Monday, December 6, 2010

******Riley - a very special Wheaten******

*************several months ago I worked up a pattern of Riley and this is the 7" mohair replica dog that resulted - I can remember measuring Riley - turning him this way and that way - he was so patient and just followed me with his great big loving brown eyes - this small mohair dog has the Wheatie haircut, we enjoyed keeping our guy with as much fur as possible - we liked him shaggy, except in the summer hot months.
Riley Wills at 12 years of age.

A silly little puppy that did the goofiest things arrived at our home 12 years ago. He came to live with us when our youngest son was recovering from a serious automobile accident. Riley inspired and encouraged our son's recovery - Riley was worth his weight in gold. Even though Riley had the typical wheaten trait of being strong willed, he was a wonderful buddy for our whole family - he made a big loving difference in our lives. Sadly, I held him for the last time this morning when I had to say good-bye, but I will always love him and he will forever be in our hearts -

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wyman - has been adopted.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Teddy Bear and Pony -

Pony and Teddy.........**teddy is a 6-1/2 inch Wee Witter of mohair with wired bent arms and bent legs - ultrasuede paw pads ** Pony stands about 9-1/2 inches tall - MaryAnn

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Winnie, Wynter, Whistler -

Winnie, Wynter and Whistler are available for sale at My Friends and Me Shop - contact for more information.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Woodturning and Teddies?

My husband has been retired a few years now and has been studying the art of woodturning. We are both very active and as I enjoy time in my studio - he spends time in his workshop. He has always been very creative and enjoyed working with wood. This is a picture of some of his first pieces - my favorite is the larger vase of ambrosia maple - we plan to eventually blend some of my work (teddies and little animals) with some of his work - thanks for visiting and hope you have a wonderful inspiring day - MaryAnn

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Very Special Day

Today, my husband and I are celebrating 44 years of marriage.
Time may change the way we live, our dreams, our plans, but it can never change the true love that is always in our hearts. Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy day filled with love and joy! MaryAnn

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Little white teddy in a tire swing

Little four inch mohair teddy happily swinging in his tire swing. Another "tree" with a teddy face as part of the trunk with a tire swing hanging - has already been adopted. Thanks for looking and have a great day! MaryAnn

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wee Witter has been adopted - thank you!

Stokes Witter - Stokes is a Wee Witter. The Wee Witters are the smaller version of the Witter Family established in 1984. The Wee Witters are well-known for being bonded together with unconditional love for all living things. Characteristically they have a childlike spirit, a love of nature and are carefree. They are patient listeners and are very willing to just "be there". They are so willing to tag along anywhere - to absorb sadness and woe and to give endless love. So content are the Wee Witters that they can belong to small families or large families - they are soooooo adaptable. Stokes Witter - has been adopted - thanks and have a great day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chantilly Teddy Bear Show - my studio - memories

Monday after the show, it seems so quiet - yet I am so energized and feel refreshed. Am ready to start working on a new project - but have to take a few days to straighten up my studio after the whirlwind of putting together pieces for the show .- I can barely walk from one end to the other. Bits of ribbon - pieces of mohair - opened battery package -empty cup - boxes - stuff, and so much more scattered about - but, it is the way it should be after a show - it is my studio - my quiet place to think - a place to create from the heart, reflect on the show experience and remember.

The Chantilly Show was the first show at this location in Virginia - Handmade Treasures (Janet and Alex Wilson) and - Mark and Susan McKay co-producers of the show did a splendid professional job of organizing, advertising and being available throughout the show and much more. No show is ever perfect in every way, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives for my experience. Made sure to sign up for next year's show before the end of the day.

Because our home is not too far away, my husband, Ray was able to come to the show and be my helper - a definite plus as he is my very best friend. We basically grew up together and will celebrate our 44th year of marriage in a few weeks.

I am very thankful that most of my bears found new homes and I shared so many hugs and smiles with old friends and new friends. I am truly blessed to be involved in the bear off to the "chores" awaiting. Have a great day - MaryAnn

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Teddy Bear Dream - Dreamer

The keeper of special thoughts, dreams and
treasures. When I was a young child,
many of my friends had stuffed dolls that
had the hoop style open bottom for storing things.
I had always dreamed of having one. Time passed
and it was not to be. This idea was on my mind
for many, many years. I thought of designing my
own with (what else!) a bear on the top. I
enlisted the creative skills of my son, Eric, to weld
together a sturdy frame that I could work with.
He did a super job and Dreamer came to be more
than just another dream for me. She is completely
finished inside and open in the back with
a journal stored inside for writing special dreams
or ideas and room for more. She is fashioned of mohair
with a mohair bottom outside and felt inside - covered sturdy
frame for support. Her head and arms are jointed - she is a one
of a kind piece - made without the use of a paper pattern,
but from my thoughts and dreams - she will be traveling
with me to the Chantilly Teddy Bear Show tomorrow -
...........hope to see you there - have a great day - MaryAnn

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Teddy Bear Face Tree Sculpture - 4

..................................a work in progress. Here are some quick photos - this picture shows a little 6 inch mohair bear in the tire swing that is attached to one arm (limb).

Monday, August 30, 2010

Teddy Bear Face Tree Sculpture - 3

....................The photos here show the piece after color has been added - black, gray, moss-green, medium brown and off-white. I let the piece dry before adding each shade unless I want the colors to blend together.......more painting to be done later today.......... TEDDY BEAR REVIEW Magazine, February 2006 issue had an article about some of my earlier pieces - Pages 20-22 - entitled "Creative Climbing" - I have always been inspired by the natural beauty of the trees - no two are alike and each has unique details and shading as if they have their own special story to tell. The faces I envision in trees represent different positive emotions and feelings and are a reminder that all things are possible.

Teddy Bear face tree sculpture - 2

..................................The next step is to mix the plaster - then apply to form in gobs - thicker areas first - forming the face. When it is all applied - the details can be formed - lines - hollow areas, etc. These pictures show the tree and face beginning to take shape. This will dry completely before painting.

Tree Sculpt with Bear Face

...........................................In cleaning out my studio, I came across an unused shelf and immediately thought of using it for a bear display. For years, I have made tree sculptures for bear displays including the face of a bear somewhere in the tree trunk. When I looked at the shelf, I saw a tree growing up the front with bears climbing around it. When my fingers need a rest from sewing, working on other projects keeps the creative juices flowing. I have taken a series of pictures of the project along the way - the first picture shows the shelf with the front dowels removed - leaving one dowel to start the base of the tree. Following a basic sketch, the base is formed with wire and aluminum foil. Making it solid and sturdy along the way. The second picture shows the next layer of foil.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Alpaca Bear - Little Pudge

A white alpaca chubby little bear - Has been adopted - thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Little Bear and fawn with Mom

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> pictures of the little bear crossing our driveway and the fawn romping with Mom Deer - quite the sights. Finally completing some unfinished pieces - Will post some pictures later this week - until then have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Picture of fawn

What a beautiful morning to stop and look closely at the not so obvious. Yesterday morning as my husband and I enjoyed are morning coffee, we enjoyed watching a small bear visiting our yard. The bear rolled about and put on quite a show for us - we had no camera close by, the images of this sight are however imprinted in our memories. Amazing moments like this that happen when least expected, I believe, are truly a gift - I wondered how many moments have I been missing being so busy the past few weeks.

This morning, with my camera in hand, walked out onto the front porch. Stood and looked all around - the woods were still - only the sounds of some harmonious bird songs could be heard. As I stood and looked closely, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move. Looking closely, I saw an amazing sight - a newborn fawn - nestled beside a pile of rocks between two tall trees. Thank you little bear for the reminder to take the time to stop and look and enjoy..........

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wee Witter Spring Fairy

Wee Witter Fairies are busy little teddylike creatures whose sole purpose is to assist the awakening of Spring - unfolding of green leaves, embracing of swelling buds, opening of colorful petals, leading the birds in a wonderous chorus of singing - all while tickling humans and filling them with restlessness, excitement and sometimes lazy dreaming - ahhhh Spring!!!

This Wee Witter Fairy was completed in a one of a kind fashion and has already been adopted - other Wee Witter Fairies completed uniquely will be available soon. Thanks and have a great day! MaryAnn

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Little Sitting Fox

This little fox is about 7 inches stretched out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Here is a small mohair seven inch dog - our Wheaten Riley was the very "patient" model.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Welcome to my Blog! I look forward to sharing pictures of new teddy bears and their friends.

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