Friday, December 21, 2012

Adventurous Little Bears and Christmas

Sometimes little bears go on big adventures!  Lucy’s new mom had a bit of stress earlier this morning when Lucy took a nose dive from a shelf in her kitchen, and landed face first into the pancake dough she was busy making.

Who would have thought that such an innocent looking little bear, was so adventurous?  But apparently Lucy is fine; all she needed was a quick rinse under the faucet.

Happy Holidays...

This will probably be my last blog post for this year and I want to thank all my collectors, friends,  blog readers and followers for your support, love and friendship. 

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a New Year full of peace and happiness.
Take care

Friday, December 14, 2012

AutumnWood Kindergarten

Santa, Lego and an itty bitty Bears

Gone are the days when Lego was the number one gift on the wish list to Santa at our house.

This itty bitty bear reminds me so much of my puppy, that I named her Lucy.  She is just under 3" and created from Sassy 'cashmere' fabric.

Lucy is currently available for adoption. E-mail me if you would love her to be yours.
Lucy has been adopted, and her new mom loves her very much.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Warm Snowflakes

Meet my little snowflake...Neve.  This little bear took forever to make, but she was so worth it.  She is soft and cuddly and can snuggle right into your hand

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pocket-size Mini's

There are a few pocket-size mini bears in various stages of completion, on my table for the last couple of weeks.  Sometimes life just swallows you whole and there is no time for the enjoyable things in life... like creating mini bears.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bears and Ears

This little one was jumping around my work table earlier today, begging me to sew on his ears.
I always put it off till the very last,  as I never get it right the first time.

His name is Peety and he will be listed on tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sweet Mini Bears

Creating sweet faced mini bears is such fun.  I have a few in various stages of completion on my work table and I love seeing their cute little faces when I enter my studio in the mornings.

This is the latest of the mini family,  Dylo.  He found a cozy bed in a doll shoe.

Dylo is a tiny 3.5" and created from a soft grey viscose.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tired Dogs and Sweet Brown Bears

I love country living and Fall is my absolute favorite time of year... I just need this time to slow down after hectic, hot and humid summer days.  The air smell sweet and I enjoy going for long walks with Jackie and Lucy.  Well… Luce only goes half way before she begs to be carried.  Recently, while cleaning out the basement of stuff that I don’t know why I kept all these years, even relocate from one continent to another with it,  I discovered my now teenage son’s  baby carrier.  It is an ideal doggie carrier for the Missy. 

The result of all the fresh air!

Lucy’s sweet little face is my inspiration for all my teddy bears.  Mandy is a cute chubby 6 inch girly bear and was created from a silvery tip, caramel and chocolate brown faux fur.   This is my first 'brown bear', and I think I like the look.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Crazy Bear Mother

Sometimes I really drive myself totally crazy.  Why is it that when I have just packed and sealed a teddy bear, all ready for shipping, I suddenly started to panic that I have left a pin of two in the teddy body, or maybe have forgotten to sew on the ears?!

I hope Banji’s new mom doesn’t discover an ear-less, needle-pinned teddy when she arrives.  I love Banji...  she has the sweet, baby-like and innocent kind of face, that I want all my teddies have.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Winter Colors

This cutie spent the long summer days with me in my studio.  My son called him sweet but boring.  Normally I feel quiet comfortable with 'boring' but I thought I'll give this little one a bit of a color lift in the form of an oversized hat. With winter coming and everything, he will need it.
Fuzzle is a 3.5 inch sweetie-pie and he now has the approval of a certain teenager.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Two new Babies

Two new babies ...  Addi and Banji.

They are soft and cuddly and cute... but somehow I can't seem to capture those features with these photos,  will certainly have to work on my poor photographic skills.   

These twins are  both 6" little bears, created from a beaturiful sparse mohair.

Addi and Banji's names were specially chosen for their meanings. Addi, which has French origins, mean 'beginnings' and Banji which is an old African name, means 'second born of twins'. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Cute New Face

Hi Everyone

Finally a new bear from AutumnWood studio!  Her name is Nalo.  

I wanted a name that was special and a bit different for this little bear.  'Nalo' is an African name meaning ‘Loveable’.  She is a sweet little bear, cuddly soft and loveable.   I think the name 'Nalo' suits her perfectly.

Nalo is made from  a creamy Tissavel Faux fur, her paw pads and inside of her ears are wool felt.  She is approximately 6” standing.

This is the first time I use faux fur for any of my bears and I rather like the look and feel of this tiny one.  Maybe I should create little faux fur brothers and sisters for Nalo?

Nalo is currently available for adoption.  Nalo has been adopted is on her way to her new mommy in the UK.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nothing Good Happened after Midnight

I have a sign in my studio saying  “Studio Time: 11pm to 2pm”,    This is my favourite  time to sew my bears, the house is peaceful and my mind is quiet. 

Last night I finished an itty-bitty little elephant with droopy ears and a baby face, sooo sweet …. I think I’m in love and will keep him.

Just before 1:45am, I let the dogs out one last time. Our Jack Russell always does her 'border patrol' before she comes in and Lucy, my Shih-Poo, just plays 'follow the leader'.  Then suddenly there was a short bark followed by yowling. The next moment Jackie was at the backdoor and I could immediately see something was seriously wrong by the way she was scratching her eyes. I quickly let her in, and she plowed her face into the rugs, her bed, anything she could find. I opened the door for Lucy  and wondered at the smell outside, probably people burning  garbage or so I thought. How I came to that conclusion, I honestly don’t know, it was past midnight!   
The next moment my teenage son shouted from his room  'It smells like skunk!!'  It took me a few moments to realize what he was saying, (seriously,  some people are just slow to grasp!  meaning me!)  Then the realization, and the smell hit me, ….that smell was in the house!
By this time everyone was awake, and probably the whole neighborhood as well.  It was a crazy commotion to get Jackie outside, we bathed her eyes, mouth, and nose, trying to get the acid out of her face.  Poor thing, she looked terrible, she was in agony and in such a desperate need for help.

 We went looking for the skunk,  and we found him, happily at home in the back of the yard next to the swimming pool.  He was the cutest little thing,  so tiny, probably still in kindergarten and on his first excursion without mom. But he had a ferocious temper and the body language to go with it.  So funny!
We wanted him to return  to the forest down the street from us, where he probably came from, but he had no intention to leave his new found home.  So, hubby gently persuaded him, with the help of the garden hose, to find other pastures.

We washed rugs, dog beds, soft toys, everything that Jackie came into contact with. It was now way past 3am.  
That smell is indescribable.  I have never, ever smelled anything as pungent as this odor, it smells like burning sulfuric acid.  I grew up in Africa, saw a few skunks in my lifetime, but have never had a full encounter with any of them.  But I suppose we are lucky it was just a baby, imagine it was a big, fat daddy skunk!
We washed and washed, we sprayed, we powdered, but even with all the windows open day and night,  the smell is here to stay for a while.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sweet Expression Girly Bears

I just love the little girly bears with their sweet expressions !

The heat wave we are currently experiencing here in Southern Ontario had me hiding indoors the last few days.  I used the time to create a new little girly bear.  Her name is Joni, she is 6" standing and is created from soft peachy colored mohair.

Joni is currently available for adoption at

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sophie, a Perfect Name for Her.

Today I spent the day planting annuals,  I know it is a bit late in June already, but I just couldn't resist the temptation at the nursery,  just had to have them.

I have  listed a sweet blue-grey bear on the 'Available' page.  She is made from the softest long pile mohair and is only 6" from head to toe.   I always wanted to name a bear Sophie, and I think the name suits her perfectly.

Sophie is currently available for adoption at

Sophie has been adopted.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Little Thought from Pooh Bear

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
-- Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lily, a sweet, tiny Bear

Hard to believe June is already here !  Today is such a gorgeous day, not hot and humid, just comfortably warm,  love days like this.

I have just listed a sweet little bear on the 'Available Bears' page.  Have a look,  hope you like her too.

Lily is currently availabe for adoption at
Lily has been adopted by a wonderful collector in Vienna, Austria

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gigi, a Beary Giraffe

 I have just listed the most wonderful litte giraffe for adoption on the 'Available Bears' page.  Her name is Gigi.  She is  6" tall and is made from soft creamy sparse mohair with black German glass eyes.

Gigi is currently available for adoption here:

Gigi has been adopted and is on her way to the UK.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspirational Quote for the Day - Pooh Bear Wisdom

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
 Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Monday, April 30, 2012

Blu, a 5" Chubby Bear Baby

This little bear is made of the most gorgeous custom dyed  blue-grey mohair, it was a dream to work with.

Blu, the chubby, 5" baby bear will soon be on his way to his new mum in the US.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Taking Photos of Shy Girly Bears

Dotty visited the photographer again today...

She is just not photogenic, my shy little girly bear. 


But these photos are a huge improvement and I think this time her personality shines through, don't you agree?

Dotty is available for adoption at

Friday, April 20, 2012

Skippy, a Spring Babe

Skippy is the tiniest of bears ever born in the AutumnWood studio, and yet, he took forever to finish.  He has been peeking at me from his little corner on my work table, arm- and legless, poor little thing.  But finaly  I manage to put it all together this week and he is a real sweetie pie.

Skippy is a 3.5” mohair bear, he is 5 way jointed, filled with polyfil and a wee bit of steel shot fill his tiny tummy.

Skippy is available for adoption at
Skippy has been adopted.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Wisdom of Pooh Bear

When my son was little, I used to read him all the Pooh bear books.  We probably have every single book ever published about Pooh bear, big ones, small ones, some with music, and others with pop-up's...  I just love Pooh and his wisdom.   

Today's Inspirational Quote I find especially true....  if only I can remember it on the days when nothing goes according to plan...

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
-- Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne



Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dotty, an Adorable Bear Cub

I don’t know what it is about bear making, but it just gives me such good feeling. I love seeing a little face come alive, full of character and soul.

This is Dotty...

Dotty measures 5 inches tall and is made of creamy sparse German mohair.  She is five way jointed, filled with poly fibre and has a small bag of steel shot in her tummy. 

She has such an endearing face, don’t you agee?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Teddies Online Show starts Today

Hello all Teddy Bear friends!

Just a reminder that the TeddiesWorldWide show starts today, Friday, March 23rd, at 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

I am happy to tell you that I will have five bears, created exclusively for this online show.  These are all 6" bears made from gorgeous mohair and Japanese silk.

Adopting a bear is easy and safe with Paypal.  If you do not have a Paypal account,  you  can still use the "Use Paypal as a Guest" service to complete your transaction using any major credit card.
I am also offering a Layaway service on all my bears available at this show.

Here is the link:

There are many wonderful bears from 90 very talented artists  and I'm sure you will find a new little friend to hug and love at this show.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Puppies in Springtime

It seems Spring has finally arrived here in Southwestern Canada.  Today is such a glorious day and even though there is still some snow on the ground here and there, I already envision flower beds full of radiant color.  I can’t wait to start planting!

This is my little princess, Lucy.  She is a Shi-poo and my constant companion.  I just love her to bits, and use her sweet little face as inspiration for all my bears.  But ….it turned out this little princess loves not only me but the outdoors as well.  Her favorite past time is rolling in mud puddles and slurping up rain worms whenever she gets the chance.  So much for being a princess…
After a hard day's work...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Milo, a Mischievous little Bear Cub

It has been busy here at the AutumnWood studio the last couple of weeks.  I am working on four new bears for the Teddies Worldwide show, which will take place  March 23 - 25, 2012, as well as on some equine drawings for an art exhibition in Kamloops.  

Amongst all this craziness, a new bear cub was born,  he is a real cutie-pie.  He is sitting on my work table at the moment, sharing with me what he plans to do when he is a fully grown grizzly bear. 

But ...

Unfortunately for tiny 5" Milo, he will have to spend his life  in a closed container until his adoption.  Panini, our official studio assistant, is always on the lookout for cute little mohair critters to prey on can be dangerous for a grizzly cub.

Milo is available for adoption at

Milo has been adopted by a wonderful collector in the US