Monday, October 24, 2011

Changing Seasons

In my quest to find the best way to market my creations, I've decided to list Augustus on ebay.  You can see his listing here.
Felicity is now on Etsy as well as her original spot on BearPile.

There's no denying it, summer is over and autumn is in the air.  In celebration of the season, I've made this crow from a "Frowning Francis" pattern.  I think the steampunk theme fits this character perfectly.  Here is Jules.  He is about the size of a real live crow.

I haven't put him up for sale - yet.  Don't know if I will or not,  I'm just enjoying his company for now.  He is a crack-up!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fool's Gold Bears is Back in Action!

Hello everyone. 
This is my first ever blog post.  I am new at this, so your grace and patience are appreciated as I learn all the ins and outs.  Many thanks to Shelli Heinemann of  Potbelly Graphics for her help with my header design.  She is wonderful to work with and was very responsive to my dim vision of how I wanted it to look.   I'm very satisfied and highly recommend her services.

You may have noticed that my last name has changed.  Vic and I were married in January this year.  I keep congratulating myself on what a fine, sweet husband I have.  I've moved from Eureka to San Luis Obispo - still in California, but a good 8 hour drive south of my origins.  Bearmaking has been pretty much at a standstill for several years, while I've supported myself by more conventional means.  Thanks to sweet Victor, I now get to come out of hibernation and make bears again.  So I've been stitching away, gradually getting back my cutting  edge, so  to speak.  If you like my new offerings and would like to see my next creations and posts, please become a follower of my blog.

So finally....FINALLY it's time to post a couple of bears that are the results of my efforts at getting ready to face the world again.  I'm excited and pleased with these little folks, but at the same time I'm shakin' in my boots because of how much bear artistry and the industry have changed since I was last involved.  I admit, I feel a bit clueless as to how to do business now.  I hope that with the encouragement and mentoring  of bear-minded people, I'll learn the best ways to operate, but for now, I'll just do someting, anything to get started.  Here goes! 

This is Felicity.  She is a 10 inch elegant little lady made of wispy-curly darker tipped mohair.  I love the auburn color, as I am partial to autumny hues.

Felicity has a new home.  She is nestled into a happy hug amidst new friends & some siblings.
                                          Felicity, 10 in. Bear OOAK

The second little guy is Augustus, who was inspired by the epic Western novel, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty.  Augustus, a cattle-drive trail boss, is a character who, despite his rough-hewn ways came across as somehow noble and honorable.  I think this is portayed in my rendition by his dark brown glass eyes, which are inset and surrounded by felted wool, along with his greyed muzzle.  I've dressed Gus in a sherpa-lined (faux) suede vest and given him a well-worn neckercheif with which to wipe the sweat from his brow and filter the dust from the grimy trail.  His paws and foot pads are trapunto-padded ultrasuede with a hint of accent color added.

These two bears will be listed on BearPile.  Here is my spot on BearPile.
I hope you will take a moment to give me some feedback and perhaps become a follower of this blog.  New items will be posted as they become available, and you may see other musings as well.