Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Seraphim Bears has opened Santa`s vault - Four Bears Now Available!!!



Seraphim Bears Christmas Adoption Begins Today!



Hello Everyone:

Seraphim Bears now has FOUR bears available for adoption! Just in time for Christmas!

Just pop on over to my website by clicking this link:  Seraphim Bears Christmas Sale!!! 

Happy Holidays Everyone!!! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bear show a BIG success !

The Teddy Bears On Vacation show was a great success and we had a wonderful time. I sold 8 bears! It was sooooooo much fun and my Mum was a great help.

We also won third place for best costume (we were dressed as Pa and Ma from the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas") and won a lovely dinner at the Keg!

The show was very fun and I am now preparing for my next show in February in Tampa, Florida!

I met a ton of wonderful artist and collectors and even blog followers!




Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Cab Ride

Many of you have been reading my blog for some time now and I am very happy to be able to share my bears and my life with you all. You might remember that I mention dancing as often as you can, and dance like no-one's watching too. My other motto is do everything to music and I have posted wonderful videos in this respect. 

Well, today I received a really special email and one we can all take to heart and learn from.  I was particularly impressed that there was no threat at the end... you know the ones, "Send this to 10 people or else". So I wanted to share it with all of you...Have a wonderful day and take a moment for someone else today, tomorrow and every day.


The

Cab Ride

I

arrived at the address and honked the horn,
after waiting a few

minutes
I walked to the door and knocked.

'Just a

minute, answered a frail, elderly voice.

I could

hear something being dragged across the floor.



After

a long pause, the door opened.

A

small woman in her 90's stood before me.

She

was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on

it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.



By

her side was a small nylon suitcase.

The

apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years.



All the

furniture was covered with sheets.

There

were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the

counters..

In

the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.



'Would

you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.

I took

the suitcase to the cab, and then returned to assist the woman.



She

took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.



She

kept thanking me for my kindness.

'It's

nothing', I told her... 'I just try to treat my passengers
the

way I would want my mother to be
treated.'



'Oh,

you're such a good boy, she said.

When

we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you

drive through downtown?'

'It's

not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.



'Oh,

I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a

hospice.

I

looked in the rear-view mirror.

Her eyes

were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a

soft voice.

'The

doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut

off the meter.

'What

route would you like me to take?' I asked.



For

the next two hours, we drove through the city.

She

showed me the building where she had once worked as an

elevator

operator .



We

drove through the neighbourhood where she and her husband had lived

when they were newlyweds.

She

had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been

a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.



Sometimes

she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and

would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.



As

the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said,

'I'm tired. Let's go now'.

We

drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low

building, like a small convalescent home , with a driveway that

passed under a portico.

Two

orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.



They

were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must

have been expecting her.

I

opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.



The

woman was already seated in a wheelchair.



'How

much do I owe you?'
She asked, reaching into her purse.



'Nothing,'

I said

'You

have to make a living,' she answered.

'There

are other passengers,' I responded.



Almost

without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me

tightly.

'You

gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said.
'Thank

you.'

I

squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.



Behind

me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.



I

didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly

lost in thought.

For the

rest of that day, I could hardly talk.

What if

that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to

end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had

honked once, then driven away?

On

a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more

important in my life.

We're

conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.



But

great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what

others may consider a small one.

PEOPLE

MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~BUT~THEY

WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL..



You

won't get any big surprise in 10 days if you post this on your blop. But, you

might help make the world a little kinder and more compassionate by

sending it on and reminding us that often it is the random acts of

kindness that most benefit all of us.
Thank

you, my friend...

Life

may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as

well dance.

Here is one of the things I have done to share my time and believe me, I got just as much out of this night as they did. My Mother In Law and I visited this home and taught a free craft class. She taught and supplied the wreaths and I taught the LET IT SNOW hangers. We gave our time and supplied all needed for FREE. It was so much fun and as you can see, everyone ended up with a wonderful Christmas wreath or hanger for their apartment doors. Many of them still use these and some have now left us but I am positive that  the fun we had that night was one of the things they brought with them.






Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Wonderland I love and Live In

Hello everyone:

Today I came across a blog in which the artist said she promised to only focus on her art there and nothing personal. That sent me down the rabbit hole for a while trying to decided weather I should make a different blog to post my un-bear related things. I already have a quilt blog that I hardly ever get to as I don't have much time to quilt these days but I do have a few followers there and I do try to leave that as strictly quilting. So I then wondered if this blog should just be bears and nothing else.

The answer finally came to me that this is my wonderland and I love to spend time here sharing with you all my positive happy life as a whole. If I had a bear blog that was like my quilt blog I fear you would not hear anything from me for long spurts and what fun is that?

My life is filled with the love of bears but my bears come from deep inside of ME and I have a LIFE that influences my creation of bears, quilts and what ever else my fingers come across. I hope you enjoy my tangents and understand and see that you are all a huge part of my LIFE and in that my creativity and my BEARS!

You sometimes influence a bear with a comment or simply with YOUR name. Did you know I have an entire drawer filled with papers that have names scribbled on them.

What about YOUR blog posts... those are very influential for me. Some days I just don't feel creative and then I pop over to one of YOUR blogs and see the most wonderful colours, fabrics, collections of antiques, family vacations etc and my creative juices start to flow. I am happy that you have personal things in your blogs.

So now onto some more bears and other things:

Who should I share today? I think I will share.... Cotton Candy!


This little pug is 6" tall and is two toned in pink and blue (just like the original cotton candy). He has a ruffle collar and wears a felted cotton candy around his neck created by Gigiminor at Pinks and Needles. She makes the most beautiful pins and decorative desserts.

This little pug has a nice weighted feel and will be available this Christmas either at the November show or online!

Speaking of Wonderland.... I finally got started on my room spray collection based on Alice In Wonderland.
You all know I love that and that I created a line this Halloween based on Practical Magic! I have been having great success with them and as always this is a Hugely busy time for my sprays with Christmas right around the corner. So here are the four I have so far which are now available on ETSY! Shipping is now included in the price to anywhere in the USA or Canada.



I also would like to share with you a photo or two of my Mum at her latest get together.
This was a luncheon that was Lucile Ball based and my Mum is in the Chocolate Factory pink outfit! What a rockin outfit and she WON with this costume! Yippppeee! Good for you Mum! YOU look fabulous!




I just have to borrow this outfit one day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A NEW bear to share... Finally!

I think it is time to share a bear with you... don't you... gosh it's been a really long time since I could as I really needed to keep these bears a secret till now.

As you know the Teddy Bears On Vacation show is right around the corner and I managed to make a total of 20 bear plus three that have been sent to Silly Bears in Scotland.

Whhheew, I am a bit pooped to be honest but I am really REALLY excited about the show and am already working on new patterns and bears for the Spring show in 2011 and FIVE more bears for Silly Bears.

So here we go...

I would like you all to meet: CLOUD!

She is made of wool and is heavily weighted and the most angelic of the line up for the show. She is 13" tall and is slightly under stuffed to give her a nice slouch when she is seated. She has a silk ribbon around her neck, vintage key and a rusty bell.




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

EX Online Craft & GIft Show

Welcome to EZ Online Craft & Gift Show Is Now Open!

Starting today November 3rd till November 17th I am participating in this wonderful on line Christmas Craft show along with many other wonderful artists. Please join us for this opportunity to find many Primitive pieces to get your Holiday shopping off to a great start!


Seraphim Scents will be participating and ready to supply you with environmentally friendly and health friendly room sprays. These sprays have been tried and tested for over 10 years and I am happy to announce that I create over 300 different scents for you to choose from.

The cost of each spray shown includes shipping to anywhere in Canada or the USA.

As sprays sell I will be changing what sprays are available so please check back on a regular basis. Also if you know what scent you are interested in and do not see it posted on the sale, please contact me.

These sprays are a fabulous stocking stuffer and last for years. There are no emulsifiers so even those with issues to fragrance have expressed very positive feedback on being able to use my sprays without issue.

Some ideas of where to use Seraphim Scents:

To scent an artificial tree so it smells real
Linen
Car, opening your trailer to the new season
on a beautiful handkerchief and hang it in the closet or place in a drawer
Refreshen potpourri

Some Interesting Seraphim Scents:

Leather
New Car
Reindeer poo
Elf Sweat
Egg Nog
Cedar
Santa's Whiskers
Christmas Cravings
Harvest
Fruity Loops
Potpourri Spice
Candy Cane
Jack Frost
Spiced Cranberry


And the list goes on and on!

Thanks you for joining me at EZ Online Craft and Gift Show! 

Happy Holidays to you and your families! I hope you will enjoy the your visit.