Monday 26 December 2011

Seasons Greetings

A little late in the day but...........Seasons Greetings from me!

I've been a bit absent from blogger as I tend to get a bit absorbed by Christmas. I've never been very good at juggling things and tend to be able to focus only on one thing at a time!

I thought the delightful victorian picture of the birds above was rather apt, as we have blue tits and long tailed tits in our garden. Along with territorial blackbirds, a lone robin, ring necked doves and waddling wood pigeons.

I shall be giving a lot of thought to my bear making and soft sculpture in the new year and giving my website another make over and developing some new designs. The elephant I've been making is completed and sits patiently on my desk waiting for his collar! I'm rather pleased with the way he has turned out.

Well, enjoy your festive breaks everyone and the biggest of thanks to those of you that have given a home to my bears or rabbits and thanks also to those of you who pop by and read my rabblings.

Hearty holiday hugs,

Sarah x

Monday 28 November 2011

Fudge listed on ebay!

The lovely Fudge is now on ebay and hoping for a home for Christmas.

Here is his listing link

I hope you can pop by and visit him. He has a sweet wistful expression and I love his vintage look I've given him. He's starting much lower than his original website price. So if you've always toyed with the idea of giving him a home, maybe now could be the right time ;)

I'm busy here in my corner of the world! I've just finished another article for a collector's teddy bear magazine. This time New Zealand Teds magazine! It was a pleasure to do and I look forward to receiving my copy!

Busy in the garden getting everything ready for winter. I've been giving the chickens house a lick of fence paint, so its nice and tidy and extra protected from the apparently harse winter we are going to get here in the UK. The chickens will be getting some fatty treats to keep them warm and cosy!

I'm still working on my very first elephant! Where does the time go?

Anyway, I hope all of you that read this are well and happy.

Bye for now!

Hugs, Sarah xxx

Monday 31 October 2011

Honey now on ebay!

Honey is now sold. Thank you Susan!

The lovely Honey is now on ebay! He's such a sweet little bear with big character.

I'm starting him at £50, so lower than his original website price.

Some of his brief details are;

6 inches seated, 8 inches tall
fabulous dense faux fur
lovely green eyes

For more details visit his listing HERE

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

Hugs, Sarah x

Sunday 23 October 2011

Winter's ebay listing ends today!

Winter's ebay listing ends today, Sunday 23rd October, 6pm BST. To visit his listing click HERE

I've started him at £80.00 and his usual price is £120.00, which he will revert back to if he goes unsold. He's a very pretty bear and far more twinkly than his photos show!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Sarah x

Monday 17 October 2011

Winter on ebay!

I've popped Winter on ebay HERE

He's starting at £80.00 much lower than his website price. Hope you can visit him!

I'm still busy working away. Spent this morning planting fruit trees! Well my Robert was digging the holes and I was tying them to their stakes and protecting them from the chickens! We have a Braeburn apple a Conference pear a Victoria plum and a Morello cherry. I don't hold out much hope for the cherries, as I think one of our resident squirrels will be quite partial to them, but you never know, he might have a savoury palate, rather than a sweet one.

The weathers getting very chilly here in the UK, more the weather it should be this time of year. I did find the baking heat in October slightly disconcerting!

Anyway, keep warm and happy!

Hugs, Sarah x

Thursday 6 October 2011

Acorn on ebay!

I'm a little late in posting this! BUT, better late than never.

Acorn pictured above is now on ebay, until next Sunday the 9th. His listing is HERE.

Many thanks if you decide to pop along and visit his listing. He's a bear full of character! Such a pretty mohair too.

I have my thinking cap on for the TOBYS. A rather prestigious worldwide teddy bear and soft sculpture competition. You see the need for the thinking cap? I've an idea for an entry and it's not a bear OR a rabbit. Come to think of it, I may need a lightbulb for that lightbulb moment, along with the thinking cap.

Here in the UK we have been having a heatwave. Yes, in October. Tempretures are now swiftly dropping and we are due for snow.

'Constant change is here to stay' - Anonymous

Acorn has sold. Thank you!

Hugs, Sarah x

Saturday 1 October 2011

In print!

It's been a long while since I have appeared in the Teddy Bear Times magazine. So you can imagine my delight when Faye of Teddy Bear Times asked me if I would like to write a piece in hand colouring eyes! She had seen a piece I had written for an online magazine.

I was eagerly awaiting the magazine coming out and a little nervous at the same time! I flicked quickly through the pages in our local stationers and there it was. I rather liked the way it happened to co-ordinate with the front cover! It was almost like I had developed a sixth sense when I sent in that photo of one of the eyes I had completed!

I must admit, it is strange to see your bears looking back at you from a magazine, when you are used to seeing them looking back at you through a computer screen or sat there in front of you in person!

Anyway, a big 'thank you' to Faye!

Peter Plum featured in the bottom left of the photos and Ashley, featured bottom far right, are still available from my website HERE .

I hope my blog post finds you all well and happy.

Hugs, Sarah x

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Lovely time had at Hugglets 'Teddies 2011'

We had a lovely day at Teddies 2011 on Sunday.

We arrived with plenty of time to set up the table and after a lot of fretting about how it looked, I decided it was just fine and set off the bears well. The bears and rabbits got some lovely comments and had some photos taken of them, including a photographer taking photos for the Hugglets Festival web page! There wasn't time for me to hide under the table, so I had to grin and 'bear' it!

As it was our first time doing a Hugglets show there's always the feeling of going into the unknown territory, but my fears went unfounded as everything was wonderfully organized and I thoroughly enjoyed the yummy complimentory ginger biscuits and a voucher for a tea or coffee!

Click to make bigger!

Carwyn found a loved home with a mother and daughter from Wales and it was lovely to chat in person to other artists I've conversed with online.

I had a rummage through the mohair remnant on sale and picked up some steel shot (using all my upper body strength). It's heavy stuff and saves on postage buying some from bear fairs ;)

We brought bears and rabbits home, but it's nice to have some 'new faces' on the website. It's now all updated, with as usual the Paypal buttons for ease of purchase.

I sure they would love for you to pop along and say 'Hi' to them here!

Hugs, Sarah x

Friday 9 September 2011

Hugglets Teddies 2011 preview!




Peter Plum

Cookie - Mini bear

Here are five of twelve bears and rabbits that will be coming to Teddies 2011 this coming Sunday 11th September! I will also be bringing another bear that I am still at this moment working on and any bears and rabbits that are still looking for homes on my website.

I've had some very late nights (or is that early mornings ?!) getting prepared for the show. Anyway, here's the new boys.

We would love to see you there!

For more details about the event CLICK HERE.

Hugs, Sarah x

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Hugglets 'Teddies 2011' on track

I'm busy sewing away in preparation for the fair on Sunday September 11th. Hopefully I should have nine bears and three rabbits available!

Below is 'Peter Plum' who will be one of the bears available.

I will also have some of my more traditional bears available, but Peter Plum is one of the quirky characters I also like to create.

We will be Hall 4, stand number 146. Not too far from the snack bar!

For more details Click here

Hope you can make it. We would love to see you there!

Hugs, Sarah x

Saturday 30 July 2011

For Mum x

This should have been played as we left the church after Mum's funeral. Due to technical problems it couldn't be played, so I'm playing it here for her.

Mum loved Eva Cassidy, so I hope she would of liked my choice.

Sarah x

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Almost forgotten

I'm still busy sewing in the afternoon for Hugglets 'Teddies 2011' in London in September. One bunny done and a bear almost finished. While digging through my materials and equipment, I came across this little chap (above). He was eyeless,earless and mouthless and his limbs were not attached to his body, though he had been carefully stored in a tupperware box!

He is now on his way to being finished, bless him. How could I have forgotten him!

More news soon, be it 'beary' or otherwise.

Hugs, Sarah x

Tuesday 31 May 2011

Raindrops on Roses

Thought I would share this photo of one of the roses in our garden, after some much needed rainfall.

You can click on the photo to make it bigger.

Hope you all are having a lovely week.

Hugs, Sarah x

Tuesday 24 May 2011

At the weekend......

I was doing a bit of this

managed to squeeze in using this

and today I'm using these!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Hugs, Sarah x

Saturday 7 May 2011

New look website now live!

After being away for what seems like an eternity, I am now delighted to say I've finished my new look website!

Another new change to my site is that you can now purchase by using the Paypal buttons below each bears page. There's also some lower prices to some of the bears!

Goodness knows how many times I've changed it. I'd still like to tweak it here and there, but that can wait for another day as I've bears to sew for 'Teddies 2011' in Kensington Town Hall in September.

I've re-done my blog, to give it a nod towards my website, but also it's own individual look.

Anyway, hope you like the new looks. Any glitches, please let me know ;)

Hugs, Sarah x

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Cupboard Renovation Photos!

These photos relate to my previous post! I decided not to upload them until my sister had seen our new cloakroom over the weekend. Just in case she popped by my blog!

All done. The bedroom is next. A little breather first and a chance to get back to working on my website re-do! No rest for the wicked..........

Hugs, Sarah x

Friday 18 March 2011

Still here.......

I am, honestly!

Have at long last finished decorating our cloakroom. It wasn't just a quick lick of paint either. My other half created a false wall to hide pipes and installed tongue and groove and installed coving and finished the woodwork around the window to match our other original windows in our 1928 house. I lined the walls and painted them and gave the tongue and groove three coats of paint and the door two and repainted the ceiling. Oh and I re-tiled the floor. We had hoped to keep the original tiles but they were so badly stained and pitted we sadly couldn't, so we went with something similar to the originals. Oh and of course we installed the toilet and hand basin. It had just been a cupboard with the previous owners.

It's been one of those decorating projects where you really can't seem to see the end of the tunnel, how ever hard you squint into the distance.

Will be back with 'Before' and 'After' pics soon.

Hearty hooray hugs, Sarah x

Saturday 26 February 2011

Tiddly Widdly

Just had to share this. Discovered this egg amongst our other girls eggs, when doing the usual daily egg collecting. 'Yes, pretty enough egg' I hear you proclaim, 'but why the importance?'. Well this egg is photographed sat in a teaspoon! It's either what's called a *ahem* 'wind' egg, or it's our Izzy's first attempt (she should lay dark brown eggs) or it's Tippi's, who hasn't laid since the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

It was yolkless, which doesn't solve the mystery. I've kept the shell. Can't manage to part with it just yet.

I'm still tweaking my website and will be glad when it's done and uploaded.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Sarah x

Friday 11 February 2011

We'll be at Teddies 2011!

We (Sarah's Bruins) will be at Hugglets Teddies Festival 2011 on Sunday 11th September at Kensington Town Hall, London.

After 11 years of bearmaking I have got a stall and am thrilled! It will be wonderful to be at such a prestigious event and for collectors to see my bears (and rabbits!) 'in person'.

Lots of sewing for me over the coming months I think!

For more details visit the Hugglets website HERE

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Hugs, Sarah x

Sunday 6 February 2011

Charlie's listing ending today, Sunday 6th!

Charlie's listing is due to end today! Still time to bid if you would like to give this little man a loving bear friendly home!

HERE is the link to his listing.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Rather windy here in the UK!

Hugs, Sarah x

Monday 31 January 2011

Charlie and his chicken on

Charlie and his chicken are having another go on ebay, bless them.

This will be his last time there, as I don't want to break his little beary heart if he doesn't find a forever home.

I've got him starting at a much lower price than he appears on my website.

He's a lovely little chap who sits at 5 inches. His little chicken toy will come with him, they would be lost without each other.

Do I hear violins?

Pop along and say 'Hi' HERE. Only if you want to of course!

Hugs, Sarah x

Saturday 22 January 2011

Acorn's auction ending soon on ebay

Just stopping by to say that Acorn's listing on will end tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm. His starting bid is £39.99 with FREE postage and packaging! *Whispering* He's £100.00 on my website, so a sweetie for a much lower price. I'd love to see this little man find a lovely home.

Click HERE to go to his listing.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Hugs, Sarah x

Sunday 16 January 2011

Acorn on Ebay and huge piggy news!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Above is Acorn who will go 'live' on at 7pm tonight. He is on for seven days at a much lower price than on my website. If you would like to take a peek, click HERE. Free postage too!

Also......remember the HUGE guinea pig I made and now resides with Anita and Ian, well Anita did a lovely post on her blog introducing Winnie. Thats now her name! My very first guinea pig was named Winnie, which was a lovely coincidence.

Anyway, if you would like to read the post, click HERE.

I'm in the process of redesigning my website and am going to go with a different look. I'm still also planning on making other critters other than bears and rabbits. I think creating Winnie has pushed me forward with that!

Hope your start to 2011 has been a good one.

More news soon!

Hugs, Sarah x