Thursday, 23 March 2017

Reset Your BEARS4U Settings

Hello and a Belated  Beary Happy New Year
Hope this finds everyone Beary well...
First please reset your settings for my BLOG: 

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Happy BEARY  Spring 2017

I Have been busy with Fur creations and new designs.
Have a little note I would like to share...
First off...
I have noticed is that my free Teddy Bear PATTERN has been spread all around the world on Pinterest!
While I was on Pinterest, I did notice the thousands of patterns and pictures up for grabs...BUT
I am totally shocked that copyrighted (eg; VOGUE< SIMPLICITY< McCall's) design's that persons have claimed as theirs, are out there!
I have been sewing for over 40 years.
 I do host a very extensive collection of vintage patterns, from as early as the 1930's.  
One of my largest collections is stuffed animals and dolls.
All are in mint shape as I prefer to trace the patterns rather than cut the tissue paper. This way I can always go back to redo it, if a copied piece is lost in the shuffle.

 Thank you,  I guess...
One of the hardest things in creating
is when someone takes your design's and claims it to be there own.
I stopped doing a Huge Well known Teddy Bear Show!
Do to the fact that A So called designer and Artist claimed,
she had made and designed the items for sale in her booth!
When in fact it was my dear friend "Angela Last" now deceased,
who actually did them in return for a booth at the show.
Anyways.." Be proud of who you are and what you have created!"

 would be real  nice, to see some finished bears.  From other Teddy Bear Artist created from my "FREE" pattern, Shown ABOVE.
I created my mini series of FAIRY BEARS from this pattern

Along with the designing and creation of their wings.
SEW if your out there, and used my "FREE" pattern, send me a picture of yours, please...
I would love to do a special blog, about the bears and their artist,  and where they all come from?
It's just a thought anyways...

My favorite thing in creating Teddy Bears and Critters.
 Is the designing of my very own Patterns.

Miss Alexandra ,
SOLD (Went to a private Collector)
This  was just one of the  Three bears I created for a competition
 "OKTO-Bearfest , which was hosted by Chris & Karen from: Disco Joints.

For the last 29 years, I am proud to say, " I have created and designed my own patterns, along with their clothing. Most of all the creating of my "WEE FOLK DOLLS" Santa's Lil' Helpers
They are a limited Edition OOAK and I only create a few a year!

Things have definitely changed over the years, in Bear making and selling,
find out more Teddy Bear news and Interesting information from

I am proud to say I am still creating and designing my own creations.
Although I do not do the many Festivals and Teddy Bear Shows I use to do
I am still showing my creations on-line and  at the:
in support of the Thorold Secondary High School
LIKE My  BEARS4U on Facebook
Picture above taken by: SNAP Saint Catherines

and for those of you interested in 1700 ~ 1900 Period clothing.
Even my Steampunk Design's,
you can find my works there also, under my page:" Sheaffe Designer"

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Taking care of your Bears and Friends

Caring for your:TEDDY BEAR & Friends

How to Wash Stuffed Animals

We all know that stuffed animals eventually get dirty. Some children take them everywhere they go, exposing the plush toys to soil, grime, dust, soot, and other forms of dirt. Other kids take better care of their animals, being careful to arrange them in a corner after playing with them, though they don’t notice the dust that slowly collects on the toys’ bodies. Regardless, all stuffed animals are guaranteed to get a stain or more throughout the child’s lifetime. This presents a problem to parents, because dirty toys, much like anything else that gets dirty, are a health hazard or allergy alert around the child; and while some stuffed animals can be thrown into a washing machine and come out clean, others are not so sturdy. Thus, the question becomes: how do you clean a stuffed animal without destroying it?

Just one of my OOAK "Spring2016"

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Fairies as the term is now understood were shaped in the literature of Romanticism during the Victorian era.
Writers such as Walter Scott and James Hogg were inspired by folklore
 which featured fairies, such as the Border ballads.
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There is only one important thing to consider above all else when cleaning a stuffed animal: what is it made of?
Many stuffed toys are structurally strong enough to survive a washing machine, but how strong they actually are depends on what material was used to make them. For instance, if it is stuffed with plastic-based materials, it may be placed in the washing machine.
Foam however, might end up in a deformed shape if put through a laundromat. It may have fabrics that might survive a washing machine as well – examples are cotton or wool – but if packed very tightly, it may become impossible to dry the animal out.
Most stuffed animals come with a label that indicates what kind of cleaning is best suited to it if it gets dirty, so be sure to check for that as well. Also, it is advised to use only a gentle cycle when cleaning plush toys in a washing machine.
Assuming the toy is not washer safe, there are a number of alternative ways to remove dirt.
If the problem is dry dirt such as dust, it is possible to use a cheap lint remover to clean the toy. If one is unavailable, carefully using a strip of transparent adhesive tape. Just be sure the adhesive doesn’t leave any residue on the toy, or you will end up with a sticky dust collector instead of a huggable bear.
Another good solution for dust is using a vacuum cleaner on the toy. Most vacuum cleaners won’t ruin the toys as long as care is taken. If a brush attachment is available, use it.
If the toy is dirty from a liquid spilling on it, resist the temptation to dry it with a clean rag. Applying pressure the wrong way on a wet surface will push the liquid deeper into the toy, possibly damaging it. Use physics to your advantage when cleaning a toy exposed to moisture; shaking the stuffed animal vigorously will force the liquid away from the center of the plushie’s mass. Afterwards, holding the stuffed animal so that the wet area faces the ground will reduce the chances of the liquid soaking in. Dab – not wipe – the spot clean with any material more absorbent than the plush toy.
Finally, if the toy is stained, it is possible to use commercial cleaners or detergents to clean the surface of the stuffed animal. This is done by applying the detergent to a cotton swab, or a sponge, and carefully scrubbing at the stain hard enough to remove it, but not so hard that the detergent seeps into the stuffing. Cleaning the entire stuffed toy is a good way to maintain its quality, as one clean spot of plush tends to look different from the rest of the surface. When the stain is gone, shake the toy, dab it, and leave it to dry. Also, while it goes without saying, choose a mild enough detergent that won’t cause color to fade, or fur to fall off from the toy.
While the toy will only remain clean for so long, it is still a better option to take some time off to maintain its quality than expose your children to potential health hazards. Remember that a child’s plush toy is as personal to the child as his/her clothes, and must be kept in just as good a shape.

If you have purchased from me I would have attached a Tush Tag or directed you on how to clean your item. If you are unsure. And the information above still has you unsure, then
  Please feel free to contact me:

This little Tag came from a crafting site...
For those of you who sew or craft you will enjoy this!
For the rest please have a happy Holiday season.

My OOAK, Soft Sculptured Santa Moons

These are only available on Line or:
At the Thorold Christmas Arts & Craft show.
It is held in the Thorold Secondary School, Ontario.
Many amazing Artisan's get together for this EVENT,  each November.
Check out my Facebook for more info...
or contact Cathy Henderson
There is also a One day Spring  show in May

Wishing my Beary Best to you all...

New Series coming in 2017...

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Wee Folk Fairies

My WeeFolk Fairies:
My Wee Folk Fairies come in many sizes and styles, created by me.
 I have my Bare Bum Series,  The first set is theFour  Seasons, 
These first two "FALL & Winter" have gone to a private collector...
They are  completely hand sculptured and each one is a One of a Kind. 

 I have finally finish Spring & Summer, 
But they are on hold, for now! 

This is Spring her petal skirt has not bloomed yet!
 I have designed and created the organza wings
 with my Machine embriodery programe.
On the back of thier  wings,
 (You Can purchase these separate)
click link below:

I hand sew a hoop for hanging them,  as a ornament or gift tag!
I create their  hair  from shaggy wool. 
Each one is Stuffed with Canadian made Polyester fibre.They have glass beaded eyes and little pearl necklaces.  A belly button and of course that "BARE BUM"
My lil' Mohair, HedgeHog is waiting for his eyes to be sewn also...

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I also have a line of Mini Fairy Bears !
Another small Soft Sculptured Fairy 
with a different style of Organza wing created and designed by me

Most of my dolls only get to attend one show
 as they are statched up and adopted quickly. 
Or they are custom Ordered! 
My next series in this style will be "Bare Bum Holiday Fairies"
Stop by the Thorold Christmas Arts & Craft Show
November 19-20, 2016 
Visit me and my creations along with many other Talented artisans
@ Thorold Secondary School,
St. David's Road at Ormond St. North
Thorold, Ontario

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