Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Armand in bright light.
I have difficulties with taking pictures of my dear big Armand. After rain, the sun is now so shiny that the pictures are really burnt (this one is taken indoor).
Armand is a special order for a friend. I'm now working on an old rose girl like him (in fact, on several pink bears, from 5'' to 15'' as I have dyed several shades of rose in the same time, I really love "camaïeux" of colors). I have some blue bears to finish too... I'm quite disorganized since March in fact. We were supposed to move, and didn't, and might have to change home and city soon... But nothing sure and I must admit this slows me down a lot (and the wedding doesn't help either ;) )... I promise that as soon as we are in the new home, the bearmaking time will be normal again and that the waiting bears will all come to life !

I add here some pictures of baby Penny (ok, she isn't a baby anymore :D) that make me smile : quite unhappy, my own little Bastet and ready to jump. Now I'm going to sew a little :).

I send you lots of bear hugs, hoping May is beautiful for you too,

Sunday, May 27, 2007

I have found a little bear in need of some loving care on ebay this week-end. He is 15''.
I plan to work on him as a hobby after work (yes, bear restoration after bearmaking ;) ). There isn't so much work on him, I will have to patch the arms paw pads and to redo the feet. The most difficult part in my opinion is to find the right eyes (I won't let him blind, poor wee soul).
I evaluate him as an american bear from the 1920, but my knowledge is far from perfect as far as antique bears are concerned. I pass much time on bear shops website and on ebay antique bears sections in order to see as many old bears as I can. Here are some early american bears, to compare with him :

I will do my best to do this antique bear justice. I don't think I will clean him too much as I feel that perfectly cleaned mohair has a brand new look that makes the bear loose a little of his charm. Here is a test with eyes (of course it's an hypothetical placement for the moment, I will put the eyes in the original holes when the bear will be at home) :
I think I will even let the threads in excess on him, as he might have lees character with more perfect features .
Of course it will be easier to judge with the bear in the fur instead of just pictures :D... It's always difficult for me to wait ;).

I'm going back to work now :).

Have a great week-end,
bear hugs,

Hi friends ! :)

Here is a little preview picture of my wedding dress that Yann has taken (yes, he HAS seen the wedding dress :D) as I have promised to show. There are pins on the the top of the dress for the moment, it will be more flat when finished of course.
I must figure out what I will do with my hair ;).
No picture of Yann for the moment because my friend and I were both running out of battery. I hope to have some in mid-June :).