Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year !!!!! (long)

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To all my blog readers, my fellow artists, Chantal Bears Collectors, and my friends, I wish you a peaceful and a very happy  New Year.

I want to end my 2011 blog with a collection of events that touched me a lot this year.
I have been very lucky to meet a teddy bear artist Elena Nikitina ; in August we decided to do a bears exchange.
When the parcel arrived in Russia, she sent me a lovely picture ;


I did the same thing when a parcel arrived in Canada :


Later, I received a surprise message from Jan Nethercut; Verena, my teddy bear girl arrived in US and all the bears had a party together.
Jan allowed me to publish the picture on my blog.
That's what she wrote : 
"Verena is a precious little girl-cub and was welcomed in my Hug by a party given by the bears.   Attached is a picture of Hitty taking charge of Verena, Crackers (by me), Janet (by Yvonne) with Lily (Mary R.) standing in back with balloons.  Of course, I didn't get pictures of all the fun.  You know how bears are, they don't stay still very long.  It was a great party and I think she enjoyed it all."

 
Thanks Jan for the lovely moment in my teddy bear life.

This year, Julie received an TBAAF award, a third place in miniatures category ;


And here is Julie

For my teddy bears, I decided to increase the size of my teddy bears ; I added knitted accessories to my miniatures bears ; a challenge I wanted to achieve and I did it.
I wrote a pattern for a knitted teddy bear.
The last challenge has been a 6 inches knitted teddy bear ; Aurelie was the last teddy bear  of the year.


For 2012, I still have new challenges and new projects in my head.

Thanks to you all ; I'm spoiled to have such great people around me and I am who I am because of you !!!

Now I must share with you some reactions from my family following me and the creation part of my life in the last 9 years :
When I complete a teddy bear, the first critic is Alain, my husband : "This one, for sure, he will find a new home !!!"
My daughters now :
Laura : she talks to the new bear : "Hi ..., you are so nice, such beautiful eyes.... you are such a cutie !!!"
Johannie in Belgium : "Mom, how can you do it? so detailed ? All teddies you make are more and more alive !!!!"
My sister Danielle, in Balgium : Chan, every time you sent me a picture of your teddies, they become more beautiful"
And now, I have new "fans", my grandchildren : Lola (5) who always ask me to show her my new creation (on Skype).
Darren (6) who is so proud to tell people that his grandma can design teddy bears !!!

As you see, my life is filled of love and teddy bears lovers !!!



 








Tuesday, December 06, 2011

2011 Christmas Edition pictures. Merry Christmas !!!!



I'm proud to show all my 2011 Christmas Edition Teddy Bears ; only one little girl did not find a new home for Christmas ; she is still on Ebay :
Here is a link : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Neena-OOAK-Christmas-Edition-Teddy-Bear-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320804988968?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab177a828#ht_5474wt_1344
Shipping is free and I shipped as expedited parcel with a tracking number.
A few pictures :

Neena :

Naomi is living now in US


Nikita is on the way to US


And Noel is also on the way to US


A lot of work, made with love, but they deserved it....
Thanks to my teddy bears collectors.





Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nikita, a movie..............

Tomorrow, Nikita will be on Ebay, but be the first to see her movie 

 

 


2011 Christmas Edition has started

That's my favourite moment in the year ; Christmas is starting in November of each year ....
I created a Neena ; she is on Ebay now ; her face is partially sculpted with polymer clay.
She is made from alpaca.
Here is her link : http://alturl.com/duoq8



I like her a lot ; she is cute and her face is very expressive ; after pushing the sled, she is looking so tired.....

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tribute to Ian Fowler, a great man and friend

Saturday a bad news arrived ; Ian passed away ; his death was sudden and my husband and I, we have been shocked by the news ; knowing Ian, it was impossible that he lost a battle ; however, cancer had the first place this time.
Ian was one of my students in French second language ; I was just a little teacher compared to him ; always smiling, laughing and he liked to help people ; the life was a no-problem life ; only solutions no problems.
His family was his secret garden but when he knew that my daughter was named Laura, I knew that his daughter was a Laura too.
Ian, we will miss you, the side we know ; Alain, my husband has a beard for the moment, for Movember ; he did not like it but now he has a goal ; he knows that Movember will help people fighting against that sickness.
I thank you for all you did for me, for my family and the first job, you gave to my daughter Laura ; we will not forget it and I will keep you alive with your smile, "pas de problèmes, Chantal" (how many times you told me that).
The French group Students will stay in my heart and you are in that "family of French babies" that I adored during the two years we spent together.
I would like to show you pictures I have from that part of my life.... remember, when Don decided to imitate Ian with his cell ; Ian you were always busy, the big discussions we had, serious and not very serious.
You were my future specialist ; we had several specialists : in grammar, Cheryl, in reading, Jack, in laughing, Don and....... you know the story, you were there with us....
On the cell, during the 10 am break.

It looks a discussion between big men, but you had a smile on your face.

Laughing with Don..... 
Don playing your role on your cell....
Smiling again...
We were happy : I don't remember who took the picture : Rod ?








Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My new creation, Lavander

I'm pleased to present you my new creation : Lavender.
She has been created and designed by me : Chantal Giroux


Created with soft mohair thread .

Standing just over 2.5 inches - 6 cm tall.



She has black glass eyes.

She is 5 way jointed.Firmly stuffed with premium polyfiberfill.
Lavender has a mini lavender bow on her head and she wears a little knitted dress specially made for her.Her legs have been weighted
with glass beads.


She is so sweet and has a lot of love to give.

I'm sure she will find a Mommy very soon.

If you want to visit her, her link is :
http://alturl.com/zs892

Thanks for reading me.

Chantal

Thursday, September 29, 2011

TBAAF AWARD WINNERS 2011



Thank You !!!!

I would like to thank all people who voted for Julie, my little teddy bear.



3rd Place Winner
 Julie

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Online Show ready for tomorrow

Hi Everybody,

Every thing is ready for Chantal Bears Online Show, tomorrow ; there are 5 teddy
bears waiting you.....
http://chantalbears.jigsy.com/online-show

Have a good day and see you tomorrow ; I will be online from 5pm (AST) to 12 am.

Beary Hugs

Chantal

Chantal Bears Online Show


On Thursday, September 22nd 2011 from 5pm until 12am, I will be online and around my computer if you have any question about my teddy bears. Every Teddy bear has a Paypal button and the price includes shipping and insurance. I will mark teddies SOLD just as soon as I can, after notification of payment from Paypal. For the moment, there are 3 teddies but 2 others must arrive for Thursday. The link will be : http://chantalbears.jigsy.com/online-show On this page also you will find a time converter and my current time (AST) Thanks for reading. Chantal. Jeudi, 22 septembre 2011 de 17h à minuit , je serai en ligne, si vous avez des questions au sujet de mes ours. Chaque ours a un bouton Paypal et le prix inclut l'envoi et l'assurance. J'indiquerai les ours VENDUS dès que j'aurai reçu l'avis de paiement de Paypal. Pour le moment, il y a 3 ours présentés mais deux devraient s'ajouter pour jeudi. Le lien sera : http://chantalbears.jigsy.com/online-show Sur cette page vous trouverez une horloge avec mon heure ainsi qu'un convertisseur de temps.  Merci de me lire. Chantal

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Plume, my crazy cat !!!!!

Every day, it's the same game ; she comes in my studio and decides to lay on my work table ; she takes the place I need for sewing... but listen to the "ronrons" ; impossible to be mad against her


Thursday, September 01, 2011

Rosalie, my new teddy bear creation

I am writing a new  pattern for the moment and I decided to present you the teddy bear prototype.


The teddy bear looks very simple, but there is a secret about the process applied to the teddy.

Soon the pattern will be published ; I think around September 15th.

A second teddy is nearly completed, so I tested the pattern applying other processes.

See you soon

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

4 teddy bears on Ebay

I listed 4 little ones on Ebay this week :



Tacey, a baby bear : http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-OOAK-Baby-Teddy-Bear-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320742312037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aadbb4865#ht_4765wt_1344



Kade : http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-OOAK-Teddy-Bear-Thread-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320742326607?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aadbb814f#ht_5517wt_1344



Minta : http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-OOAK-Teddy-Bear-Thread-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320744734842?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aade0407a#ht_5617wt_1344

and



Chanelle : http://cgi.ebay.com/Chanelle-Mini-OOAK-Teddy-Bear-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320745222934?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aade7b316#ht_4846wt_1344



Bears looking for a new home.
There are also a few teddy bears looking for a new home, on my webpage ; here is the link
http://chantalbears.jigsy.com/available-bears

Teddy Bear patterns - patrons pour ours.
I have patterns for sale also ; check my Epatterns page :
http://chantalbears.jigsy.com/patterns-for-sale
There is a new one a knitted teddy bear, very easy to make and to follow...
It's a bilingual pattern ; in French and in English.
Mon nouveau patron est un ours tricoté, très facile à faire et à suivre.
C'est un patron en français et en anglais.

Thanks in advance for your visit and have a good day.

Chantal

Friday, July 08, 2011

News about 2 teddy bears lost in the mail

Two days before the Canadian Posts strike, I shipped two little ones ; imagine how I was worry for them ; the first one was for United Kingdom


And the second one to France :


Both arrived these Tuesday and Wednesday after a three weeks travel ; their new moms have been very patient and I had to thank them for that.
They understood the situation.

Thank You Bears Moms !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Chantal Bears: Princess is available on Ebay

Chantal Bears: Princess is available on Ebay: "http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-OOAK-Teddy-Bear-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320720449674?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aac6db08a I put Princess on Eb..."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Frustrated.....

Since a few days now, we don't have any mail ; the Canadian Posts decided a lock out last Wednesday ; my fear, I shipped 2 teddy bears just before the lock out and I had to stop to put bears on Ebay....
However, it looks that Harper voted a new law and the employees will have to go back work on next Monday.
I continue my work and my passion ; 3 teddy bears will be ready very soon.
But, somewhere, I'm feeling that I'm so dependent of their services... and I don't like it....
I'm crossing fingers for a fast restart of Canada Posts.
I checked prices with other mail companies ; it's very expansive.
I have another solution ; going to US and bring my parcels there...
We will see....

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Teddy Bear Painter : I have been featured...

I'm so happy ; I have been featured in Bears and Buds Magazine as a teddy bear painter.
Here is the article and the link : http://bearsandbuds.com/Michauds-articles/TeddyBearsofAnotherGenrePart2byTerryMichaudforBearsandBudsTeddyBearMagazine.asp




Canadian artist Chantal Giroux did this teddy bear piece just for our article.
           
Our next artist, Chantal Giroux, is an active member of Bears&Buds and makes her home to our north in Saint Johns, New Brunswick Canada. 
This delightful teddy bear artist was attracted to teddy bears right from her childhood, and they remain her passion today. 
Her daughter Laura, who is also a teddy bear artist, is quick to praise her mother’s talents. 
Chantal’s work includes her expressions in knitting, crochet, tatting, painting, embroidery and a long list of other forms of creating amazing teddy bears. 
Daughter Laura says “Mom made her first crochet bear about 7 years ago, and I still have it! Bear making is not a job for her; it is her life.” 
Take a look at Chantal’s other creations too.
Chantal Giroux

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Teddy Bear, knitted from head to toes

Sasha is my new mini teddy bear ; she is 3 inches tall, all knitted even her dress, her shoes.
She is available on Ebay : http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-OOAK-Teddy-Bear-Thread-Artist-Chantal-Bears-/320697266245?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aab0bf045#ht_5114wt_989
Here 2 pictures but you will see more on the link mentioned above :


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chantal Bears by Mignonette on Etsy

Chantal Bears by Mignonette on Etsy

My new EPattern has been released.

I'm proud to tell you that my new Epattern has been released ; it's a miniature Thread Knit Teddy Bear.
It is available here :
http://chantalbears.jigsy.com/patterns-for-sale
Thanks for reading and Happy Easter to you all.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mini OOAK Teddy Bear by Thread Artist Chantal Bears | eBay

Mini OOAK Teddy Bear by Thread Artist Chantal Bears | eBay

I put Neila on Ebay ; a new thing for me, I knitted her... it was for me another challenge ; make or create a collectible teddy bear, but in knitting.
I'm making another one and I'm preparing the pattern to be published.