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I am a teddy bear artist by profession. I also play rhythm guitar with a local bluegrass band on weekends that I am not off to teddy bear shows. I have a very funny papillon named PJ. He is 10 years old and he keeps me mobile by making me take him walking every day. I love antiquing and use many of my finds for my teddy bears. I am just starting to do mixed media artwork and collage. You can find some of my things my website:www.marthasbears.com

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

one new bear

I had fun with this bear.  Love the lighted hood and the "ice" trimmed coat.  I have enough fabric to make one more.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ornament giveaway

I will be giving away one of my ornaments on Dec 15th.  Get a friend to follow this blog and both of you will be entered in the giveaway.  Make sure you let me know who you are and who you get to join us. 

making ornaments

the pieces

this is the head before sculpting

the head after sculpting

the costume

finished ornament.
I  have been making ornaments for Christmas.  It is a fun teddy bear ornament

Friday, November 23, 2012


This is a fully jointed bear and all antique and vintage accessories -- the pincushion is on etsy 
The white punkin was a special order -- I like it, it is mohair and I will make more

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I really had a blast making this

This elf was FIN to make and he found a new home - but thought you'd like to see him The Santaphant was fun too -- I am making another of that one.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

fairy wing film

OOOOOo -  I found this siter for film to make fairy wings -- they even have a tutorial and other supplies.   I will add this to my suppliers list

Thursday, October 25, 2012

don't forget!

Hey there -- the Teddies Worldwide online Christmas show is coming up - click the pic for information

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


whew!  finished this special order.  I worked from pictures and was really worried about getting it right, but the collector was happy.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

like blogs?

Hey - this is a great blog, it shows links to lots of great crafters.  Go and play..  By the way, you may feel free to pin anything you see on my blog or website to pintrest. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

more eye sizes

OK, I have sorted through them all In addition to the ones previously listed, I found these smaller sizes

few 5mm in lt amethyst, dk blue, teal, lt blue, bright green,olive, dk amethyst, drk green -- .50 ea pr
a few 6mm in lt green, blue, olive, blue with single loop, teal, lt amethyst, dk amethyst - .50 each pair

a few 8mm in blue, olive, Lt amethyst, green, teal and blue with a single loop -- .75 each pair - sold out

a few 9mm in dk blue, olive, brt blue, teal, green dk amethyst, dk green, med blue, dk amethyst - all    dble loop.  9mm are 1.00 each pair

Thursday, October 4, 2012

more eye colors


dark green


brighter green

brighter blue

very dark blue
Here are the other eye colors to the best of my ability to capture the colors correctly.  Remember that all monitors are not the same.

Teddy Eyes for sale

I have come into a batch of colored Teddy Bear eyes in colors and sizes that  I do not use.  I have them listed on facebook and here for one week.  After that, they go up on etsy.

Once they are gone, they are gone.

These are first quality premium eyes with the double loop.  The color is in the glass, not painted on.  All have black iris in the center.  Colors available:  Lt Amethyst, Drk Amethyst, Dark blue, bright blue, a few light blue, green, deep teal, olive green

I tried to show colors, but the green is brighter  and the blues did not show up correctly.

Sizes: 18mm    $4.00 per pair (retail is 8.50 per pair on these)
16mm    $3.00 per pair (retail is 7.00)
14mm  $2.00 per pair (retail is 6.00)
12mm  $1.50 per pair  (retail is 5.00)
10mm  $1.50 per pair (retail is 3.50)

This is store stock and the pricing is still on each bag - the eyes are already paired up.

There may be some 8mm & 9mm also.
drk amethyst
lt amethyst



Online Christmas show coming soon

Hey there -- the Teddies Worldwide online Christmas show is coming up - click the pic for information.

Monday, October 1, 2012

URSA awards

thank you to everyone who voted in the URSA awards competition. Congratulations to all who entered and especially to those who won. I am honored to say that my Mother Nature won 1st place in her category. See all the winners here

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

here they are, new punkinheads

Here is a group of the punkin heads that I made using the things I found on my antiquing trip. They are going with me to Kansas City. for the Teddy Bear Jubilee.  (link on my website)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

new punkinheads

Hi have new punkinheads coming.  I used the items that were on this blog a few posts ago (Look What I found!)
I'll have pics maybe tomorrow

sneak peek

A sneak peek at some of the pieces that I made for the Online Halloween Artist's Studio Tour -- Starts Oct 1 - see the link on this page.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

shows coming up

Getting ready for the Serb Hall show in Milwaukee, WI on Sept 16 and the Kansas City Teddy Bear Jubilee at the end of the month

cut and past this for info

Friday, August 31, 2012

basket o thread

And I found this basket of thread at Goodwill on "sale" day.  The entire thing including the basket was 5.00.  Not sure what I will do with it yet, but love the red twine.

pinkeep bases

I went through all the stuff that I have been putting aside for my projects and found this group for pin cushion bases.  I love the green color and the old looking white.  I have not quite decided how to use the one that looks like a fluted bowl with candle in the center, but - I am working on it.

look what I found!

Well, I have been having so much fun with the punkin heads -- I found all these wonderful things for use in making more of them.  The little strainer is going to be a hat for a "Steampunkin"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Online Halloween Show

This year I will again be participating in the Online Halloween Show! It starts October 1st and is guaranteed to be SPOOKTACULAR!

Working on a mummy - cat, owl, and whooooo knows what else

some new fun jewelry too

I also finished some fun jewelry pieces -- also on etsy

Hey - it is Punkin Time!

I have a bunch of my punkin heads up on etsy -- go take a look if you want -- there is a link on this page - right side - down a bit
here is a group of them  - now I need to find more old funnels and bed springs!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The newest Santa Bear

I just finished this guy too.  I had found the bells that are around his coat on one of my trips.

Fernery Basket bear

I got this great basket on one of my antiquing trips.  Here is the bear in the basket.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

got some new things finished -

Well, I got some of the pieces finished using the bits and stuff that I found, Now I just need a few pictures.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wish we could really Time Travel

This is Wells

See him on my website

Woodlandia is in the final URSA Awards!

YAY!  Thanks to all who voted, Woodlandia is a winner in the URSA Awards.  She is now in the final round of voting.  Please check it out and vote for your favorites starting Aug 11, 2012.
Just click on the banner

Thursday, August 2, 2012

TBAI Gallery piece

Wooo hoooo -- I finally got my TBAI Gallery Piece finished!  Yippeeee!!!!!!!  Hard to see, but the box has tiny red, white and blue battery pack led lights.

For those who don't know about this Teddy Bear Show, it is a fun convention and show that also raises funds for endangered spieces and the Binghamton, NY zoo.  If you only attend one convention-this is the one -- it is FUN!!!!!!!  See Details at: http://www.tbai.org

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

new wool bear

well, I know that I said I was going to use the "stuff" that I found, but I had to finish this guy first.
I used a recycled wool coat and then needle felted the holly leaves.  I can't wait to make others.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

new finds

I found some great new stuff to use with bears and other critters.  There were a bunch of antique shoes at a rummage sale that I got at a good price, some great lace, a green wicker basket that is going to be fabulous with a woodland bear.  I can't wait to get some of these finished.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2 new owls

I am having so much fun with these owls!

Here are 2 new ones with fuzzy feet  -- both are made from an antique wool Victorian skirt.  The gold one has the addition of antique gold thread fabric that looks like feathers.  Self standing about 7" tall.