Monday, April 30, 2012

A calorie free treat!

Look what's just arrived! 

A few weeks ago I entered a blog competition to win this darling little cake and I won! Yay!

The bear is 6cm sitting so you can see how tiny this cake is!

This piece of art was made by the super talented Caroline at 

Caroline also makes magic minis too check out her work at

I am so chuffed with this little cake, thank you so much Caroline.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day Off!

Me and Lex have both been working crazy hours lately and to reward our good behaviour we thought we deserved a day off! 

So today we took a trip to The Butterfly World Project in St Albans. Its only 30 minutes from us and its somewhere we've been meaning to check out for ages.

The Butterfly World Project was conceived by Clive Farrell, a butterfly fanatic and lepidopterist whose dream was to create a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. It is still in its early stages of complement both well worth the £5 entry.

The designer garden's

Inside or outside?

I loved this garden

I'd like this bench in my garden

This garden made me feel like a borrower!

After walking the gardens we stepped into the butterfly house....

A close up of a wing....amazing

And finally a walk around the world

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sometimes It's Not What You Know But Who You Know

Today I finally uploaded my BRAND NEW website!
Check it out here

Its been months of work, not because its hard but because I couldn't decide what I wanted, I had a few options for my logo and nothing seemed quite right until the lovely Catherine of Bumpkin Bears stepped in. She drew this wonderful little fellow who I have named "Little Shantock"

Isn't he wonderful?!

Catherine's work is fantastic, I've been a massive fan for ages and I'm so happy Catherine agreed to helping me out. You can check out Catherine's work in many of her online spaces here:
She's one very talented lady and a dream to work with.
~thank you so much Catherine

Now the logo wasn't completed without my friend Simon's help, he put it all together for me, spent hours working out the best layout, photo-shopping the stitching etc. He is one clever fella.
~thanks a bunch my friend

and here he is..
The fire-stick swinging extraordinaire!

The final piece of the puzzle was provided my another super friend of mine. Helen of Bear Cub Design

Here's us at the September 2011 Hugglets

You may remember that I blogged a few weeks ago about Helen's new website Easy Art Space well part of this new venture is a website creation service called Easy Art Space Builder and this is what I used to create my shiny new website.

Its a brilliant service, I would highly recommending it. I found it so easy to use. It has so many features, and extras that really help. There's a cool tutorials section that explains step-by-step how to do whatever you can think of. I am so pleased with how my website has come out and its all because of my Aussie mate Helen.
~cheers Helen you're such a star

So there you go with a little help from my friends I have a lovely new website and to celebrate I'm going to have a give-away in May! 
Watch this space.....

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

BearMe Too give-away...

Isn't this bear a beauty?! 

For a chance of winning this little fellow hop over to the lovely Ann-Maries blog

Monday, April 2, 2012

All change...

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
the courage to change the things I can, 
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Wise words huh?!

The last few weeks have not been the easiest, my safe little world has taken a bit of battering. I do not handle change very well, I wish I did have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, alas I struggle with this one, but I'm working on it. 

Let me explain what's been happening...

Staff portraits by one very talented lady

Some of you will already be aware that for nearly a year the day centre (for adults with Learning Disabilities) I work at 3 days a week has been under the threat of closure. We have been hoping and praying that the council will change their minds and allow us to stay open, sadly they did not and our beautiful centre will close on 27th April. 

This means that I will lose my much loved job :0( I had already decided that may be this is fate telling me to go full time with the bears so that is my grand plan, exciting yes, terrifying certainly, but its with a heavy heart I leave Endeavour.

 This place has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years. I have worked with some of the funniest, caring, talented, happy people I know. The staff team is like a little family, I can genuinely say they are my friends not my work colleagues. I shall miss seeing them everyday terribly. Its been very hard to see staff leave, say goodbye to clients moving to new centres, see my beloved trampoline sold and our kiln moving on.

But I am also very lucky, how many people can say they love their job, that they look forward to going into work, hearing the gossip, spending time with their friends. I am grateful that I can say yes I've had all that.

Over the years I have been involved in many activities within the centre, from cooking to swimming, trampolining to pottery. Reading groups, going out for coffee groups (one of our favourite!) but mostly I have been involved in the arts and crafts side of things, I am in awe of the talent my clients have, people who's communication skills can be a challenge, people who's minds don't look at the world as we do, people with bodies that challenge them and behaviour that the so called "normal" people don't understand. 

Its inspiring, motivating and  wonderful.

Here are a few pieces of art from our 2010 art exhibition

Isn't this wonderful? It now lives with me

Jackson Pollock eat your heart out!

The Bluebell Woods

I thought I was coping well with all this, I was trying hard to be positive and was doing okay until we had the blow that we have to move out of our house, the reason is beyond our control and is no ones fault but with me losing my job and then our first home together I've been melancholy to say the least. 

House hunting is always hard work but 18 months ago when we moved in here it seemed easier, I guess that was because we both moved from our parents so timing wasn't an issue and I think our expectations were different, we was lucky to find this house and its been a very happy home for us. But this time around its been difficult, we've seen so many places but none fitted the bill until this weekend when I think we've finally found our second home, fingers and toes have to be crossed because its not final yet but I'm really hopeful that it will all work out.

I know that a year from now when I look back at this time it will not seem so dramatic, after the fact it never does. I do also think that everything happens for a reason and to quote my late paternal Grandmothers favourite saying "God doesn't shut one door without opening another" its true and I must learn to trust everything will be okay in the end.

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