Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Website News and Other Stuff!

I'm so excited to have launched my brand-new website - I do hope you can find time to pop over and have a browse ... and I'd love to get your feedback - just click here for the link.

I'm so grateful to the help given to me by Helen Gleeson from Bear Cub Designs and Easy ArtSpace - the site was so very simple to set up and I've been having loads of fun adding new things ... a bit here and a bit there ... it all takes time, doesn't it?

For the first time EVER, I also posted a brand new bear on my website for sale, and offered him only to my lovely, loyal mailing list members and he was adopted pretty much straight away! I couldn't believe it ... it was a lovely surprise!

Just the tonic to boost an aching heart from losing my mum to a short illness the same week - I'm sure my success is due to her watching over me - here's a picture of my mum on her wedding day ... isn't she beautiful? I miss you mum xoxo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 URSA Awards - Voting is Open!

Hey, everyone! How quickly does 12 months pass by? Can you believe it's 12 months already since last year's URSA Awards!!!

Hope you can drop by to check out all the wonderful beary eye candy in this year's contest - just follow this link which will take you straight to the voting pages on the Bears & Buds online magazine website.

I have two bears nominated for this year's awards - firstly my Chinese princess bear 'Jia Li' in Category 7 (Diva's). You'll recall earlier this year that this girl was a commision bear made exclusively for a Cambodian bride-to-be - a gift from her fiance. Very romantic, and loads and loads of costume detailing.

My second bear, or rather - panda: is 'Jasper' my Christmas panda in Category 12 (Pandas) (no surprise there ha! ha!) I'm so thrilled that Jasper has already won a prestigious TOBY Industry Choice Awards, and is currently also nominated for a TOBY People's Choice Awards which will be announced in October this year.

Voting is open until 31st July - and what happens after that? Well, the 3 entries from each category with the highest amount of votes goes through to the second round voting. In the second round, only 1 entry can be chosen for the ultimate prize - the URSA Major award ... very prestigious, and I'm so honoured to be amongst some wonderful and very talented bear artists, both from home (Australia) and abroad.

Good luck to everyone - it's going to be very hard to choose!!!