Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I've been featured!

I just heard that I've been featured on Groovyvinyl's Blog - THANKS SO MUCH Terri for doing this. Do drop by to see my interviews and photos of my bears -

http://impybat.blogspot.com

Terri makes the most wonderful jewelry, so do take a look at her Etsy store when you're at her blog. My new red bear's pattern is all cut out, now to bring him or her to life!! Catherine x

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Georgie - all ready for the snow!


It's been great to hear from so many of you lately. As you can see I've been a busy bee in my Bumpkin Bears studio and here is my latest bear brought to life. Georgie is the softest bear you could hope to meet, he is a real Country Bumpkin loving to be outdoors. He is so excited about seeing his first snow this Christmas that he is all ready in his warm outfit! He is designed with the cutest cinnamon coloured all in one outfit with ivory white trims and adorable white furry boots.

You can see lots more photos and all his adoption information at WWW.BUMPKINBEARS.COM


I've been trying out a new home made light tent for taking photos of my bears and it seems to be working quite well so far, my cats can't quite work out what it all is though!

Next bear is going to be my very first red Bumpkin Bear now I'm getting into the Christmas spirit - watch this space :) Catherine x

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dolly - a sweetheart for Christmas




I've been busy hand dying some mohair lately and have brought to life this sweet bear called Dolly with a mixture of peachy pinky caramel shades! She was very tricky to photograph to get the colours just right. She can't wait for her first Christmas with a new family so if you'd like to give her a loving home contact me. Click here to see all her photos and adoption information, just click on her little photo.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Yesterday was a busy day with Winky Wonky panda finding a new home. I have just been looking for a photo of a thanksgiving bear and firstly came across a really upsetting disgusting site about hunters killing bears in the wild for the fun of it. I just can't understand people doing this. Luckily I then came across this amazing story that appeared in the newspapers last year...



"As Americans prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, one table will have a rather unusual guest. Brutus, a four-and-a-half-year-old grizzly bear, will be attending Thanksgiving dinner at the Grizzly Encounter, a bear rescue and educational facility in Bozeman, Montana."

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone that is celebrating today. Catherine x

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sim-Sam - will he be with you for Christmas?



Hi everyone, I'd love for you to meet Sim-Sam, he is such a sweetie. I entered his photos into the Ted Worldwide German competition back in the Summer and have just heard that he has not been nominated. There are sooo many amazing international entries for this competition. I am still delighted that my other bear Leo has been nominated as a finalist for the British Bear Artist Awards. After feeling a little sad I tried to cheer Sim-Sam up by saying that this meant he could now find a special new family and be with them in time for Christmas. Otherwise he would not have been available until March when final judging takes place. So if you would like to treat yourself and have this special friend for Christmas then send me an email. You can see lots more photos of him at my website.

He is made of the most gorgeous vanilla and chocolate shades of silky soft Schulte mohair. Panda Hugs, Catherine and Sim-Sam x

Monday, November 19, 2007

Back from Holland


We were away last week staying in the South Limburg region of Holland. It is a really beautiful rural area with wide open views and lots of castles nestled amongst the trees. This area of Holland is just by the border of Germany and Belgium! In fact there was one place where all 3 borders met, you can see a photo of me standing at this point! It was really cold, - 1c most days, we even had snow sometimes which was beautiful but chill-ll--yyy for woodland walks! I'll be adding photos through this week of the various places we visited. For a start are some views and castles in Holland. Back to sewing now, I have two bears in the making at the minute so watch this space! Catherine xx



Saturday, November 10, 2007

Everyone can join in now!

Having joined Blogger recently I had not realised that I could change the settings so that everyone could leave posts DOH!! Well, thanks to Eydie of http://shebrews.typepad.com/ pointing it out I have now changed it and now you do not have to be a member of blogger to be able to leave a post. It's been fun looking at my blogs statistics recently, with visitors from all over the world including Japan, China, Russia, Portugal, Norway, USA, South Africa..... and the list goes on :) Isn't the internet the coolest place. So do feel free to leave posts, it's such fun to hear from you all.

It's a cold wet and windy windy weekend over here in Belgium, there has even been snow down in the South - yep winter has arrived!

Thinking about visiting that part of Belgium next week for a break so will be sure to add photos.

Enjoy your weekend, Catherine x

Monday, November 5, 2007

In the media ..

Hi everyone, it's been a busy week creating bears and trying out dying some mohairs, great fun - you should see the results in a few weeks :) One of my Bumpkin Bears, William, has just been featured in the November issue of Teddy Bear Scene magazine. Sorry this is so short, got to rush but I'll be back over the next few days. In the meantime have a good week, Hugs Catherine x