Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I'm spoilt! These gorgeous roses were given to me by my best friend Helen and her daughter Kelli, just because we let them use our tressles for Kelli's wedding - the sort of thing you do for friends without thinking, and without expecting anything in return.I haven't blogged in what seems like ages - it has been hot, hot, hot ........ and I have been busy trying to finish a couple of designs ......... "No excuse!" says the Man of the House!
I am working on an Easter design - not a bear in sight! Busily sketching Easter Bunnies when David arrived home from work. His comment was, "Oooh, bear faces with long ears!" I looked long and hard at what I was doing and realised that he was right - screwed up the paper, threw it in the bin, made myself a cup of tea and read my book!
Bye for now,

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Hug of Bears in a School Case

Here it is - my old school case as promised! There is a tiny white koala, Gumpy, tucked in to the left - he is holding a carved wooden gumnut. I have had him for as long as I can remember, he is a very much loved little fellow, although strictly speaking, not a bear at all.
Look closely and you will see Mr. Bean's Teddy - he's hiding at the back.
The well-endowed little hussy bursting out of her red top (front row in suitcase) was given to me by a family from the school where I taught. She's also wearing a tight leather skirt - I treasure her and the happy memories she brings of my teaching career.
The photos below are Gumpy again - he is only 3" high. When I was fossicking around in the cupboard I found my lovely old wooden school pencil case! It was (I think) a cigar box. Another cherished possession! We are a strange lot - the things that we hold dear are usually not valuable in a monetary sense, but are worth zillians to us for the memories they bring.As you can see, his ears have been flattened with hugs and his fur has been almost "loved off"!I will have news of new designs soon.
Bye for now,

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Off to School in 1958.

I have been scanning old photos, and having a lovely nostalgic time I might add! Also lots of chuckles! This photo is of me and my brothers, ready for school. The year was about 1958 - we lived in a rural area and so caught the bus from outside our gate. If you look closely, I am holding a little school case. When I outgrew it, my grandfather took possession. He used it when he went shopping with Grandma - it was the perfect size for carrying home two bottles of beer!
It is now the perfect "prop" for seating a hug of small teddies! I will post a photo next time!