I'm the luckiest lady! Meet Blueberry - isn't she adorable? Let me tell you how she came to be living with me.
On Wednesday I spent the day with Sandi Smith (from Bearly Sane and Ess D' Ess Bears) at her gorgeous home (complete with a hug of bears amongst other beautiful nick knacks), helping her to judge the finalists in the Australian Creative Design Awards, a special on-line award site for teddy bear and soft sculpture artists from around the world.
I have been helping Sandi for three years now, and I still find it a very difficult task as all the entries are of such a high standard (and I also need to improve my handwriting!). It's also very tempting to pick out a favourite, but it's so important to remain impartial and stick to the criteria. If you visit the A.C.D.A. website you will find photos of the finalists.
Just as I was about to leave Sandi presented me with a little gift - yes - Blueberry! I was so thrilled, especially as she was lovingly made by Sandi herself. What a generous lady!
So Blueberry sits in pride of place on an old bobbin. The perfect teddy bear stool!
Thank you Sandi!