Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to you all...

May all your Christmas' be filled with moments to cherish for years to come.
And if you do not celebrate Christmas, may this season hold joy and laughter for you.

On this eve of Christmas, I wanted to share with you the new Seraphim Bears hang tag for the new line of Seraphim Bears - Over Hugged bears.
I hope you love it as much as we do. This is the front of the tag and the back will be completed soon.



The new bear design is coming along nicely and there are only a few small areas to tweak now. I should have a finished bear for you to see soon! It is a lovely pattern filled with character... very much like the drawing above (created by my husband...xoxox thank you my love.)

Thank you all for making this past year Merry and Bright for Seraphim Bears.
I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Best Rum Sauce Recipe ever...

On my Seraphim Diner blog (which I rarely go to write on... boo!) Last year I posted on a best ever Rum Sauce recipe for your cakes etc. Just thought it might be nice to share that with you now!

BEST Rum Sauce Recipe ever...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

And the Winner for My Darlin Clementine is...

And the winner is...








Congratulations to the winner and Thank you to everyone who entered to win the contest!

A very special Thank you to the two lovely ladies (who are both very artistically  talented I would like to add) whom helped me do the draw! You two were lovely and did a fabulous job!

Big Hugs to you all!


 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Emails!

This is a very special time of year... busy for a lot of us but filled with the magic that keeps us going.

Yesterday after a long day at work I came home to an email from one of my collectors and it just made my day! Every once in a while you get those days and when they arrive during the holidays they are even more special. Here is the photo she sent of her three Seraphim Bears and all their friends underneath the tree. Thank you Ingrid.

The Pink one is Kawartha, the Cream one with rusty bell is Cozy and the little teeny bunny on the sleigh is The White Rabbit and  soon one more will be joining the hug, just in time for the holidays too.


Today I have a local craft show to do and I had magical dreams of a day filled with Christmas. I hope that some of you will be able to make it to Corbyville for the Mistletoe Magic show  Mistletoe Magic. It's supposed to snow today... that would be our first snowfall this year which I always feel brings in the spirit of Christmas.

I also received another email today from Josh Scott of Craftsy. I wanted to share with you a part of that email as I thought it was beautifully written and heartfelt too:

Making is different. It is special, meaningful and long-lasting in a world full of disposable items. It stretches us to do things we never thought we could do, enables us to enjoy child-like pride over something we have created, connects us to people in our community and around the world and perhaps most importantly, creates cherished moments and memories that are sure to out-live us.
So, thank you for being a maker. 

Thank you for enriching the lives of your friends and family members through your creations.

Link to Craftsy 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will be back soon!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thank you for coming out!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the online shows this past weekend.

The shows were a wonderful success even though there was a rough start and I would like to say thank you again for your patience in that matter. Each show there seems to be an issue but Daphne and Frank work diligently to get through that and I have always been super impressed by their dedication and professionalism. It must be difficult to pave the way of a new trend and learn as you go! So a big thank you goes out to them both also!

Ramalama Dingdong (through Ovcare online), Goodnight Sweetheart, Cherry Pink and Blue Christmas (through Teddies Worldwide - online) all found new homes and I am happy to say some of the collectors are also already enjoying their new editions to their hugs. I also adopted out two other bears this past week, Rockin' Robin' (eBay - online) and Polk Salad Annie (Bear Pile - online) and two others earlier this season The Duke of Earl and All Shook Up (Teddy Bears on Vacation - live)  and will continue to have more bears up for adoption through the holiday season.  Thank you to everyone who took home a Seraphim Bear.

 Ramalama Dingdong

Blue Christmas

Goodnight Sweetheart

Cherry Pink

Rockin Robin

Polk Salad Annie

All Shook Up

The Duke of Earl

This weekend Seraphim Bears will be found at the Corbyville, Ontario show - Mistletoe Magic. I will have some new bears there that were not at the other shows. The ones that did not find adoption homes in Toronto got a new set of eyes, BIG eyes which will remain part of the new look for Seraphim Bears and so they will be making a new debut at this show. The Mistletoe Magic show is a wonderful show of local artisans work and is never a disappointment. This is the first year that I am able to attend in many years as it has always fallen on the same weekend as the Toronto - Teddy Bears on Vacation. This year both shows changed their date and lucky for me they no longer overlap. I look forward to seeing some of you there and for those that cannot make it I have plans for you to have an opportunity to adopt a bear also. Just working out the bugs and I will send out a newsletter to inform you of how to attend when you can't attend in person! So if you are not on my newsletter list... its easy to join. Just head over to the right hand side bar of this blog and you will see a place to join!

Then there will be one last show before Christmas right here in my home town. That show will be on November 30 and December 1st and will help to raise money for children in the arts. After that... I will be wishing you all a happy holiday season and taking a long needed break.

That last show - The Core Christmas show is where I will be doing the draw for My Darlin Clementine so stay tuned to find out who will win her. If you are interested in this bear just send me off an email.

 My Darlin' Clementine

There will be some changes to the bears beginning 2013 and I am excited to start showing them to you. I will be posing on my website a preview notice of what I have planned and what to look forward to so please don't limit yourself to my blog.

You will find out the theme of the new bears names for this coming year and also learn about what I have planned for the image of the bears. This years theme for the bears names was songs and next year ... you'll have to go to my website to find out early!

A couple more bears need to be completed for orders this year and some Christmas gifts need to be made and then Seraphim Bears will have a new beginning with a brand new 2013 hug!

I love to receive your comments and am really enjoying the polls so please don't be shy...  write to me, take a poll and join in the fun.

Big Hugs




Friday, November 16, 2012

Bears that Care - Ramalama Dingdong

Bears that Care online show is now open! And here is Ramalama Dingdong my donation bear!

I always love creating a donation bear! Not only are the proceeds for a great cause but also because I get to play and truly make an original one of a kind bear and Ramalama Dingdong is no exception!

Although he is made with my same Seraphim Bears pattern I was able to play around with finishing techneques and really have fun with creating this unique Kooky little bears personality! He is fabulous! With his hand dyed viscose and heavily stained face and he comes with a silk hat lined in wool felt and even a handmade wooden block that spells BEAR on the sides!

I hope you agree that he is truly a one of a kind bear and you can also simply make a donation at this show to help ovarian research!

And if my little bear doesn't "ring your bell" there are several other artists at this show that have bears for you to consider!

Big Hugs from Seraphim Bears and I hope you enjoy this show and don't forget that at 4:00pm the online Teddies Worldwide show begins!

Bears That Care - Ramalama Dingdong



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bears That Care - This Weekend too

Hi again

Seraphim Bears will also be a part of the Bears That Care event this weekend! There will be a ton of wonderful artists involved in this ONLINE SHOW so please take advantage of this opportunity to not only adopt a great new bear but support and aid in Ovarian Cancer research! All bears have been donated and all proceeds will go to help research this disease.

The show begins Friday November 16th and goes till Sunday November 18th.

Here is the link:

The Bears That Care Online Show

And here is a sneak peak of my very sweet and cooky Seraphim Bear created for the Bears That Care. I donated this bear to help raise money for this fabulous cause: His name is Ramalama Dingdong!







Teddies Worldwide - Christmas Treasures is THIS WEEKEND

Hi Everyone

Just a little reminder that the Teddies Worldwide preview is now on so you can vote for your favorite bear. The theme this year for the artists was Christmas Carols so each artists had to create one preview bear based on this theme. My bear is called Blue Christmas (the Elvis Presley version of course).



 You have till November 15th to place your vote for your favorite bear! Just head on over to this link:

Teddies Worldwide - Christmas Treasures

The show begins this Friday November 16th at 4:00pm New York time and ends November 18th.

I will have 5 bears and one ellie to offer for adoption this year and also three gifts under $75. I hope to see you all there to enjoy this fabulous online show!

If you haven't already done so, sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know about all the shows Seraphim Bears is attending and all the bears I am putting up for adoption. The sign up box is in the right hand sidebar on this blog or you can find it on my website!

Big Hugs and I hope you all enjoy the show! Here is a little Blue Christmas for you to enjoy...




Monday, November 5, 2012

The Better to See You With My Dear...

It's amazing what a difference eyes make.

I wanted to try a new look and I began to use small small eyes in relation to the size of the bears head... I created a few and though they were lovely in their own way... I just miss my big big eyes.
Maybe it's all those fairy tales... "what big eyes you have" said little Red Riding Hood to the wolf. Or what about the Red Queen in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland when she compliments Alice for her extremely large head.

Whatever the reason, I just cannot seem to let them go... so much like my own, I guess my bears will have large eyes... "All the better to see you with my dear!!!"

So here is a before and after of my lovely Le vie en Rose... who now has large eyes and lovely ones to boot... get it? Boot button eyes. Hee hee.

I am quiet pleased with the change it has made to her sweet expression and I hope you will love her too.

I wanted to share with you the difference that placement and size can make to a face. One is not better than the other, they are just simply different.


She is up on Bear Pile available for adoption with new images of her new self with her beautiful big eyes!

Le vie en Rose on Bear Pile

Monday, October 29, 2012

Last sneak peek before the bear shows begin!

Here is your last sneak peek before the first show begins. In just six short days from now I will be at the Toronto Bear show - Teddy Bears On Vacation! Her name is: Penny Lane. She is a 21 inch bear made of alpaca and heavily weighted with ... Canadian pennies!


Our pennies are being fazed out of currency so inside this bear is also a part of our history that is about to change. See you at the show!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

La vie en Rose - now Available

Hello Everyone: The Toronto bear show is just days away... it's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner.

I wanted to give you not only a sneak peek but an early opportunity to adopt a Seraphim Bear

So here she is: La vie en Rose


She is now available for adoption on Bear Pile. Or you can just email me though this blog. All comments are monitored so you can ask whatever you want and it is private.

I also offer layaway on my bears should you require this option and as of today shipping within Canada is $10 and USA is $15 on this bear and just $25 extra to the rest of the world. I will pay any remaining amount myself.



Monday, October 22, 2012

Sneak Peek #2 - Teddy Bears On Vacation show 2012

Hello Everyone:

Here is your Sneak Peek #2 for the Teddy Bears On Vacation show in just two weeks time ... His name is: All Shook Up.... and he is waiting for you!



One more Sneak Peek to go before the show so check back in on Monday of next week! She is a real beauty so you won't want to miss it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Seraphim Bears Raffle Bear - Tickets now available!

I promised another treat for you so here it is; 

Seraphim Bears is offering a first time ever Raffle Bear. Her name is "My Darlin Clementine" and she is 15" tall. She has wool felt paw pads with hand oil painted shaded detail. Her eyes are vintage boot buttons and she has a rough embroidered and waxed nose. She is nicely weighted for a substantial hug. She is wearing a removable vintage blue stripe dress and ribbons in her hair.

The other things you need to know about this bear:

I purchased this mohair online from a seller I did not know. The mohair is beautiful in colour however, it sheds.

I did not want to throw it away so decided I would make a beautiful bear and see how it turned out. She is gorgeous and simply steals your heart and is made with all the care and love that all my bears are created with. But she does shed and due to this is not up to the standard of what I require for my bears.

So I decided that I would raffle her so someone out there would have the opportunity to have a Seraphim Bear and I would be able to bring this mohair to life and make a bit of money to pay for my supplies.


So although this mohair bear does shed a little, she has absolutely been created using the very highest attention to detail as all Seraphim Bears are.

She will come with all the documentation that all Seraphim Bears come with and be packaged with the greatest of care should she need to be shipped to you.

This is an opportunity to adopt a 15" Seraphim Bear for a very reasonable price.

The Raffle tickets can be purchased by clicking the button below and choosing either one ticket for $5 or three tickets for $10. 

Use the drop down menu to choose your choice before you click the buy now button!

I will be making the draw here at a local show on December 1st with the video camera running so you can all see who the winner is and that this is all on the up and up.

The only other thing you need to know is this: It will be the responsibility of the winner to pay for shipping. I will  choose the best shipping rate possible but the bear must have a tracking number so we can be sure it reaches you. I will get the best shipping rate possible and will not make any money on the shipping.

So, in saying all of that, here is your opportunity to own a Seraphim Bear at a very very reasonable adoption price. You can click the button below and choose how many tickets you would like to order.

I will then take all your information and put your raffle tickets into the ballot box. This bear will be heading to three Christmas shows with me and the again, the draw will be done locally and announcement of the winner done at the last show, video taped so all can see the outcome.

If you are at the last show - Christmas at the Core, Belleville, Ontario you will be able to take your bear home with you with no shipping charges. If you cannot be present at the show I will contact you plus the post of the video will be made public within days of the draw on my blog!

Should this raffle cover more than my cost of the bear materials: I plan to choose one or more charities to donate the rest. I have never done a raffle bear before so I am not sure how this is going to go therefore we will have to wait to see what the outcome is, I will post results at the end so you will all know where the proceeds went!

Any questions please contact me at m.seraphim@cogeco.ca

Here is "My Darlin Clementine"











 Good luck everyone and thanks for considering this beautiful bear. She needs a good home and is absolutely adorable... even though she sheds a little!

Here...




My Darlin Clementine



Monday, October 15, 2012

Sneak Peak - Teddy Bears on Vacation show 2012

I think it is  time to begin sharing with you some of the bears that will be heading to the Toronto - Teddy Bears on Vacation show with me in just three weeks time. A nice little sneak peak that will include the video of the song they are named after! As most of you will remember but some of you may be new to Seraphim Bears blog; all of the 2012 bears were named after songs or two mini's singers for this years hug.

The first bear up is a big bear at 21 inches and really heavy. He is one of my new Chainmaille bears - created to represent a little boy playing knights in shining armor! A gorgeous charcoal (almost black) bear named The Duke of Earl! He comes with his wooden spoon (sword) and his tin oil funnel hat and vest are removable too. He has hand felted MS feature paws, black English glass eyes and a big grey embroidered and waxed nose. He even has felted grey freckles and a bit of grey felted under his eyes to help you find them in all that dark mysterious fur!





Sunday, October 14, 2012

And the Winner is....

Welcome to the finally of the 100 Bear Milestone Giveaway for Seraphim Bears...

You have all seen "If I Had A Boat" and his pony "Trigger" and today is the big day to see where this little guy is going to live.

First please let me say THANK YOU sooooooo much to all of you who participated in my polls and entered this contest. You made everything so fun and I also learned a lot from my polls too.

I am just home from work in the video below and got right to making the draw. I will be in touch with the winner but I won't write it here...

All you have to do is watch the video below to find out who the winner is!

Big Hugs to everyone and especially our winner who is going to be receiving this beautifully handsome little guy in just a short time! He is already really excited about his journey. He might not have to take a boat to get there but he might pretend he is. He is a dreamer and loves the idea of traveling to a far off land to meet his new Mom.

In just a few days I will have a very special opportunity for many of you also... You won't want to miss it!

Have a wonderful day everyone. Don't forget, in less than 3 weeks I will be at the Toronto Bear show "Teddy Bears on Vacation" and then the online "Teddies Worldwide" show too...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's Almost Time

It's Almost time for the big draw for the 100 Bear Milestone giveaway! Just a few more days...

I wanted to update you on how this is going to work.

I have written all your names on a few pieces of paper and because I have so many from Russia and Ukraine I have decided to use RANDOM.ORG for the draw as I cannot write the names. So I have assigned all of you numbers. The numbers were assigned in order of when you entered the contest and posted my giveaway on your blogs or Facebook pages etc. So now I have three pieces of paper, with all your names and all your numbers. Funny there are 100 entries... how perfect!

So on October 15th you can come here and watch a video of me on the computer pushing the button to have RANDOM.ORG. We will announce the number and then you will see my husband or I finding the matching person to that number. You will see the paper with all the names and the matching number on the video so you will know there is no shenanigans going on. LOL

GOOD LUCK to you all and thank you so much for taking part in this very wonderful milestone for Seraphim Bears!

Once you know you are the winner we need to exchange information so please if you do not hear from me... it means I cannot find you for some reason so you get a hold of me then so I can get your mailing address and send you "If I Had A Boat".

Big Hugs and I'll see you here on October 15th for the big reveal!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Getting Ready for the Draw

I have finally gotten all of your names written down and how many times you have entered my contest! WOW there are a lot of you! Thank you for entering into my Free Giveaway! So many from far away lands too, like Russia, The Ukraine and even Serbia! How exciting!

I wonder where "If I Had A Boat" will be living soon!

 I will now begin writing all the names onto paper so I can get ready for the draw! Big Hugs to all of

you who entered and GOOD LUCK to EVERYONE!



Monday, October 1, 2012

Giveaway Bear is ready ~ Please meet ~ "If I Had A Boat"

Here is your Free Giveaway 100 Bear Milestone Celebration Bear. I hope you love him as much as we do here at Seraphim Bears.

Welcome ~ "If I Had A Boat". He is made of light blonde mohair on an orange honey backing. He has wool felt paws that have been hand shaded with oil paints, black glass eyes, embroidered and waxed nose. He is filled with polyfil, excelsior and mini steel shot.

"If I Had A Boat" comes with his riding pony with wooden handle that has been hand painted in blue and green. The pony is made of light blue viscose and stuffed with polyfil. Ribbons in green and blue are the finishing touches on "Trigger".

"If I Had A Boat" is 9" tall. A $220 retail value but he will be a free gift for one lucky winner.

I hope to have the draw done for you by the 15th of October, so mark your calendars and Good Luck to everyone. I thank you all for taking my polls and making this celebration extra special for me here at Seraphim Bears Studio.

"If I Had A Boat" is very much looking forward to meeting his new Mom or Dad.

I will have three more bears available in this style ready for the Holiday shows this season. One Boy, will be at the online show - Teddies Worldwide; One girl bear will be at the Toronto - Teddy Bears On Vacation show and one that is not completed will be available at one of my shows this season... not sure which and not sure if it will be a boy or a girl yet... a surprise!




If I Had A Boat and his pony Trigger