Friday, January 15, 2010


I spent all of yesterday in therapy. Not really but it sure felt like it. I've started the enormous task of sorting out my bearmaking supplies, starting with my huge stash of fabric! Wow, I never realised how much I had until I saw it all in one place, not scattered in boxes all over the house :) I also realised that my penchant for alpaca is more than evident when I perused the pile, I would say that is constitutes around 90% of my stash!

And the leathers! I spent several hours stripping down various pieces of opshop leather clothing, getting rid of linings, zippers, studs, shoulder pads and ended up with a big pile. I found some small pieces that I've had for years from which I may be able to squeeze some fabulous feet, but I seem to have mislaid them again.......perhaps swallowed by the heap. I'll have to go through it all again to locate them because I really, really want to use those pieces! Though there are lots of other pieces to choose from :)

You know all those bags of scraps you accumulate, the bits that are too small to do anything with but are too big to toss? You know, you've had them for years and still they accumulated, well I TOSSED them! Yep, I know I was never going to use them and they were taking up precious storage space. I have a friend who teaches primary school and I will donate some of the better pieces to her for the children to use in their art, with Easter around the corner they can make some furry bunny collages.
There is still so much to do, all the incidentals like hardware, I've dealt with the software ;) sewing thread, the magazines which seem to breed, the bits and pieces scattered far a wide all need a home where I can lay my hands on them without spending precious hours rummaging. I'm determined to be more organised this um I think I said that last year, perhaps if I keep saying it, it will happen but maybe not over night!
Thanks for listening, I may take a break today and actually do some sewing......after all there's a gorgeous pile of alpaca beckoning and bears in my head.
Oh and don't forget to sign up for my blogiversary giveaway, I should have some idea of what it will be in a few days, Bye for now :)


  1. Wow! What a wonderful stash!!! I must say I am exactly the same...bags of bits everywhere. When I got back into bear making 18 months ago, I pulled out a cane basket that I had stuffed alot of leather scraps into 10 years before and had it out all over the lawn sorting it into colours, it has been wonderful to have all the bits to chose from! Then I went through the full hides and was amazed at the price I paid back then, they always penned it on the corner, compared to the price today....what a hike!!!!
    Don't you just LOVE having it all around you!
    Your piles of fur look so natural compared to my wads of colour everywhere...maybe I need to even up a bit more...mmmmm but I just love to work with COLOUR!!!!
    I think I will be needing Therapy soon as the whole house has turned into my work area...eeeeekkkkk!!!

  2. Linda - what a beautiful stash!!! I could lose myself in there ... oh, and all that alpaca!!! I must admit it's also my fave to work with. Looking forward to more Benson Bears eye candy from that lot!!!

    Marg xoxo

  3. Linda - I had a big clean up before Christmas and probably have enough fabric to last for the rest of my bearmaking life!! So I keep asking myself why do I keep buying more!!!!

  4. Wow Linda, what a stash, and the colors, fabulous

  5. It sure is hard to get rid of our stashes! Your stacks look very neat and now you can see what you have and enjoy creating! ♥

  6. Linda - being your sister, I know you well......I am SHOCKED!

  7. Well thanks Sis :) It remains to be seen whether I actually finish the job and whether it stays that way! ;)

  8. Wow..look at that WONDERFUL stash of bear fabric..oh..i'm drooling!