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Organizing your patterns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 15 June 2012 09:36

AnArtistsInsightHeaderA wonderful organized pattern collection is simple to achieve. Never lose an arm again or wonder, “Where is that pattern?” or “What bear is this for?”


The Ugly Truth: Pretty Ugly dolls are a big hit ’cause they’re so darn . . . quirky! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 15:02

This past weekend, June 10, was an exciting one for me because I had a chance to speak at a local library about some of my greatest passions: dolls,Oxandice bears (and other critters), writing, and blogging! It was a thrill to talk to a group of aspiring bloggers and editors about what it means to opine and post—a double-barreled action that I’ve been doing for two years on the doll side and for nearly three months her with the plush pals.


It is rewarding to know that I have a chance to engage in a give-and-take relationship with the readers, and to talk directly about why certain critters and adorable animals hold sway over me.



A Trip to the Teddy Bear Fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 01 June 2012 09:57

AnArtistsInsightHeaderFor this post, I thought I'd share some photos from the recent Melbourne Teddy Bear Fair held at Berwick Leisure Centre May 6, 2012.


Special Delivery: A new line of plush critters—Nat & Jules—arrives in the nick of time. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 08:53

I have to admit it: I am a sucker for babies. Over this past weekend—Memorial Day—I went to visit some friends, and a newborn was in the house. I hadn’t planned on seeing the baby, so I was so surprised to get a glance at the tiny, squirming, cooing “bundle of joy.” It really was a treat to be near a person who is so innocent, adorable, and filled with the promise of tomorrow. Legendary poet Carl Sandburg was right when he mused: “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”

The Dino Whisperer: Fiesta has a way with giant—and gentle--beasts from past and present. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:36

With Mother’s Day just behind us, I’m sure all of the moms, godmothers, aunts, and caregivers can agree that being fêted is a lot of fun, and a lot of work! On Sunday, Mother’s Day, I attended a small gathering with friends—which was absolutely delightful--but earlier that morning, I hosted a brunch for a bunch of moms; and the night before, I served a “mother of all buffets.” Like I said, it was hard work, but the love that we all shared was worth the efforts.


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