Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas dinner at "The Bear House"

We had a lovely dinner at the "Bear House" Restaurant in Cranbourne on Tuesday night. Great food, great company...what more could we ask!

We got to see some of the new projects for classes next year, another big year I am sure!

Thank you to everyone who came, and a huge thank you to our wonderful teachers.

Sorry you couldn't make it Carol, we were thinking of you.....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wishing on a Star......


Our final Saturday with Josey before Christmas saw a mix of painting and sculpting for a change.  A few of us decided to use the pattern of "Wishing on a Star" from Monica in Bear Tales to make some place cards for our Christmas tables.
Michelle was the most sensible making 4, then Kim S. making 8.
I am STILL going after deciding to make 17. What was I thinking!!!!

If I ever get them finished I'll post a pic of them all lined up.

Sculpey is so much fun, I think we might experiment some more next year......

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bear Circle Christmas morning tea

It was our last Friday of 2010 with Heather and Bear Circle.

Heather made these gorgeous Christmas biscuit lollipops!

Thank you Heather......Stunning!!!

 More pressies from Heather......

      yummy home made cookies!!


Mini plum puddings, we were soooo lucky!

and....... this is what was left of the chocolate cake after
we had finished with it!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baby Bertha and Woodstock with Adella

As you can see it has been a very busy time at Bear Essence. Adella has been teaching 3 different classes over the last couple of weeks for Baby Bertha and Woodstock. Some of the girls escaped my camera this time, but I will be sure to get them next time.

We have been very busy lately with the sale and all the classes, which has been keeping me away from the computer.  So, I apologise for the lateness of these past posts.
 Keep an eye out for your email newsletter with next years will be coming over the next couple of days.

Nicholas with Josey...Tuesday night girls

Our Tuesday night girls finished their Nicholas bears and trees with Josey this week. You have to agree they look amazing. You would not believe that 2 of these girls had never made a bear before.... Well done!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Maraschino the mini mouse.....

It is hard to believe that this is the very first bear Jessica has ever made!
Maraschino turned out soooo cute. I think we have another enthusiastic bear maker to welcome to our happy bear making family. He is gorgeous Jessica!

Mini Joy is all finished!

 The little tiny Joy is finished and looking amazing!
Julie (from our Friday Bear Circle with Heather) finished her off with a turning music box.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Did you think "Joy" was tiny....?

Look what Julie from Friday "bear circle" has been up to.....
If you thought the original "Joys" were small this little one is tiny!
Only 2.5 inches tall, sooo cute.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nicholas completed......

Just for those of you who I know have been waiting for me to add this picture.
We finished our Nicholas's today in class. I have to say it has been one of THE most enjoyable classes I have ever done!

Nicholas progress report.....

We have been spending the morning painting the base for our Nicholas bear and Christmas tree.
Keep watching....we will be finished by the end of today!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nicholas with Josey Freni

Once the buttons have been painted, we need somewhere to attach them.
Home to dye some mohair for the Christmas tree. I think the colour came up pretty well!
Here is my tree in progress...I just love the way this project is coming along!
I can't wait for Tuesday to come so we can finish putting Nicholas together with all his bits & pieces.
Keep watching......

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nicholas with Josey Freni

We have been making Josey's Nicholas over the past few weeks.
These gorgeous buttons began as plain wooden buttons, but with a little Josey magic we have managed to paint them up ready to attach to the Christmas tree. It was so much easier than we all thought!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pink poodle with Karen Alderson

We have managed to fit one more class in before Christmas with Karen.
We are making this cute little pink poodle on Sunday 19th December and have only 3 places available.
If you would like to attend contact us asap.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday class with Karen

Karen's "Forever Friends" class on Sunday.
More gorgeous little bears and Gollys.
It is always a lovely day when we have Karen teaching at Bear Essence. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sculpey Clay friends with Monica Spicer

We had so much fun in Monica's Lotti class making her little sculpey elephant that we booked a class then and there to make more little friends.
We made gollies, bunnies, elephants and the funniest little bird ever!
 Monica's creative juices are flowing and we are planning more classes next year for more fun little bear companions.
 Check out the rest photos on the website.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Looking and looking at the gorgeous red felted mohair that has just arrived...

What can I do?  What can I do???

I know!!!   I'm gonna make a little red Q-Tee, with fussy cut "Christmas" paws, lime green ribbons and berries, holding the cutest little gingerbread man in his paw, and then I'm gonna sit him in a cherry red cupcake holder...

All done --- HOW CUTE...
Now the hard part -- Who am I gonna give him to this Christmas???

Why not make one yourself -- patterns and kits are now available...

Monday, November 8, 2010

The last of 3 classes with Linda

This is the 3rd of 3 classes with Linda Benson making her gorgeous panda.
We have spent been a wonderful week with Linda and look forward to her return when she teaches her sun bear. Check our facebook page and website for all the photos!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

More little bugs!

4 more little bugs made their way from the UK to Tooradin this week. 2 have already sold and another is really wanting to come home with me! Sooo cute!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monday & Tuesday class with Linda Benson

Linda tells me the girls did a wonderful job on their bears while I was away. So sorry I didn't make it back in time to get the finished photos...if you can email me one it would be great so I can add them.

Day 2 of 2

As they are after day 2. They all turned out so cute!
Congratulations ladies!
Enjoy your day off tomorrow Linda, see back in the classroom on Saturday morning. (yummy rissotto btw :))

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Panda with Linda Benson day 1 of 2

Just the beginning....1 day down and 1 to go.
Keep watching for the finished bears tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Elegant Lady pattern and kit now available

Monica's Elegant Lady pattern & kit is now available.

The pattern is only available from Monica direct. She also has kits for the outfit and the hand made leather shoes.
The kit to make the bear is available now at Bear Essence for $69.95. The Elegant Lady bear kit contains the mohair, eyes, joints, ultrasuede for eyelids, eyelashes, perle thread, adhesive nose felt & white ultrasuede for eyes. We have also included a piece of ultrasuede for the paws instead of reversing the mohair as specified in the pattern.

She is just gorgeous, you will love making her!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Elegant Ladies!

Congratulations to our October "Elegant Lady" class. They all look so beautiful. The 3 days over the last 2 weekends were so much fun with a wonderful group of ladies.
I think I must be the luckiest person alive to come to work here every day....I love it!

Check out the rest of the pictures here...

To our special international travellers.......Jane, Sharyn & Patti......

Thank you for coming all this way to spend the last week with us. It was so nice to finally meet you after all the emails over the last few months. We hope you had an amazing time and have a safe and comfortable trip home to Florida!

Oh my goodness -- I can see that we have been a little slack in the blogging department lately...  Please excuse us, we have been sooo busy --Baby Berthas to complete,  Elegant Lady classes to attend,  Tuesday nights with the gals, Friday Bear Circles, Saturdays Stitch'n with Josey...   we've also had Patti, Sharyn and Jane visiting us for a week all the way from Florida to attend some of our wonderful  classes...  Stay tuned to see some gorgeous photos and to hear all the goss...

PS: Thank you. thank you, thank you to those beautiful angels who helped me complete my Elegant Lady homework so that  I could join in the class this weekend-- you are just so special...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lotti class number 2!

Look what the girls have produced in Monica's second Lotti & Sniff class. They are all so cute!
It was such a busy day on Saturday......Bear Essence was abuzz with lots of chatter, cake and bear making.

Every seat was taken around both our big table and our small one as both Josey and Monica were teaching today.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lotti by Monica Spicer is on her way

Monica's newest little pincushion pattern is now available.
You get the instructions to make the elephant, pin cushion, hat, dress AND little Fimo friend.

Here are the pictures of last Saturday's "Lotti" class.
I cant wait to see what next Saturday's girls can do!