Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The 3 Bears

I bet my blog title caught your attention..... all will be revealed by the end ;0)

Once upon a time (April 2012) my son and his dear girlfriend bought a gorgeous puppy called Bear who is half German Shepherd and half Belgian Malinois.  Dear puppy Bear is growing at an astonishing rate and I thought I would share some recent photos of him. He is only 7 months old and still growing and here he is about a month ago.
What a handsome chap he is becoming  He has been a very good puppy with only a few chewing incidents and has been so well trained. He really does exactly has he is told and is a joy to be with. He loves fetching his ball in the park and is so lucky there is so much land to walk him where my son and his girlfriend live.






He races away at the speed of light..














returns with his ball which he drops at your feet...














and is all ready to fetch again and again. He has such boundless energy and is so full of life.

Recently it was Cs birthday and I had a brainwave to ask my dear lampworking friend Laney if she could make Bear in glass. If you remember, Laney also made the bridesmaids beads for The Wedding. She has such a talent and very much a split personality with her glass skills. She makes very grown up gorgeous floral glass beads and also really fun whimsical beads. Do check out her Etsy shop here and tell her I sent you ;0).She also made some extra floral beads for C that I made into a bracelet she wore at The Wedding. I have not had the chance to show that bracelet so before I show my Bear bead, here is the bracelet I made for dear C.

I added mother of pearl hearts, Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals to make this. She was delighted with it. As always I thought that a matching bag charm would not go amiss so I made her this as well.



She attached it to her clutch bag and took it to the wedding.

Now originally I had thought of making Laney's Bear bead into a pendant but when my parcel of treasure arrived I found that as well as a Bear in Glass Laney  had made a glass bone with the name Bear written on it.


















How amazing are these!!! I decided that I just had to use the bone as well as Bear and knowing how much C loved her wedding bag charm I decided to make a special Bear Bag charm.


And here is what I made...











He even has his tongue hanging out just like the furry Bear. I parcelled her pressie up in a box and I pleased to say that she was delighted with her one of a kind bag charm. She can now take Bear everywhere with her either in real or glass form.
If anyone is interested in my bag charms there is a section of them in my Etsy shop here. I make lots of different themes so do ask if there is something you would like. The Christmas bag charms also make great stocking fillers. Please "bear" (pun intended) in mind that Laney's Bear bead was custom made and I could not possibly sell any similar bag charms at the standard price of £6.75. My bag charms do have lovely glass one of a kind lampwork beads, but they are just round ones.
My card challenge card today just has to have an animal theme to it so I thought long and hard and came up with this fun card.
It's my lovely Sugar Nellie stamp called  Bear Hug . I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted her with my Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and the papers from my stash. I also used some Baker's twine to tie the spotty buttons.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Penny Black Allsorts Animal Magic
Penny Black and More Sketch
Paper Take Weekly All creatures great and small
Sassy Cheryl Happy Birthday #136
Totally Gorjuss Anything Goes #152
Really Reasonable Ribbon Pretty in Pink #57
Natalie and Amy Birthday Bling #2
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge Bingo my line is the top line; Ribbon, pink, gems
Divas by Design anything goes #56
The Paper Shelter Love beats all #85



So now all is clear why my blog post was called The 3 Bears.......The real Bear, the glass Bear and the Card Bear...that makes 3. Thanks for stopping by today and for all the wonderful comments you leave. I really appreciate every single one. Welcome also to my new Follower's , it is lovely to see you reading  Jane's Journal.

And they lived happily ever after ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

46 comments:

  1. Awwwe, I love happy endings! :)
    What a handsome lad Bear is, I would love a cuddle!!
    I cannot believe that glass bead, it is gorgeous, what a clever girl Laney is and you too for making such a personal bag charm.
    Love the little bear card too. :)
    You just need a Goldilocks now! ;)
    Happy Wednesday Jane,
    Vivienne x

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  2. I just knew the Goldilocks comment would come Vivienne..LOL! Bear is such a gorgeous boy and now he is made in glass ;0) Enjoy your evening, we are off to Tango soon,
    Jane x

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  3. He is gorgeous Victoria...and I am not really a "dog" person ;0)
    Jane x

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  4. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at your blog, card is lovely, thanks for joining us at Forever Friends monthly. xxxx

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  5. Thanks for visiting Wendy,
    Jane x

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  6. HI Jane, I was thinking someone had gotten more puppies!!!! Thankfully not, because that would make dog sitting much harder. Love the bag charms and the Bear charm is awesome. She will be thrilled! Lovely card jane.
    Raining here and all the leaves are coming down. Didn't get to leaf peep like we normally get too : (
    Take care, xoRobin❤

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  7. Bear is going to be a big lad Jane, but sounds a real joy.

    Lovely bracelet and charms and a very pretty pink and girly card.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black and More this month.

    B x

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  8. Gosh Robin imagine 3 dogs..wow that would take some looking after ;0) Hope the rain eases your end soon, it's turning quite chilly here tonight.
    Jane x

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  9. He is a total joy Brenda, he is loved to bits.
    Jane x

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  10. Pretty card with lovely coloring! Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon~

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  11. Bear is just gorgeous and so are the beautiful beads. Love your card today too.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  12. Thanks for your kind comments Caz,
    Jane x

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  13. Hiya Jane lovely to see how bear is growing, loving your key charms, hunnie and the card is adorabe hope your keeping ok big huggies June xx

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  14. Hi June, I am really good thanks. Bear is indeed getting such a lovely big boy. Thanks for visiting,
    Jane xH

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  15. Oh Wow! Jane you have made Bear bead and bone look fab! He really is a handsome boy, one day I will visit and meet him in person or dog, so to speak. He is just gorgeous. I couldn't resist the sticking out tongue, he looks so smiley and happy in the pics with his sticky out tongue, bet he could give Defi a run for his bones :O)and Iz would love to play ball, its her favourite game, but she is rubbish at giving it back you have to wrestle her to the ground! What a beautiful card and those beads, I had forgotten what they look like. Glad it was a fab birthday. xx

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  16. Hi Jane! I'm so happy to see Bear! He has grown up and looks so beautiful! You had a great idea for that bag charm - what amazing doggy and bone! Lovely card as usually! x Teje

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  17. What a lovely post this is to read Jane. Bear is huge, but then I am so used to smaller doggies... but he is a very handsome fellow indeed! Love the jewellery and your card is absolutely fabulous. Thanks for playing along with us at TG this week, Sharon x

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  18. Hi Laney it must be fun to see what I do with your lovley beads. Thanks for being so talented and of course I will be back for more ;0) You would just love Bear..such a gentle giant and such a happy soul.
    Jane x

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  19. Thanks Teje...he is still growing! I bet Nero and he would have fun ;0)
    Jane x

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  20. Hi Sharon I am not even a dog person...but Bear is a great exception! He is such a sweetie,
    Jane x

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  21. Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

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  22. Beautiful, handsome bear...but I can't believe he is only 7 months old!
    The beads are fabulous... how clever is Laney?...I'm going to visit her shop now.
    I've just been catching up on your posts too Jane...what a lovely day your dad had celebrating his 80 years....lovely pics and very special!
    And what about the parrot in the park?...Amazing!
    Hope you're having a happy week,
    Susan x
    P.S Love your latest card!

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  23. I enjoyed seeing the three bears here today! My goodness, Bear has grown a LOT :) Love the idea of making such a special personalised charm with the glass bead, that is so sweet, and I always love little extras too like the dog bone. And such a sweet card too with one more very cute bear.
    Hope you have a great weekend, Jane.
    Helen x

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  24. Hi Susan, great to have you catching up here and yes Bear is one big boy for 7 months isn't he! I am having a lovely week thank you, enjoy yours,
    Jane x

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  25. Three Bears but no Goldilocks Helen ;0) I loved the little bone too Laney is very kind to me. Have a great weekend too, take care :0)
    Jane x

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  26. Hi Jane, what a fun story of the 3 bears! He's a gorgeous dog! I'm back from Ohio so I will be commenting again.. it was too hard to do it on the iPad. Say - did you see my question about buying one of your sea beads from you? I can't find any for sale. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  27. Gosh, I just LOVE your bear bead charm..that is gorgeous! And your adorable card too. And look at little Bear!! He's grown up so very fast. A very handsome chap he surely is. It's so great to hear from you Jane. I'm so glad you like the little illo today..I am wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

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  28. Hi Teresa, good to see you back. I did respond to your comment some time ago? As I said before I don't just sell the beads as I have had to buy them myself, they are wired as pendants. I could sell one without the chain if you are interested? Email me if you are interested.

    Jane x

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  29. Hi Shirley I was pleased with the end result and C was delighted ;0) Bear is growing into a lovely lad indeed! Have a great weekend,
    Jane x

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  30. what a fabulous project - Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week for our anything goes challenge
    Lisa x

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  31. Lovely jewellyries and cute card!
    Thanks for sharing at Penny Black and more Challenge and good luck;-))m

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  32. Hi Lisa, good to see you here. Thanks for your kind comment,
    Jane x

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  33. Bear is getting to be such a big boy! It's hard to believe he's already 7 months old. So many pretty things in this post. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Time flies doesn't it Linda...so much fun this year!
    Jane x

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  35. Oh dear Jane...if this is Bear at 7 months goodness knows what size he'll be when full grown! I worried when we got Rocky because his paws were huge as a puppy but thankfully he didn't grow as big as we feared phew! C's bracelet and bag charm for the wedding are beautiful...Liz is extremely talented. The Bear charm and bone are fabulicious and love that charm too. Your Gorjuss Girl card is so pretty...love the pp and your coloring is perfect. xx

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  36. What a lovely post, Jane! When I started to read it, I as thinking that maybe there would be an another puppy, and I wasn't that wrong :) What a lovely Bear-bag charm! A true one of a kind! That "the real Bear" has grown so much, look at those fantastic ears!!!

    Have a wonderful new week soon, dear friend, I am now off to read your another post next, yippee!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  37. Kerry we saw him today and he is even taller than when we saw him last! He swam across a river..such a strong boy!The charm was fun to make ;0)
    Have a great evening,
    Jane x

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  38. Gosh Mia I could not imagine 3 real "Bear's" you would have to live in a castle! Always lovely to "see" you here, have a lovely evening,
    Jane x

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  39. Lovely story and a great card too.
    Thank you for joining in the Animal Magic challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

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  40. Enjoyed reading your posting :o) You have made a beautiful card. Thanks for joining Forever Friends 'bingo' challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again very soon. Diane (DT) x

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  41. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  42. Lovely Gorjuss card, great colouring and sweet papers.

    Thank you for joining FOREVER FRIENDS MONTHLY CHALLENGE,

    Hope to see you again,
    Blankina FF DT

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x