Teaching little one to hand sew a bear. Just so you all know, I put the needle in where I need it and she pulls it out the rest of the way. She was also helping me to tighten the bolt and nut joints on the jointed arms and legs, and stuffing them. She LOVES helping me to put things together where she can tighten bolts and nuts and such. A lot of the bear work is done on the machine, but then certain parts need to be hand sewn. This is an ear that I need to sew the end of before it is hand sewn on the head.
I learned how to do all this on my own because my mother didn’t care to sew. She had a lousy Kenmore machine that constantly messed up any sewing she attempted, so it was understandable. When I was in home economics in junior high, I learned to sew on a Singer and I was sold. But way before that, I was hooking rugs, and embroidering pictures. I loved creating handcrafted works of art like that. Eventually, I began creating the bears. Before that, I made dolls and bunnies.
Working on 4 little bears here. Two are for bear orders–the rainbow and the amethyst. The pink and the blue will have to find homes next!
I’m off to ship autographed books to my friend who sends them to troops Overseas during the holidays. And I have a birthday bear I need to ship today and sending two of the first book in the wolf series to get them started!
Okay, not in the royal way, but in the tooth way. 🙂 But I guess it can be a pain in a royal way too!
I was in PAIN all day. From 1 to 10, I’d give it a 100. I took tylenol, then advil and finally late last night, the pain eased. I have a mild ache this morning. But in 3 weeks I’ll have to endure it all over again. My original crown sheered off, soooooo it had to be done. I just have a temporary on right now.
I finished the little Greek bear and the Starbright Midnight Delight large bear.
I have two more bears to make. My sewing room looks like a whirlwind swept through it while I was looking for components and materials and patterns to use as a basis for the Greek outfit and now when I go to put it all away, I am organizing it better!!!!
My granddaughter is late coming here from the dentist. I’m sure her appointment will be a great one! And painless!
I’m contracting for 3 more books: Wolff Bros Sisters (I know, right? My editor insisted the series was called Wolff Bros, though they 2 bros have 2 sisters)–so everyone wanted the two sisters’ stories next. One will be early in the year 2022 and the other January of 2023, and then the Christmas one for 2022 will be Highland wolf book. She didn’t want a jaguar one so I’ll write a jaguar novella also sometime next year.
I’m off to cut out the last bear. The other I’ve started to sew.
Have a super fine day! I’ve got more bears to play with!
Not getting a whole lot done, but we’re having fun. We went to a 4D Theater yesterday to watch the new Ghostbuster movie. That was really fun. None of us have done that before. The seats move, stuff felt like it was hitting us, air and mist blows on you. It was a wild ride and the movie was great too!
We put up the Christmas tree but we’re still decorated for Thanksgiving and will put all that away after the dinner on Thursday. We’re going out for dinner tonight and to see Christmas lights.
It turned cold and it’s supposed to rain all day on Thanksgiving, but we’ll be making a dinner and will be enjoying family, board games, so that works for us!
I did get the print cover for Angel Fae done and Wild Thing–You Make My Heart Sing is done! So she’ll be shipped today hopefully. I had hoped to finish 2 more last night, but I had little one all day and I was trying to make the cover for the print version of Angel Fae and get it ready to publish.
Hope you all have a great Friday! I’m off to be a wild thing! In my books.
A new bear fur. I haven’t sold this 10 1/2″ bear yet, but I did sell a big 19″ version of her that I need to make up!
I’m off to find out how much it will cost to ship a bear to Glasgow and run some other errands. I bought some lights at Walmart and I need a couple of more strings. Doing something different this year since I don’t put lights on my house and it looks a little forlorn. 🙂
Working on edits today on Angel Fae and hope to begin proofing it today and tomorrow.
I had three orders and shipped them. But I was thinking that I have a number of bears made up and I really need to showcase them. When I counted them, I had 15!! So then I was in the process of adding bows and taking their photos! Thankfully, all the bears cooperated.
Amethyst bear is sold–twice. I need to make up another. And Aqua Bear is a special order. Grizzly Bear is a 15″ Bear. Aqua Bear is a 19″ and the others are 10.5″. http://www.celticbears.com
Okay, I’ve got to work on a bear! I need to make a Greek one and I have the bear for it (not shown), just need to create an outfit. And I have two Amethyst bears to work on.
I’ve been making bears forever, but also won best of show and first place ribbons for some of them and they’ve been featured in Teddy Bear magazines and Texas Monthly. Then I began to get published, but I still love making teddy bears!
Both are off to their forever homes tomorrow!
We had wild thunderstorms this morning, which means I was having a time getting the doggies out to do their business. It finally settled down weather-wise and I’m glad the dogs aren’t little puppies and can hold it. lol It really was violent this morning, thunder, lightning, but looks like it’s done for the day. It’s still getting up to 76 during the day, welcome compared to 100! But Sunday we have a cold front coming in.
I love water gardens and they’re really fun when koi are swimming below them. When I was in Minnesota, we saw water lilies floating in ditches beside the road and I wanted so bad to capture them! There were a few at the Houston Zoo, so I shot this one. At the Minnesota arboretum, they had several and I loved how their reflections shown in the water, but also it was raining and that made for a unique perspective. I think I photographed some at the Dallas arboretum also. I took lots of pictures of the koi.
Yay, finished the interview and followup questions, and the edits for SEAL and turned it in. Now I’m back to Billionaire, though I’m kind of stuck on it. I wanted to write some word count on it last night, but I couldn’t figure it out.
I also got two bear orders I need to do. And still need to make my grandson’s bear before he arrives. I can’t believe that it will be so soon!!!
I had one of those sleepless nights. I don’t know whatever causes that, maybe too many things to do and I’m worried about getting it all done, but every hour I looked at the clock and it was awful! An hour into sleep, I thought it would be 4 hours of sleep, and so it went all night long. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I have little one today again, so I knew I couldn’t just try to sleep in.
She’s got a head cold, and she was such a grouch in the morning. lol. But after she helped me crack some eggs for breakfast and feed the dogs, we did a whole a whole lot of workbook pages and she was having fun and no longer a grouch. Then I found a couple of cute movies for her on Amazon Prime that she’d never seen, and then we took a nap. Usually, I just lie down with her until she falls asleep, but this time I rested for about an hour. I was feeling just exhausted by 8:30 yesterday, so I think I’m fighting whatever she has.
Anyway, I’ve got to figure out what to do with this book. Still muddling through options. I hope I figure it out soon! Sometimes I have to write a whole lot of one before I realize what I need to do. Sometimes I know from the outset. Which is better? I’d prefer knowing from the outset!
We were supposed to have rain this morning. But it looks like we got it already. I was planning on taking little one out to do a bunch of yard play yesterday, but she was so tired with her cold, I skipped it and we had a more restful day instead.
I might start cutting out the other bears today. She wants to help me do everything, so even when I was washing pots and pans, she got into the act and was helping to scrub them. It’s all training for when she grows up. Yes, I know all about child labor laws, but when she gets it in mind she wants to help with something, it’s hard to say no. She has fun and she makes the chore fun. Hmm, I need to dust again. Maybe we’ll work on that today. And some more fun workbook activities.
We usually have pages where the activity will ask what comes next as they show a picture and you have to choose what the result of an action was. But in this case, it was looking at the result and trying to figure out how that came to be. She had more difficulty with that concept. You always think it’s perfectly clear, as an adult, so it’s interesting to see how a little kid’s mind works to solve mysteries.
We’re trying to come up with ideas for Easter egg hunts that doesn’t mean tons of candy. Her mom is getting her a piggy bank to save money in, and have pennies in plastic eggs. I suggested that we put alphabet letters in the plastic eggs and when she sets all the letters in the proper order, she gets a stuffed toy. So that’s something else we’re working on. And doing fun crafts too, that don’t have anything to do with sweets. I think it’s a great idea! I need to look up some more things like that too.
It looks like we’re going to have no more rain today!
So this morning, I’m trying to download and save files for 17 of my audiobook. I had a year or two left on the 7 year contract with ACX and was glad they finally changed their policy to 90 days because for a while there I was getting barely any money from them. Even though they pay a higher percentage for exclusive rights, I wasn’t making as much as I was with non-exclusive rights on Findaway Voices for a fewer number of titles!
Even after having these books out for 7 years, I’m still trying to pay off narrator fees for the majority of them. So it hasn’t been a get rich scheme by far, but it’s nice to have print, ebook, and audiobook for titles when you can. And every month, the cost of production is being whittled away.
If I had to do it all over again–I would only do it with the really successful book series and not do it for series that sell at a slower rate. Live and learn.
Anyway, I’m glad to be able to include the titles on Findaway Voices now, instead of wait a year or two for the 7 year contract to end with ACX.
In other news, my son has been creating a game that he hopes to release this summer!
He was working on creating the big boss fights while at my house for Christmas while I was battling it out with characters in my stories. It was a lot of fun!
Still working on edits for cougar, and was doing some last night on white wolf. Need more conflict. Conflict in life isn’t fun. Conflict in books is.
The weather has been up and down, hotter some days than I think we normally get in January and February! I’m enjoying it though. It’s going to be dropping and I’ll feel like hibernating!