Monday, March 28, 2011

Antoinette...sorry now adopted

This week I have a sweet mink bear available for adoption, she stands just over 6inches tall and is made from recycled mink fur in white and a soft pink.. very girly. She comes with a little amigurumi crocheted bunny just in time to celebrate the comming Easter Season.



Antoinette is has been adopted and is off to live in England.

Cheers for now Susan ♥

Friday, March 25, 2011

The experiment continues

This week I continued on my quest to bake a perfect Macaron... I don't know if I will ever achieve this but it is fun trying. I wanted to see the macarons in the nude so I could judge the cooking time without any colour  interference and so I made plain macarons and filled them with a vanilla bean buttercream. The oven was turned down to a lower temperature this time of 145° and cooked for 20 minutes.


The results were wonderful , they had a lovely egg shell crust and the centre had a slightly chewy texture. I could have turned the tray half way through as the back ones started to colour too much....something to remember for next time. Now that I think I have the cooking process much better I may be tempted to try some of the exotic flavour combinations out there.

Cheers for now Susan ♥

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ikela...Sorry I've been adpoted

Ikela is my first lion in a new realistic body shape that I have been working on. He is made in a seated position and is able to be posed in many ways. Ikela is 5 inches tall and from nose to tail is 8 inches, he is made in a combination of mink and red fox fur.




Sorry Ikela has been adopted.

Cheers for now Susan ♥

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Macarons.....cooking or science?

I blame it on Masterchef and the Macaron Tower challenge by Adriano Zumbo, I have never cooked or eaten a macaron before until trying one from a Sydney store.. what is all the fuss about? It was heaven, very sweet with a lovely shell and soft center..Yum.
They can't be that hard to make...I was so wrong. The first batch I made looked good in the oven and then they started to erupt and spread all over the oven tray, problem oven too hot. Over the next few weeks there were more failures, over stirred the mixture.. not stirred enough, by this time I was taking notes.


 Finally the planets lined up and my first passable tray of Macarons emerged from the oven, they had the three desirable qualities of a macaron; a foot at the base, soft almost meringue like texture and and egg shell like crust. Hooray at last some success..although even the rejects were filled with ganache and eaten after all they are too Yummy to waste.

Cheers for now Susan ♥

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

After the Fair

The Sydney Teddy Bear was on last Sunday and my beautiful daughter Samantha who is my biggest supporter and I had a very exciting day. This was my first time as a trader at a show as I sell online from my website and eBay, it was great to be able to meet and talk to collectors and it is something I look forward to doing next year.



The morning started early with a two hour drive from our home in Lithgow to the showground and then setting up the table to await the opening of the show. The morning was reserved to the Early Bird Preview tickets and was well attended with a steady flow of visitors. I would like to say a very big
 "Thank You" the lovely collectors who added a Blue Valley Bear to their hug.



The Teddy Treats stand proved to be popular with lots of little cupcakes and donuts being sold for accessories for bears, we also had some real homemade blueberry macarons for the customers as a treat.

 

During the day I was able to meet some of the girls who I know from the TBACA website and have only ever chatted to online, it was great to get to know real person behind the keyboard.
As I first time trader I was a little daunted with what to expect but so many of the arists that trade often were very helpful and offered me encouragement and advice throughout the day and I appreciate their support, it was very helpful.
Looking forward to 2012

Cheer for now Susan


Monday, March 07, 2011

Dressing up as a Turtle...now adopted

Tommy is a 5 1/2 mink bear masquearding as a turtle, his tummy has been coloured to match his mint green mini mohair paws and feet. His turtle hump is made from wool felt and embrodiery cotton and is removable.


Tommy has been adopted.

Cheers for now Susan ♥

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tosca awarded Bear of the Show

I recently entered two of my bears into competition at the Northside Doll, Bear & Craft Show in Lawnton, Queensland. They returned home this week and I was thrilled to find that Tosca had been judged First in Section and also
Bear of the Show.

Tosca "Bear of the Show"

Cappaccino my realistic kitten was awarded First in Section. Entering this kind of hands on judging gives me valuable feedback on designs and construction of my bears.  

Cappaccino First in Section

Both Tosca and Cappaccino with be available for adoption at the Sydney Teddy Bear Fair this coming Sunday at Southee Complex Olympic Park. If you are going to the fair..please drop by and say Hi.

Cheers for now Susan ♥