Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers

Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers
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Monday, June 24, 2013

On my work table ... a donkey!

It's time to get back to sewing!!! I ended up resting my right hand and arm for most of May and June. This was a forced "rest" because of my "Tennis Elbow" apparently from over-using my arm (no, not from playing tennis). Not only did my arm really hurt but I could not grip a needle. Since I only hand sew I had no choice but to ice my arm daily and nurse it back to hurting less, so I could at least pick up a needle again.

I did keep myself busy by working on the photos and page set-up for last weekend's online show. Fortunately I had completed my show inventory early. I also challenged myself to design a pattern of an animal with hooves. I've always wanted to design a Miniature Donkey so when I received a request to create  Miniature Cattle I decided to experiment with a hoofed animal pattern by first trying to make a donkey. 

miniature donkey

miniature cattle

miniature donkey

Designing a new pattern:

Designing a new pattern is very time consuming... especially if it is an animal that I've never made before. Of course, the first step is to research the animal and to start a file with lots of photos for reference. I took years of life drawing classes when I was an art student so that is probably why I also have to study the animal's skeletal and muscular systems. For me it is just a natural part of the process. Then I do some sketches to try to figure out the pattern design.

This is my first attempt at the donkey head. I'm quite pleased with it. Does it look complicated? There are 14 pattern pieces in that head and the ears are jointed. Next is to see if the body that I designed will look good with this head. I'm trying to make detailed notes as I'm figuring out the donkey process ... so I can eventually try to design Miniature Cattle too.

 I also had more time to work in my garden:
My "Herb Bed" : I recycled my daughter's old day bed.
I hand-painted the bed and it's just outside my
kitchen door for easy access when I'm cooking.

I have a small flower garden. These blooms only
last a day ... so I take photos when I see them.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"Beary June" show bears

I was thrilled to see that my teddy
was voted "Show Favorite"

These are the 4 one of a kind teddy bears
that I created exclusively for this
online teddy bear show

Click here to see all the photos of "Kewpie Bear Too" (Gray)

Click here to see all the photos of "Tattoo Teddy"

Click here to see all the photos of "Kewpie Bear Too" (brown)

Click here to see all the photos of "Treasure Teddy"

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Show preview and voting

It is almost Show Time...
Here is a preview of the show:

Please vote for my little grey "Kewpie Bear Too" for Show Favorite.

Click here ... to see even more photos of this adorable little teddy

This teddy will only be available for adoption in the online show on June 22
This is a show exclusive teddy along with 3 other OOAK mink teddies...
so please mark your calendar:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mouse with curly hair ... and Teddy Bear Show announcement

Is there such a think as a mouse with curly hair?
Well, there is in my world ... and here it is ...

This unique mouse has been ADOPTED
For more photos and adoption details please ... click here

Corona's fur is, of course, NOT mink ... a good guess is that it is lamb or sheep pelt

This special mouse is helping me to announce 
my upcoming participation in this June 22 -23 
online teddy bear show 

for more information

I am happy to announce that I have created 4
One-Of-A-Kind teddy bears just for this show.

I will not be showing the teddies before the show
but one week before the show one teddy will be shown
so collectors can vote for "Show Favorite".
A visit to my online show page will give you 
a clue to the new design that I created for this show ... click here to see.


This OOAK tiny teddy was created by Special Request
for a dear friend and long time collector

This is a travel teddy ... and Moxie's travel case
is a purse tin from my personal collection

Moxie has a white mink cheeks and
a heart-shaped white mink chest blaze

Moxie is one of my tiny bears
3 inches sitting
4 inches standing

There are lots more photos of Moxie .... click here to see more photos

My collector requested that I design a "Moxie" tiny teddy.
Since I'm a West Coast native I was not familiar with the East Coast drink 
that the term originated from
but since I grew up in the fabulous 1950s
 I did know that when someone has moxie that meant
that they had the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.