Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I ♥ Moon Bears Fundraising

Phew I don't know where this month has gone, it has been my most successful month ever, hitting over 700 sales in my Etsy Shop.  I can't thank all my customers enough for their support, hearing how much pleasure my creations bring to you really spurs me on day by day.

It is at times like this that I like to share my success with those that need help, so I would like to introduce you to the beautiful Moon Bears that the organisation Animals Asia are doing everything they can to stop Bear Pile Farms & rescue these beautiful Bears across Asia and give them a happy, fear free life where they can learn to be playful Bears again.  At the bottom of this post are details of my I  ♥ Moon Bears Fundraising Event and some beary special prices for my Bumpkin Bears!

Many of you will know of them, I do not want to upset anyone showing images of the cages and conditions these Bears are kept in in the Bear Pile Farms but here is an excerpt written by their founder Jill Robinson
"In countries across Asia, thousands of bears live a life of torture on bear farms, so that their bile can be extracted and used in traditional medicine to cure ailments ranging from headaches to haemorrhoids. Bears are confined in cages which vary from agonisingly tiny "crush" cages to larger pens, all of which cause terrible physical and mental suffering. "


You can follow the videos of a successful recent rescue of 14 Bears from Vietnam here 
Just look at how happy these Bears look now in the Sanctuary, this is Banjo and Sausage! 





So with Valentine's Day on the horizon I wanted to show my love for these special Bears and will be donating 25% of the adoption fees of my Bumpkin Bears,  Romeo ("Loves Life", a feeling that the Sanctuary Bears finally have) and Callum (meaning "Peace" which I dream of for all the Moon Bears).  So if you would like to adopt either of these Bears and bring them into your life and at the same time help the Moon Bears just take a look below -

Frustratingly for the last 14 days I have not had any access to my website with nothing that even resembles customer service from my Hosting Company!  Many can see my website fine, and many can not :(  I am not able to update anything (so sorry for Christmas still on there!).    For this special "I  ♥ Moon Bears"  fundraising event I will put all the details right here for you all to keep it simple -


Callum is a Baby Bear so a little shy.  His Celtic name means Dove, and as the symbol of Peace it fits him just perfectly.  As peaceful as  Callum is he does have a sparkle of mischief in his gorgeous eyes!  His fur is a fabulous wavey, silky soft top quality Schulte Mohair in a delightful blonde gold.  
He is a one of a kind, 15" Bumpkin Bear.  Callum has the cutest sculpted toes on all his velvet soft cashmere paws. He is 5 way cotterpin jointed and is filled with polyfill with a good helping of plastic pellets in his body and ankles.  He has a hand embroidered nose and little smile that lets you know he will be your soul mate, there for a cuddle & listening ear whenever you need him.  





Available for Adoption - Special I  ♥ Moon Bears Price 125 euros (normally 190 euros) plus 15 euros to Europe/20 euros to USA, Australia & rest of world, (layaway available). I will donate 25% of his Adoption directly to Animals Asia.
Contact me at catherine@bumpkinbears.com if you would like to adopt Callum and help the Moon Bears.
Romeo is a Hopeless Romantic, happy to sit all day snuggled under a blanket reading Poetry with you!  He especially loves Shakespeare's Sonnets so I made him his rather smart Shakespearian collar from vintage ivory coloured lace (removeable with a little clasp).  He has a special tenderness about him and you can see how much love he has to give in his kind eyes.  His fur is gorgeously cosy and soft, top of the line Schulte Alpaca in a special chocolate shade. 
He is a one of a kind, 17" Bumpkin Bear.  Romeo has the cutest sculpted toes on all his velvet soft cashmere paws. He is 5 way cotterpin jointed and is filled with polyfill with a good helping of plastic pellets in his body and ankles.His loving eyes are quality topaz glass with soulful white accents.  He has a hand embroidered nose and will be your best friend for life.   



Available for Adoption - Special I  ♥ Moon Bears Price 125 euros (normally 190 euros) plus 15 euros to Europe/20 euros to USA, Australia & rest of world,  (layaway available). I will donate 25% of his Adoption directly to Animals Asia.
Contact me at catherine@bumpkinbears.com if you would like to adopt Romeo and help the Moon Bears.

If you have any questions feel free to send me an email, I'm always happy to chat. Thanks for stopping by.
Bear Hugs
Catherine
x
(p.s sorry about the text all different sizes Blogger is playing up!)







Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spreading the word...

With Christmas already a distant blur it's full steam ahead in my little studio with lots of orders flying in, shame they are not delivered by owls, just imagine that!

I  have been looking at my business and seeing ways to help it grow.  It is easy to focus so much on making and dealing with orders that you can lose sight of marketing.  This year I am going to be working hard on spreading the "Bumpkin" word and have already started to write press releases and sent a few out to start the year as I mean to go on ;)  I'm thrilled to say that this has already resulted in some really kind online press, firstly with the newly found, Bespoke Magazine, for the creative and crafty!  I was delighted to find it and am thrilled to say they have just featured one of my Embroidery Patterns on their Blog.



Also if you love parties then whizz over to the fabulous Les Enfants Blog for a post about all the exciting trends myself and others are predicting for this year.

Despite the very mild winter we are having here the days are very grey and gloomy but they are brightened creating items like this "Primrose Bunny" party set  for a little girl's 1st Birthday, hopping all the way to Australia.


Looking at those cupcakes makes me think it's time for a cup of Tea!
See you back here again soon, thanks so much for visiting,
I love all your comments.
Catherine
x

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wishing you all a Happy Year chasing your dreams

A little note with big wishes for you all for a truly Happy Year full of chasing and catching your dreams :)
I am busily working on my plans for this year with many new and exciting challenges and creations to share with you all, so I had better get back to them for now!

Here are some magical and wild photos my fiance took of New Years Eve in Antwerp here in Belgium.  The effects are such fun that you can create with a slow shutter speed!