Sunday, January 18, 2015

Valentine's Day is just around the corner...

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! And while stores like Hobby Lobby have had their Valentine stuff on display forever I have resisted.  When I finished Abbi I knew she had to be a  Valentine Bear! She was made from soft dense curly kid mohair ... only a little over 6 inches tall. A handful...
She comes with a metal "Be MINE" heart and a wooden block covered with heart and love paper!  I have posted her on BearPile.

Most of my new stuff is hidden until the Bright Star online show coming up opens.... I will post a link when it opens!
The promoter has provided a link so you can see the lead bears from all those participating in the show... here it is:

    Bright Star online show

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Charley the Churchmouse

Charley the Church Mouse will be off to the UK tomorrow.  Charley lives in the Hereford Cathedral where he scavenges for things dropped under the pews... LOL.   His favorite things are a King George penny, some boot buttons, a few military buttons and a spool of thread for darning stockings. That must have been in a tiny hidey hole since it have been a lo-o-ong  time since anyone darned stockings!!
BTW....that's his home behind him!

His new owner just sent me this..

Charlie the Churchmouse
Lives under the pews
His favourite hobby
To collect what he can use
In his collection some thread for his socks
A King George penny
Is his table top
Some military buttons on his jacket
When he walks round the Cathedral
He makes such a racket
His favourite of all
Is hung on the wall
It's a picture of his Cathedral home
Open to all.
          Jane��

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

COLD

Well...it is super cold here in Missouri right now. Lots of schools are closed...someare not. My teacher daughter gets to stay home...her kids do not. My granddaughter is 12...an inbetween hormonal age. She did not want to wear a coat - it is 7 degrees out! She just wanted to wear her hoodie!  After a huge meltdown, guess who won! Mom !
The cold does keep one inside and working on bears!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Online show coming up

I've changed things.... now I have the banner for the Bright Star online show coming up in February showing on the right instead of the one from early December.  I  have started working on the bears and friends I will be offering up for sale... but they won't shown until the show.

Christmas was great here... lots of home made presents  from marshmallows to Chex mix  to Kahlua to cookies, crocheted  coffee cup warmers, hand turned pens  and knives. We are an eclectic bunch so it is reasonable that the presents would be too. It seems like we all tried making some new things.

Next week is vacations time for almost everyone ... so it's a good time to get some house repairs worked on. The chore for tomorrow is fixing my daughter's downstairs bathroom.... there's a leak somewhere so the water has been turned off until my husband, our son and his sister can figure our WHERE the water is coming from.. 

Hope your Holidays were as good as ours!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

clock clicking down

The clock is clicking down towards Christmas. It was a strange evening here.  Everyone is due tomorrow for brunch and gifts but we are here alone tonight. The usual hectic last minute stuff  didn't happen. We  were DONE... and that feels strange!
So Merry Christmas everyone or Happy Holidays.... whichever you prefer!
Bettina

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

chestnuts... maron glace

I have a friend with a very prolific chestnut tree and have been gifted with pounds of chestnuts. I roasted quite a few in memory of Christmases in NYC and street sellers offering bags of roasted chestnuts for 25¢ a bag! But what to do next? My Mother used them in her stuffing for goose...but that wasn't my favorite. So I googled recipes and came up with one for candied chestnuts...it's a French delicacy maron glace.  I am in the middle of repeated cooking of the chestnuts in a sugar syrup. When all the syrup has been absorbed , a quick time in the oven to dry and the chestnuts will be done....and we will see!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Show is over...

The Holiday Stars online show is over...... that means cookie time is upon us. We send cookie boxes to Bob's siblings for Christmas so I have been making snickerdoodles, white chocolate with cranberries and toasted pecans, sugar cookies, Wheaties cookies ( a family comfort cookie) and chocolate brownie cookies. The last is a new  recipe for me and is full of chocolate ... 3 cups of chocolate chips and 4 ounces of unsweetened block chocolate. Really really chocolatey!!
I've made other edible  things as well .... and when Bob and I went to Independence's "Best Little Craft Show" we found someone who makes all sorts of jams and jellies. Another booth had shagbark hickory syrup... something new to both of us!  Lucky Bob has to pack all this!! After all they are his siblings!!

ps... 5 of my critters went or will be going to new homes!! Another one went to it's SIX now!!

My bears and friends will be available  from the February Bright Star online show and the Teddies Worldwide show in March.... and , as usual, from my etsy shop and BearPile