Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Here's Jingle! Just in time for Xmas!!

Here's someone I'd love you all to meet!

Introducing Jingle, a little guy (measures 6" sitting) who I made exclusively for Susan Leigh of Bearleigh Bears in the TBACA Christmas Swap!

Jingle is made from a wonderful, luxurious long pile mohair in the softest honey colour with matching ultrasuede trapunto paws and eyelids. His grey/blue custom hand-painted glass eyes compliment his colouring, and his cheeky grin means he's up to mischief already: and Santa hasn't even arrived!!!

It was a lot of fun making this little one, especially since he's one of my newest designs. The hard part was keeping the surprise until Susan I both received our parcels in the mail. Mine arrived today - a fantastic little bear called Santa's Little Helper and I absolutely adore him! Thanks Susan xoxox

You can find Susan's website here www.bearleighbears.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Where does the time go???

Hi everyone! Well, my goodness! I didn't realise that I had neglected my blog for sooooo long!

We've just returned from 3 fabulous weeks in Phuket, Thailand - the weather was humid and warm (as always) - every day reaching around 29-32 degrees celsius.

This is taken from the lookout at Cape Promthrep (the most southern tip of Phuket island)

We had a couple of friends tag along with us this time, so found ourselves on the tourist trail again doing a few day trips here and there.

Here's a picture of me with a very, very large Bengal tiger at the Phuket zoo - I can't believe they grow so B-I-G!!!

And how about this for riding an elephant bareback!!!! Was I scared??? You bet I was, especially when the mahoot got it to rear up on it's hind legs (it's a long way down!!!)

No trip to Phuket is complete without a night out at the fabulous Fantasea stage show with all of it's culture, music, costumes, laser lights, acrobats and of course - the animals (including 17 elephants on stage at once!!!)

And a sea-kayaking trip at Phang-nga Bay in the north of the island (James Bond Island in the background - features in the movie Goldfinger).

Alas, like all good holidays it's over too soon, so it's back to the land of reality for us this week ... back to work and back to bears!!!