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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teddy Bears Picnic... including a Give-a-Way


This is the first bear I ever made, she is called Baby Bear and lives in the sewing basket I had as a child. She will certainly be at today's inside picnic as there is going to be hot chocolate and caramel slice.
Share a Bear or Softie
Do you have a bear, a dolly or a softie to bring on the picnic today.  Please pop your details into Mr Linky and join in the fun.


Fabulous Free Things
Because its so cold here in Melbourne it will have to be an inside picnic today. And an inside picnic is pretty close to a tea party so I looked for beautiful Tea Party themed free patterns.
I found a fabulous tutorial here at Wild Olive.  Thank you so much to Mollie for this mug rug pattern and also for also this brilliant embroidery design.

I thought this lovely cottage tea cosy was pretty special and the pattern is at Craftbits
and this more exotic example caught my fancy too.  You can find the pattern at Creative Knitting.
 and

 I love the fancy cupcake wrappers which are around these days.  Fabulous Tipnut has heaps of ideas for making your own, which is so much cheaper - and more fun.

When ever I think of parties I pop over to Save the Date for Cupcakes.  Desert tables made in heaven.
 And I don't think you can go past lovely Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella for amazing recipes.

Can You Help?

If you are an animal lover please consider supporting the Free The Bears Fund. I do and it makes me feel good to know that I am helping to give the bears in various sanctuaries around the world a safe, peaceful and happy existence.


A Giveaway too
  The prize is a $25 gift voucher to spend at lovely Jane's online store - Want it Need It Quilt
How to enter - you can have up to three entries.
Join in the picnic for a chance to win 
Leave a comment for a chance to win 
Let me know you are a follower (or become a follower) by leaving a comment letting me know. 

I'll leave the giveaway open until next Wednesday (17th August) and post the winner's name the next morning.

43 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. You shared so many things today. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

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  2. I am a regular and happy follower :)

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  3. If your dogs ever want to live in France they can come and live with me!!! Hugs Linda x

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  4. Of course I'm a follower! who wouldn't be?

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  5. What a great post. I'm in the mood for a picnic or a teaparty now! Off to find a bear to join me.

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  6. I love your Teddy, perhaps I'll join the picnic next time.Thank you for your lovely post and for all the great ideas you shared with us.

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  7. Hi Mel, Baby Bear is so cute, I hope she enjoys Bromley's company today, thank you for all the great free patterns you find for us. Love R

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  8. HI Melody. I totally agree with the idea of an indoor picnic today. It's great to see where things started and I think it is perfect that baby bear is sitting in your childhood sewing basket. Just lovely.

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  9. Hi Melody... Your baby bear looks so cute and what a wonderful way to display her. I just love the little sewing basket and all the gorgeous things inside... she looks adorable sitting inside it. So we both like that mug rug hey? thanks for the other links too. See you at the picnic xx

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  10. I'm in for the hot chocolate and caramel slice! Am I a follower or not? Think we have your blog on our blog page so does that make me and Rosalie followers? I think we are anyway.

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  11. What an adorable bear, I can't believe it's the first one you ever made. She's so incredibly sweet. Thanks for all the links, and the give-away!

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  12. Well we made it just! Baby Bear is so cute Melody...where else would a wonderful stitchers 1st teddy bear live but in her sewing basket. She looks so sweet with all the sewing things around her. Thanks for all the links can't wait to investigate! Yours was the 2nd blog I followed when I ventured on this blogging journey.

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  13. I love the cozy cottage tea cozy but the second one - Wow! Tea dressed up for a party. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

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  14. And I am a follower. Wish I had time to post for the teddy bear picnic, but not this week :(

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  15. Thanks for sharing! I still have my Teddy from when I was one years old - he turned 46 last January!!

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  16. I am already a follower and love your blog!

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  17. your teddy looks so sweet in the sewing basket.
    Your mug rug is just adorable.

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  18. I have been a follower for a while now. :0)

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  19. Your little bear is so cute, and I love the te cosy.
    I have also been a follower of Quiltjanes blog for some time too. Nice things in her shop! :0

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  20. Very sweet teddy Melody, you are certainly one talented bear maker!

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  21. I love the little snippets we see of the way you decorate. You are so good at it, your house must be so pretty & homely! Tracee xx

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  22. I am a new follower! I also follow Want it Need it Quilt it! ps... When I was a little girl, when ever we left our house for the weekend, my dad would say " The Teddy Bears have a picnic when we are gone" I truely believed him and would look closely at all my stuffed animals for any movement when we got home!

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  23. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    THANKS FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY!
    HAPPY QUILTING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  24. LOVE YOUR BLOG+ALWAYS EAGER TO SEE WHAT NEAT+INTERESTING SUBJECT YOU'VE CHOSEN!
    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  25. I love a teddy bear picnic! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. What a sweet post! Love your teddy in the basket!

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  27. Thank you for the sweet posts. I'm going to check out the WIld Olive embroidery. Please enter me into the giveaway too (wish were closer to my sister's home as she has a fabulous collection of teddies including some I gave her as gifts).

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  28. Hi Melody, I followed your instructions and Hooray I am now an official follower of your blog, I read it every day. Love R.

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  29. Hi Melody have just discovered your blog - wow it is so inspirational. I am now a follow and love your teddies. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  30. Your bear looks happy sitting in that basket! Wishing you warmer weather soon.

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  31. So many great ideas. Thanks for sharing your finds with us.

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  32. Your Baby bear is adorable and she looks so precious in that sewing basket - so pretty :-)

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  33. Of course I am a follower too. Who could resist?

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