I have been designing and creating artisan bears for 4 years.I stared my adventurous happenings with crochet.Yes that's right, tiny crocheted bears.Eventually, I discovered the wonders of needle felting and mixed the two mediums and really enjoyed the results.Over time, I began to feel the need for spreading my wings more into the Artist sewn bear world.Trading in my crochet hook and balls of stingy yarn was difficult, yet thrilling to advance into yards of fluffy expensive Mohair fabrics.How could one chose only a couple of elegant fantasy fluff?Oh my how the boxes did arrive! And arrive!The UPS driver knew me by name and spied me in my robe running to meet him with a glint in my eye of what new kind of Mohair would present itself to me today.I have settled in to my designing and sewing for almost a year now.It has been is a delightful time of creating and molding each bear into something original and distinctively Bramblewood.I look forward to all the bears to come.Each new creation teaches me so much more as I continue to hone my skills.I still have a long way to go, lots of learning to lean but that is the joy of it all.
The night is long But fur is deep. You will be warm In winter sleep.
The food is gone But dreams are sweet And they will be Your winter meat.
The cave is dark But dreams are bright And they will serve As winter light.
Sleep, my little cubs, Sleep.
My two favorite things: Bears and Espresso!
Wake in the deepest dark of night and hear the driving rain. Reach out a hand and take a paw and go to sleep again. -Charlotte Gray
Bears are just about the only toy that can lose just about everything and still maintain their dignity and worth. ~Samantha Armstrong
To a child, Teddy is a bridge between a human and an animal. He doesn't mind being dressed in ridiculous hats, or even being read to. You can blame him for anything, and he won't deny it. His marvellous face expresses anything a child wants to feel or hear. ~Peter Bull
A teddy bear does not depend upon mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved - and therefore he lives. ~Pam Brown
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
If you talk with the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears one destroys. ~ Chief Dan George
There is probably nothing that a bear so dislikes as a good wash.
Once a bear has been loved by a human being, its expression is forever marked. ~Jama Kim Rattigan
And on the lighter side: If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too. If you're a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, but cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that. If you're a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yup, I wanna be a bear. - Author unknown
Teddy bears like to go on morning picnics in the summertime, so they can enjoy the sunshine before it it too hot for their furry selves. ~Abigail Darling
So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering
~beauty and the beast~
My dauther with one of my bears
Collecting cobwebs in old musty attics, smothered inside aging mothy boxes, waiting to be rediscovered, awaits a new best friend.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
~Sir Francis Bacon
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
My first sewn bear Sadie
Carl Bear named after my beloved German Grandfather
Butterfly Bear Valentina
The keepers of secrets and innocent childhood lore, holding forever the keys to memory's door.
My son with Karl Bear
Best friends are made from fluff and stuffing.
Baby Elkie Bear
In the olden days the bear was the most sacred animal and some even believed that when the bear moved the forest moved with it.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
Baby Elkie Bear
Next Thursday evening the White Bear came to fetch her. She seated herself on his back with her bundle, and thus they departed. When they had gone a great part of the way, the white bear said, "Are you aftraid?" No, I am not," said she. Keep tight and hold my fur, and then there is no danger," said he
~East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
When this world in which we live seems too lost to join, don't.
Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.