Friday, August 5, 2016

A New Just-A-Bear - August 2016

A new Just-A-Bear has just been completed after approximately a three year wait - working  at a slower pace and on mostly smaller bears and smaller animals has taken precedence lately.  I love to hand stitch completely even the bigger bears.  This fellow is approximately 18-1/2 inches tall and is made from older dense mohair - his eyes are two tone glass with some hand painted detailing - his nose is brown thread stitched with wax coating and sealed.  He is filled with poly-pellets - no armature - just soft and cuddly - his paws are made of ultrasuede - he is fully jointed and has a longing to be hugged look.  Please email me with any questions or if you have interest in adopting this bigger fellow.  I have been very blessed to be a part of the creative world for almost 30 years and always thankful for the amazing experiences and memories. Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!  email:  willsexpressions@gmail.com.   adopted - thank you!
 



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Little Alpaca Polar Bear - adopted

Little Alpaca Polar Bear - handstitched thick and soft alpaca - jointed head and legs - two tone glass eyes - brown stitched and waxed nose - measures approximately 10" from foot to nose stretched out flat and sitting about 4-1/2 inches to top of back - willsexpressions@gmail.com - thanks for looking.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

                               Wishing for............Peace, Love, and Hope for All...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Spending the past several weeks reorganizing my studio and redesigning the website and blog - changing email addresses and trying to reconnect with folks after losing my email address book has been very time consuming.  Definitely feel as if the time spent is a big step  moving forward.  Very anxious for creative time in the studio.  I have several pieces started and many ideas sketched.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Where does the time go - it is almost August and summer is whizzing by.  Spending days reorganizing my studio and sketching ideas.  Hot summer days outside and cool air conditioning inside make an excellent blend for accomplishing this mundane task that I have been procrastinating about.  I do see progress - finally.     Have several pieces in the works and look forward to completing them.  Wishing you all  happy days ahead....  

Friday, May 29, 2015



After thirty plus years of participating in an average of five shows a year and working with several shops, I am now RETIRED!  I will continue to create totally from the heart in a stress free environment and have pieces available for sale on a limited basis.  I feel truly blessed by the support of family and friends including the amazing collectors who continue to follow my efforts.  I am truly grateful - wishing you all the very best.........
 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   Love, Peace, Joy, Happiness and wonderful adventures too..............Thanks for visiting my blog....Big Hugs, MaryAnn

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Teddy bears, puppies and kittens.....

Fall is in the air - the leaves will soon begin to change colors and present a breathe taking change that is so inspirational to me.  I always think about finishing projects or following through on ideas.  For many years, I have thought about adding a kitten to the designs I enjoy making.  Not too long ago, my beautiful Granddaughter asked me why I never made a cat?  She and her Mom are true cat lovers and caretakers of kittens and cats of all sizes and ages.  I really did not have an adequate answer.

Her precious question pushed me to sit at the drawing board and see what I could come up with.  I found in my overflowing mohair closet, a small piece of a beautiful mohair that said "kitten" to me.  So, the pattern was drawn up to utilize the small piece of mohair.  The kitten sits 6-1/2 inches tall.


Here is the outcome - I want to make a few changes to the pattern for the next one, but I was pleased for a first effort.  Hope you have a great day - thanks for visiting......

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two Little Hand Stitched tiny Mohair pups -

Little Westie - stands 4-1/2" tall - hand stitched mohair with a jointed head and legs - he is filled with poly/pellets - two tone glass eyes and ultrasuede painted paw pads, hand stitched nose and mouth......named after my first dog, a Westie named Brandy......




Little Black and White Mohair hand stitched pup also available - a Havenese named after a friend's dog - Millie - about 4-1/2" tall - white and black hand shaded mohair - two tone glass eyes, poly and pellet filled, jointed head and legs - wired tail - hand stitched and sealed nose -








Little Black and White dog  is available - please email me for questions - additional pictures and availability - thank you and have a great day!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Maltese - Little Bit O' Puff - 5-1/2" tall - mohair

Almost twenty years ago a precious, sweet Maltese had to leave us - her time here on earth with us was over.  I cried and still cry thinking of her.  She was so tiny and so sweet, a really love bug.  She did have her protective side and was not afraid of anything.  Finally found a long pile mohair that I thought would work to make a replica of her.  This is the prototype - named after her - Little Bit O'Puff - the first three pictures are the small replica - made entirely of mohair - poly/pellet filled - glass eyes and jointed head.  She is a little handful. The last picture is of our real Puff. Thanks for visiting and sharing a lovely memory with me.  Have a great day.
 
 
 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Little Fox looking for a new home....

So many projects I want to work on - so many new ideas - time to retire some older patterns and move on. This little 7-1/2" fox is designed in the humanized style - the original pattern was made several years ago with minor changes along the way - this one is my original prototype - he is available on my sale page.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Bear Who Came Alive....

Having enjoyed making bears for almost thirty years has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  Our family was blessed with three healthy, wonderful sons - having them travel to bear shows with me filled my heart with many wonderful memories.  One of those memories was when one of our sons, as a young boy, wrote this story for me.  Hope you enjoy reading it -
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The Bear Who Came Alive - written in 1987.......by my son in his own words.......

Once in a small town in Virginia, there lived an enchanting bear maker.  She had a collection of bears even more enchanting.  She lived in an old house by a laboratory.

One day, the lab was working on a special chemical.  The chemical accidentally fell into the burner.  The burner quickly spread the chemicals' gasses everywhere into that small town.

The chemical was called LMC (Live Mixture - Caution).   The gases reached the enchanted bearmaker's house.  The gas got into the house.  Suddenly.......the bears began to move!  They began jumping around and having a party!

The bearmaker went to her bear shop to see what was going on, she saw the bears moving and screamed!  Then ran away!  The bears followed her to her room and explained what had happened with the LMC.

Suddently she exclaimed "we have not time to lose!".  She explained this could be dangerous if it got to the rest of the town.  they had build the biggest Shop Vac in the world.  All the bears teamed up with the bearmaker and sucked up the LMC Gasses.

The only problem was that everything that was touched by the gas would stay alived forever!  But, that made the bearmaker so happy!

The End

(So that is the fact as to why some bears do seem alive - it was never determined for sure what happened to the gasses....has your bear been touched by the Gasses? - - have a great day, MaryAnn)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ray Wills - miniature woodturnings and occasionally larger sized pieces new blog......



My husband Ray and I are enjoying our "retirement" working in our separate studios -    He enjoys wood turning - I am very proud of his art - he amazes me every day.   I especially enjoy his miniature pieces - here is a picture of some he has recently completed...please visit the new blog devoted to his work at: http://willsexpressions.blogspot.com/ (occasionally he does have available pieces) ...thanks for visiting and have a great day.



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where does the time go..............

Where does the time go?  Spent some time organizing and catching up on projects.....I look forward to spending more creative time in the studio.....plan to have some new dogs and bears to share with you soon.

Two of our wonderful furry buddies......what a joy they are every single day - wishing you the best.....
 



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Hunt Valley Holiday Teddy Bear Show and Sale is this Sunday, November 10 - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ----------Hope to see you there......Little Tucker, a small jointed mohair Yorkie will be coming with me.  When I count my blessings, I always think of the wonderful dogs  who have blessed my life.  This Yorkie is designed after my precious Yorkie Angel, Tucker.  For 14-1/2 years he walked beside me showering me with love and lessons along the way.  I will never forget him and am forever grateful for the years he spent with me.  Have a great day...thanks for visiting.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hunt Valley Christmas Holiday Show and Sale - November 10, 2013



Hope to see you at the Hunt Valley Christmas Holiday Show on Sunday, November 10, 2013 -10 am to 3:30 pm.  These are pictures of some of the pieces coming with me......thanks for visiting......

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hunt Valley Christmas Holiday Show and Sale - November 10, 2013

My first show of 2013 - Hunt Valley Christmas Holiday - November 10, 2013 (Sunday) held at the Embassy Suites Baltimore North in Hunt Valley, Maryland from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  I have always enjoyed the excitement of a hands on show - to see all the wonderful treasures in person and to talk with the makers - to me it seems the room is filled with inspiration and joy.  I am so looking forward to attending and hope to see you there.........Here are a few pictures of some of the pieces I am bringing to the show - I have added soft sculpture dogs to my work - my love of dogs and the joy and love they have given me now and in my past continue to inspire me and make me whole.  Thank you for visiting...........

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day..a time to remember...a time to honor...

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing Memorial Day!
(this is a little donkey piece made a few years ago - after a few years off - I look forward to working on some new pieces.)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dreamer - the keeper of special thoughts, dreams and treasures.

Spring is finally here - despite being somewhat chilly today, the woods again are covered in lush green leaves, the flowers are blooming, the birds are signing and a sense of the wonders of new life are abundant all around........Available on my sale blog http://maryannwillsteddybearsforsale.blogspot.com/ is a little girl bear called "Dreamer"
- she is the keeper of special thoughts, dreams and treasures.  For more information - please click on the link above and visit the sale blog.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day.............

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day - a time to celebrate Love and those who bring us joy and special memories to treasure every single day..................wishing you all love and joy and special memories.................

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New mohair Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - 8 inches

A new size Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - my usual size is about 6 inches - this one measures 8 inches. (Both sizes shown in the picture.)  He has a jointed head and wired legs - made entirely of quality mohair and completely hand stitched.  His nose has been lightly waxed and he has painted and detailed paw pads m and subtle shading throughout. This pattern is named "Riley" after our wonderful Wheaten we lost a few years ago - Our real Riley was a very special furry buddy and we will always miss him.  Wishing you all a wonderful day..........................(this fellow has found his permanent home). 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The start of a New Year..........

The Holidays seemed to pass by in a blur - a New Year has begun.  Things at our home are finally on an even path again.  My husband of 46 years and best friend for 50 years suffered a heart attack and subsequent open heart surgery.  We are grateful for all the prayers and caring family and friends.  We are looking forward to returning to our studios to work again.  Each new day is truly a blessing! 





Monday, November 12, 2012

Wee Witter Cub available for adoption

A new Wee Witter Cub is available for adoption - for more information - please click on the link  to visit my sale page - www.maryannwillsteddybearsforsale.blogspot.com .  Thank you.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hunt Valley Teddy Show and available pieces

The Hunt Valley Holiday Teddy Bear Show is over for another year.  My first show in two years - what a joy - my creative energy has been lifted beyond words.  A big thank you to Janet Wilson (for her encouragment and help) and to her wonderful family and the show promoters - Mark and Susan Mckay and Wendy Collins - for all your help - could not have participated without you - truly appreciated.  I want to thank all the folks who adopted my pieces and to  those who shared some of your time with me - also would like to  send prayers for all the folks who could not come to the show because of health issues and East Coast Storm related problems.   There are two available pieces that did not find homes at the show.  One is a maltese pup and the other is a Wee Witter in light rusty gold mohair.  will post pictures and descriptions on my sale blog later today.  Thanks for visiting.......wishing you all the best!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A new little pup.....


A new little mohair puppy waiting to travel to the Hunt Valley, Md. Holiday Teddy Bear Show with me on November 10, 2012.  He is a traditional pup made of long pile very soft mohair , has a jointed head and legs. ......thanks for visiting and wishing you the best............

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday - Christmas 2012 Teddy Bears and Dogs

After all these years, I still feel the same joy when I complete a piece - here is the first Christmas Holiday 2012 Teddy Bear - almost 13 inches tall and made of a multi tipped mohair - he is completely hand double stitched and waiting patiently for the shelf of  completed pieces to fill up.  Thank you for visiting and wishing you the best.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Holiday Teddy Bear Show

Christmas Holiday Teddy Bear Show and Sale - November 10, 2012 - Hunt Valley, Maryland.......not participating in a bear show for more than two years has me really missing all the activity. Signed up for this show two years in a row and just could not make it for health issues.....well, with the encouragement of a dear friend, Janet and my hubby (and others)- I am doing my best to make some pieces for this show - I will be there with a smile on my face - joy in my heart - and wonderful expectations of seeing old and new friends. Something happy and exciting to look forward to......hope to see you there too!  For more information about the show visit:  www.teddybearsonvacation.com.     




Saturday, August 11, 2012

New little mohair pup..........




Another little 4-1/2" mohair pup. He is five times jointed - and very poseable. (Hand blown glass eyes, ultrasuede ears and paw pads - poly and pellet filled) - One of these little pups takes me about a week to complete - each is finished as an individual - no two are alike. If you would like to know when a new one is completed (or a bear or other animal) - please let me know. I enjoy sharing pictures of the completed pieces here and on facebook - sometimes they have already found new homes. I no longer participate in shows and am concentrating on the joy of creating on a whim. Wishing you all the best.......thanks for visiting........(this little pup has already found a new home).

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A new little furry buddy has joined our family.




We are delighted with our new little furry buddy. He is a beautiful and healthy blonde Yorkshire Terrier. I was thrilled to visit Chandler Run of Waynesboro in person, his first home and meet his delightful breeder, Cindy Chandler Lucas, and see her beautiful selection of Yorkies. It was love at first sight.......... The website is: www.yorkievalley.com .

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Old English Sheepdog

Growing up my friend Sandy had a very friendly Old English Sheepdog. Being allergic to dogs, such a furry one was out of the question for me, but I have always thought they were beautiful dogs. This is my interpretation of an Old English Sheepdog, This guy stands 6" from floor to top of head and is made of hand dyed mohair..... have a wonderful day!!

The Little Dog Walker

This a picture of the Little Dog Walker with some of the small scale soft sculpture dogs that I enjoy making. All of these little dogs have found new homes - I am working on more. The finishing touch of making these little dogs and bears and other animals is when they are adopted and on their way to new homes. If you see anything that you might like to adopt or would like to join my email list for notification when new pieces are completed, please do not hesitate to email me. teddybearswexp@aol.com - I am also on facebook. Thank you for visiting and wishing you a wonderful day!! MaryAnn Wills
(Please note - I have just changed the format and added the comment section - would love to hear from you................)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Miniature Vases and Bowls of wood






More examples of my husband's beautiful wood working - he has been busy in his studio working on small scale pieces.......wishing you all a wonderful July!!!....................................