxx