I have been a professional Teddy Bear Artist since 1988. I specialize in creating handmade One Of A Kind teddy bears and other animals from vintage mink stoles, coats, and collars. My bears have appeared in various books and magazines over the past two decades.
I rarely post anything personal on this blog but I am very proud of my husband and the company he works for has given him some recognition for his exemplary service to our Country. My husband, Michael Myers (yeah, that name gets him attention), came home from the Vietnam War with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star ... he, of course, is my "Everyday Hero, but this article explains why he has also been recognized as a Real Hero.
This Panda Mouse was created by Special Request for a long-time collector. She asked if I could have it finished before October 25 ... well, I just finished it today (Oct. 22) ... so that's cutting it pretty close but at least I finished it before the 25th.
Of course, if this collector should change her mind about adopting this Panda Mouse I will then send out Adoption Invitations to the other collectors on my Panda Mouse Waiting List.
I've been wanting to create a baby dragon in mink for years, so I decided that since I was going to design something new and special for the upcoming Who is Who in Bearmaking online show (Dec 8 and 9) ... why not a dragon!
When I pick up a block of clay to play with it usually turns into a dragon without much thought ... I think dragons are just living in my brain. (To see my sculpted dragons, see the link to my "Next stop Fantasyland" page). But I thought I'd create my first attempt at a mink baby dragon the same way ... with no preliminary sketches ... just start cutting, sewing. and stuffing. This is what I have so far:
As you can see I've given it hand-painted glass eyes and I'm playing with ultrasuede and leather and paint. It isn't nearly finished ... this is just what I've created so far. Since I had no preconceived ideas about what the dragon was going to look like, I am pleasantly surprised and delighted with the baby dragon ... so far.
To see the finished baby dragon ... and to adopt it if you like it ... you will need to attend the December Online Show, so be sure to mark your calendar. If you are on my General Mailing list I will be sending out Show Reminder emails. www.whoiswho-in-bearmaking.com
Thank you, Randi
Now I want to thank my very talented friend Randi Taylor for the wonderful gift that she sent me ... A Happy Love Bug:
Randi Taylor is one of the pioneer polymer clay artists. Randi has been a professional Polymer Clay Artist since 1976 !!! I have been nagging her to start a website of her work for years ... I'm still waiting for that to happen. But I did help her set up a Blog: http://randitaylorelves.blogspot.com
... now I'm just waiting for her to post photos to it. She keeps promising me "soon, I'll do it soon". Until then I'll just keep nagging her.
Panda Mouse published
I love my Panda Mice so I am thrilled to see it on the pages of the current issue of Teddy Bear and Friends (December 2012). Panda Mouse is part of a Christmas article (page 31). Thanks to TB&F and author Stephanie Finnegan for always supporting my work.
this is not the photo that was published, this is another version.
I am pleased to introduce another puppy. This beautiful puppy was created from a vintage silver mink. It is such a light color that it actually blended in with the white blaze that I added on to the muzzle ... I could barely see the difference in colors. The mink is wonderfully dense and full.
I will be offering this puppy to a collector on my Puppy Waiting List.