Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas, frohe Weihnachten!

Merry Christmas to all my friends!
I am blessed and thankful to celebrate Christmas with my family!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Time

Looking forward to spending a wonderful family Christmas!
It will be a special one because it is our grandson's first one!

My next bear will have to wait until 2013!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Back home!

Back home and ready to work on new bears!
This picture shows Krissy, an older bear, that already got adopted.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Shopping in Duesseldorf, Germany



Christmas shopping is more fun when the mall is decorated and Christmas music fills the air!
My German Christmas shopping is almost done!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weihnachtsmarkt


A beautiful day and Christmas spirit!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Europe

I am enjoying time in Europe and might not be posting a lot for the next couple of weeks.

I wish everybody a wonderful time!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!

Monday, November 19, 2012

My Kaethe Kruse doll triplets

Some might know that I not just love bears but that I am also a doll collector.

On the weekend I went to a doll show and look what I got: another Kaethe Kruse baby doll. 
I already had the twins (the sleeping one in the middle and the one with the pink ribbon on the right).
The one on the left, I call him a boy because of the blue ribbon, made my twins to triplets!
These dolls are also known as "sandbabies". They are sized and heavy like a real baby and were initially made in the 1920s to train nurses in hospitals. They are also known as "Du Mein" and "Traeumerchen".
Maybe one day they will become Quadruplets!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

knitted hats


It is getting colder and hats are a good item to have.
These are some of the many hats I have knitted during the last couple of weeks.
One is modeled by my grandson Jack. 
It is still a bit big, Jack is only 6 weeks old, but he will grow into it quickly.
I enjoyed making something other than crocheting bears.  
And I love seeing little Jack wearing the fun hats I made.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mava





I just noticed that I haven't been posting for a while.
We are enjoying beautiful fall weather with the most gorgeous colors.
My daughter and her fiancee came for a surprise visit last week and we had a great time taking pictures. The time went just be too quickly.

Today I finally finished another bear: Mava

Mava is one-of-a-kind and available for adoption on Bear Pile: http://www.bearpile.com/item/61331

I wish everybody a great start of the week!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Joy


 Joy is my newest bear.
She is crocheted from a curly yarn and stands 9 inches tall.
Joy is available for adoption on Bear Pile:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Smiley



While working on my BJD dolls I also worked on a new bear. 
His name is Smiley since he looks so happy!
He is available now on Bear Pile for adoption:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

... and one more BJD



I just love these dolls! 
They allow so much room for creativity, and once in a while I need to do something other than crocheting bears.
These dolls come blank, like shown in the last picture. You get to customize them completely by adding the face up, eyes, wigs and clothes. I think I already mentioned this in my last posts about the little babies. 
But now I am back to crocheting bears!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Another BJD




I have finished another BJD that was waiting in my stash to receive a face up, wig, eyes and clothes.
She was so much fun to make and I enjoyed taking pictures with her brother whom I had finished a couple of days earlier.
They are tiny BJDs, just 12 cm, made by Hujoo which I had received blank.
They are so cute!

However, I am not neglecting bear making. Parallel I am working on another crocheted bear who should be ready in about a week.

I wish everybody a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jack



This little doll is my latest project.
He is a BJD and came to me "blank", looking like an alien. He didn't have any color, no eyes,  no hair and no clothes.

I did my first face-up on him which turned out o.k., although I think my next one will look better. 
 I still had unused eyes from a doll sculpting class I did with Jack Johnston a couple of years ago and 
 made a wig from faux fur. 
He looked quite good but still needed clothes. I couldn't find any in my stash and had to make his outfit. I got some children's clothes which worked really well.

These little dolls are addictive and fun to play with because of her endless posing possibilities. 
The next one I will make into a girl! At the moment she still looks like an alien. 

It was fun to work on something different for a change!




Monday, September 3, 2012

Baby Blue

This is my new bear, called Baby Blue.
He stands 9 inches tall and is available for adoption on Bear Pile: Baby Blue is a new crocheted bear. He stands 9 inches tall and is available for adoption on Bear Pile: 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A new wig for my BJD doll



Today I have been working on a new bear.
 This one is crocheted from blue yarn and will be finished soon.

Another project I have had in my mind for a long time: to make a wig for one of my BJD dolls.
When I bought her a couple of years ago I got her one with extremely long blond hair. However, I never really liked it on her. Her outfit is sassy and her wig was way too boring.

I think, now wig and outfit match!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back home

This is how it looked this morning in South Florida when I wanted to buy some items for my trip back home. The parking lot in front of the store was entirely flooded after yesterday's heavy rainfall thanks to storm Isaac. This wasn't the only place that was under water. I wished I had my camera handy and not packed. There were so many interesting photo opportunities!
 During the 10 hour drive unfortunately I had to pass numerous car accidents, most likely caused by the rain and wet roads.
Thankfully I made it home safely and I hope that Isaac will not cause too many problems in other areas..

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Florida - Storm Isaac

I had planned to be back in North Carolina attending another baby shower, instead I am still in South Florida waiting for storm Isaac to disappear. We are not in it's immediate path, even further away than expected. But it is raining hard and the winds are very strong, you don't want to be outside.
It looks like I have to stay at least until Tuesday before the weather gets better and hopefully I will not have to deal with any of Isaac's effects on my 10 hour drive home.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Baby Crochet

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Today we had a baby shower for my daughter and her friend. 
Both are excited to have their babies in a couple of weeks.
Her friend is expecting a girl and she loves everything purple for the little one.
I think she really liked the hat and the two pairs of shoes (a girl can never have enough shoes)
 which I crocheted for her baby.
It was a lot of fun to work with a different yarn on a different project. 
I wish everybody a wonderful new week!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Please vote


Finn is a winner in the URSA competition and will go into the final round of voting. You can vote for him or any other bear by going to:
http://www.cyberdendesigns.com/URSA-2012/FinalVotinginthe7thAnnualURSAAwardsCompetitionbyBearsandBudsTeddyBearMagazine.htm
Shown are the top 3 winners in each category.
Each has won an URSA Award but not until
the announcement in the October issue of Bears&Buds' Webzine
will the artists know if it's First, Second or Third Place!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Amadeus



Another bearkidz© bear is born: Amadeus.
He is crocheted from eyelash yarn and stands 7 inches tall.
His paper collar and hat are made from sheet music.
Amadeus is available for adoption on Bear Pile:

Sunday, July 29, 2012




This is Charles, a new crocheted bear.
Charles is available for adoption on Bear Pile: http://www.bearpile.com/item/58453

This little guy looks so much cuter in person. I would have loved to take better pictures, but the mosquitos are so bad that I really don't want to go outside again. It is hot and humid, a mosquito paradise. Yesterday I went to our local farmer's market and bought some soap that according to the sales person keeps mosquitos away. Since it was all organic without chemicals I was very excited. You rub it on your exposed skin and the strong peppermint smell should keep the little pests away.  Didn't work with me! As soon as I was outside to take pictures for just minutes, I got attacked by hoards of mosquitos and decided, whatever pictures were in my camera, needed to do the trick.
I am ready for fall!