Friday, October 26, 2007

Holiday Teddy Bears on Parade!

Here it is Week #7 of the Teddy Bear Challenge, and I haven't even posted about Week #6 yet! Sometimes life just gets in the way....

I wanted to feature the new bears from Week #6 because they are my new holiday bears. I also have 3 new Professional Bears that I added just this week. You can always find my newest bears on my What's New page.

For Week #6, I decided to add 6 new holiday bears. Many of these were supposed to have been done for 2006 holidays, but I repeat, sometimes life just gets in the way.....

Mr. Fall Bear decor or giftI have 4 new bears that I call the Mr. Bears. There were 3 of these on my site for other holidays, now there is one for the fall season, one for the winter, and 2 for Christmas. Mr. Fall Bear is dressed in a vest with matching bow tie and top hat, and comes with 3 pumpkins. His vest is made of blue fabric with scarecrows on it. He makes a very nice fall decor item.

Mr. Christmas Bear with santa hatMr. Christmas Bear is a jaunty fellow in his bright, cheery vest and matching bowtie. He wears a Santa hat and has lots of presents that he is bringing to your house. This would be a cute gift to send to someone that you will not be seeing this Christmas.

Mr. Christmas Bear in top hatThe second style of Mr. Christmas Bear is a more elegant version. His vest has
"Season's Greetings" written in gold on it and he wears a black top hat. He is also delivering a poinsettia to your home as jesture of appreciation and to wish you Merry Christmas.

Mr. Snow Bear, winter decorThe last of the new Mr. Bears is Mr. Snow Bear. He comes in white, appropriate for a snow bear I would think, and is dressed in a fun vest with snowmen on it. He wears a black floppy hat that keeps his ears warm as he shovels the snow. He makes cute winter or Christmas decor, or a fun gift, maybe for someone who loves snow but lives in a warmer climate where they don't get much snow.

Let It Snow Bear, winter decor or Christmas giftAnother fun snow gift for someone who loves the snow and just can't get enough of it is the Let It Snow Bear. He is dressed in some cute red pants with snowmen, a red sweater with snowflakes, and his red ear muffs. He's got 3 snowballs all ready for a good snowball fight.

Reindeer Sweater Bear, whimsical Christmas giftThe Reindeer Sweater Bear is a bit of whimsy for the Christmas season. I always laugh just a little everytime I look at his picture. Whimsy is something that is just for fun, maybe a little out of the ordinary, and definitely not something of logic! I think that describes this teddy bear to a "T"! The sweater has a hood with antlers that the teddy bear's face just peeks through. I have added a little jingle bell to the sweater just for fun. The pants have pictures of Santa and gifts on it. If you know someone who needs a little "pick-me-up" this holiday season, this guy just might be the thing to do that.

I have one more holiday item to talk about, but he is already on my site with my other new items for Week #8. Wow, two more weeks to go to complete the 10 week Teddy Bear Challenge! What else will I add? I don't even know the answer to that question. I've added a total of 24 new bears to my site during this challenge. Originally I wanted to get up 1 new item per week. These teddy bears are multiplying like - bunnies!! Did you know I also have bunnies on my site? They are as cute as can be and available in several sizes.

For your holiday gift giving convenience, there are a couple of pages you might want to visit:

*Christmas Gift Ideas - just a few ideas for various groups of people you might be buying gifts for

*Christmas Ordering - I'm offering a discount for any Christmas orders entered before November 15th. Order early and save some money!

Until next time, I remain your personal Teddy Bear Clothier!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Week #5 is Live!!

Another week, more new items for my Teddy Bear Challenge. This week, I only added 3 new items, with 2 of those being Christmas Teddy Bears. I know it seems early, but....

I was in a store this weekend that was all decked out in their Christmas decor for sale, but they also had a big digital countdown sign. Only 80 days until Christmas. Maybe that seems like alot of time to you, but if your life is busy with work, lots of family activities, and so on, the time will fly by. Don't let your shopping fall through the cracks. Hint, hint!

Wizard of Bearz
Let's look at the non-Christmas bear first, this is the Wizard of Bearz. He was ordered as a gift for a friend's birthday and was used as a centerpiece for the wizard themed party. You can buy a stand from me to hold the bear in standing position. He would look great on the shelf or dresser of a collector of fun and fanciful things. He is dressed in blue and gold, but you can choose different colors if you like.

Christmas Sweater BearNow for the Christmas bears, first is Christmas Sweater Bear. I use a white bear for this piece, as I love the contrast between the white bear and the red sweater. Some of my bears hold a rose, but this one has a poinsettia. That seemed the appropriate flower for a bear to hold. The Christmas sweater style can vary, but this one has NOEL in white knitted into the sweater. She's got a cute red bow in her "hair" as well.

Christmas Joy Angel BearThe last piece added this week is the Christmas Joy Angel Bear. She is a smaller bear, only 6" high in sitting position. She comes with 3 blocks that spell out JOY. I am offering her in 2 styles, one with small blocks as shown here, or with larger blocks. She is dressed in a dark red fabric with gold swirls, and then trimmed in gold an white. Small, but very cute decor item or gift.

I have more Christmas teddy bears to come in the next few weeks. Some are rather serious - at least as serious as a teddy bear can be! And some are rather whimsical and comical. You may also see a reindeer in the midst of all these teddy bears. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Great Teddy Bear Challenge Continues!

Futuristic Warrior Bear

This week I challenged myself to add 4 new bears, as I wanted to get some new bears for the holidays on my website. So, 1 Halloween Bear, plus 1 Thanksgiving Bear, plus 1 Snowman Bear, plus 1 Futuristic Warrior Bear = 4 new bears. The Futuristic Warrior was a custom order for a science fiction fan, specifically a fan of a certain science fiction movie series. I thought it turned out very well. Custom orders are always challenges in their own right, but I believe we've always been able to accomodate a customer's desire. I appreciate the opportunity to take on the challenge, and enjoy the ideas presented by my customers.

Trick or Treat Bear

The Trick or Treat Bear is a remake of an older design, as the style of sweater has changed. This would make a really cute Halloween party centerpiece, especially if you are wanting to stay away from the really scary stuff. Young children would really enjoy this cute bear along with other fun items being the center of a refreshment table. Maybe the bear could even be a door prize at the end of the evening.

Thanksgiving Bear

Thanksgiving Bear would make a nice decor item, surrounded by other fall decor, like leaves, small squash and pumpkings, etc. I added some wooden blocks that spell out GIVE THANKS, to focus on the holiday. Or it could be used to send a Happy Thanksgiving greeting to someone you are missing at Thanksgiving. I'm always happy to enclose a gift card with any purchase at no extra charge. Your gift would come in a clear plastic bag, which protects it from any moisture or dirt it might encouter on the way to it's destination. I close the bag with ribbons that coordinate with the colors of the clothing, and attach the gift card to the ribbons. It makes an attractive presentation, and your personalized gift card will make it a very special gift from you.

Snowman Bear

I really enjoy looking at snowman crafts. There is something about a snowman that makes me smile. Maybe because I always think of kids going outside in the cold and the pure joy they have in making a snowman. To them, the snow and cold is something to enjoy and experience. Teddy bears evoke some of the same thoughts of childhood joys and carefree times, so why not take a teddy bear and dress it like a snowman? I really enjoyed putting this design together, it appealed to the whimsical, fun side of my personality. The Snowman Bear would make a great gift for someone who collects snowmen, or a fun piece of winter decor for your home.

Next week, I won't be adding 4 bears, but possibly 3, as I have 2 more holiday bears I want to add to the Christmas Teddy Bears, as teddy bears always make great Christmas decor or gifts. You just can't go wrong with a teddy bear gift! My Christmas cut-off for taking orders is not firm yet, but in the past has been around December 1st. That's only about 2 months away, so I encourage you to not delay in ordering your teddy bear gifts for Christmas!

See you next week!