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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Teddy Bears Picnic

 Sweet little Suzy is coming on the picnic today. I have to admit she has sat long forgotten high on the top of a bookcase.  But when I got her down, dusted her off and took a close look there were lots of things I'd forgotten about which I think made her kind of special.
 She has very cute little bee bloomers,
and a great selection of wooden buttons on her jacket.
She is carrying a cute little painted pail,
and I do love her sweet little Woodcutters Daughter brooch.  This was made by Barb Smith who has gone on to be Theodora Cleave and is still making the most delicious wooden brooches and buttons.

 Share a Bear or Dolly too.
It would be wonderful if you would bring a bear, or a dolly or a softie on the picnic too. To share in the fun just pop your details into Mr Linky.

Fabulous Free Patterns
What says happiness and the joy of being alive more than a sunflower. That happy little face reaching for the sky.  I've just planted some in my garden and thought I'd seek out some crafty sunflowers too.

Lovely Karen at the Painted Quilt has faced some very serious health problems this year and had to take a little break from her most generous First Friday Freebies - but she's back with a fabulous stitchery this month. Thank you so much and what a relief you feel well enough to sew again.

As some-one who can't crochet, I was very impressed with this Giant Sunflower doily over at Crochet Memories.  I think it is amazing.

I fell in love with this beautiful quilt block, very kindly shared over at Free Quilt Patterns.  It is designed by Arlene and Melissa at The Quilt Company Even if you are not a kitty-cat person, take a look at their site - what amazing designers.

This lovely pattern, Sunflower Delight is one for the cross-stitch enthusiasts.  Download the pattern,
designed by very talented Dayna Stedry Kilian over at Free Patterns.com

And last but not least a little sunflower pin-doll called Sunny Sue by Nancy Hall.  You can find this cute little pattern over at The Doll Makers Diary.

Please consider helping the Free The Bears Fund.
So far they have rescued 
554 bears in India
25 bears in Thailand
36 bears in Vietnam
5 bears in Indonesia
154 in Cambodia
25 bears in Laos
100% of your donation goes directly to the bears

 I send them tax deductible donation and it makes me feel really good to know I am easing the 
suffering of these beautiful creatures.

Another Giveaway
As well as my blogging anniversary giveaway, I'm having a Teddy Bears Picnic Give-a-Way too.  There's two ways to enter. Please join in the fun and bring along a bear, a dolly a softie or even a teddy themed quilt on the picnic for one entry.
Leave me a comment on this post and you will get an entry.
Do both and you will have two chances to win.  You could win a Teddy Bears Picnic Prize Pack including cute fabric, a special Teddy Bears Picnic scissor fob, a Teddy Bears Picnic needle-case and some other surprises too.
I'll announce the winner next Thursday so you have plenty of time to play along. 

 PS A couple of people asked in the One Flower Wednesday comments where I got my fabulous hexie template.  I bought it from lovely Jane's at Want It, Need It, Quilt on -line shop. One of the best $3.50 I've ever spent. Invaluable for hexie fussy cutting.


  1. What a fabulous doll with all her interesting extras!

  2. What a wonderful post! I like that we can help the bears! I'm off to find a teddy bear themed something that I can link up! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. she's lovely Mel,very cute

  4. She's delightful, Melody. I do love all the different buttonds on her coat. What a great idea!

  5. You always did make beautiful dolls and bears. Hope that you are feeling better today. Enjoy the sunshine before the rain that's forecast.

  6. Hi Melody, Suzy is really lovely. I just love her gorgeous outfit. I have a few of Barbs wonderful wooden brooches from my painting days still. I love them. Thanks for the great sunflower patterns and links. See you at the picnic xx

  7. Hi Melody. Suzy is quite sweet. I agree that there are a lot of delightful details on her. I especially love the fabric in her bloomers. Some of our dolls do get tucked away and forgotten. This is a nice way to rediscover them.
    I didn't think I was going to make it today. I seem to be having some issues with wordpress allowing photo downloading. Hope it sorts out soon.
    Enjoy the sunshine!!

  8. Suzy is darling, I love all her special little touches! Thanks for all the links, Melody!

  9. Hi Melody, I remember sweet Suzy, love the Sunflowers too they are such cheerful flowers, and always turn their heads to face the sun. I hope you are feeling much better Dear Friend. see you soon Love R.

  10. Suzy is lovely with her very special clothes and fabulous buttons. She certainly looks a sweetheart.

  11. Hi Mel, little Suzy has so many special touches.. Just perfect..

  12. Suzy is a sweet little doll and I love her outfit , hope she will save some of those nasturiums for me , they are so tasty.

  13. I linked up with my teddy for the picnic!

  14. A beautiful little dolly and I adore her buzzy bee bloomers and gorgeous brooch. The bears and I were so sad to miss the picnic. :(

  15. What a sweet doll. Love her little pin. Nice giveaway too. thanks for the links.



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