I use a free program from the web called XNVIEW. It lets me copy, crop, resize, add text to my pictures,etc. I had all my sisters (7 of us) give me their pictures to scan. Then put them all on disk for Christmas one year. Now everyone has a copy and if anything happens to the disk they have they can always get a copy form one of us. They had me put names on the top or bottom of the pictures of everyone so the kids and grandkids would know who they are. They also have a copy of the family tree dated back to the 1600. I know I got off the topic of resizing pictures. LOL :redface:
This is Romeo, my first bear.
I made it on a pattern that my dear canadian friend Tiffany got from a book (don't know which book really) and she taught me how to make a teddy bear step by step, private teddy bear lessons, when she was visiting in 2004! She also gave me the materials...in Italy it's near impossible to find bear making supplies.
Then I got hooked, and started using the internet for my bear shopping.
Now I don't use other people's patterns, I draw my own, and that is really fun!
Thanks Bearlady, I still have a soft spot for Romeo, even if it's not my pattern and he's the only one made of artificial fur...but he's my first child...
I've never sold a bear. I've made about 25 bears in the first two years of teddy bear making. I've given many as presents to people I love.
The first five or six were out of patterns, some from the same but with different fur, noses etc, and it was very interesting that with the same pattern many different bears could be born, like with the same parents you never have the same children...except for twins!
Then I started wanting to make my own bears, and I tried to modify the patterns to get different things and shapes. That was fun and hard. I always worked in total isolation, I mean that I had no fellow bearmakers to share my thoughts etc.
Then I had my first child, Pietro, and Fabio came along right after. No time for my bears, only for my children. After five years I'm back, I have a little more time, and I found out how the internet can really make you feel connected. This site is wonderful. :clap:
Sometimes I think I would like to try selling one of my bears. Not because I think of going professional, just because it would feel good if somebody would be willing to buy it, meaning that my work is appreciated. And I could cover some of my expences
well, sorry, this message is maybe too long...my fault, I like to talk!
now I go back to my current project, when she is finished I'll share a picture in the gallery.
I know what you mean about how the internet can really make you feel connected. This site is wonderful and has made me feel, that there is others, in our world that, feel about bear the way we do. I have also learned so much here and want to thank all the people that do not mind sharing what they know. I really enjoy seeing other peoples bears and other animals.
As far as making money on my bears. They were miniatures about 4 inches tall and I made $22.00 total before the cost of everything. But as you said it was the fact that someone liked them enough to buy one or two. Made me feel really good. :hug:
Finally worked out how to post pics, here's my first bear: Noah. He's 5" tall standing from another artist's pattern. He's the only bear I've ever made from another's pattern. I now design all my own.
Here's an example of my work now (a thread I've posted on here):
I don't have a photo of my first bear but he was made from real fur, rabbir fur about 6 inches tall. I sold him for $35
Judi, You made your FIRST bear in real fur!!!??? Now that's what I call class, and brave! He must have been pretty good if someone bought him.
My first bear is my avatar. He's not bad but as my teacher used to say 'could do better'.
I love all of these bears. Each is a enchanting individual. I can use the same pattern and material and no two are alike. They are like kids to me and I love making them. I give them for presents mostly. I also keep a lot of them for myself. They take up very little room but bring me a lot of joy. My husband likes them and gives me ideas all the time. I am getting ready for my tiny teddy bears to be displayed at the Barr Libary on Fort Knox for the month of Dec. I still take time to see the post on here because I enjoy them so much. Thank you all for being here. :hug: