Just wanted to say hello! I see some familiar faces here, I was a semi-regular member on another bear board which doesn't seem to be working right this second. While I've never been accused of being overly talkative, I will try not to lurk about too much in the shadows over here.
For those I have not had the pleasure of meeting (OK, most of you), some quick background. This is my one year anniversary of making bears, and it has been such a fun year in a very supportive, creative, wonderful industry. When I originally started with bears a year ago, the plan was to assist my mother in making her bears. However, I am a Very Bad Daughter, got the bear bug myself and quickly went off and did my own thing and made my own patterns. I have to admit our true collaborations have proven to be few and far between, though we both work under the same business name "Canna Bear Paint". The somewhat cryptic business name, for anyone who is confused by it (I think pretty much everybody is) makes reference to my mother's love of gardening (canna lilies, in this case), teddy bears, and painting. I saw the thread here about gardens, and boy could I contribute a few hundred photos to that one. You will be spared, however, as while we used to have an entire web site devoted to our garden, we took it down a few years ago, and it's currently stored on an old computer that isn't even plugged in right now. Yup, you all dodged that one!
So hello again to everybody! And thanks again to all of you who share your knowledge and opinions so freely in forums such as these. I have learned so much in such a short time, and I blame most of you for it :D
I dunno Shelli, it's going to be hard to hide under rocks with you shoving pointy sticks under them to get me back out again <poke poke, ouch!>
And thank you for remembering my Nicholas bear, he is indeed a Golden Teddy nominee this year (no-one was more surprised about that nomination than I was!) I just got my August TBR and I am just astounded to have a bear on the same page as so many talented artists and amazing works of art. I just love all of the bears in my category, they are all so different! A little bit of something for everyone.
Welcome Kelly!! Congrats on your nomination - already so early in your career, like Shelli! Way to go!
I'm sure you'll love it here!
P.S it's so annoying that the "other" board isn't working! I got notification of a Private Message that I've not been able to pick up LOL
Hiya, Kelly . . . a huge welcome to the board!! I'm SO glad you decided to speak up, girl!! Really enjoyed being your (very close!) neighbor at the spring Schaumburg show. Big congrats for the Golden Teddy nomination - very much deserved! Tell your mom hi for me, too. Hope you have fun with us crazy kids on the board . . . just join right in with us!!
Hi Kelly - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Do you have a pic of this famous Nicholas for those of us who don't get TBR anymore to see???
Danni - I had just posted a question on that 'other' board. I'd post it here but I can't remember what it was! DUH! Your Private Message - it wasn't me this time if that's any help.:P
Glad you've come out of the shadows, Kelly!
Hi Kelly a big welcome, I look forwards to getting to know you. It sounds as if you have jumped right into the bear world in a great way, congratulations on your nomination, Nicolas sound as if he is a great bear. Please can you post a picture of him as I can't seem to get the TBR here in the UK any more.
Hello hugs from the Doodlebears and gollies and me of course!
Good, I figured out the img thing Sue Ann, my mom says 'hi' right back at you! We had fun meeting you and your husband in April, even when squeezing four people into that 2' space between tables. LOL, no it wasn't that bad. We had a blast at Schaumburg, looking forward to hopefully many more visits out there.
Judi, Darby is amazing! It is Darby and not Derby, right? I'm listed as 'Karen' under my TBAI gallery photo in TBR and TB&F this month, so I know all about typos By the way, I really loved your little boy bear with the frog that you had up on eBay recently. And I should sign up for your airbrushing class, I know absolutely nothing about it but do have access to a very nice airbrush system. I guess you haven't seen the last of me :D