Thursday, 30 December 2010

Are you ready for 2011?


December always feels like a blur to me with Christmas parties, New Year's eve celebrations and many birthdays in between but 2010 had whooshed by me and it was always the case of "so much I want to do and not enough time to do it all" and now there's only one more day to go and I must say, the 'To Do' list is piling up! DOH!

One task on the 'To Do' list is the monthly wallpaper downloads and thankfully, I just received a gentle reminder today for January's wallpaper. Being preoccupied with tomorrow night's celebration in welcoming the New Year, that did slip my mind so I got down to work on it straight away and created this....it is now ready for download, just click here! I hope you like it and I hope you have a bright, happy and a wonderful year in 2011!! :D

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Thank you All!!


Thank you to everyone who wrote to me in regards to Walter. DH and I are overwhelmed and so touched by your kind words. This morning I woke up to find another beautiful email with this gorgeous piece of artwork of my Walter which I'll love to share with you...

Dearest Jenny,

I do adore your bears and patterns and sometimes read your blog during my lunch
time ...
I was truly sadden my the news that Walter is sick. As I read the blog, my really can
feel the pain you and your loved ones must be going thru... My heart goes out you!
I browsed thru most of Walter's pics and really love it.. he really is so adoring and cute.
I went home yesterday and made a sketch of Walter.. just complete it and attached for you.

Salinah


Thank you dear Salinah! Big hugs from me and Walter :-)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Cherishing precious moments...


I wasn't sure whether to post this but I know for some of you who asks about Walter, he has a special place in your thoughts...

In the past few months, Walter has been unwell, he started to get seizures, though infrequently over the past few months, he deteriorated rapidly during the last few days. A couple of days ago, he had an MRI scan and is diagnosed with brain tumor. The tumor is fairly large and is right in the middle of his brain which makes it extremely difficult and risky to remove. Currently, he's on medication to reduce the inflammation of his brain and seizures...he's a little unsteady on his feet but is still alert, still very greedy for food (especially chicken his favourite) and thankfully not experiencing any pain except for hubby and I.

We're thankful to our family and friends for their support and to those who has contacts with vet and neurologist trying to help us find a solution. We've been advised to not get our hopes up so for now, we can only continue to give him a good quality of life and cherish every waking moment we have left with our beautiful boy who has given us so much love and joy over the past 5 and a half years. We are grateful for each day that he is still with us and try to make the most of it...so on that note, it's time for his favourite part of the day, walkies to the park but he'll have to enjoy the fresh air and scenery from within a pram for now...

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

*:: Website and shop updated!! ::*



Yes, I got itchy fingers again!! Jennylovebenny's website has just been updated and gotten a facelift!! :D You will find Jenny Bear's new boudoir and made to order dresses will shortly be available there! Limited complete kits which were once sold out has also been added to the shop again.

There is one Rocco complete kit available

Sleepy's complete kit is now available until sold out!

Mamiko anime bunny complete kit is now available until sold out!

and the much loved Haruki anime bunny's complete kit is now available until sold out!
Happy Shopping everyone! I hope you like the new website! :D

Monday, 6 December 2010

*:: PEANUT'S HAT ::*


I've had a few requests asking for Peanut's hat knit pattern so that you can give your Peanut elephant a hat too so here it is :-

I'd made up the pattern myself and this is what I did...
I used 2 and 3/4 size needles and baby wool.
Cast on 68 stitches, work 6 rows garter stitch. Change to stocking stitch and work 35 rows.
This will give you a long rectangle shape. Fold the rectangle piece in half and sew the edges together to make a square hat.
Attach a bell to one corner of the hat and stitch the other corner of the hat to the center of the hat and whoa la!! :D

Friday, 3 December 2010

I can hear the music! :D


The weekend is just around the corner and Christmas is just 22 more sleeps away!
I woke up thinking of this song and it makes me happy. Hope this up beat song brightens your day too! Happy Friday everyone!!! :D

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

*:: DECEMBER 2010 wallpaper download ::*


Can you tell I'm already in the Christmas spirit?! :D I do love this time of the year where family and friends get together to celebrate the festive season. Lots of yummy food, laughter and just great old fashion great company! The preparation and anticipation for the big day is just so exciting!! This month's pin up girl is Romiko with her little friend...though it wasn't intended at the time when I knitted her the hat and scarf but now, they just reminds me of Christmas!!! I hope you like it and you can download it here. Have a great time planning your Christmas this month!!
Jenny
x

Thursday, 25 November 2010

❤ getting inspiration ❤


I've not had much excuse to really put a lot of effort into decorating a cake until now. The fun for me has always been the eating part but I do appreciate beautifully decorated cakes and cupcakes! A friend's birthday is coming up this weekend and I thought it would be more special to bake her a cake rather than buying one this year! Well...will let their taste buds decide I think! hehe
I have an idea of how I want to decorate it, it's going to be a Japanese cotton soft cheesecake which is nice and light. Will fill it with light whipped cream and strawberries...colour theme ~ white, pink and red! :D

I've been trolling through flickr to get some inspiration and boy there are some really yummy looking cakes out there and home made too!! Not sure if mine will look as professional...okay, I KNOW it won't look as professional but I do hope it will look scrumdiddlyumptious and pretty too. Will post and let you know!! wish me luck! =D

❤ Prim aka Jenny Bear and Peeta ❤


Please hop on over to my Jenny Bear Blog to meet my custom order bears "Prim" aka Jenny Bear and "Peeta"!! :D

Sunday, 21 November 2010

*:: SNOVIT and STURT ::*


Do you remember this little Swedish girl "Snövit" and her grumpy kitten "Sturt" in my earlier posts? Well, we're all rather sad that their original mommy wasn't able to complete their adoption due to unforeseeable circumstances however, I know a lot of you inquired about them at the time so the good news is, I'm happy to announce that they are on their search for a new mommy and are now available for adoption! :D


For more photos and adoption details, please visit my shoppe! :D

Thank you everyone for visiting Snovit, Snovit has now found a new home in Nottinghamshire, UK. She's going to have loads of fun with her new family and will have lots of JLB friends and siblings to play with!! Thanks Katie! :D

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

*:: Jennylovesbenny and the Taiwan Teddy Bear Show ::*


To my dear Taiwan customers,

The Taiwan Teddy Bear Show is on again and this year, you can find Jennylovesbenny's bear kits available at the show. Please look out for "Our Blue Iguana" table no. #22 ~ that's where you will find it! The store holder and my dear friend Ming will be more than happy to help and assist you with any questions about available kits and she is also offering a free class if you buy the kits at the show! How cool is that?

When and Where??
Date:November 21st, 2010. (Sunday) 11:00AM~ 5:00PM
Place:The Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei (5th Floors)
Entrance Fee: NTD100

Hope you have a great day out with the bears!! :D

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

*:: RAWR!! I'm a bear cub ::*


Isn't this just one cute treasury!!??? Created by roseshellojewellery for everyone who likes to give a little growl sometimes!! Am so pleased to announce that little Natalie was also included in the RAWR! :D

Monday, 15 November 2010

*:: Crown Princess ::*


Originally uploaded by LuvlessParadise
And the winner is...Anastasik from Москва Russia! CONGRATULATIONS Anastasik!! I will be in touch shortly to get your details. Thank you everyone for your beautiful comments and well wishes and for entering my blog giveaway. I really appreciate your comments and feedback and Thank you for your continuing support!! :D

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Hurry!! Last chance for Blog giveaway!!!


Originally uploaded by NickNguyen
Just a little reminder that there's 1 more day to enter for Jennylovesbenny's 7 bday blog giveaway so hurry if you've not entered already!! :D Good luck!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

*:: I'm inspired ::*


I love quilts!! The last time I made one was for a project in high school and I've been wanting to make another one for donkey years but I know it will take me almost forever to finish one with my current hectic schedule, a balancing act between JLB, family and chores.

There's something about them...perhaps it's knowing the many hours spent and much love that's been poured into making a quilt that makes them so special!!

I stumbled upon this gorgeous quilt by wisecraft who created this beautiful piece of work. I love it even more because it's created from "Emma's baby clothes"!! Recycling and quilting to me is like tea and scones, they work so well together. I'm so totally inspired, are you???

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

*:: SHOP UPDATE ::*


Another new Twinkee kit has just been added to the shop! This bright lime green mohair has just been hand-dyed by me and I think you're Twinkee bear will look delicious wearing it!! :D

Sunday, 7 November 2010

*:: Jennylovesbenny turned 7! ::*


Originally uploaded by Lee & Julie
Sometimes, I wonder if it's just me...
The older I get, I seem to become busier and busier and time seems to tick away ever so faster than my younger years where I still remember sitting idly, letting the day pass me by. Now, I'm forever racing the clock and would you believe I forgot about Jennylovesbenny's 7th Birthday!?

Jennylovesbenny turned 7 in October and although, Jenny Bear with her furry friends and I did have a tea party in October, we never really celebrated the special occasion. It just doesn't count if there's no candle on the cake!! Looks like I'm just going to have to make it up with more tea parties this year! I'm sure the bears will be happy about that, any excuse to eat cake!

Another year flown by and I'll like to say THANK YOU!!! Jennylovesbenny has certainly grown over the years and it still always brightens my day to learn my bears bring smiles and joy to you. THANK YOU for taking the time to read my blog, for your lovely emails and comments and for your support. THANK YOU to all Jennylovesbenny mums and dads for adopting my furry babies and to everyone who's created their own Jennylovesbenny Bears from my patterns and sharing your creations with me! From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely THANK YOU!

To celebrate jennylovesbenny's belated 7th Birthday, I'll like to offer a blog giveaway. The winner will receive a HARDCOVER image wrapped copy of my Jennylovesbenny Birthday Book together with a hard copy pattern of their choice.



How to Enter? Just leave a comment on this post during the next 7 days and you'll be automatically entered in the draw, starting with this post and ending Sunday the 14th of November.

Extra Entries? Yes!
Follow Jennylovesbenny's Facebook page to get an extra entry

To help promote my new Jenny Bear Blog, I'll like to offer TWO extra entries for each of the follows below:
Follow Jenny Bear blog
Follow Jenny Bear's Facebook page

Please leave one comment and tell me which is your favourite JLB bear from my gallery or patterns and also what pattern you would like to receive as the winner.

For your extra entries to count, please also include in your comment which you've followed even if you're already following.

I will be using randome.org to generate a number to pick the winner. The winner will be revealed later that day. Good Luck and THANK YOU again!
Jenny

The Bears That Care 2010 - Email Bids


Remember "The Bears that Care 2010 charity auction"? It's just around the corner held on 12th November . The Bears that Care charity auction are keen to give all collectors and bear lovers the opportunity to participate in this special auction and will be able to accept email bids up until midday (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on Friday, 12 November.

Anyone interested in participating in this way can register their interest and place their bid by emailing the following information to judi.herschell@fightcancer.org.au before midday on 12 November.

Bidder Name:
Bidder Postal Address:
Phone No:
Lot No.:
Bear Name:
Starting Bid: $
Maximum Bid: $

On the night of the auction, therefore, where they have an email bidder, once their starting bid is reached, and if there is competition for that bear, the bids will increase by $10 and then $5 as appropriate until bidding ceases. Should the bidding on that particular bear stop within your range, then they will win that item at that price (plus the cost of postage).

For any information regarding this, please contact:
Judi Herschell at judi.herschell@fightcancer.org.au
Fundraising Manager
Fight Cancer Foundation - Ovcare
www.bearsthat care.org.au

Happy Bidding and good luck all! :D

Friday, 5 November 2010

*:: SHOP UPDATE! ::*




I see you like the Twinkee kits and while most of them are sold, three more new kits has just been added to my shop. There's "Snow White" Twinkee kit, "Soft Yellow" Twinkee kit and "Rose Pink" Twinkee kit now available until sold out.


Also what's new is this gorgeous 25mm pile golden colour string mohair. I'm offering this at a SPECIAL PRICE of $28 per 1/4m, normally sold for $44 per 1/4m ~ only 2 pieces available so be quick! :D

Thursday, 4 November 2010

❤ Jennylovesbenny Shop is open at DaWanda ❤


Jennylovesbenny epatterns and bears are now available at DaWanda! I've just opened the shop and is slowly stocking up the shelves ^-^ DaWanda is great for all my customers from the other side of the globe and who wishes to make purchases in Euros . I hope this makes it a little bit easier for you to shop at Jennylovesbenny's and if you see a pattern or bear that's not made it to my DaWanda shop as yet, please feel free to drop me an email and I'll be more than happy to create a special listing just for you! :D

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

*:: Two New Twinkees for the picking ::*


I can never get enough of my Twinkee keyrings so I've made more! Please find two more new Twinkee keyrings for the picking!! Available now and here! :D

Monday, 1 November 2010

*:: November 2010 wallpaper download ::*


Can you believe it's November already!!??? This month, I wants to share this lovely photo of Jenny Bear, Tipady and Pooch at their tea party with you. This photo was taken by my friend KW and I just love it!! I hope you like it too! To download this wallpaper, just click here!

*:: New Tipady from the "Jenny Bear and friends" Collection ::*

Friday, 29 October 2010

BACK ONLINE!

Dear All,
My website and emails are up and running again.
All orders will be processed today, Thank you for your patience and am sorry for the inconvenience.
Have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Cup Day weekend in Melbourne! :D
Jenny
x

Thursday, 28 October 2010

WEBSITE AND EMAIL IS DOWN! :(

Dear All,

You may have noticed my website is down :(
I'm currently experiencing problems with my website and email. So if you've sent me an email today or have placed an order, please bear with me until all is sorted and I will return your email as soon as everything is up and running again! If you need to send me a message, please email me at jennylovesbenny@hotmail.com or leave a comment on this post.

Thank you for your patience!
Jenny

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

*:: More Twinkee Keyring Kits ::*


Two more Twinkee kits has just been added to the shop. These kits will also come with silver rings and clasps so that you can create your own keyrings! :D

*:: More Twinkee Bear Keyrings ::*


A few people missed out on the last batch of Twinkee Bear keyrings made as most of you are starting your Christmas shopping early so I spent last week making more!!! Here are my latest Twinkee Bear keyrings and there are 4 to choose from, white, bright green which I'd hand dyed, yellow and bright orange. They are ready and are available from my shop.

For everyone who was interested in making your own Twinkee keyrings, don't forget, the Twinkee Keyring kits are available here! Although most of the kits with my selected colours are gone however, you can choose any mohair from my mohair page. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, they make wonderful Christmas gifts!!! Happy Twinkee making! :D

Thursday, 21 October 2010

*:: Etsy Treasury with Romiko and Wink ::*


Can you feel Christmas is all around you??? I certainly did just going down the supermarket, all the Christmas decorations are out and a sudden realization of how fast time has flown by this year..This beautiful treasury is certainly a reminder that Christmas is just around the corner and lucky Romiko and Wink are just tickled pink to be included in this lovely treasury created by bennyandstash.

It's a White Christmas wishlist with a kiss of festive red! :D

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A new chickadee has just hatched!


Please meet my little chickadee chick "Kikki", hatched during a night of pelting rain and woke up to a light drizzle this morning. I quickly made her a headscarf to keep her dry as she's very eager to go out and play in the rain. One would have mistaken her for a duckling instead! LOL
Kikki is now looking for a new home, please visit my shop for more photos of Kikki and adoption details. It's still raining in Melbourne but it's lovely! Hope you're having a great day wherever you are :D

Monday, 11 October 2010

Sneak peek at Jenny Bear's new kimono..


Jenny Bear is pretty in pink wearing her new Spring kimono adorned with bright and colourful cherry blossoms! Bright colours are certainly in fashion after the long dreary Winter we've experienced!Here's a little sneak peek at Jenny Bear's new Spring kimono...for more photos, please visit her blog here ~ http://jennybear-and-friends.blogspot.com/
:D

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Let's recycle!


It's gloomy today, there are signs of hail and it's pouring down with rain. I do LOVE this kind of weather and when I'm cooped up inside, there's no better time to create and I'm not talking about bears either! I've decided to make my own postage bags using recycle plastic bags...some of you may even receive them in the mail as I've packaged the little Twinkee bears in them!! :D

I do like the idea of recycling not to mention how much fun it can be!! Here I've used recycle plastic Australia post bags to create my own JLB packaging. I've also created a little tutorial if you too would like to have some fun recycling and making your own post bags! :D

Here we go....

Step 1. I've used plastic Parcel post bags from Australia post and turned them inside out. Bear in mind, the completed size of the bag will be halved. Instead of Parcel post bags, you can use ordinary shopping bags too.

Step 2. Get 2 to 3 extra shopping bags, lay them out neatly one on top of the other and cut the handles and the bottom of the bags.


Step 3. Open up the sides of the shopping bags you've just cut and lay them flat on the table, one on top of the other. Place the inside out Parcel post bag on top of the shopping bags and fold the other half on top as shown below. The Parcel post bags should be half the size of the shopping bags if not, you can use one shopping bag under and one above the parcel post bag to cover it.

Step 4. Place plastic bags in between a piece of large tissue paper or wax paper and iron. I've used tissue paper in this case. If you are using tissue paper, the tissue paper will be stuck to the plastic, if you are using wax paper, the wax paper will peel away from the plastic. This gives you different affects and outcome.

Step 5. Iron the paper over the plastic bags. You will notice the plastic will melt straight away and may be bit wrinkly but that's okay, it gives character!! :D
Go over it a few times with the iron to make sure the plastic has melted together. Do be careful not to touch the paper straight away as it is VERY HOT!! Let it cool a bit before handling further.
Important Note: I've set my iron to high and have also placed a tea towel over my iron board. Depending on your iron, you may not need such a high setting. The tea towel is to make sure I don't get any plastic on my iron board. Be careful and make sure that the tissue or wax paper is large enough to cover the plastic on both sides and that you are ironing on top of the paper and not the plastic bags as the bags will melt onto you iron and will cause a mess to your iron!

Step 6. Your ironed paper should look something like this (below)!

Step 7. Fold paper in half and use a sewing machine or hand stitch the sides together. Remember to keep on side open to put your treasures in then sew and seal. To give it a little more character, you may want to sew using different colour threads and use craft scissors and cut the ends.

So, there you have it, our little online fun craft session!! Hope you have lots of fun and let those creative juices flow!! :D