Whoooo! The secret is now out which I've hugged to myself for a few days, with a smile as big as the sun (!) - I'm really honoured and delighted to have won a Judges Choice Award, in the brand new EBAs, in the Miniature Dressed category.
This is "Lilibet"; a 3" tall bear created from 2 shades of Vintage Long Pile, wearing a yellow organza dress overlaid with antique lace. I really loved adding the tiny detailing in her costume; lace straps, ric-rac braid and glass beads, with silk appliqued bows, and a tiny AB jewel. She carries a hanky with her initial "E". I had seen some tinted photos at the beginning of the year, of our Queen as a little girl - still just little Lilibet, but destined for higher things, and I wanted to re-create that yellowy tinted image as a bear with a sweet expression. I added the diamante heart in keeping with the Jubilee Celebration, and I was really happy with how she turned out!
I really think that the Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards will go from strength to strength, and Susan (of Bear Basics) deserves so much praise and support for her vision in creating them. So, "Congratulations" to all the other Judges Choice Winners, and many "Thank yous" to the panel of judges. There will be online voting (at the link below) for the category winners who'll be announced at the gala dinner in Sheffield in November.
Please click here to cast your vote!
With thrilled Hugs....