Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Quick note

Just a little note to say my Baby boy Leroy, passed away last night, aged 2 years, 3 months.

He just couldn't fight any more. x

Monday, 23 March 2009

Tough Times.

Things are difficult at the moment, and as much as I'd like to share my latest creations with you - honestly, I haven't got time.

My Chinchilla boy, Leroy is very ill. He's currently not eating for himself and isn't pooping either. He is in and out of the vets who are mystified by the causes of his illness - despite him being looked after by a Chinchilla specialist.

If he doesn't eat, he doesn't poop - if he doesn't poop, he could die.

So at the moment, I am feeding him every few hours trying to keep him going in between vet visits. He's had to be knocked out for x-rays and blood tests today - I can bring him home in a few hours. He didn't look good this morning.

Monday, 16 March 2009

My First Sale!

I'm pleased to announce that Harley has found a new Mum. A friend of mine is buying him as she fell in love with him

So I guess that officially makes me a Bear Artist :-)


It's been a great day, Leroy (the chinchilla on the right) has been to the vets for dental x-rays - I was so scared of what they would find and it turns out, he's in great shape. he had a minor bit of work done but his roots are clear.

He's at home sulking with me now.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Introducing Harley

Please Welcome my newest Creation - Harley!

Harley is mostly made from Intercal Mohair, with an Alpaca inset muzzle. He also has funky cotton paw pads and matching Bandana!

He's 14" high and has the cutest little Emo fringe hairdo. I really am so pleased with how this guy turned out.

He's cotterpin joined and is stuffed with heavy polyfil to make him feel solid. He's got english eyes, and is needle and sicssor sculpted. He is also carefully hand shaded to give him depth to his eyes and pads.

He will be travelling in a couple of weeks to his new home at Fuzzbutt where I am hoping a bear mummy or daddy will give him a new home.

Hope you like him! xxx

Friday, 13 March 2009

Another Finished bear

Finished bear no.3 in my comissions tonight - only 2 to go!

I've yet to confirm a final name for him or take pictures- Got to wait for some natural light to take his pictures.

He's from a 100% own designed pattern. I look forward to presenting him to you all soon!

On a personal level, things aren't so great at the moment. I'm feeling kinda low.

I feel trapped by my circumstances - I can't afford to leave home and I'm suffocated with my own stuff. I wish I wasn't such a horder!

I feel like I'm getting old and getting nowhere. I'm the same place that I was 5 Years ago - when I got a job to make do whilst I decide what to do with my life. I'd like to maybe be a bear artist - But I can't see myself ever getting to that level - but it's early days really - I will feel happier when I've sold my first bear.

I'm getting to that age now where all my relatives of a similar age are all settling down, getting married, having kids - And me?

I want those things but I just can't see it happening.

Still, the bear making is very theraputic - If I can concentrate on that, I don't get too down. If that fails, I go play WOW. Killing stuff make me feel better!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Hats off to Mini bear makers!

Just thought I'd drop by and say I am so impressed by teddy makers who make minatures- Honestly! I don't know how you guys cope.

I made a mini bear for a friend's birthday - the work on the Fuzzbutt bears meant I didn't have time for a big one - and he was so much hard work!

ok, so the stitching was quicker - that was about it! The stuffing was a billion times more difficult! Trying to get it rolled up small - there was more stuffing on me and the bear than in it by the time I was done.

The pulled toes didn't go so well either but probably because I was too scared to pull really hard - and now, I have hand cramp from turning the tiny cotter pins today!!

The one thing I am proud of is his sculpted face and mouth. He's got such a sweet little smile indented into his muzzle. He took just as much sculpting as a large bear!

The downside? Well, I followed the jointing marks as per the pattern (a Japanese one) and so for some reason, his arms are so far back on his pudgy body that his arms are permanently wide open. lol.

At least he looks like he permanently wants a hug!

I'm not too keen on his body either - it's a four piece and it's far too round with no real definied back.

I just hope his new mum likes him!

I certainly won't be entering the world of professional minatures anytime soon! I'll leave that to the experts!!!

Back to bear No.3 who has had a arm mishap so now I have to make him a new one!!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Introducing Spike!

Welcome to my second Creation for Fuzzbutt - Spike!

His pattern is by Remembears and kindly allows created OOAK bears for sale.

He's 10 1/2" High made from 10mm Black Mohair and a very funky cotton print! . His eyes are glass, handpainted by me with some glitter nail varnish for that subtle sparkle.

He is cotter pin 5 way jointed and has a handsewn collar with his own funky handmade Emo Bears tag. His face has been both sicssor and needle sculpted and his nose and mouth are varigated perle cotton with shades of pink.

He is stuffed with polyfill and steel shot for a nice substantial feel.

He will be looking for a new home, priced £50. If you want to adopt him early, just let me know.

love Julia xxx