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PJ’s and the Bear: Pajamas and teddy bears are a perfect fit! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 08:41

September is a month of conflicts for me. For every personal milestone, which is good and happy for me (my birthday, anniversary of when I started working, when I met my adopted daughter for the first time), there seems to be a shadow of sadness (my parents’ deaths, my favorite aunt’s passing away, 9/11). So, September is a month when I can feel alternately cheerful, thinking about the past events, or on edge (wondering if terrorism is, indeed, a part of the past).

 
An Artist's Insight: Airbrushing with Copic markers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 24 August 2012 10:36

AnArtistsInsightHeaderCopic markers are a great brand of marker for bear artists. These markers come in many colors and are available with a brush tip, a double ended fine tip, and a broad tip which is suitable for airbrushing. In addition to a wide range of colors, you can also get a Copic blender, which allows you to blend the colors of other markers.

 

 
The Myth about Minnie: Did you know there’s a clever mouse behind Disney’s first teddy bear? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 20 August 2012 09:26

I know that a lot of women have enjoyed taking the late Helen Gurley Brown’s “Cosmo Quizzes” over the decades—and I admit I’ve answered some of those True or False/Multiple Choice outings with less than total honesty. I’ve circled “B” when I definitely was an “A,” or said “true” when it was undoubtedly the very opposite. However, I’ve never cheated when it comes to a Disney pop quiz or character survey.

 
Artist’s Toolkit: Joints PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 10 August 2012 10:48

AnArtistsInsightHeaderAlways wondering which joints and discs to order? Sample sets are available from most bear making suppliers — of course you can also create a sample set yourself. Just collect one of each joint disc and place them on a string or pretty ribbon. Write the size directly on each one with a thin permanent marker. Include sizes in both inches and millimeters so you are clear on each size, i.e. 3/8" disc (9.5mm)

 

 
We Love Them, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: the ZhuZhu Pets put their pawprints on the Beatles! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 06 August 2012 09:38

Little did I know that Christmas of 2009 would bring together two seemingly very different diversions that would end up inextricably and delightfully wound together during the summer of 2012.

 
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