Thursday, 20 October 2011


I LOVE PANDAS! I am captivated by them,  and love watching them on TV, looking at picture books about them, and of course I love making pandas, too.
So imagine my excitement when I heard that pandas were coming to Adelaide Zoo!
I first went to see them in April last year, but last Saturday a group from our teddy bear club (Bears and Friends) visited the  Zoo, with the prime purpose of spending more time with the resident pandas, Wang Wang (male) and Funi (female).

Wang Wang and Funi have been at Adelaide Zoo since late 2009, and we are fortunate indeed to have such easy access to these beautiful animals.

If you are in Adelaide, don't miss the opportunity to visit them, but make sure you go early (9.30am) because by late morning Wang Wang and Funi retire to a glass fronted enclosure for a rest, and you may not see them in action later in the day.

Watching the pandas in action, I felt like a kid who had been given the best present ever.

I could rave on about the Adelaide pandas for hours, but pictures say it much better, so I hope you enjoy a few of the hundreds we took.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


My friend Kay Schulz (Kay's Kids) and I shared a table at the Onkaparinga Doll and Teddy Show held in Port Noarlunga (South Australia) two weekends ago.

It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and also to stock up on bearmaking goodies.  

Our critters enjoyed their time at the show too, chatting with each other and with visitors to our table. Some even found new homes.

Kay is a very clever lady, and not only makes lovely bears but other pretty things, such as the very elegant pincushions pictured  below.

If you would like to see more, Wilbur will show you around the show. Wilbur at Kay's Kids


Best Bear in Show


Tuesday, 4 October 2011


Well, they've taken their time, but these two little pandas are finally ready to say hello to the world.


MEI-LI (Beautiful, charming)
Mei-Li (meaning beautiful or charming) is a contented little girl, and hasn't given her mother any trouble so far.

San-Shu, however, is another story - he is full of mischief and I have to keep an eye on him constantly!

Both pandas are made of black and white Schulte mohair, and have black and textured grey leather paw and foot pads. Their eyes are deluxe English glass, with ultrasuede highlights, they have embroidered noses, and sculpted facial features. I have used a Copic pen to shade the eye area. They are 29cm tall.

Mei-Li and San-Shu are available for adoption at AUD$170.00 each (or AUD$330.00 for the pair) plus insurance and postal costs. If you would like more information, please email me at