Saturday, August 31, 2013

Drum Roll Please... and the new name is:

Just wanted to share with you the new name for the Seraphim Bears ~ "Dolly Bears"...

If you missed the previous post please see below. Although Dolly Bear is a sweet name we do not want to cause any confusion as to who is who. So we have decided that although my Dolly Bears are spelt differently this is not enough of a distinction between my creations and another artists so, we have taken the path to change our name.

Actually in the end... we are happier with the new name... it encorporates the bear "hug" and think it suits both our original hang tags and the dolly bears themselves...

Drum roll please...

Welcome the Huggy Babies ~

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A rose by any other name...

Hi Everyone

I have arrived back home safely and now it is time to get to work on some new bears for the Teddies Worldwide online Christmas show. I almost sold out of my bears this show and only have a few left but will be posting them up onto Bear Pile in the next few days.

While at the show, I was approached by another artist who informed me of the fact that she has PATENTED the name "Dollie Bear". I do not spell my name this way nor am I from the USA where the patent exists however, after consult with my husband we will be changing the name to something far more interesting and fun. Although the names are not spelled the same, we do not wish to have any confusion in association with this artists bears...
so this is simply a heads up that Seraphim Bears name for our new edition to our line will soon be changing. I'll keep it as a surprise... it is a fabulously fun name and I think you will all enjoy it.

There were only a couple of us at this show making this style of bear and I do not wish anyone to be confused so the artist that I am referring to has the initials L.C.

Thanks so much for your understanding in this sudden change of name.

And as to the new style of doll bear I am referring... they simply flew off the table and we are so thrilled that you all love them as much as we do! I cannot wait to share more of them with you!

Big Hugs
Michele Seraphim

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Almost Show Time

With the help of Cindy Malchoff (our show coordinator and fellow artist) it has now been finalized that Mum and I will not have to move to a different hotel! So happy to hear this for Mum! I am sorry to hear that this comes at the price of one of our guests having to cancel their trip to the show.

We are looking forward to our trip and have had a full car tune up which is a good thing too as there were some issues. Passports are in order, suitcase is packed and Mum will be here in just one and a half days!

I am excited to meet everyone and see all my old friends at the show and so sad that I will miss my friend Cheryl Hutchinson from Bingle Bears who has prior commitments this year with family. We have still not seen each other in person since our bear exchange and I still want to give her a hug! Ahhh well... maybe next year or possibly the year after!

Hay, did I mention that I am now going to be in the Teddies Worldwide Christmas online show? How fab! I love that show! It will be the next show I am beginning to work on when I arrive back from Binghamton!

Well... I guess that is all the news for now... I will have my camera with me and hope to take lots and lots of wonderful photos in Binghamton and will be posting them here upon my return so be sure to check back soon!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Hotel for Binghamton TBAI Show... Oh Oh?

So tell me... when the director of sales from a hotel that you have had booked for 6 months contacts you personally 2 weekends before your arrival and 1 week after you have called to confirm your reservations calls you and leaves a message for you to contact them personally within two days... this can't be good right?

TBAI Binghamton, NY

Hello Everyone:

So it's been a long time but honestly we have had a fun and wonderful summer.

This past Tuesday was our 8 year wedding anniversary and we had a fabulous date night ~ with dinner and a movie.... a scary movie too ~ The Conjuring! Had a bit of trouble sleeping that night! LOL. Then the next morning I woke to find our neighbor across the way was having an auction sale and so I spent the next day back and forth from work to there and managed to get some great props.

As some of you may or may not know... my hubby and I started our Photography business now and things are going as expected. It's only been a few months and it will take time but so far our customers are happy and loving their images. We have found a fabulous printer that carries fun products that we will soon offer to our clients too but ... I am guessing you all don't really want to hear too much more about that. I'll have to start a Rees & Rees Photography Blog for all my snappy ramblings about that.

As for the bears... I went into a bit of a lull with them. I am out of it however and have been working hard to get the bears ready for Binghamton, NY TBAI show! As always I will be attending the show with Mum and we are really looking forward to it! It is my favorite show that I attend and we have not been there since 2011. With all that happened to me with my heart diagnosis and then my husbands cancer diagnosis... well, it's been a long 2 years but happily we are both well so I heard the call of little bears once again!

For those of you who get Teddy Bear and Friends magazine, you may have seen the beautiful Talullah a new Dolly Bear and I am excited to say that there will be not one, not two but three Dolly Bears with me in Binghamton! They are absolutely one of my favorites and seem to be making hearts sing when our customers at the brewery have seen me there working on them. They are sweet and full of warmth and expression. I hope you too will all enjoy them.

The theme this year for the TBAI show is "Just Imagine" and my Gallery Bear is called Pink Shoelaces. I imagine that in 1959 Dooley would have been having a fabulous time dancing in his Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces... are you all lost or do you remember this fabulous song?

I just love this little video that this cute couple made to this song ~ Anyway... I hope you will love Pink Shoelaces as much as I do. I made his Panama hat, polka-dot vest, tan shoes and pink shoelaces myself as well as the little gal that comes with Dooley! I hope he makes the zoo a little pocket change!

I hope to see some of you at the show... this is going to be one of the few shoes I do this year. However if possible I will start to put my bears up on Bear Pile again. I was invited back to Silly Bears but with all that is going on with the new Photography biz I was unable to make the commitment to their schedule so for now it's going to be just me and you and there bears right here through Seraphim Bears with the exception of some forums dedicated to the bears. 

I cannot wait to show you the line up for the TBAI... I think they are very sweet indeed. Now for the long drive to New York State and the hassle of crossing boarders etc. Once we arrive there however... let the fun begin! It's 3 full days of fun with absolutely ever single minute crammed to the second with friends and events! I am truly looking forward to it!

Be back soon with more photos!