My bags are almost packed and ready to fly south early tomorrow morning, heading for Brisbane and then on to the Gold Coast to attend the Gold Coast International Teddy Bear Fair. The show starts on Saturday 11th and continues to Sunday12th, from 10am to 4pm both days. I'm really looking forward to seeing all my 'bear friends' there and catching up in person, we were away in the UK last year so I missed attending the show. I love a 'hands on' show, as I'm sure collectors do too, and the Gold Coast International always has a happy and friendly atmosphere. I have 12 orphan Teds for the show, that's about all I can fit into my baggage allowance, so fingers crossed they find new homes.
By the way this is HBT (Hand-Bag-Ted) or HB for short ! He is the first small ted I made back in 1998 and he has lived in my hand bag ever since. HB reckons he loves it there 'cause he gets to travel around and he's managed to go to Africa, UK and Paris too, in his bag house. He's looking forward to the Gold Coast but he's definitely no orphan, after all he'll be at home in the bag !
And this is Blue Bobby who will be at the show and looking for a new home ! Beary good wishes to you for a happy weekend coming up, I'll be sure to post pics when I get back home.
I'm very happy and honoured to let you know that my Ms.Musky-Roo has won the 2011 Australian Creative Design Award for High Achievement in Design and Workmanship Excellence. The theme this year was to celebrate Beatrix Potter and I tried to find an Australian character but in the Potter spirit .... this tiny tropical Kangaroo who lives in the rain forest ... a bit rat like but definitely a roo with a pouch, was the perfect candidate for me to imagine through Ms. Potters eyes ! I'm very proud to receive this award and appreciate it is a result of hands-on-judging ... with many thanks to Sandi Smith for creating and setting the high standards for these challenging awards.! Congratulations to Linda Down (Lombard Bears) and Ruth Bowman (Flutter-By-Bears and Friends) and Ina Smirnova (Bears and Roses) for their awards, and to all the participants !
And to finish off, looking forward to next years 2012 ACD awards entitled Under the Big Top, it's bound to be fabulous, click on the banner below to find out more !
I have been repairing and cleaning this charming old leather baby boot in readiness for a Geri Williams workshop being held at the Kympatti Studio Broadbeach on the Gold Coast the week following The Gold Coast International Teddy Bear Fair on 11th and 12th June. I've been sewing madly in preparation for the show, which is always a lot of fun but so are the workshops held over the week after the show. Geri's workshop is about creating a felted rabbit or bear who lives in a shoe and I'll be sure to post a photo of my efforts here when I get back home.
Time is running out for voting on The Peoples Choice Award in the Australian Creative Design Awards, so do hop over if you haven't already done so and vote for your favourite piece just click on the bunny below.