Convention Fun

June 2, 2019

It’s been a month now since The Quinlan Convention. The week before the convention I had a couple  of international visitors come and stay. Linda Hearn (Critter Creations) , Wayne Lim (Wayneston Bears) and I spent the week antiquing, creating and talking teddy bears, it was a great way to prepare for the show. 

Linda, me, and Wayne standing in front of my garage. 

The Convention is always a good time. This year I had three collectors contact me telling me they were coming for the first time. One from the US, one from Austria, and one from China. We met up that first night and spent the weekend all together. 

Dinnertime fun.

I came to the show with only eight bears. I am hoping next year to have my usual twelve. I have already begun working on them. With another fulltime business it's getting increasingly harder to find the time. I really enjoy selling in person, so for at least one more year I'll keep the bears I make for the show. 

Terry Quinlan has already told us that he will drop the price of the convention next year to $95.00 for the weekend. That includes most meals, and all the weekend activities. Think about it for next year. Let me know you're coming. I'll be sure to find you there. 

My table display

Themed Bears for the Show

April 3rd, 2019

The Quinlan Show always has tables of bears and dolls made in a certain theme. They are exhibited  before the show, and available for sale at that time. I have never participated in the themed gallery, but this year I will participate in some of them. It has taken thought and research, and I must say I enjoyed the whole process. This little lady will be on the Elizabethan fashion and character table. Here she is trying on her Elizabethan collar. She is sitting on a cake stand which I aged. For some reason having her sit on a fancy stand just stuck in my head. I will add some pretty rose petals for her to sit on.

I can hardly believe it's almost time. 
Hope to see some of you there. 

Playing With the Bears

January 13,2019

The bears all sit with me as I work on them. I pick them up, I pose and play with them. I have them for a little while as my own. The final photos of the bears are a chore, they takes hours. The photos I take while I'm playing are quick and fun, and really the photos I love the best. These are the Quinlan Show work in progress bears, I was playing with them this week. I am a ball jointed doll collector, and I really love to photograph the bears and the dolls together. 

This little girl would like to keep this knitted mouse, but I must tell her no. 

Ruby is not one bit afraid, what a brave little soul. 

I'm hoping for a total of eight bears for the Quinlan Show. Bear work time is limited. I want to bring the best eight bears with me that I can create. That means taking my time, enjoying the process, and that includes playtime.