Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Brilliant Weekend in Sheffield

This weekend saw the hosting of the Gala Dinner for the final stage of the Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards, at the Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event venue - Hilton hotel in Sheffield. Once again it was a beautifully organised event, where it is always fantastic to meet up with other bear-making friends.

I was really thrilled to hear that Horatia was voted People's Choice winner in her category! Thank you so very much to everyone who voted for her! :0)  I feel very proud to have taken part in these wonderful awards, and it means such a lot to me to have my work recognised with so much positivity.

With heartfelt Thanks,

Ruth XX

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Great News!

Just time to post the wonderful news that my little 3" bear; "Horatia", has received a Judges' Choice award in the 2013 Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards! I am very honoured to have been considered by the judges, and I'd like to thank them ever so much! :0)

Here she is:-

I was inspired by the story I came across, of Horatio Nelson's daughter (she was named after him), who had to flee her mother's debtors in France dressed as a boy. I've used some integral clothing in the long pile Upholstery Velvet, and she wears antique lace as a ruffle collar, and gathered around the wrists. She has a grey silk sash around the top of her "breeches", and carries a tiny silk reticule.
I shall be bringing her with me to Hugglets next sunday; so I hope she can meet lots of new people there!

Ruth xx

Saturday, 17 August 2013


I've been on Summer holidays..... I'll see you very soon..

Ruth xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Teddy Bear and Friends Picnic - online show

Firstly, I had a really great day on Sunday in Stratford-upon-Avon. Despite earlier weather forecasts the weather was bright and sunny, and the atmosphere of the Fair was lovely and friendly. A big "thankyou" to everyone who adopted a new friend on the day :0)

And so to the next Fair - this one is for armchair shopping! I can now reveal my preview piece for the "Teddy Bear and Friends Picnic" which will run from 28th to 30th June (from 4pm New York time , or 9pm UK time)

Here is "Gracie", a 1.2" tall dog made from Upholstery Velvets.

There will be work from all the 75 artists taking part, on the preview show page here until the start of the show. If you would like to visit just click the links - you can also vote for your favourite bears and animals!

I still have a couple of photos to take, and a finishing touch here and there, so TaTa for now :0)

Ruth xx

Friday, 14 June 2013

Just In Time

Running to stand still again!! I've finished all the pieces for the Teddy Bear Artist Event at Stratford-Upon-Avon Civic Hall this Sunday, and I've just got time to put a pic here (and a little preview on the New Available page of the website)

 This is "Nell" who is a shy little Norfolk Terrier.

I hope everyone is crossing their fingers for better weather for the weekend... although even in the rain Stratford has loads of really fascinating things to look at, and I expect my other half will be taking lots of photos!

T.T.F.N  Ruth x

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Catching Up

Poor bloggy; I've been away far too long this time. I've had some choc-a-block deadlines lately - and no let up until at least July!
Part of the time I've been making pieces for The Teddy Bear Artist Event (16th June, Stratford Civic Hall)
and also an online show:


I'm not sure how I managed commissions and Limited Editions as well! Good job I keep checking my diary :0)

Here's a tiny sneak preview of the new pieces for a certain bear shop in Witney:

Oooooh, how teasing! HeeHee! The 2014 catalogue will be published in October.

X Ruth

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Spring Things...


I'm just about back in to "work" mode after my short Easter holiday - being taken out for lunch in the sunshine on Monday by Oldest Son didn't really help (!) We've finally been allowed a look at milder more pleasant weather here in the UK (I hope it doesn't prove to be just a glimpse!!) and I actually spent lots of time sewing in the conservatory yesterday. Happy Days!

A short while ago I was approached by Helen Dickson, who has a beautiful website: Bustle and Sew  which is jam-packed with sewing projects, tips, patterns, and where you can also find her lovely blog about sewing, crafting, and life in Devon with a gorgeous Newfoundland dog! Helen very kindly invited me to contribute photos and an interview, all about Flutter-By Bears, for her Bustle and Sew ezine (scroll down and click "expand" on the first mag' preview of contents, for the Springy April issue) I was very impressed with the variety and number of patterns, clear instructions, and other articles, which Helen includes in her ezine for subscribers - so I was delighted to take the opportunity to spread the Beary word, and maybe introduce some new potential arctophiles to our wonderful world!

Zero temperatures or not, the birds have been busy as .... er bees (?) in my garden in the last couple of weeks. We've definitely got a nesting pair of blackbirds and Robins sharing our climbing wall ivy.Good-o! I love watching all the scampering - and taking convoluted alternate routes back to the nest each time they nip "to the stores"! I've re-instated the live webcam link on my sidebar too, to the Nottingham Trent University Peregrines. Last year I was utterly addicted to watching this nesting pair, and it was a total emotional roller coaster; the constant awful rainy weather meant that only one chick survived from four eggs - but he was a real champion. There are eggs in the nest already so I'll be crossing my fingers and tuning in constantly for a first peep of tiny damp chick. You can't get more Spring-y than that!

Ruth XX