Thursday, 30 December 2010

A few pictures from 2010

As we are nearly at the end of 2010 here are a few photos from our year.
I lost my Grandma this year. She was 99 and will be really missed. This photo is 5 years old but is the only one I have on my computer. I love you Grandma xx
My Princess

My Princess started reception in school this year and has just turned 5


Phil and I lost quite a bit of weight this year and this is the first time I had worn a dress in over 12 years.

I turned 40 this year and as a suprise my bessie mates hubby took me for a ride on his Harley Davidson. ( I was scared stiff )... This picture above is in one of the disney restaurants. The happy Birthday was made from chocolate.

The said motorbike ride!!!

My boys acting cool in Animal Kingdom


My Princess looking like a real Princess


The love of my life :0)


I had this picture made into a canvas for the wall for my hubby for Christmas

Will taking Kaitlin on a ride at Bushe Gardens


Kaitlin meeting Minnie Mouse for the first time


Our first day at Magic Kingdom. We had a breakfast reservation in the castle so we managed to get in before the crowds which was fab.


I have had a really good year this year and have so many really good memories. 2008 and 2009 weren't that good for us but this year we realised that the most important thing in our lives is our family. We have spent alot of time together doing things and we even eat our evening meal together at the table every night which makes a huge difference. We feel very lucky to have had such a fantastic holiday this year which I can say was our best ever. I feel very grateful that I have such a wonderful family and I love them all to bits.

S x







Monday, 27 December 2010

Great Christmas

We had a great Christmas here and I hope anyone reading my blog had a fabulous time too. I got some lovely presents including 2 new charms for my pandora bracelet and my favorite perfume and Ive had a few bargains in the sales too. Im well and truly skint now though and will be sorting stuff out to sell on ebay in the new year to replenish my shopping fund.
All the kids had a great time and thankfully they were all really pleased with everything. K had so so much because as well as Christmas its her birthday over the holiday too. She had a disney kidizoom camera as a main present for her birthday and last time I checked she had taken over 200 photos on it already....
On to the not so good, I seriously need to start my diet again in the New Year too. I lot over 3 stone last year but I must admit I have put over a stone back on since my holiday in August and I feel awful.

Just a heads up too, Ive applied to be a participant in the Blooming Bear Show in March and I was accepted so I am really pleased. It is an online bear show so you can attend from the comfort of your own home. There is a link at the side of my blog to take you to the site which will be updated with more details as time goes by.

S x

Monday, 6 December 2010

Its so cold

We are experiencing the coldest winter for years. Last week we had snow so the roads and pavements have been really bad and it finally thawed on Saturday when we had lots of rain. This morning we have woken to temperatures of -5 ( was -12 in the night). Like I used to say when I was a kid, Jack Frost has been. Honestly though taking K to school this morning was so scarey. It was like an ice rink everywhere. I hope everyone stays safe.

On to a new bear. I added Robyn to my website last night. I put a sneak peak on here last week. I am really pleased with this design. He has bent legs so can be posed in numerous postions. I have redesigned a pattern I had created quite a few years ago.

Robyn


Robyn 9"

S x

Saturday, 27 November 2010

More pics

As I promised here are a few more pictures of my bears. Here is Aubrey again but with a little friend called Sierra. Sierra is going off to live with my Mum. She is a bear collector and I haven't let her have one of mine for a while with having so many fairs to get ready for.( Well 4 fairs but thats alot for me). As I am not exhibiting now until February it gives me plenty of time to make some new bears and Im especially loving the new designs. I have reworked my Smudge pattern to come up with these bears.
Aubrey and Sierra
Next I have a sneaky peak of 2 bears who will be going on my website at the weekend. Again I have reworked an old pattern and created these bears. They have bent legs so they can sit in numerous positions.

Robyn and Gino

Its snowing here right now. I had to cancel 2 of my hairdressing appointments today due to the snow. Im pretty scared when driving in it so if it starts sticking then I come home. I know K will love it when she wakes up if it is quiet deep. Thankfully its Saturday tomorrow so I don't have to go anywhere.

S x

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

A wonderful weekend

As you may recall I was going to Sheffield last weekend to attend the Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event. We had a great weekend and got to see some old friends and make new ones too. The fair itself was very well organised and Katherine and John did a brilliant job. I am very much looking forward to the next one. I created a new design for the raffle and I was very very pleased with how he turned out. Here is Aubrey.
Aubrey
Then we have Kevin who I created just for the show and who went off to a lovely new home.

Kevin

I will post more pictures tomorrow.

S x

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Wow its cold tonight

Ive just been outside to the garage and felt how cold it is tonight. I have been snuggled up in my nice warm house all day today and apart from this morning going to Mr Ts for my weekly shop I haven't ventured out. I hate it now the dark nights are here. I feel like its such a long night now.

Well I have just finished a brand new design of bear today. I have adapted an old pattern to come up with a new look. The bear I have made is for the raffle of the The Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event which is in 2 weeks time. Make a date in your diaries if you can make it to Sheffield on Sunday 21st November. It is a new show and Im quite excited as we don't have many shows north of Birmingham. So its all hands on deck now to finish a few more bears to take with us.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Holiday Photo

We went to florida on our hols this year and Ive just had the photos back this week. Here is my favorite of the 5 of us. I have 150 photos on my little camera but we had a photopass at the disney parks where you get photographers to take your pictures and then you can have them sent to you on a disc. I have another 150 on there. I don't want to bore you with hundreds of our pics but I will pop a few on here for my own benefit

S x

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Need to get sorted

I have spent a couple of hours tonight sorting. I can't believe I have so much stuff ( well I did buy it all...). I have so much craft stuff that its everywhere. I need to either use it or loose it. ( Thats a good saying). I did make my first card in over a year the other day and I actually really enjoyed it so who knows, it is Christmas soon so I have the perfect excuse. I also have so many tools and equipment for making my bears that Im forever searching for them so I have sorted all of that out into a cool storage bag today. Im hoping it gives me more time to actually create something...

Here is a picture of my latest bear. His name is Vinnie and he is from my Hairy Hoodlam collection. He hs huge feet and a big tummy and he is very laid back.

Vinnie - 13.5"

S x

Monday, 18 October 2010

Meet J J

Just while Im taking photos today of a new bear called Vinnie I happened upon a picture of a bear I made earlier in the year. His name is JJ and he was adopted in Stratford Upon Avon at the Teddy Bear Artist event. I haven't put his picture up on my website yet so here he is. I love this style of bear as they can be posed in lots of different ways.



I hope you like him.

S x

Saturday, 9 October 2010

A week on facebook..

I joined facebook last Saturday as I said in my last post and already I have 40 friends. Now alot are my family but Ive been amazed how many people I have got in touch with who I knew from school or worked with years ago. Ive had quite a few chats with some great people and it has been great. I always said I would never join the likes of facebook as I didn't see a point to it but I do now. It keeps you in touch with people. We all lead really busy lives and its too easy to live in a little world of your own but its great speaking to lots of different people too. I have found photos of me on facebook that I didn't know were there. A girl I was in school with had pictures in her albums that had me on the last day of school and a class photo from junior school.

My junior school class photo. Taken when I would of been 10

Last day of school

There was 9 of us who hung round together and went all the way through school from infants to high school being friends.

We had a reunion in 2000 and we all met up again. Then we lost touch. I have been in touch with 2 this year through a school reunion and now through facebook I have found more people I was in school with. It has been a great week and it has brought back loads of memories.

S x

Friday, 1 October 2010

Getting Teckie

My kids laugh at me and tell me "Im not with it". Well Ive suprised myself today and opened a flickr account. It is a website where you can put lots of your photos so that people can see them. I have uploaded 200 of my previous creations to this account and if you look on my side bar you can be taken to my flickr account to see them. Im so chuffed I did this. It may seem a little thing to some of you out there but believe me this is a major thing in my cappabilities. Lets see what else I can do when I put my mind to it......

Edited: Ive just joined facebook now, my kids will wonder whats happened to me......

S x

Monday, 27 September 2010

Its Monday again...

How is it that the weeks go so quickly. Especially when you get to 30. One minute its monday and before I know it the week has flown by. We try to do things at the weekend when we can and this weekend was no exception.

Phil is a big Liverpool supporter but is boycotting matches at the moment due to the way the club is being run and the owners. He is a member of the Spirit of Shankly Supporters Union and they had a meeting on Saturday in Liverpool so I went with him. You can't pass up on a shopping trip to Liverpool can you. Since they have created Liverpool One it is a fabulous place for shopping and spending an afternoon. We went for an all you can eat China buffet and ate far too much (but you can't help yourself can you). My diet has gone for a burton again. I was going great guns before August but have put on half a stone since then. I really need to get going again or else I will undo all of my hard work.

Ive been sorting through my pictures this morning and happened upon a picture of my in laws, Norma and Dennis. Its there anniversay on Thursday so I thought it would be nice to have their picture on my blog

S x

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Little Bob

Here is my latest bear. He is a cute fellow called Little Bob. I will be adding him to my website as soon as I can as he is currently looking for a new home.



S x

Sunday, 19 September 2010

About time....

I haven't updated my blog for ages. You know when you have so much to say that you don't know where to start. So Im just going to have to jump right in and start.


Ive given my blog a new look today after I found this really cool website that offered free designs. Its called The Cutest Blog On The block and the link is on the top left hand side of this page. Now I need to redo my website which will take considerably longer. Im hopeless with websites so I have a package that offers you software to do your own which has always worked well for me but I think its time we had a fresh new look.


K has started her reception class at school now. She brought home a bear called Buttercup this weekend and we have had to take pictures of her all weekend with the bear. Then Ive had to fill 2 pages in her folder with the pictures and what she had done all weekend. I did it in a scrapbook style so I didn't have to write a huge essay. Buttercup went with K to Grandmas yesterday and they planted tulips in pots and watered all of Grandads Chrysants and then we went for a carvery for tea. There is a super pub not far from us where that do a carvery for £3.59 each so we often go instead of having a take away as it works out cheaper. Here are some of the pics I took.


S x

Thursday, 1 April 2010

A few weeks ago we all had a day out at my sisters babys baptism. Here a few of my favorite pics from the day.

A family photo...


My Mum and Dad

My sis with little K


My Guys....

My Mum and her 2 sisters and K
Ive had a nightmare with our main computer as we had a virus and it disrupted our life for a while so I will catch up soon.
S x



Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Lilly

I finally got my camera out and took some photos of Lilly. She is a real cuddly little bear and I will be popping her on my website shortly. I think my website needs a complete revamp so now hugglets is over I will have to get on to it.

S x

Monday, 1 March 2010

Where have I been?

Ive been to London to visit the Queen. Honestly I spent Saturday afternoon with the Queen. Well we did see her at Madame Tussauds.....

It was Hugglets Winter Bearfest this weekend so we went early on Saturday so we could have a day in London. It was Js birthday this week too so we took him for a treat. He had always wanted to go into Hamleys and he wasn't dissapointed. 5 floors of toys, games, models etc. Only trouble is there is too much choice so he didn't buy anything.

Next we headed off to Madame Tussauds. It had been years since I went and I thought it would be boring but it was quite entertaining. We spent a good couple of hours in there. J had a wax work made of his hand so he could keep it.

London was packed this weekend. ( when isn't it ) and we struggled to find anywhere to eat. TGI Fridays had an hour wait and Planet Hollywood was 2 hrs. We managed to get a table at Pizza Express and I was pleasantly suprised. I would highly recommend it.

Hugglets was on the Sunday and it is the largest teddy bear fair in the country, held twice a year in kensington. We had to be there early to set up the table and get the bears ready for viewing. I had a great day and many of my bears went off to new homes. I caught up with other bear artists and met lots of new people.


Heres my table with Phil sitting reading the paper
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Im going to try and take some pictures tonight so I can put a couple of bears on my website.
S x



Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. I want to wish everyone all the best for 2010.

Well I have looked back at 2009 and think I had a really good year. We have all come to the end of this year, healthy, happy and looking positively to 2010.

I had 4 aims for 2009 which were to loose weight, cook more, make more bears and learn how to use photo shop. So how have I done. Not bad at all....

Weight wise I lost a stone, so to say it loudly I'm 1 stone lighter now than I was 12 months ago. So its not 4 stone but I'm still pleased. I haven't dieted as such just eaten better and started walking. I have a good friend who I walk with 3 times a week. We try to walk for an hour each time and we really enjoy it.

I now cook alot more. I have found it cheaper and tastier to cook from scratch and have recipes I cook quite often. I would say 3 to 4 times a week we have a good meal.

I have made more bears. Not quite 52 but more than I was. I had 3 really good fairs this year where I sold well and had a few commissions as well. The highlight in September was a 2 shops ordering from me. One in Germany and the other over here. So I'm really pleased with how the bear business is going.

Lastly I have learnt quite a bit about photo shop elements. I have found a fantastic website where you do classes in photo shop and they are easy to follow. I have completed 2 this year so I'm chuffed with that.

My aims for 2010 are:

To loose more weight. I want to give myself a kick this January and carry on with what I did last year but with less cheating. Aiming for at least 2 stone this year as a start. I'm going to carry on walking and cutting out fatty food. I have also just ordered myself a juicer so I can get my 5 a day easier. It was on special offer from QVC and Id been eyeing up this make for ages.

Look at this beauty. Is a Jack Lalanne power juicer which takes whole fruit without having to peel it.

Aim num 2 is to try out more recipes. It is just having the time to try new things but Ive been given a fabulous cookbook for Christmas called Just One Pot. It is full with recipes where you use just one pan or pot or dish. So here goes.
Aim num 3 is to carry on learning about Photo shop. It is such a complex programme that you have to learn to use it. I love what I can do with it. Not just for my pictures but for making things too. So I will do more courses when and where I can. The website I can highly recommend is http://www.jessicasprague.com/ It is fantastic and is full of all things creative.
Aim num 4 is related to aim num 3. I want to take more photos and fill my house with our pictures, fill my scrapbooks with our memories. I have had a new camera for Christmas and its a tiny point and shoot camera for my handbag. I love my big camera but I loose out on photos when I don't take it so I have no excuse now. I will see how I go but I'm going to try and take a photo a day. Whether its of one of the kids or just something from my life I don't care.
So that's a start. If I think of anything else I want to do I will post it on here but these are my aims for this year as well as being happy and healthy. I also have a big birthday this year so I need to really think about what I want to do to celebrate that.
S x