Wednesday, 14 November 2007
If you sent me a sample of a colour for a bear ( mauve ) can you get in touch with me again by email. You know who you are, ( I don't want to put names on here). Aol has deleted all my old emails and Ive put your letter up for safe keeping and can't find it. So please don't think Ive forgotton you. Please email me.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Here are photos of the 2 Im putting on my website tonight and the third I will put on tomorrow.
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Its only a week now until the toddlers Christmas fair. I have been posting leaflets through all the houses near me to encourage people to come. Im having a table so Im making bears for that this week. So unfortunatly no new bears for the websiote this week but I should have some next weekend after the fair. I wouldn't normally take my handmade bears to a fair like this because alot of people don't understand what actually goes into designing and making an artist bear but Im making it my mission to educate people. A one of a kind teddy bear can make a very special gift that will last a lifetime. So I thought if I take a few bears and photos of quite a few others if anyone wants to order one then they can. I will take samples of mohair too so that the bear can be made in exactly the colour or style anyone wants.
Here is a photo I have of my Mum and Kaitlin. I have hardly any photos of Mum as she really doesn't like them taken so Im glad I took this one. Kaitlin thinks the world of all her Grandparents and can easily say Grandma and Nana. I think she also has them twisted round her little finger.....
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Im working on some new bears and Im hoping to have 1 or 2 ready for the weekend. I am having a table at the Christmas fair we are running in aid of the toddlers in my village. I am going to try to take a few bears along and take orders if anyone wants a special bear for someone. I am also going to take alot of my beanie/attic treasure collection to fill the table. All these are immaculate so Im hoping parents will want some for stocking fillers for their children. I am trying to clear more space at the moment so Kaitlin can have her own room after xmas.
Ive had another big sort out of Kaitlins clothes so I will be putting these on ebay in the next few days. Everything is imaculate. It clears more room for all the new clothes I have had to buy her because she has grown. Kaitlin had her picture taken last week too so Im waiting for the proof to come through. A photographer came to the toddlers and spent 3 hrs doing them trying to make 30 little ones smile. What a job... The lady did a fabulous job actually and I was really pleased with the pic so now I can't wait to see it properly.
Baby Daniel is gorgeous. I saw my sister on Saturday at my Mums and held him for a while. I can't remember Kaitlin being that small. Time flies doesn't it.
Ive been busier doing more hair. Its starting to pick up really nicely now so I don' t know whether to advertise in the local paper or just play it by ear. Ive had another 3 customers this week so I was really pleased.
Ohhh Ive also put my name down to have a table at the Teddy Bear Artist Event, on June 9th 2008 in Stratford upon Avon ( Ive never been there) so thats something to look forward to. I really want to exhibit at hugglets in February in London so fingers crossed I will get in to do that one.
Friday, 12 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Well Im having another little clearout this evening. Ive just listed lots of mohair and unused bear patterns on ebay. I have enough mohair here to make about 200 bears so its time to let a little bit go for the sake of tidyness ( I can't spell). I always have a tidy up before xmas and look though all my stuff to see if I can part with anything, I love xmas and we always have our holiday shortly after so the extra money comes in handy too.
Here is a link to my ebay auctions http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZglorious19
Ohhhh its going to be so hard to sleep tonight.....
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Check him out on my website. www.scruffiebears.com
All I seem to have done over the last few days is run here and there in the car. Today I went to the wholesalers, then to farm foods for some bits and when I got home I realised I had forgotton something for my appointments tomorrow so back I went to the wholesalers... Then because Ive been selling lots on ebay I have to go to the post office everyday with a bag of parcels. There is always a queue and everyone seems to have parcels so it makes you wonder if we are all ebayers on the side.
Saturday, 29 September 2007
Sunday, 23 September 2007
I have listed him on ebay this evening, starting at 99p so you can grab a bargain. If you click his name it will take you to his auction.
Saturday, 22 September 2007
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Kaitlin is coming on in leaps and bounds now. She understands everything you say ( phil keeps asking her to get the remote control for him and she does). At the moment she is a real pleasure, the only time we have tantrums is when she can't get you to understand what she wants or we have to take something off her because its dangerous or its something of ours. I can talk to her for hours and she laughs, plays, draws pictures, plays with her dolls. I love it when she gives her dolly a kiss. Its the sweetest thing in the world. After having 2 boys its so different and nice to have a little girl. We put bobbles in her hair and hair slides. ( My boys would not of let me do that).
Im going to make my bears for the British Bear Artist Awards this week. I have put an entry form in and have to send the pictures to them by the beginning of Oct. So I shall have to get cracking...
There is a Teddy Bear Fair in Wrexham this Saturday. I am just going for a look round and to buy materials and to inquire about exhibiting next year.
Saturday, 15 September 2007
I have also put a bear called Little Sunshine on my website this week. He is only 7" tall and is made from a lovely coloured mohair.
If you click on his name it will take you to my website.
Saturday, 8 September 2007
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Here is Burton who is from my Classic Collection and he is 10.5" tall. If you click on his name you will go to my website.
Well Im off to watch x factor.
Thursday, 23 August 2007
The picture isn't very good as its night time and the colours don't look like they do on the real card but I was happy with it. Its been ages since I made any cards and I do enjoy it. I will have to make another batch up so I always have one in and I do have a few birthdays round the corner.
Another thing happened the other day too. I have applied to Hugglets to attend their shows next year. I thought it would give me time to get really going with new designs for my bears. Well I had an email on Monday asking if I wanted to go on a reserve list for the one on the 2nd September this year. Well I could of bitten her hand off but then I looked around me and saw I have no bears made and 11 days to fill a table for a show. I was gutted. So I had to say no, I know it was only for a cancellation short list and I probably wouldn't of got a table anyway but still. I have my name down for next year so Im keeping my fingers crossed that I get one and can attend. I am toying with applying for the British Bear Fair in December but its such a long way to Brighton.
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Well carrying on with my story, I only bought a few bits and helped my friend buy loads.... Anyway we came home and into my house we go for a cup of tea. Well she looked round in horror and asked me if we had been burgled. Honestly everything was everywhere, toys, paperwork, clothes.
Well I hadn't been burgled, it was just the mess I live in daily. I would take a picture but you really really wouldn't want to see it. I am swamped with stuff, its everywhere. I really don't know where to start. Now my friend on the other hand is totally into cleaning to the point that her house looks like a showhouse all the time. So I was so ashamed, don't get me wrong Im not a tidy person and never will be and I do have far too much stuff but my friend always comes round and never says anything. I like people who like me for me not how tidy my house is but I guess it was particularly bad today.
So Im going to make a concerted effort to tidy up and sort some stuff out.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
I have also been messing with my website again this week as Im not 100% happy with it. I have now figured out after emailing homestead how to make my pages look more central but it will probably take a week to do them all one by one...
Monday, 13 August 2007
Phil and the boys went off to Derby on Sunday for a kickboxing tornament. They both faught really well and Will came home with a bronze medal. His confidence has come on leaps and bounds since he started and he has already got a few medals and cups. Joe did really well but unfortunatly got knocked out of his last match. Phil keeps saying I should go and watch them but as a mother I don't think I could face the sight of them fighting full blown and getting hurt or hurting other people...........
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Saturday, 4 August 2007
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Kaitlin is much better today. The spots have almost gone. I must admit it really drains me when one of my kids is ill. I would rather it be me than one of them. Your heart goes out to them doesn't it.
I just wanted to add another picture of a bear who was adopted along time ago. Heres Waldorf.
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
The kids are enjoying their first week off for the holidays. Will has been a bit bored as he doesn't go out much but went out with Joe today and they found a few mates to play with. I have got a few things planned for the holidays but it depends on the weather. Its still awful. We have never know it to rain so much.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
I have listed another bear on ebay today. I made him this week, so Im still doing well on my one a week schedule. He is 12" tall and is called Calder. Here is a picture and a link to his aution if you click on his name.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
We did have a nice time at toddlers this morning though and I did think Id miss seeing everyone for 6 weeks. I think we all felt the same so we have arranged to meet up every week for a couple of hours at the local playcentre. Ive also joined the toddlers and playgroup committee so will have to join in with all the fund raising. I am enjoying a new lease of life through Kaitlin. At first I thought I was starting all over again with such a big gap between the kids ( theres 9 yrs between Joe and Kaitlin and 11 between her and Will ) but Ive made so many friends through her, that its great.
Saturday, 14 July 2007
The festival was wonderful. There were 12 bands taking part all from different schools throughout the country and they were all amazing. To see 14 -16 yr olds play instruments like they did was out of this world and the singing was fab. Wills school came last and they sang Lean on Me, Chasing Cars and lastly Bohemain Rhapsody. It was amazing and the guitarist they had from their school played not far off Brian May. I was so proud of Will and the hairs on my arms were standing up the whole way through it. ( That always happens to me when I hear good music).
They had lots of instruments for sale there and we bought Will an electric guitar. He has been learning the acustic guitar for 18mths and his teacher felt he should move up to the electric guitar now. He was made up with it. We need to buy an amp now before he can play it oh order some ear plugs....
We had to get Joe something so this morning Phil rushed out to buy him the new Liverpool away kit ( only he bought a small mans size) I mean how on earth would you think that a 10yr old child would be as big as a small man.....
I called my little bear Ralph and put him on ebay along with Claude a larger Hairy Hoodlam. I found my bears name book so I know that I have never used that name before. It does suit him though I think.
You should be able to click on their names to go to their listings on ebay.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
I will be popping him on ebay at the weekend.
Tomorrow we are going to the NEC to watch Will sing in a Rock and Pop festival. His choir had to audition, ( I think they sent a tape in). Anyway they are singing Bohemian Rhapsody ( one of my favorites) along with other songs. I can't wait... I wonder if I should take my big camera, will they let me take pictures....
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Saturday, 7 July 2007
I can't get any links to work at the moment but you can see them on ebay by going to www.ebay.co.uk and by typing in my seller name into the search box. glorious19
Monday, 2 July 2007
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Phil made tea tonight and had sorted the kids out all day for me to have a day off.
Im taking my hairdressing back up and Im off to a new wholesalers tomorrow to get kitted out. I trained as a hairdresser but with the kids etc I have only been doing family for a long while. Anyway Ive been doing a bit more latley and have been enjoying it so have decided to go back to it part time. Im just going to fit the hours in to suit us so that Phil is around for Kaitlin and the boys. Im also going to book onto a trend setting cutting and colouring course for August so Im completly up to date with the new trendy hairstyles. Its really exciting... Oh and I cut Joes hair tonight. I persueded him to have it cut and promised to buy him some gel tomorrow so he can have it trendy. He looks so much better.....
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Favourite colour - Pink
Favourite food - Chineese
Favorite Month - December
Favourite song - Currently Grace Kelly by Mika
Favourite movie - Grease
Favourite sport - Athletics ( as long as Im not doing them)
Favourite season - Summer
Favourite day of the week - Saturday
Favourite flavour ice cream - Mint choc chip
Favourite time of day - When the kids go to bed
Current mood - Quiet
Current taste - Toast with loads of butter
Current clothes - Black trousers with black long sleeved T-shirt
Current desktop - Pic of Phil and I with the kids
Current toenail colour - Dark Red
Current time - 23.15
Current surrondings - In the living room
Current thoughts - Listening to the rain pounding on the conservatory makes me feel glad to be inside
First holiday - Blackpool
First kiss - I can't remember
First screen name - Scruffie
First pet - A dog called Sally
First piercing - my ears when I was 8
First crush - David Soul
First cd - The Police or Blondie
First car - A Brown Metro Van
Last Bar of Chocolate - Double Decker at lunchtime
Last drink - a Glass of Shandy on Friday
Last car ride - yesterday
Last kiss - William before he went to bed
Last movie - Baby M
Last phone call - my Mum tonight
Last CD played - Mika
6 Have you Ever
Have you ever dated one of your friends - No
Have you ever broken the law - yes speeding ( I had 9 points at one time)
Have you ever been arrested - No
Have you ever skinny dipped - Couldn't really call it that as I kept my underwear on!!!
Have you ever been on TV - no
Have you ever been kissed by a stranger - yes
TV programme I watch - Neighbours
Done today - Cleaned the house and been to toddlers
Can hear right now - Rain
Thing you can't live without - chocolate
What you do when you're bored - surf the net
4Things You've Done Today
Toddlers, washing, cleaning sat in the dark because of a thunderstorm
3 People You Can Tell Anything to
Phil, Mum and my best friend
Black or White - black
Hot or cold - Hot
1 Thing You Want to Do Before You Die
It used to be to see the world, as many countries as poss but now I wnt my kids to be happy
Thanks for tagging me Sarah, Im going to tag my team mate Lizzy.
Monday, 18 June 2007
Sunday, 17 June 2007
Ive been practising with my camera today. I should really be out there all the time because the more you practise the better you get ( supposidly ). Here are 2 of my favorite pics from today.
I love my camera, a cannon 400D but very rarely take it off auto but today I messed round taking about 50 photos till I got 2 I liked. Now I couldn't tell you what I did ( I will write it down in future).
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Oh we were also selected to be pringle tasters for their new crisps so we had to have the kids tasting them this morning. They are new rice infusions and they are really nice. A lighter crisp keeping the flavour. The kids had fun playing the online game too.
Friday, 15 June 2007
Heres Dylan, one of the very first bears I designed back in 2000.
Thursday, 14 June 2007
I was so looking forward to getting my new camera out and having a play but I didn't want to risk it getting damp or wet so I left it at home. I only took 2 pics and they were of the Elephants. They were having a swim and looked rather at home in the pool even though it was pelting down. We did have a nice day out though despite the rain and Kaitlin was so good and even had a sleep in the cosy warm pushchair for an hour while I got drenched. Oh the joys of being a Mum.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Today I went to a very large wholesaler to help Phil stock up on stuff for his business. Well I took Kaitlin in her pushchair and Phil got an extra big trolley. Got to the desk to sign in and they said no pushchairs.. We had been loads of times before with the pushchair so I asked why. Its policy they said as we have fork lift trucks driving around and they wouldn't see the pushchair but you can put the baby in a trolley. Now to me it doesn't make sense, would they see a trolley if they can't see a pushchair? Would they see a child? Would they see a small built person? Or what if you were bending down?
To me a fork lift truck should be nowhere near people. They should close the isle and then reopen when finished. I certainly wouldn't of left Kaitlin in her pushchair in the middle of an isle while I went off looking at stuff so I didn't see their point. I had a huge row over it, not because of the policy ( well maybe coz I don't get it ) but because the manager was so rude and basically told me thats their policy so either you do it or tough. He was soooo rude and shouted at me so I got on my high horse then. If he had been nice and spoke to me with respect and explained the situation I would of said OK, even though the trollies for kids were kept inside at the back of the store. But he wasn't so Im writing to head office now to complain.
I also spotted that their health and saftey sign was covered with an 8ft plastic tree but manager said it didn't matter if it wasn't displayed as Id signed their terms and conditions.
I had to get that out of my system.
Ive been working on getting my Bears website back up and running. I had to ring America as thats where my host is based and I had to wait 10mins (good job we have free internet calls abroad) but the service was exceptional. Its all back to normal, just needs a good update and freshen up.
Frankie and Bertie - 2 Little Heart Throbs
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Just to finish off here are another 2 bears, Kasey and Kaylyn.
Monday, 11 June 2007
Joe has been on his school trip today to a place called Erddig. Its a hall and grounds and they go back in time to 1800s. He had to dress up from that era and they make food and drink and he told me he even had to empty the bed pans. Ewwww. Don't know who had used them..
Just wanted to put a pic on here of my family. Me and Phil, Will Joe and Kaitlin. Kirsty Wiseman took this pic in December and Kaitlin actually has alot more hair now. We just couldn't get a good pic of her without bribing her with a biscuit. Now doesn't Joe look much better with short hair.......
This is one of my favorite pictures of Kaitlin. Just natural. I just love the pictures Kirsty takes and would recomend her if you wants lots of natural pics and she concentrates on the eyes. Oh I wish I could take nice pics.
Sunday, 10 June 2007
Here is a couple more pics of my bears. They are feeling very neglected at the moment as my website is currently down. When I get it back up again I will add a link to it.This was from my range of hairy Hoodlams, I hand dyed the mohair to achieve this colour. I made her for a ladies 50th birthday and embroidered on her paws. We called her Susan as the lady was also called that. This little bear is only 7" tall and is called Leo. Don't you just love the expression on his face.