Warmest thanks to my collectors who adopted ellies n' bears last week, and for all the lovely comments sent in... you are the best! ;o) Do a little something special on this longest night of the year... light a candle, spend time with loved ones. Have Fun and talk real soon.. pp
My next update is happening on my website Friday, December 14 at 12 noon central (10am Pacific/ 11am Mountain/ 1pm Eastern). A sweet little herd of *elephants* and bears will be posted, hope you can join the fun!Be sure to 'refresh' your browser at that time to see the update, at www.peng-peng.com.
International friends: wondering what time my listings will be in your country? Here's a useful link: World Time Convertor
Bear Path's Plum Club 5th Annual "A Child's Christmas" Internet show is tonight, November 28th, 10:00PM EST.
Look for my special quartet of "buddha" bears, all merry *one-of-a-kinds*... in new smaller sizes, the teeniest being a 4" version! Don't miss this treat! :O)
Happy Thanksgiving and warmest blessings to you all! Today is Chicago's first **snowfall** & what perfect timing; a nice day to stay snuggled indoors and heat up a cup of apple cider. It was an unusually warm 60 degrees just a day ago and golden maple leaves showered the sidewalks. I am thankful though, that it is feeling more like the season. Ol' man winter needs his turn too!
My studio is starting to come together, still loads of unpacking and organizing to do. Here is a pic of my studio "pre-rehab" when we purchased the house, previously it was a bedroom. Oh yes, the previous owner's furniture/ contents was all left here for us to sift through and haul out, but that is another story.. LOL!
Unpacking/ in progress:
Hope to post an "after" pic in a few days :O)
Enjoy the day~ give thanks for the little things that make life special. Here's a pic just to make you smile!
Hi everyone! I am taking a short break to move to our 'new' old 1920's house this month. Hubby and I have been rehabbing it for many months now, and finally this week we will have a functioning bathroom! LOL! While I get my studio set up & running again, please peruse the wonderful Peng Peng Bears available through the fine shops that carry my creations.
Bear Paths Special Christmas Internet Show: November 28th thru December 9th. Look for Peng Peng One of a Kind creations!
Abracadabra Teddies UK shop: Anticipate new PPB arrivals soon!
Peng Peng Bears has been invited to participate in tinyshop! My limited edition mini 'antiqued' bears "Mr. Yams" and "Tiny Tabitha" will be in the show and available for purchase through tinyshop.
As the world moves bigger, faster and stronger, we occasionally seek comfort in little things. tinyshop celebrates the preciousness of "mini" --- the shortest distance between 2 points, the space of minutiae, and creative endeavors on a small scale.
tinyshop will run from November 17, 2007 through January 6, 2008, at double punch gallery in San Francisco's North Beach district. Special events will be held throughout the shop's lifespan, pondering the tiny theme. Fun-spirited folks and magnifying glasses are most welcome.
Here he is! My first ever BIRD creation... "A. Foolnz", a totally new and original design! (click pics to see him big) His name is an anagram of the famous bear "Alfonzo".. named as such to celebrate Alfonzo's Centenary for Teddy Bears of Witney 2008 catalog. A. Foolnz is a close genetic relative (or mutation) of my *fattie bears (*as sweetly described by Pengy collectors).. AKA my "Buddha Bears".
He is indeed a bit on the heavy side for a winged creature, with a tendency to make a tree branch sag... but we won't hold it against him. Made of thick wavy Schulte hand-dyed mohair, handpainted glass eyes, hand-dyed pink merino felt wool beak, jointed wings, polyfil with encased steel BB's for a nice weight.
LE of only 5, available exclusively through Witney catalog and/ or their web site.
Above you can see the 'reverse' side reflected in a mirror.
This chubby fella measures 6" to tops of ears and about 6" wide. Made of 4 kinds of hand dyed Schulte mohair, 2 sets of handpainted glass eyes, 8 tiny jointed limbs (heads are unjointed), 2 waxed thread noses, "shared" pair of ears, and of course a shared "back"! Filled with polyfil and encased steel BB's for weight. They are like trick or treat, yin and yang, twin spirits, double personalities (or double trouble, LOL!)... 2 bears in one!
Good luck if you decide to bid on this unique fella & hope he warms your heart! :o)
*New Bears* will be posted on my website on October 11, Thursday~ at 12 noon central (10am Pacific/ 11am Mountain/ 1pm Eastern). Be sure to 'refresh' your browser at that time to see the update!
~Warmest heartfelt thanks~ to those who placed bids on "Little Fonzo" to help raise funds for the China Bear Rescue Campaign, sponsored by Abracadabra Teddy Bears UK.
"Little Fonzo" auction ended yesterday with a high bid of 295 GBP ($602.75 USD)! *Congrats* to the winner CL, and again thank you to all who participated & for your generosity... together we have helped give the China bears a better life :O)
Here is the link to read more about the China Bear Rescue
::: Happy Fall Equinox ::: Even though today Chicago was quite summery, my thoughts are turned towards the cooler crisp days that Autumn brings. Here are some pics I took in the nearby forest preserves- nature walks are a favorite pastime of mine.
Coming up: I have some totally new projects planned in the spirit of the season and hope to show you soon!
The eagerly anticipated Teddy Bears of Witney UK 2008 catalog is available now! Look for 4 *NEW* exclusive Peng Peng Limited Editions in the 2008 catalog (including the first ever Peng Peng BIRD!) This will be my second consecutive year in Witney's and I'm thrilled & honored to be a part of it :O)
The Witney catalog can be ordered through their web site. http://www.teddybears.eu.com
Upcoming: I'm working on a new bunch of teddy bears for my next web site update. Hopefully ready by end of September. Stay tuned for date/ time announcement! If you're on my *mailing list* you will be the first to know ;o)
*Big HUGZ* to U all who adopted Sock Monkeys from my update the other day! It was a Tun O' Fun to create them, so I'm glad they are bringing smiles to you as well :O)
Here is my little gal Rosa, master of "the self-tuck-in", napping at 12 noon... what a life! She is tired from watching me working away, LOL!
Maybe we can take a cue from the feline habits and "take-5" for ourselves to relax this weekend too (<__<)
talk again soon... pp
The long awaited Sock Monkey listing is happening on my website, www.peng-peng.com,
Thursday, September 6th at 12 noon central (10am Pacific/ 11am Mountain/ 1pm Eastern)
There will be a wild colorful assortment of Sock Monkeys all dressed up and ready for "back to school"!
I have donated a very special little bear for Abracadabra Teddy's China Bear Rescue auction, which will be held the entire month of September. Please meet "Little Fonzo"~ Antiqued bear (inspired by the famous bear Alfonzo), 5 1/2", Hand dyed/ aged Schulte mohair, excelsior/ polyfil, jointed limbs, handpainted glass eyes, tattery nose, handmade outfit from hand dyed cotton, vintage materials (fully removable).
Please bid generously and help give the Moon Bears a better life:
http://abracadabra-teddies.com/charity1.htm (cut and paste link in your browser address bar)
Heartfelt thanks, pp :)
Stay tuned for the long-awaited Sock Monkey listing announcement!! It's been 8 months since my last Socky update, and I'm thrilled to be working on this new bunch. To view the archive of my monkey listings click here.
If you'd like to be notified about my web site updates, just join my happy mailing list at www.peng-peng.com.
Enjoy the days, pp :O)
*Blue Pero* Just shy of 6", hand dyed/ aged mohair, excelsior/ polyfil/ encased glass sand & steel BB's (very tactile and nicely weighted), handpainted premium glass eyes, fully jointed with wobble jointed head, handmade baby shirt of soft vintage cotton (removable). OOAK. SOLD!
"Helloooo...Can we have all the primates please, ladies and pachyderms get in a group...Little Squirt can you come forward a bit? GREAT! (*click*)
Teddy Bears.. can you congregate along the garden wall there.. PERFECT..give me a big smile.. (*click*)
Now everyone, everyone, gather 'round for the group shot and say... PEANUTBUTTERN'BANANAHONEYSANDWICHES!" (*click*click*click*)
~~Big hugs and round of applause to Carolyn for the PP Hug o' the Month! Thanks for sending in these fun pics!
I always get a kick from seeing your HUGS, so if you want to share pics just send 'em to me!
When I opened my email and saw this pic, i said: OMGaaaaaahhh!! How insanely cute is that set up??!! Look how the knit cap is hanging up on the peg! "Oh, dear me, I forgot the kettle was on.... please sit down while i bring you in some tea and butter cookies!" The mousey friend was created by another artist (name unknownst to me). Big wide hugs to collector A.R. for sending this in :O) love it!
The new gang has just arrived at Abracadabra Teddies UK shop! Take a peek http://abracadabra-teddies.com/artistpengpenggallery.htm. I just love the playful pic Marsha took of Babbe Bubbles... too cute! Hope they bring you giggles :O)
I'm happy to be working on special bears currently for Abracadabra Teddies shop (UK) and Limited Editions for The Toy Shoppe (USA).
On the horizon~ There will be another fun Pengy bunch in the next Teddy Bears of Witney catalog, which comes out in the fall.
More news to be posted here soon...
A big round of HUGS to all those who adopted bears from my June listing!! You are the best!
Making the bears was a lot of fun, and lately I've been enjoying doing the limited editions. Afterwards I realized I had to make more hang tags, so I burned some midnight oil (and morning oil, if there is such a phrase!) and got those done too. They are acid-free card stock that I age to look nice and olde, embellished with archival ink of course :O)
My next website update is happening June 7, Thursday at 12 noon Central (10am Pacific/ 11am Mountain/ 1pm Eastern).
There will be a delightful assortment of new little bears! (hint: including some little black bears :O) www.peng-peng.com
Can you believe I saved this sheet of Hallmark stickers since 1979?? I was quite an archival 9 year old! These big-headed baby animal stickers were just too darn cute to stick them on my lunch pail, so i just saved them ever so flatly in a neat little envelope (to this very day!). Old habits die hard :O)
Thanks Linda of "Original Felted Folksies" for sending these Littlest Pet Shop stickers by Hasbro, circa 2006 :) The trend continues!
Here's a few items I picked up to add to my vintage sewing supplies stash. Sometimes I'm lucky to find 'new old stock' (meaning vintage that is unused or new in package) such as these, but I also love old n' worn vintage fabrics & trims; the fun is in the combining of it all to make my unique Sock Monkey outfits :O)