Monday, December 26, 2011

.........................Pictures of our current furry buddies and Our memory Christmas Tree - ornaments with pictures of our furry buddies that blessed our family throughout the years and special items or ornaments that belonged to family members no longer with us - near the top of the tree is my Dad's police whistle - he has been gone almost 35 years. Christmas is a special time for our family to remember those that have meant so much to us. Happy Holidays to you!

Monday, December 19, 2011


..Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!... May all your wishes and dreams come true...wishing you all peace, joy, love, happiness and good health now and for the New Year 2012. I am taking some time off the computer to celebrate with family and friends...looking forward to seeing you next year!!... Hugs, MaryAnn...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Early morning walk - beautiful sunrise!

**********An early morning walk was filled with the beautiful quickly changing sunrise captured on my husband's phone. A true gift to start the day - memories are made of these special moments.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's beginning to look like Christmas at our house!

.............................................................................................................................It's beginning to look like Christmas at our house - a festive time of the year! Here are two pictures - one is a sleigh filled with tiny artist teddies pulled by a Craig Yenke deer and the other is our table top Memory Tree. This tree has special mementos of beloved relatives no longer with us and pictures of all our special furries that blessed our lives through out the past 40 years, along with a few newer ornaments - I treasure my Dad's police whistle and hang it right in front. Have a wonderful weekend all!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.........Wishing everyone a beautiful Holiday today and everyday - thank you for your friendship!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Pup joins the family

We've added a new little pup - so full of energy and mischief. He is ready and eager to get going in the morning and enjoys playing and learning with our other pup - fast friends for sure. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn - A beautiful, inspiring season!

Wishing everyone a beautiful Autumn!

"October gave a party; The Leaves by hundreds came - The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,

And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band." George Cooper, "October's Party"

.............Miss Weather - available for sale - please click the link above for details...............

Miss Weather has been adopted - thank you............................................................................

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A happy day of celebrating....

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated 45 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. We spent a quiet day at home enjoying the company of family. Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy day filled with love and joy! MaryAnn

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A view from my studio window -

Visitors to our yard provide a lovely, relaxing view from my studio window. The past few months have been a challenge for me to concentrate on being creative. Many hours have been spent just enjoying the view - and being thankful for all the blessings in my life. Just last week, I spent at least two hours watching a small turtle travel from one end of the yard to the other. He was certainly not in any hurry. Wishing you all a wonderful relaxing day to enjoy nature wherever you are!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chase and Connor - available for sale

..................................................Chase and Connor available for adoption on my for sale page, please click the above link for details and more pictures. After days of rain, damp and dreary days, the sun is shining brightly today - the air is clean and fresh - a perfect day to get some work accomplished - wishing you all a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Little Shaken - available for adoption

As it turns out, I won't be participating in the Chantilly Show on September 11, will have to wait until 2012 for any Shows. As a result, Little Shaken is available for adoption. His information is included on the sale page - please click the link at the top of this page if interested. Thank you and wishing you all a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquake - Little Shaken - Chantilly Teddy Show and Sale

Little Teddy survived the earthquake here in Virginia yesterday - resting comfortably in his little wardrobe house - his chair was turned on its side and he fell to the floor - unhurt and more than ready to make his debut at the Chantilly, Virginia Fall Teddy Show and Sale to be held on September 11 - more info at: Little Teddy - now named "Little Shaken" lives in his wardrobe - comes with his chair and table (little woodturned bowl on top) - and some surprises in the top drawer where he seems to be hiding today........... Hope to see you at the show................have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Little Pup

~A new little pup joined our family - our home was so quiet without the sounds of paws running here and there - no welcome barking when you came in the house - or puppy kisses - no big brown eyes to listen to the daily woes - the house seemed so different and so not quite right. One day on a whim - Went to look at puppies - just look -----------------well, one little fellow caught my eye and stole my heart - and home he came tucked in my jacket - he is not a replacement by any means, but he does help to fill the big hole in our hearts. Life goes on - our other precious dogs no longer by our sides, are tucked in our hearts forever. A friend sent me this lovely saying - wanted to share it........

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, he will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy" unknown.

Have a wonderful day~

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!!!!

Happy Fourth of July...............wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend - filled with lots of fun, festivities and celebration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Alpaca Bear in the woods.

Recently I was inspired by the realistic bear photos shared by a friend - this little alpaca guy was the result - he stands six inches tall on all fours and has been adopted - the next one made will have some changes to the body shape and feet - wishing you a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Sweet Tucker

Tucker Wills - My precious sweet little buddy - how often I hugged you because I needed to. You listened with understanding big brown eyes focused on me when I needed to talk - you never asked for much but gave so much - thank you my sweet Little Tucker for hanging on as long as you did - my love for you will last forever. The blessings in life sometimes are small little furry buddies.

Tucker Wills - March 13,1997 - June 11, 2011.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring has sprung here in Virginia!

Spring is definately here in Virginia - buds, blooms and leaves in abundance! A welcome sight after the long cold winter. Wishing everyone a wonderful joyous day wherever you are!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Teddies of Mt Holly - Afternoon Tea and Teddies

Wynnie and her little doll and Ashby

Two of the bears heading to New Jersey for the "Afternoon Tea and Teddies" to be held at Teddies of Mt. Holly on Sunday, April 10th - 10 - 4 - admission is free. More information - I am unable to attend in person, but some of my pieces will be there.

A wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of bears in all shapes, styles and sizes and spend time with bear friends. One of my favorite sayings is "Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms." Albert Einstein................Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Bear for adoption - Arkin - (has been adopted)

A new bear named Arkin (which means son of the eternal king) is now available for adoption. He has bent arms (wired) and bent legs - his stand that he comfortably sits on (made by my husband) has a small honey pot attached. His light cinnamon mohair has a darker backing - hand stitched claws and mouth and nose(lightly waxed). He is completely hand stitched with some shading here and there. His silk ribbon has been shaded with spring colors. Stretched out he measures about eight inches. Shipping is free worldwide. Thanks for stopping to visit and hope you have a wonderful day. (if interested - please email for further details to adopt Arkin - Arkin has been adopted - thank you!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today my family remembers John L. Wills, 7/11/1917 - 3/20/2011 at a special service - he lived a long full life - sharing and caring - my beloved Father in Law - his love of family and nature has inspired many - he was married to his beloved childhood sweetheart for 66 years - our comfort is knowing that you two are together again - I will be forever grateful for you, Dad Wills and the big part you have played in my life - Thank you Dad for all you have done for us - you definately have made a positive difference in this world! You will be missed! (the photo shows Dad and Mom Wills enjoying their first Great Grandchild a few years ago)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wymar - new bear ready for adoption.

Wymar is 9-1/2 inches tall and made of alpaca in a shade of antique gold, brown glass eyes and ultrasuede paw pads. His silk ribbon ruff and trim has been hand painted in soft pale spring shades of color. He has wired arms and can stand on his own. Wymar is the newest bear to come out of the studio. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!...Wymar has been adopted.

Monday, February 21, 2011

One of my favorite bears!

One of my favorite vintage bears is a golden mohair bear by Chad Valley. He wears a vintage velvet vest adorned with an old Santa pin, a Guardian Angel pin and one that holds a treasured picture of my Dad when he was a small child. I call this special bear Doc - Doc was my Dad's nickname............ Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

And the winner of the Spirit Lifter 2011 is..........

Dear Friends, Please excuse the lateness of the results of this drawing. Two weeks ago I slipped on black ice and wound up with a concussion and strained neck. On Monday, Valentine's Day, morning I had a set back and was hospitalized until this afternoon. I am still on the road to recovery, going to take my time. I appreciate your interest in my work - now to the important issue - the winner of Spirit Lifter is Norma N. Please send me your mailing address. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Creatively Inspiring first snowfall of 2011

Two days ago we had our first significant snowfall for 2011 - we wound up with a foot of very heavy snow. The tree limbs all seemed to be topped with soft vanilla custard ice cream. Many branches toppled down from the weight reaching the ground and some even broke off completely. So quiet, so still, so beautiful. We lost power - the perfect time to get out my teddy magazines and cuddle up under some quilts and reminisce. The power is back on - chores all caught up - feeling refreshed and grateful for all the friends and experiences that have blessed my life for so many years. Now off to work on some bears - a Valentine Teddy is waiting to be completed - please don't forget to sign up for my Spirit Lifter 2011 Blog Drawing - (please see following post for details if you are interested) - hope you have a wonderful day - pictures are of a cardinal in flight and looking down the hill from our side porch.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pictures of Blog Drawing Bear - Spirit Lifter 2011

My first completed bear of 2011 is offered as a blog random drawing - join my mailing list to be entered to win - receive one additional entry for each comment left here -

The Spirit Lifter - 2011
The purpose of this bear is a reminder to keep one's spirit up - never say never............
He is a collectible artist bear and not intended for children - is made of dyed alpaca with extra shading - completely hand stitched - fully jointed - extra double joint in neck - suede paws and glass eyes - filled with poly/ pellets -standing on hind legs is about 10-1/4 inches tall - standing on all fours is about 6" floor to back.
Wears a simple ribbon removable ruff and bell. Has a sewn in tag and comes with a certificate.
Free Shipping - Drawing will be February 14th, Valentine's Day. I welcome your questions or comments - thank you for taking the time to visit - have a great day!..............

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A few more pictures of the bear show. Post 4 of 4

Being involved in the bear world is one of the greatest joys of my life - whether I am at a bear show/bear event or just talking bears or visiting your pictures on the web, it brings out such joy and happiness in me. All seems right even for just a little while. I have much to be thankful for.

The bear world is a big circle - keeps on coming back. Have a great day! (teddy bear collectors/friends with their new bears at My Friends and Me 25th Anniversary Celebration - (Diane, Sue and Tony with their new bears).

More Pictures of the Teddy Bear Show - Post 3 of 4

Suzi and Tina (teddy bear collector friends with their new bears - Tina and me sitting on the sofa at My Friends and Me 25th Anniversary Celebration ( a comfortable place to sit and chat and catch up).

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another Picture of My Friends and Me Teddy Show - Post 2 of 4

This is photo No. 2 of My Friends and Me 25th Anniversary Show - I really like this photo. Maria Balser is sitting at her desk at her shop with Gunter Dufeu, Marcia Sibol, Gregory Gyllenship and me standing behind her as she was opening an anniversary surprise gift. She does look surprised, doesn't she?

Post l of 4 with pictures of My Friends and Me 25th Anniversary Celebration

Left to right - Milton Balser, MaryAnn Wills, Gregory Gyllenship, Maria Balser, Marcia Sibol and Gunter Dufeu

**Bear Shows seem to me to bring out the best in folks - happiness, joy, smiles, hugs and even some tears of joy were all abundant at My Friends and Me 25th Anniversary Teddy Bear Show held in early December 2010. Maria and Milton Balser celebrated 25 years of operating their shop in Leesburg, Virginia with a special Holiday teddy bear show - participating artists were:
Gregory Gyllenship of England; Marcia Sibol of Maryland, USA; Gunter Dufeu of Germany and MaryAnn Wills of Virginia, USA.

**This lovely teddy event was fabulous for all who participated - many wonderful collectors and friends visited - Sue, Nancy, and Alice were the event assistants (thanks for taking all these pictures that I am able to share here) *** Maria and Milton Balser owners of My Friends of Me and organizers of this show, thank you for including me. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 - Where does the time go?

The start of a new year - 2011! Many new adventures await us all - hope your New Year is filled with the best of everything!................Have been focusing on an effort to eliminate the time wasters in my life and to instead use my time more efficiently. First on my list is to spend less time on the computer and more time on working on new designs and ideas. Will have some new pieces available for adoption in the next few weeks. Wishing you all a creative and happy day!


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