Saturday, August 29, 2009


I just finished Bailey and have posted him on BearPile.... Peppermint's owner didn't want the book safe ( she never wants accessories and I'm happy to oblige! ) so I am free to let Bailey use it as his "hide and go seek" spot.
Bailey is vintage long pile and his glass eyes are vintage too! I found them on eBay and they're really special... black centers with white pupils encased in clear! They look to the side!
Bailey is small for me, 5" tall!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

a soft, pink baby bear ...Babette

I just finished this little baby bear. She is 7 inches tall and made from the same wonderful pink alpaca that Peppermint was made from. I don't think there enough left for a third bear.. too bad.
Babette is wearing a smocked vintage hankie dress made by Nancy Hauk ( love Nancy's work... so precise and finished inside and out!)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

another new guy

There are times when things don't end up looking the way one wants them too! Not that I don't like FuzzyWuzzy... but I didn't intend for him to look so much like EJ! Fuzzy is alpaca and a very different pattern.. but who would guess? I guess I could point out more differences.. Fuzzy is bigger, fatter, fuzzier and so on.. instead I'll just upload his picture.

ps...I really like the Australian eyelids on Fuzzy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

check out the side bar

My daughter asked me to add a link to the "adopt a classroom" program. The link is on the side bar. The high school she teaches at is an urban one... one that has no extra money... so of course, I agreed. There's a link to her classroom..
thanks for reading this! Bettina

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

EdwardJay... or EJ

The other day I bought two pieces of a silk and mohair blend on eBay from England. When they arrived I discovered blend is very soft and I was eager to make a bear from it... and so here is EJ ( or EdwardJay for the more formal of you out there!) EJ has an open mouth, scissor trimming and needle sculpting. He is 12 inches tall. I've posted him on BearPile.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Steve Schutt's Teddy Bear Reunion in the Heartland 2010

The 2010 reunion, Clarion, Iowa, will be held June 10 - 13th, 2010 ! I can't believe that 5 years will have past since the last one. I will have a table. Bob and I will be taking our little trailer and parking in someone's barn yard!
I have posted a copy of the "collector and family registration form" on my website ... the show coupon page. If you'd like to attend, click on the form picture to enlarge it for printing. We'd love to have loads of people attend!
I will be mailing my auction piece next week. It has to be there by September1st. NO... it's a secret and I won't be putting up a picture just yet.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Peppermint's secret stash

In my own stash I found this little book "safe"... ie. a fake book with a hidey hole inside. So I added a bear's paw print and some lettering!
Dug around and found some polymer resin peppermint candy canes too. So Peppermint now has a peppermint stick and a place to hide the rest!
There's room on BearPile now... so I have put her on!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 it is!

yes... definitely pink! This is Peppermint, made from short dense alpaca from England with pink Ultrasuede paw pads and inner mouth, black German glass eyes and a variegated perle cotton nose. Peppermint is steel shot weighted and is just a handful! I'll have to go looking, but I think I have a polymer resin candy cane that Peppermint might just like!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rudy... a vinatge lap rug bear

I finally decided to use the back side of a vintage mohair lap rug I had found years ago! I had made several from the front side - a wild pattern in golds, browns, reds and green - but not the back. It was , and I say was, because I made Rudy and another non-bear item from it, a huge, soft piece and I was reluctant to make the first cut!

Rudy was made from a new pattern.. he has a big head, large muzzle and round tummy. I decided to play with Ultrasuede eyelids...these show brighter in the picture than in actuality. I hadn't done them before , so that was fun. He also has perle cotton eyebrows. I posted him on ArtFire this morning.....