Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Blogger’s Create party ~ Welcome to Seraphim Bears Studio Spaces

Hello everyone:

For those of you who are new to my blog I should first explain what I do. I am a teddy bear artist making one of a kind collectible bears for the adult collector. I am also an award winning quilt and doll artist.. in my spare time hahahahaha. I work full time helping to run a family business of brewing wine but no matter how tired I am at the end of the day... I am still an artist at heart and cannot live without my art so I always find time for my bears.

I think I have the biggest creative space of anyone I know... that is because my studio is only a name not a place. I work whenever and wherever I can.

 My Tiki garden workspace (built for me by my husband) where on beautiful, sunny, hot days I sit with my mohair and in shaded delight and cut bear parts so they are ready to be packaged for rainy days of sewing when I am confined to indoor spaces.

 Or I sit and work on my deck in the company of my Pug and am inspired by the view of my garden.

There is always time for a pug kiss!

I have a portable vintage Singer Featherweight machine that comes with me everywhere.

My Featherweight and Janome

My new quilted teacup design was originally created for a new set of be seen in the URSA awards contest... now I have fallen in love with them. They will be available in many colours to give you a lovely place to display your Seraphim teacup size bears. "Spot o tea" anyone?

I also have two other machines one of which was my grandmothers Singer 319K which needs to stay at home as it is super heavy and in a cabinet and the other is my modern Janome used for all my bear accessories and quilts but not for making the bears themselves.

My dining room with a big window directly behind my work space is great for fine detail work!

Working in the house on the Janome 6600 making a quilt for my grandmother's 90th Birthday.

My lounge area for rainy day creativity... in the company of my handsome Italian Greyhound. The inspiration flows naturally for beautiful expressive bear faces with my IG ,  pug and two Siamese cats around who have the sweetest most expressive faces.

I am an only child and travelled most of my growing up years and therefore found a hidden gift in having a forever changing scenery. I find inspiration in unusual places and can work wherever there is an outlet... or no outlet as I have been known to whip out my needle and thread and create in the middle of the woods.

How can you not be inspired by the beauty offered by life itself? This rabbit visits me often and is so absolutely stunning... I see another bunny creation coming soon!

I cannot tell you how many times I have come up with a new design or name for my bears and quilts while lounging in the tub with some nice bubbles. It's my favourite place to design. My mind is relaxed there and I keep all my art magazines, a pad of paper and a pen handy so I can either jot down an idea or name or browse through fabulous colourful pages that trigger my creative side.

Try ending your day with a 10 to 20 minute bath and keep a pad of paper and pen handy... you'll be surprised at how many ideas you get when you have a quiet moment to yourself.

My machine and I ARE my studio and in that my surroundings are forever changing and I am never short of inspiration whether it be something new in my setting itself or the people around me. I cannot tell you how many times someone has walked by and seen me sewing in a public place and began an inspiring and interesting conversation with me that has later influenced a bear or quilt.

Here I am all set up at the family business of brewing wine and beer. In-between setting up customers I sew with my handy Featherweight. My customers are forever sneaking behind our barrier wall to see what creations are being made this time! They are almost always the very first to see a new bear or quilt and have many times been the influence for a name, new colour choice or design.

I hope you have enjoyed a little peak into my forever changing creative space. It has been fun sharing with you and I welcome you to continue following my journey in creativity.

Don't forget to join me back here for the "A MAD TEA PARTY"  blog post. It's a Wonderland blog party celebration hosted by A Fanciful Twist on June 26th. Its going to be wonderfully mad!


  1. What a wonderfully beautiful post!! Gorgeous! Lovely to meet you and your space!

  2. Hi again..visitng your blog has been super-wonderful..thankyou as well for your lovely words..they mean alot! Your work is beautiful and the whole post is full of wonderufll spirit, wamrth and magic! fabulous to meet you!

  3. I see that you are a bathtub creator also! I agree that there is always time for a pug kiss!!!!!!! Loved your post! xo Joan@anythinggoeshere

  4. Michele, I enjoyed visiting your creative spaces! Thank you for sharing. It's fun that you also create in the bathtub. I didn't mention my creating there and in the shower and lying in bed at night, staring into the darkness with ideas running through my head... ;-)

  5. I am in love with your site, Michelle! Such wonderful bears you make, and your photos are all lovely. Of course, your little pug is cutest of all. My sister has a pug she refers to as my nephew, since she has no kids. I'm a dog person too, so it makes sense to me!

    If you get a chance, you might like to pop by and see my studio pics. And I look forward to seeing your Mad Tea Party pictures next week...I'm in the party, too. Thanks for the tour...


  6. Thanks for sharing your creative space. Your bears are fabulous!
    Queen Bee Studio

  7. I love making teddy bears, although, now i just make them out of mulberry paper. Your bears are adorable. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.

  8. There's so much to love here - the tiki garden area and your ability to sew whenever and wherever inspiration strikes you.

    Your teacup idea is a great one. Isn't it wonderful to come up with an idea that you love making that goes along with your bears? Love that!

    Thanks for sharing your 'studio' spaces!


  9. What a wonderful creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog Michele. I appreciate it.

    You've created such a wonderful space...i love how you tell an endearing story and bring the reader into your life! I also love how you create wherever you want to.

    Love, Violette xo

  11. A great creative space! Love the old vintage sewing machine!
    Best wishes,

  12. Hi Michele! So wonderful to meet you! I love that your creative space is wherever it may be! Art is in the art after all! Love your sweet little put and of course the bunny.
    I'm following your blog now so I can keep in touch.
    Hugs to you!

  13. oh dear you are amazing!!! So glad we connected. I just love your teddy bears. I will be back soon. xoxo Laura

  14. Love your Creative Space, Wherever it is.... Wine & Bear Maker, Amazing.... I really enjoyed your post, stop by when you get a chance, my new camera cord, Finally arrived & I was able to upload photos....

  15. oh what fun! Thank you so much for inviting us to visit.

  16. i love the fact that you view all of your surroundings as your creative space. thanks for sharing - especially loved the pug kiss!!!

  17. Wow! What a great Creative Space!! Thanks for sharing!! And thanks for stopping by Baxter's Mom and for your nice comments!!

  18. Loved the peek into your creative spaces Michele - had to smile about the 'creating in the spare time and work full time' as I do so too :D - sometimes hard to find enough time - lol
    Thanks for sharing and thank you so much for visiting over at my place too.
    ~ Tina

  19. Hello Michele,
    loved the tour, and especially your sewing machines! Also, the pic where you are working at the quilt... lovely!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice words to me and my bears!

  20. Well I finally made it to the S's of where women create and your space is lovely as well as your work. Love the bunnies and bears. TFS!

  21. just goes to show we can create anywhere we want to! thanks for sharing!

  22. Hi Michele, (one L.. tee hee) I finally made it over here! You gave us all a lovely post. I love what you do and it's fun to get a peak inside your creative process! Thank you so much for joining the party!
    My Desert Cottage

  23. Your bears are wonderful! I love all the places that inspire you or where you repose to create, space does not hamper your creative genius. Thank you for sharing.

  24. First, I have to say how lucky you are to have such an angelic last name!

    Loved getting a look at your bears and seeing some of your behind-the-scenes photos of their creation. I like how you have the different bear portraits along the sidebar--they are very sweet!

    LOL - I do the same thing with a bubble bath! Can't tell you how many great ideas i've had while taking a good soak. :D