Sunday, May 21, 2017

backward...

The heat just came on.... seems like we are going backward. Our nice though sometimes wet weather has been in the 70's or so.... but last night the temperature went down to 41! Blech!!!

I have started working on the Furry Frenzy online show ( June 25th and 26th) and the Prim Folk Fest
( June 16 -17th) an actual physical show being held in the Events Center, West Des Moines, Iowa!!
I am looking forward to this one especially since it will mean bear makers will be gathering and we will have a chance to meet and greet bear collectors!

Plus Bob and I will have enough time to antique and explore !!! I remember a "reality" show where an upscale "antique store" upcycled and reformatted all sorts of items was in West Des Moines...maybe we can find it!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring Stars

Bright Stars "Spring Stars" online show opened this morning at 11 am Eastern!





These  boxes are waiting for my mail person!!! For USA recipients I can leave a note in the mailbox telling her that there are boxes on the front porch to be picked up.  Outside of the US I have to go to the Post Office....

If you would like to see the rest.....



Here is the link ....
 http://www.bright-star-promotions.com/OnlineShow/SpringStars-May2017TeddyBearShow.htm

look for Cooper
to find my page.... but do look at other people's bears as well!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Super soaking

Last weekend Missouri was rained upon big time.  My area wasn't badly hit but other parts were!! So the excursions we planned with my sister-in-law were curtailed.  We did make it to Bushwacker's bend Winery in Glasow... enjoyed our wine tasting and the rolls and coffee we had around the corner at the bakery.
The Missouri River was high and flowing fast.  One our way too and from we saw smaller rivers out of their banks...plus signs indicating closed roads. (  I44 which took the place of Route 66 and goes from OK to St. Louis was closed in sections due to the rain.)
Today was a busy one... off to pick up my son ( he lives 45 minuted southwest of us) ... then off to the first farmer's market of the season! Asparagus, greens, mushrooms, radishes, plants, home raised beef, pork and lamb ( all frozen).
Then we headed to the Brookside part of Kansas City to see the annual Art Show!!  I found a hand blown glass sea urchin and Bob found a wonderful hand thrown pottery vase. I found the artist I had bought a print from last year to tell him how much I enjoyed it . Also just had to tell him the tale of Bob trying to hang the print on our brick chimney wall. Drilling holes in brick is not an easy task! There was lots to look at and lots to wish for.
Then back to our son's home to drop him off... and a quick trip through an estate sale on the way home.
We are all exhausted!!
Tomorrow is a family grill out .... loads of food and visiting!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Working hard... upcoming show

I have been working hard so that I will have everything made by the time my sister-in-law comes to visit from Florence, SC !  My page from the Spring Stars show has loads of new bears and bear friends ready for May 12th.  As usual these will be kept secret until the show!!


I've also been busy accumulating "ideas' for Ellin's visit here.... There is a huge flea market held twice a year up in White Cloud ( North of Kansas City up near Nebraska).  Hamilton, Mo ( the home of JC Penney and the Missouri Star Quilt stores)  is worth another trip.  There's the Brookside ( Kansas City) Annual Art Show.  A chance to look at Glasgow, MO 's Bushwacker Bend winery, the town's stores and lunch overlooking the Missouri River.  
Guess we'll keep ourselves busy!!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

back from Branson, Mo.

We made it back... all in one piece from our weekend jaunt to Branson.  No we weren't there for the shows... nor to go on the 55 mph zip line. My husband wanted to attend a ham radio convention and do the kit build... so off we went.
We took Route 13 to Springfield and then  65... most of the way is quiet with little traffic. The Lake of the Ozarks season hasn't opened yet. We stopped at a few antique places. We were going to stop at Lambert's- the home of the throwed roll - but the line wrapped around the building and tour buses were in the parking lot. So  we went next door to "taste" wine and cheese... and bought some of both!
We got to Branson and even with map and GPS  made a misstep and got lost. Through pure luck we actually found out hotel!
Bob enjoyed his kit building and ham stuff... I enjoyed meeting the wives. Thanks to one of them, a few of us went out into the "world of Branson" for lunch, site seeing and Andy's Custard ( YUMM!). All the locals were saying that we were lucky ... that we were in a quiet time etc. If this was quiet... I'm not going back when it's not!! We did not go to the Titanic Museum... on the huge ferris wheel,  or the zip lines which are reported to hit 55mph!!
Our trip home was completely uneventful... unpacking the car was a high light... followed by crashing in the recliner!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eliminating my Tripod website

I hadn't updated my tripod site in a billion years... it had gotten to be a hassle with all their changes and I couldn't add a PayPal button. So it sat there .. costing me $5/mo. and generating some traffic to etsy and elsewhere. Then my credit card's (to pay the $5/ mo)  expiration date was fast approaching and I decided it was time to close things down.  Easier said than done.. I finally had to use their chat room.  It's gone ... http://g_dragon_teddy_bears.com  no longer exists. Somewhat nostalgic. 
So I will think about starting another site that I don't use for online show purposes....

Final eye checkup for both eyes ( post cataract surgery)  is done... passed with flying colors.  I can see again!!  I have a friend who comments that she is not used to seeing me without glasses!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day out on the Missouri River Wine Trail

Yesterday we spent the day exploring mid-Missouri on the Missouri River Wine Trail's Picnic Pairing Wine tastings... we decided to go on the back roads ( for the most part) and avoided I70 until the end! Our first stop was in Glasgow at Bushwacker Bend Winery. The little river town definitely deserves another look see! Bushwacker's has a great back deck overlooking the Missouri River ... almost close enough to throw a rock into it! The river is low right now since Missouri is way down precipitation-wise. Then it was off to Higbee and Cooper's Oak Winery. Followed by Serenity Valley Winery which is East of Columbia on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. Boy does this winery have loads of events planned, including a chance to watch the eclipse next August 21st. Missouri is one of the best places to watch!! Then it was off to Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport. It is also on the Missouri River and a great place to catch the Katy Trail.
On our way from Serenity to Les Bourgeois we were on I70 and spent over an hour traversing 2 miles thanks to a major "incident" involving a semi truck ... even on the outer roads around Columbia cars were stuck in traffic.
All the wineries did a great job pairing their wine with picnic style nibbles ...going to do it again since we didn't have enough time or energy to visit all of them. We traveled over 300 miles in one great and wiggly loop!! Never hit the same road twice. 

Missouri's middle runs the gamut from rivers with small river towns to forested hills to large farms just waiting for planting at this time of the year .... and nothing was boringly flat!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Teddy Bear Extravaganza

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make enough bears for the Teddies Worldwide Teddy Bear Extravaganza.... but as I mentioned, my eyes are doing well!!  Such a delight to have the world be so much clearer and brighter!!! A friend mentioned that she wasn't used to seeing me without glasses!!

The show opens this Friday..... Robbie Rabbit is my preview "bear"
His basket contains some of the needle felted eggs  and "chocolates" that I made when I couldn't sew. The show has lots bears and friends... so here is the link

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eye #2

Eye #2 was done Monday.... I am not quite so much of a novice this time, so getting back to normal (?) is quicker!!! I even finished a bear on Tuesday!!
Life with two eyes ... the second is catching up to the first ... where I can see street signs and the yellow tinge is gone ... is great!!
I will need readers ( I think I know what they mean) when all the healing is complete!!

Teddies World Wide's  Teddy Bear Extravaganza opens March 17th....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

eye #1

Eye #1 is doing well... one week post-op appointment today! I actually drove for the first time Saturday and finished up a little bear Monday!! I enjoyed the needle felting but seeing the bag full of unfinished bear parts really nagged at me!!!
Eye #2 is next Monday....!
BTW , my husband is a great "eye dropper".... 4 times a day with 2 or three different drops. I don't think I could have done it without him!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Recuperation... Easter eggs... Etsy

I had cataract surgery on Monday.... things seem to be going as expected BUT I can't work on my bears or bear friends. I can't sew... can't thread a needle etc. YET!
But I can needle felt... so I have been needle felting Easter eggs and putting them on my Etsy shop . My quilting group will meet here, at my house, after the second eye surgery and we are going to needle felt eggs. My 14 year old grand daughter is so interested that she will join us.

Here is one of the etsy postings...
Lucky for me.. I found this neat wire egg holder in a local shop!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Aren't these gorgeous??





Bob and I are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary this weekend....  Our son sent these!!Surprise!! They are gorgeous and smell wonderful.... thanks, Robb!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thanks

Thank you for taking a look at my "Winter Stars" page!!!

I have started working on things for the Teddies Worldwide show coming up in March!! I needed to get things going early because I am having cataract surgery ( both eyes)  shortly and not sure how much I can sew for awhile!  I am looking forward not seeing fuzzy or double ... etc.!!

Our daughter and her husband sent these
to help with the recovery from cataract surgery!!  They taste wonderful!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

working ...


Bright Star's "Winter Stars" online show is getting closer and closer.  I have been working on new bears .... We were housebound this past weekend due to a slight ice storm and this gave me time to sew with out feeling too guilty!


 




Finn is my lead bear....Ireland's first (?) polar bear!  I will add a link when the promoter opens the site.
show link

Thursday, January 5, 2017

winter snow...

This is the "SNOW"!!! the weather people were saying we would have... about 2 inches!!!  Not the horrendous life threatening storm they were threatening!! I get so tired of the exaggerations .... the storm watchers driving all around so they can report every little flake  ( snow storm) ... possible tornado clouds ( rainstorms) and so on!!  Plus telling us how cold things are and then adding on the wind chill ... It is winter... we don't live  in Florida... we should expect winter weather and be prepared

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

                                    Happy New Year to you all!!! 


I'm not one for making NY resolutions .... other than general ones like staying healthy...exercising... and so on.  but maybe I should try harder !  Put more art into my work.... think outside the box more often .... try some new avenues of expression..... have more fun!

Any suggestions???